Whether due to its buzzing, historic heart or the relics of ancient civilisations found on its outskirts, Mexico City is fast becoming Central America’s must see city. There is no doubting it is vast – it’s one of the world’s largest cities – but you will be spoilt in the Centro Historico where the majority of attractions are. This is a great place to walk around and with beautiful colonial architecture, fascinating museums and ruins telling the tale of the nation’s Aztec past you can spend days here exploring.
- The huge Plaza de la Constitucion – or ‘Zócalo’ – is a natural place to start where you’ll find the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace
- Many of the Centro Historico was built on Aztec city of Tenochtitlán and at the Templo Mayor you can see ruins of one of the Aztec’s most revered structures
- One of the most remarkable pre-Hispanic centres, the ancient city of Teotihuacan, is located just 30 miles to the north east of the heart of the city
- Mexico City is the perfect place to begin an exploration which focuses on Mexico’s Spanish roots, perhaps opting for our private 7 night Colonial Mexico tour
- We feature a couple of short tour experiences which depart from Mexico City, including the 3 night trip to Tequila and Guadalajara
Best time to visit Mexico City
Mexico City has very small seasonal changes while rainfall usually falls between the months of June and October.
Mexico City holiday highlights
Mexico City, is home to the magnificent Zócalo – the heart of the city and one of the world’s largest city squares. A giant Mexican flag is ceremoniously raised and lowered daily, numerous community events take place here and Aztec dancers perform daily. The square is overlooked to the north by the striking Metropolitan Cathedral and to the east by the Palacio Nacional which is adorned with colourful murals by Mexican artist Diego Rivera which depict the country’s history from the Aztecs to prerevolution Mexico.
The city is home to fine museums including the outstanding National Museum of Anthropology, a cavernous treasure trove of indigneous artefacts, paintings and sculptures from Mexico’s ancient cultures. Head north-east of the Zócalo to discover the ruins of the Templo Mayor which have an incongruous setting in the city centre. Destroyed by the Spanish in the 16th Century, this temple in the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlanare remained undiscovered until 1978 when workmen discovered a huge stone carving depicting Coyolxauhqui, the moon goddess. During the site’s excavation thousands of artefacts were discovered – including a wall of skulls and life size statues of Aztec warriors – which can be seen at the on-site museum.