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Anthropology Museum (Museo de Antropologia)

Anthropology Museum (Museo de Antropologia)

  • Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Ghandi
  • Colonia Polanco Chapultepec
  • tel:5286 5195
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560

If you have time for only one museum during your stay in Mexico City, this is the one. It was inaugurated in 1964 and it contains two dozen individual areas each one dedicated to a particular culture that inhabited Mexico for any length of time before the arrival of the Spaniards.

The largest exhibit areas are dedicated to the Aztecs, Mayas, Toltecas and Olmecas and they all contain original artifacts and works of art that have been found during the ongoing excavations in the hundreds of live archaeological sites. Before you enter you will see a huge statue of Tlaloc, the God of rain and once inside and holding center stage the commonly known Calendar of the Sun.

There are guided tours and also pre-recorded guides that you can rent for a nominal fee. There is a restaurant and a coffee shop as well as a gift shop with plenty of books and souvenirs. It is practically impossible to see all the exhibits in one day so choose the ones that interest you the most and spend quality time there.
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Museo Nacional de Historia

Museo Nacional de Historia

  • Primera sección del Bosque de Chapultepec
  • Colonia Chapultepec Polanco
  • tel:+52 55 40 40 52 17
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11580
Museo Tecnológico de la CFE

Museo Tecnológico de la CFE

  • Segunda sección Bosque de Chapultepec
  • Colonia Chapultepec Polanco
  • tel:+52 5 516 0964
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560
Museo Nacional de Arquitectura

Museo Nacional de Arquitectura

  • Cuarto piso del Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:+52 5 521 9251
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06050
Alameda central

Alameda central

  • Avenida Hidalgo y Avenida Juárez
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:+52 55 533 4700 (Información Turisticos)
  • Mexico City, 01000
Museo de sitio de la Casa de la Música Mexicana

Museo de sitio de la Casa de la Música Mexicana

  • Francisco González Bocanegra 73
  • Colonia Morelos
  • tel:+52 5 529 3721
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06200
Castillo de Chapultepec

Castillo de Chapultepec

  • Bosque de Chapultepec 1a Sección
  • Colonia Chapultepec
  • tel:+52 (55) 5241 3100
  • Mexico City, 11560
Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

In Aztec times this place was considered the center of the universe and it was at this temple that human sacrifices, a traditional ball game and many religious ceremonies took place. Dating from around 1375 the temple went through many reconstructions until in 1520 the Spaniards decided to destroy it and build on top of it. A reconstruction in the early 1980s revealed what was left of an impressive archeological site. Nowadays the Templo Mayor has a large and impressive museum focusing on the culture and traditions of Mexico City's early inhabitants. It houses sacrificial stones, statuettes and sacred artifacts. The museum itself is expansive and might take some time to visit in its entirety, but it is definitely worth the visit. read more about Templo Mayor

Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

Paseos Culturales del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Paseos Culturales del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

  • Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi
  • Colonia Polanco
  • Mexico City, 11560
Paseo por el Centro Histórico

Paseo por el Centro Histórico

  • Juárez, 66
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:+52 5 5525 9380 (Información Turisticos)
  • Mexico City, 06000
Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

  • Camino al Desierto de los Leones
  • Cuajimalpa
  • tel:+52 55 533 4700 (Información Turisticos)
  • Mexico City, 03310
Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park

  • Chapultepec Park
  • Mexico City, 11100

One of the largest city parks in the world, Chapultepec has over a dozen museums, cultural centers and things to see and do. Spend the day picnicing and canoeing, or take the kids to the zoo, children's museum, or minature train. read more about Chapultepec Park

Xochimilco

Xochimilco

  • Avenida México Xochimilco
  • (Xochimilco)
  • tel:+52 5 5525 9380 (Información Turisticos)
  • Mexico City, 16500

400 Kilometers of water canals make of Xochimilco Mexico's version of Venice. The best way to see this wonder of the ancient world is to arrive at the Nativitas boarding area and jump onto a "trajinera" – large wooden boats beautifully decorated with colorful paintings and flower arrangements. The boat trip (which can last one to five hours depending on what you choose) takes you past floating gardens, a vast array of bird life and "tinampas" which were islets made by the Aztecs by compacting mud and straw and building them around roots of aquatic trees. Weekends are very hectic here with a variety of floating mariachi bands, corn sales people, and partiers. For a more relaxed time visit on a weekday. read more about Xochimilco

Plaza San Angel

Plaza San Angel

  • Avenida Paseo del Pedregal
  • Colonia Jardines del Pedregal
  • tel:+52 55 5568 1360
  • Mexico City, 01900

One of the most beautiful and oldest neighborhoods of Mexico City, the San Angel Plaza – or downtown – is an eclectic mix of cobblestone streets, colonial mansions and delightful traditional restaurants. Saturdays sees the Bazaar open its doors with truly unique and rather expensive Mexican arts and crafts, and Sundays are a great day to visit this sleepy, town-like neighborhood in the middle of the Mexico City hustle and bustle. read more about Plaza San Angel

Bosque de Chapultepec

Bosque de Chapultepec

  • Avenida Constituyentes
  • Avenida Reforma
  • tel:+52 5 515 0535
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11850

The Chapultepec forest was the vacationing estate for the Aztec nobility and hence is dotted with trees, brooks, two large lakes where visitors can row, ruins, a theatre for children, a music garden, majestic marble water fountains, a lakeside art gallery, Latin America's largest zoo, and a sumptuous castle overlooking this leisure paradise. It is a perfect place to get lost hiking, take a picnic, or rent a bike. Chapultepec is Mexico City's favorite Sunday spot so if you wish to avoid the crowds visit it from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. read more about Bosque de Chapultepec

Museo Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado

Museo Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado

  • Moneda, 4
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:+52 5 228 1241
  • Mexico City, 06010
Teotihuacan Pyramids (Pirámides de Teotihuacan)

Teotihuacan Pyramids (Pirámides de Teotihuacan)

  • Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46
  • Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan
  • tel:+55 52 50 0123 (Información Turística)
  • San Juan Teotihuacan, 03010

Mexico is rich in culture and many different groups inhabited the country before the arrival of the Spaniards. Aztecs, Mayas, Otomis, Zapotecos, etc. But there is a great mystery surrounding Teotihuacan, there are theories about who built this city and why it was abandoned buy no one knows for sure.

Teotihuacan is an hour and a half drive north of Mexico City and I recommend you devote a full day to visiting. Leave early in the morning in order to avoid traffic and spend as much time as you can exploring this magnificent  @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } archaeological site.

There are two main pyramids, the Sun and the Moon, the first one is larger and taller and you can climb both of them. The sun is a bit difficult but once you get to the top you will have an incredibly beautiful view of the valley.

You can also walk around what was once the main avenue called Calzada de los Muertos (Avenue of the Dead) and see many small buildings and new discoveries from on-going excavations. You will be approached by locals selling figurines that resemble originals that are housed in the Anthropology museum, they make great souvenirs. There are many places to stop and eat, nothing fancy, mostly food stands on the side of the road that offer tacos, quesadillas, beer and soft drinks.

If its a hot and sunny day, you would be advised to take comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Walking all the way up to the Pyramid of the Sun is taxing, but if you just walk around the site you will still appreciate the grandeur of Teotihuacan.
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Pura Chand

Pura Chand

  • Presidente Masaryk, 393
  • Colonia Polanco
  • tel:+52 55 5281 1235
  • Mexico City, 11560
Cocobongo

Cocobongo

  • Lafontaine, 110
  • Colonia Polanco
  • tel:+52 55 5280 1217
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560