Mexico City, the bustling capital of Mexico, is one of the most populous cities in the world. Its origin is very ancient, just think that the historic center rises on the ruins of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, founded in 1325 and made up of various islets on Lake Texcoco (now drained). Mexico City is a metropolis that has a lot to offer, and manages to involve all tourists in its traditions, colors and scents. Museums, historic buildings, imposing churches: a tour through these streets offers a thousand emotions and travels through time.
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- How much is a week in Mexico City
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Start visiting the city starting from its focal point: the historic center. Lose yourself in the beautiful Plaza de la Constitución, called Zócalo, one of the largest in the world and with the Mexican flag in the center. North of the square stands the immense Cathedral of Mexico City, which is definitely worth a visit. The cathedral with its gray exterior is 110 meters long and 55 wide. The interior is in Baroque style, with impressive naves and domes. Open every day from 8:00 to 20:00.
For lunch, eat something typical on the terrace, overlooking the Cathedral, of La Casa de las Sirenas, spending about € 30,00.
It is mandatory the visit to the Ruins of the Templo Major, or what remains of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. Many artifacts found can be found in the museum adjacent to the ruins (open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, ticket cost MXN 70,00, about € 3,40). Fascinating is the visit to the Ancient College of Sant'Ildefonso, founded by the Jesuits in 1588. The cost of the visit is 50,00 MXN (approximately € 2,40) and is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00. , Tuesday until 20:00.
A few minutes walk from the College is the Museo de Sitio de la Secretaría de Educación Pública, to access it you will have to leave your passport and what awaits you inside are the magnificent murals by the artist Diego Rivera, which tell the history of Mexico. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 00pm.
Now walk to Plaza de Santo Domingo, where you can relax by eating at the tables of the Restaurante Domingo Santo, spending around € 20,00.
- Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 26 min
- Places visited: Plaza de la Constitución (free), Mexico City Cathedral (free), Ruins of the Templo Major and Museum (€ 3,40), Ancient College of Sant'Ildefonso (€ 2,40), Museo de Sitio de la Secretaría de Educación Pública (free), Plaza de Santo Domingo (free)
- Daily shopping: € 56,00
- access to Teotihuacán with archaeologist
- Lunch at La casa de las Sirenas (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante Domingo Santo (Get directions)
Not far from the Plaza de la Constitución is one of the most beautiful buildings in Mexico City, namely the Palacio de Bellas Artes, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 1987. Its dome is in fact a symbol of the city and inside there are the headquarters of the opera, a concert hall and two museums. The visit to the building costs 70,00 MXN (approximately € 3,40). For free, however, you can reach the bar on the panoramic terrace of the building. The complex is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.
For lunch, stop by Los Callejeros, a place specializing in tacos (average cost per person € 8,00).
Then reach Plaza Manuel Tolsá where, next to the equestrian statue dedicated to Charles IV of Spain, the National Art Museum is located, whose palace was designed by the Italian Silvio Contri, in 1982. Inside there are Mexican works from the 10th to the 00th century. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 17:30 to 60,00:3,00 and admission costs MXN (approximately € ).
Now continue along the Eje Central Lázaro Cárdena street, in about ten minutes you will be in Plaza Garibaldi, the square famous for mariachis, street artists who perform traditional songs and dances.
To conclude the evening have a good aperitif with tortillas and guacamole in the San Luis Winery (average cost per person € 5,00).
- Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 14 min
- Places visited: Palacio de Bellas Artes (€ 3,40), Plaza Tolsà, National Art Museum (€ 3,00), Plaza Garibaldi (free)
- Daily shopping: € 36,00
- Lunch at Los Callejeros (Get directions), Dinner at Cantina San Luis (Get directions)
An immense green area in the city, which rises near the mountain of Chapultepec is the Bosque del Chapultepec. From Plaza de la Constitucòn the park can be reached in 40 minutes, aboard the Observatorio metro line 1 (ticket cost 5,00 MXN, about € 0,25). Inside you will find a vast biodiversity, both plant and animal, and among the many attractions to visit the Castle, former presidential residence, and current seat of the National History Museum. The cost to visit the Castle and the Museum is 75,00 (approximately € 3,60, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00).
For lunch, move to the lake of Chapultepec and eat something seated at the outdoor tables of the De Comida Area, spending about € 5,00 per person. Now you can relax strolling among the orchids and beautiful flowers in the Botanical Garden of the park, whose admission is free. In order not to miss anything, the park also houses the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, where you will find modern and contemporary works of art in 5 rooms. Admission costs MXN 70,00 (approximately € 3,40) and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (Sunday admission is free).
Take a stroll among the art installations of Tamayo Park, and head to the National Museum of Anthropology, probably the most important museum in Mexico. The huge building houses the largest collection in the world of pre-Columbian art and Maya, Aztec, Toltec, Mixteca and many other peoples who occupied the territory. The visit costs 75,00 MXN (approximately € 3,60) and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00.
