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If you’re looking for interesting tourist spots in México City, you’ll find this list helpful. I provided maps to make finding them easy.
1. Basílica de Guadalupe (The National Shrine of México)
The second most important Catholic Shrine after the Vatican, the Basílica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located in northern México City. There are two structures, the Modern Basilica and the Old Basilica (El Templo Exiatorio a Cristo Rey). According to Catholic tradition, the site is where the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, the first American indigenous Roman Catholic saint, and requested that a shrine be built in her honor. You’ll be astonished by the beautiful old-style Spanish architecture of the old Basilica. The Modern Basilica, too, is an astounding structure. The decor inside the Basilicas is absolutely beautiful. At this site, there is so much to see! Nearby, you’ll also find the Baptistry and the Basilica Museum. There is a lovely garden with scriptures inscribed in stone slabs and a large statue of Jesus. You’ll also find the Pocito Chapel Capilla de Cerrito, Antigua Parroquia de Indios, and Parroquia de Santa Maria de Guadalupe Nasturtiums. A visit here can take several hours, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring snacks or money for snacks, and arrive early to beat the crowds.
2. La Plaza De La Constitución
Another hot spot in Mexico City is the grand square La Plaza De La Constitución, also known as Zócalo . It’s México’s main public square and is surrounded by important sites such as the Catedtral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, federal government buildings, and shops and restaurants. It’s not unusual to witness some sort of gathering such a protest or celebration, so have your camera ready! Be aware that there will be lots of street recruiters for restaurants and shops, so be careful to not get scammed.
Palacio Nacional is located at Zócalo. This grand building is the federal seat of the Mexican President. Inside, you’ll find walls covered with beautiful murals by the famous painter, Diego Rivera. Admission into the palace is free, but be sure to bring a photo ID and be prepared to go through a security check.
4. Catedral Metropolitana
Also within the Zócalo is the oldest Latin American cathedral, Catedral Metropolitana. Built using stones from the ruins of Aztec temples, it boasts a combination of Spanish baroque, Gothic, neoclassical and churrigueresque architecture. Admission is free, but if you want to visit the bell tower and rooftop, you’ll need to purchase a ticket.
5. Bosque de Chapultapec
Bosque de Chapultapec (Chapultapec Park) is huge! I’ve been several times and I still haven’t seen the whole of it. There’s a roller coaster, a lake with paddle boats, a huge garden, museums, a beautiful castle, and so much more. There’s no shortage of vendors and you can enjoy live entertainment out by the lake.
Browse German collector, Franz Mayer’s, private collection of antique furniture and artwork. Enjoy interactive exhibits. Stop by the cafe for some tea or coffee and relax in the courtyard. General admission starts at about $70 pesos per person and entry for children under 12 years is free.
7. Palacio de Bellas Artes
Across the street from Museo Franz Mayer is the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It’s a large marble building that serves as a museum and center for the performing arts. The palace is closed on Mondays. Daily admission starts at about $70 pesos, but Sunday’s admission is free.
8. Arena México
You can’t visit México and not take in a lucha libre! Stop by the Arena México and watch as masked musclemen and musclewomen battle it out in the ring. The drama and wild and crazy acrobatics are sure to delight! Tickets start at $50 pesos and can be purchased on the same day.