Home to almost 9 million inhabitants, Mexico City is one of the most populated metropolises in the world. The supercity can easily get intimidating, but its unique atmosphere and extraordinary sights are worth braving the chaos. Here's a list of 7 points of interest you can't miss while in Mexico's capital!
Yes, you can find pyramids outside Egypt! The one thing you shouldn't miss in Mexico City is a visit to the Teotihuacán archaeological site, a mysterious ancient wonder that will leave you speechless. This complex is home to two gigantic pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, and in its prime was Mesoamerica's greatest city. It's located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City's center and is one of the most important archeological sites in the country.
The origins of the pyramids and its former civilization are still uncertain today, which adds to the mystery of the site. It was inhabited by both the Maya and the Aztec, but the civilization that built the pyramids still remains an enigma. What's for certain is that the astounding panoramic view you'll find after climbing to the top of the pyramids will leave you stunned! Between its curious origin story and the mind-blowing vistas, visiting Teotihuacán is an experience you won't soon forget.
The Palace of Fine Arts
It's a stop you can't leave off your Mexico City itinerary! The Palace of Fine Arts or Palacio de Bellas Artes is an important cultural center in Mexico City that was built between 1904 and 1934. It contains a concert hall, a large theater, and a museum of popular arts where you'll find unique paintings and works of art. There are murals by famous Mexican artists such as the iconic Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The Palace of Fine Arts is an especially important stop if you enjoy both art and beautiful architecture. The building's exterior is magnificient, thanks to a huge yellow, white and orange dome with a sculpted angel at its top. The angel can be seen from many corners of the city.
The Trajineras in Xochimilco
Welcome to Mexico's Venice! The trajineras in the Xochimilco borough are colourfully decorated wooden boats. Most of them are given a name, which is emblazoned on their front, and you may even spot one with your name on it! Locals and visitors gather in Xochimilco to ride on board of one of the numerous trajineras and have a good time exploring the city's ancient canals.
You're allowed to bring your own food and drink, but you'll also find numerous vendors on canoes and boats who will approach your trajinera and offer typical Mexican products such as tacos, tamales, quesadillas and beverages. You can even hire a floating mariachi band to listen to traditional Mexican music and top off your ride in the best possible way!
The National Museum of Anthropology
One of the most emblematic and largest museums preserving Mexico's indigenous legacy is the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) located in the Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. This jewel contains major archeological, ethnographic and anthropological collections. The National Museum of Anthropology represents a true symbol of Mexican cultural richness and identity and is an important place for Mexican people but also for visitors who want to learn about the country's cultural roots. It's home to impressive ancient treasures of architecture such as the mysterious Aztec sunstone, a massive 24-ton stone carved from solidified lava in the 15th century.
Sitting on what the Aztecs considered a sacred hilltop, the Chapultepec Castle is an impressive palace surrounded by a forest in central Mexico City. It's the only royal castle in North America that housed actual members of royal sovereignty. This impressive edifice now hosts Mexico's National History Museum, and is open to visitors all year round.
Its numerous showrooms display objects significant to Mexico's history, and the symmetrical gardens and fountains surrounding the castle are also a must-see! Fun fact: the scenes in the Capulet mansion in Baz Luhrmann's movie Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio were actually filmed inside the Chapultepec Castle!