We only had 3 days in Mexico City and we definitely made the most of it! Here are some of my favorite memories from that trip:
La Casa Azul – The Frida Khalo Museum
La Casa Azul was the home of the famous mexican artist, Frida Khalo. Frida was born in this house, lived in it with her husband Diego Rivera for 25 years, and is the place where she spent her final 13 years of life. I am a huge Frida Khalo fan, so it was such a special experience for me to walk around the same place where she spent the majority of her life.
We went to a lucha libre show in Arena Mexico. The energy inside the arena was insane and people of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly, were screaming to cheer on their favorite wrestler. I highly recommend seeing a show, and of course, dressing up for the occasion.
Travel tip: Arena Mexico will not let you bring cameras into the arena. They allow you to check your camera in and get it back after the show. I had to do this and luckily did not run into any problems, but I felt very uncomfortable being separated from my expensive camera in that part of the city. My advice is to leave your camera locked up safely in your hotel room while visiting Arena Mexico.
Las Piramides de Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located about 1.5 hours from Mexico City. It is definitely worth the trip! This place is packed with so much history and Mexican culture, and the pyramid of the sun is an instagram-perfect spot!
Travel Tip: Show up at opening time and avoid the crowds!
Basílica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe
This is where, in the Catholic religion, it is believed Our Lady Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. This has been one of the major pilgrimage sites for Catholics since the 1500s. During our visit there were hundreds of people lined up to get baptized in the Basilica. The inside of the basilica was stunning and I loved being able to experience such a holy place in person.
Castillo de Chapultepec
This modern castle was inhabited by Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlota in the 1800s. The castle is extremely picturesque. It sits on top of Chapultepec Hill and offers breathtaking views of Mexico City.
After this, we took a very short walk from the castle to Chapultepec Park and rented paddle boats on the lake.
We were able experience all of this and more in a short 3 day weekend! We went during a non-peak time, so this ended up being a very inexpensive trip for us, and we only had to take one day off of work. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. So, what’s stopping you from jetting off to Mexico for the weekend? 🙂