Should you decide to go on a private tour of Mexico City, there are so many great sights and cultural places to see, that will keep you busy.
The location of the city adds to the enjoyment of this city. In the Anáhuac Valley, It is at an altitude of 2,200 meters and is surrounded by large mountain ranges. Two spectacular snow covered volcanoes towers above the city at heights of 5,000 meters.
Mexico City is the largest city in the world, it is very old and is possibly the most interesting and diverse cities. It is the culture center of Mexico as well as the nightlife capital.
It is the home of world-class museums, stately mansions, archeological treasures, monuments, colonial architecture, inviting city parks, busy plazas, incredible shopping, mouth-watering cuisine and a dazzling nightlife. What more could you want from an ever improving metropolis.
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The National Museum of Anthropology Is a Must on a Guided Tour When in Mexico City.
There are a number of recommended guided tours or sightseeing tours that a tourist should do when they are in Mexico City and The National Museum of Anthology is one of those. Of its kind, it is one of the most significant in the world.
Other sights to see include Zocalo, Constitution Square, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palace of Fine Arts, The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the National Palace.
The nightlife of Mexico City is regarded as the entertainment capital due to the range of restaurants, bars, cafes, music venues and night clubs. You can have a quiet romantic night of a wild and energetic one, the choice is yours.
Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City
The National Museum of Anthropology
A ‘must see’ attraction in Mexico City is The National Museum of Anthropology on a guided tour. This is one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. The building was built in 1964 and is a stunning example of contemporary architecture which holds fantastic displays of old Indian art treasures as well as archaeological finds from Indian Cultures now extinct. At the entrance is an enormous monolithic figure.
The Pyramids of Teotihuacan
Take a guided tour of The Pyramids of Teotihuacan which was built by a new civilization from 2nd century BC, these can be found near Mexico City. The Pyramid of the Sun, the largest, was built around 100 AD and building began a hundred years later of the Pyramid of the Moon which is smaller. The Aztec honoured and used these pyramids some 7 centuries after the demise of the Teotihuacan empire. They became a place of pilgrimage.
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City is among the western hemisphere’s largest and oldest churches which was built on part of an old Aztec temple’s grounds. Building began 1525 with huge additions added through the 18th and 19th century; it is a mix of stunning architectural styles. On a guided tour, you are told of its history and the main features are pointed out. Many of the city’s archbishops are buried in the tombs here.
The National Palace
The stunning looking National Palace is another excellent guided tour to take when in Mexico City. This is Mexico’s President official residence. See such features as the Freedom Bell, 14 courtyards with the most famous one being the Grand Courtyard, a museum, the parliamentary chamber and lots of large halls. There is also Mexico’s largest and possibly most important library found in the Palace.
The Square of the Three Cultures
An important historic square in Mexico City is the Square of the Three Cultures. The mix of buildings from three different eras is how this place got its name. There are the Aztec Temples and Pyramids, the Spanish Church and finally the modern tower blocks. Also found here is ‘Memorial 68’ which is a memorial museum dedicated to the 250 protesting students murdered by government forces in 1968. A fascinating guided tour.
The principal park in Mexico City is Chapultepec Park and a place you will see when on a sightseeing tour of the city. Again it is a place of historical interest going back to the Aztecs. Remarkably according to history this park was laid out in the early 15th century. There are many activities to do here thanks to the lakes, botanic gardens, museums and sports facilities. It is also the venue for theatrical performances and concerts.
The Palace of Fine Arts
A cultural landmark which is of great importance to Mexico City is the Palace of Fine Arts. To see the magnificent architecture is worth going on a sightseeing tour alone. It was designed with Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences, by an Italian architect named Adamo Boari and was finished 1934. It has sunk four meters and part of the large dome was removed in an attempt to lighten it. The Palace is now the Opera House and Concert Hall.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Roman Catholic church which attracts millions of tourists and worshippers every year since the first pilgrims started in 1531. This church was built beside the hill where the apparition of the Virgin Mary allegedly occurred. See the beautiful altarpiece dedicated to Mary and a newer Basilica de Guadalupe, built in 1976. In the public square are modern sculptures and a large concrete cross.
The House of Tiles / Casa de los Azulejos
A spectacular sightseeing tour is of The House of Tiles which was built originally in 1596 but decorated 150 years later by the Conde del Valle de Orizaba with blue and white tiles. In 1925 Jose Clemente Orozco painted murals on the wall which added so much to the appearance of this building. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant here, dining al fresco in the courtyard.One word to describe the decor is 'exquisite'.
The National History Museum
A world class attraction in Mexico City is the National History Museum and a great place to take a guided tour. This museum opened in 1944 in the 18th century Chapultepec Castle. It is the place to learn all there is to know about the history of Mexico. The type of collections to see include relics from the struggle of independence and revolutionary wars, state carriages, documents and maps for the conquest period and lots more.
Travel Tips for Mexico City
Best Time To Visit
Due to Mexico City being more of a sightseeing location than a holiday resort by the sea, you can visit here at any stage during the year. The optimum time to visit is from March to May when the weather is beautiful and ideal for sightseeing tours or guided tours. The only problem with this time is that it can be very crowded. If you visit during the winter months be prepared for chilly days and if its during the summer be ready for some rain.
Mexico City is a cheap place to visit in comparison to other cities in Mexico and especially around the world. Accommodation for one night B&B starts from US$18 and it is possible to enjoy a nice meal from US$8. All types of private tours are very reasonably priced too. Like every tourist destination, the prices can fluctuate from season to season. Taxis are cheap and cheerful and the local transport is very accessible and easy to get around in.
Know Before Visiting
There is a possibility that you will require a visa to enter Mexico depending on where you come from so make sure you do the research on this. It is advisable to book accommodation well in advance of traveling and even popular sightseeing tours when coming during peak season. You should only drink sealed bottled water when visiting anywhere in Mexico. Never walk alone at night and when on guided tours do not stray from the group.
The climate in Mexico City is a subtropical highland which means it has warm summers and mild winters. The temperatures variations from season to season are very small. May is the hottest month and January is the coldest with the possibility of night frosts. Summers average temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius and the winter temperatures are around 22 degrees Celsius. June to September are the wettest months and February is the driest.