For dinner, reach the tables of La casa de la Bici, still taking a nice walk in the Bosque de Chapultepec (average cost per person € 20,00).
- Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 42 min
- Places visited: Bosque de Chapultepec (free), Chapultepec Castle (€ 3,60), Botanical Garden (free), Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art (€ 3,40), National Museum of Anthropology (€ 3,60)
- Daily shopping: € 38,00
- Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Tour Chapultepec Castle Stories Walking Tour Small Group Walking Tour to Chapultepec Castle
- Lunch at Area De Comida (Get directions), Dinner at La casa de la Bici (Get directions)
One of the many fascinating places of worship in the historic center is undoubtedly the Maronite Cathedral of Mexico and Shrine of St. Charbel, dating back to 1573. The cathedral is in Baroque style, and the bell tower is adorned with Puebla tiles (Mexico City is known for its beautiful ceramics). At 300 meters is the ancient Palazzo dei Conti, current seat of the Museo de la Ciudad, a Baroque-style building that houses temporary exhibitions and the studio of the painter Joaquín Clausell. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, the cost of the ticket is MXN 30,00 (approximately € 1,44).
Stroll along Repùblica de el Salvador, and stop for lunch, to taste some delicious tortillas, at Pastes Kikos (average cost per person € 5,00).
After lunch, keep walking and turn into El Central Lazaro Cardenas, in a few minutes you will be in front of the Torre Latinoamericana. It is a 204 meter high skyscraper with 44 floors. You can enter it, visit the Museum inside and get to the 44th floor, from where enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, paying a 130,00 MXN ticket (about € 5,30). Open every day from 9:00 to 21:00.
Once back down, continue the tour and stop at admire the Casa de los Azulejos, the colonial building dates back to the sixteenth century, of which you can admire the beauty of the azulejos, or the blue tiles that cover it. Open every day from 7:00 am to 1:00 am, admission is free.
For dinner, stop at the Mexican restaurant Restaurante Don Toribio (average cost per person about € 10,00).
- Distance traveled: 1,8 km / 22 min
- Places visited: Maronite Cathedral of Mexico and Shrine of St. Charbel (free), Museo de la Ciudad (€ 1,44), Torre Latinoamericana (€ 4,80), Casa de los Azulejos (free)
- Daily shopping: € 21,50
- Lunch at Pastes Kikos (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante Don Toribio (Get directions)
A place of worship that brings millions of pilgrims to Mexico City every year is the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located on the Tepeyac mountain. To reach it, take the Tasqueña tram line 2 near Plaza de la Consitucion (ticket cost 5,00 MXN, about € 0,25, open every day from 5:50 am to 21:00 pm). Before continuing your visit to these sacred places, have a quick brunch at Little Caesar's tables, spending an average of € 5,00 per person.
In the complex of the buildings of the Basilica there is also the Museum, which contains sacred art and colonial period paintings portraying the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The ticket costs 5,00 MXN (approximately € 0,25). Continue the tour by visiting the Expiatory Temple to Christ the King, the Pocito Temple and the Capuchin Parish, all buildings of great charm. Very interesting is also the visit to the Capilla del Cerrito, the church in Baroque style and with an inclined interior floor, following some seismic events.
Finally, take a rest in Plaza Mariana, adjacent to the Basilica, where the Carillon, the monument that contains a large clock and for dinner, relax at Los Huaraches Ok Zumárraga, where you can eat tasty tortillas (average cost per person € 8,00).
- Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 39 min
- Places visited: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (free), Museum of the Basilica (€ 0,25), Expiatory Temple to Christ the King (free), Temple of Pocito (free), Capuchin Parish (free), Capilla del Cerrito (free) , Plaza Mariana (free)
- Daily shopping: € 15,00
- Teotihuacan and Shrine of Guadalupe Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe: 5-hour tour
- Lunch at Little Caesar's (Get directions), Dinner at Los Huaraches Ok Zumárragae (Get directions)
Today you can dedicate yourself to visiting a very characteristic district of Mexico City, the Coyoacán, which can be called the artists' quarter. To get there, take metro line 116A Metro General Anaya - Rio de Guadalupe in the historic center (ticket cost 5,00 MXN, about € 0,25). The ride takes about 48 min. The streets of the district are in the sixteenth century style and everywhere you can breathe an air of culture, with musicians and street artists.
Reach in a few minutes the nerve center of Coyoacán, Plaza Hidalgo, where to eat traditional Mexican cuisine, at Tortas Don Coyote (lunch cost around € 10,00).
Now, to immerse yourself in the culture of the neighborhood, go and do a tour of the scents and aromas of the Mercado de Coyoacán, where you can shop and taste very special.
The next must stop in the suburb is the Frida Kahlo Museum, or the Blue House, where the artist lived and died in 1954. Inside there are objects, works, photographs and paintings of the artist, which express all his greatness and passion. The cost for the visit is 250,00 MXN (approximately € 12,00) and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30.
Outside the museum, walk to the La Fagata park and stop for a meal in the La Talavera restaurant, where you can enjoy good Mexican food at low cost (full dinner for € 5,00).
- Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 16 min
- Places visited: Coyoacán city center (free), Plaza Hidalgo (free), Mercado de Coyoacán (free), Frida Kahlo Museum (€ 12,00)
- Daily shopping: € 30,00
- Xochimilco and Coyoacan: tour with Frida Kahlo Coyoacán Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum and Xochimilco
- Lunch at Tortas Don Coyote (Get directions), Dinner at La Talavera (Get directions)
Today is the right opportunity to take a little trip out of town. Head to the Terminal de Autobuses de Pasajeros de Orient, and take one of the several direct bus to the beautiful and ancient city of Puebla (ticket cost MXN 200,00, approximately € 9,72). The trip takes about 2 hours. You will get off at the Central de Autobus in Puebla, from here a bus will take you to the center in about half an hour (ticket cost MXN 9,00, about € 1,40).
The historic center of the city was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and its origin dates back to 1531, in full colonial times. Enjoy a stroll through the streets and be surprised by the Capilla del Rosario, the opulent chapel located inside the Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman.
Keep walking, eat tacos at Las Ranas Taqueria (cost about € 5,00) and enter the Puebla Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Spanish Baroque. The dome is 43 meters high and the interiors are embellished with various decorations. Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00. Very interesting is the visit to theProtection Museum, the elegant building that houses works from the pre-Columbian era. The works tell the various aspects of the life of the ancestors of this place, from religion, to work, to traditions. On the top of the building there is a terrace from which you can enjoy an endless panorama of Puebla. The cost of the ticket is 70,00 (approximately € 3,40) and is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 18:00.
End the day by dining in the elegant Casa Barroca restaurant, spending around € 27,00.
- Distance traveled: 269 km / 4 h 22 min by car including round trip from Mexico City
- Places visited: Puebla (free), Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman (free), Cathedral de Puebla (free), Amparo Museum (€ 3,40).
- Daily shopping: € 55,00
- Puebla and Cholula: Full-Day Tour from Mexico City From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Private Tour
- Lunch at Las Ranas Taqueria (Get directions), Dinner at Casa Barroca (Get directions)
How much is a week in Mexico City
NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".
Spending a week in Mexico City is not enough to get to know all the beauties of such an immense city. However it comes to a suitable time to appreciate part of this culture, between traditions and modernity.
In the city there are many museums to visit, some relate to the ancient colonial origins of Mexico City, others relate to art throughout the various eras. Museums are almost always paid and often it is a paltry price. Even when it comes to food, there is not much to fear, as you can eat well without spending too much. On the choice of the neighborhood to stay, if you want to save money, just move away from the Historic Center, without worrying too much about the distances: the Mexico City metro is among the most convenient in the world. To better organize your trip, you need to definitely be careful with flight prices: the only direct flight from Italy is from Rome Fiumicino, so it is necessary to book in advance, taking advantage of the best offers.
- starting from € 590,00 -
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 54,00 per room -
- access to Teotihuacán with archaeologist 1 day tour and anthropology museum 3 hour private walking tour of the center
- Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 1.174,00 per person
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to visit Mexico City: all year round, the most favorable periods are from January to May and from October to December. A visit during the traditional Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd could be particularly impressive - find out more
- a few years ago, the direct Rome - Mexico City route was introduced by the airline Alitalia. The flight, after 13 hours and 20 minutes, reaches the Benito Juarez International Airport, which is 10 km from the center. The fastest way to get to the center is the metro, which takes about 20 minutes. Tickets cost MXN 25,00 (approximately € 1,21). Otherwise you can use the metrobus, which takes about 35 minutes, ticket cost 30,00 MXN (about € 1,45), or the taxi, whose ride could cost about 200,00 MXN (about € 9,66).
- Centro Històrico, is the most expensive but also the most comfortable and suggestive district for tourists. The Rome and Condesa districts are the most artistic and in the evening they are filled with music and fun. For those looking for luxury, however, the choice must fall on Polanco
- Getting around: within the individual districts you can move on foot, but the city is really very large, so you will need to use public transport to get around. The subway consists of 12 lines and 175 stations, the single ticket costs 5,00 MXN (about € 0,24). Buses travel on 88 routes and tickets cost around MXN 28,00 (around € 1,40) - find out more
- Local currency: New Mexican Peso (MXN) / € 1,00 = MXN 21,00
- Time zone: GMT-6 (-7h compared to Italy)
- Entry requirements: Italian citizens must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in the country and a tourist card. The card must be completed during the outward journey by plane, and then returned on the day of departure
- Safety info: The main recommendation is to pay close attention in very crowded places, such as stations and public transport, to avoid pickpocketing and theft. Walking at night is not recommended, especially in less touristy areas. For further information, consult the Mexico section on the official website of the Farnesina