We only had 3 days in Mexico City and we definitely made the most of it! Here are the activities I recommend including in your Mexico City itinerary.
La Casa Azul – The Frida Kahlo Museum
La Casa Azul was the home of the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. It is located in the historic Coyoacán neighborhood. Frida was born in this house and lived in it with her husband, Diego Rivera, for 25 years. This is the place where she spent her final 13 years of life. It is such a special experience to walk around the same place where she lived. For more information about the museum’s hours and ticket prices, check out their website:
Website: Frida Kahlo Museum
You will find the best Lucha Libre show in Mexico City at Arena Mexico. It is located in the Colonia Doctores neighborhood. The energy inside the arena is insane and people of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly, scream 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 inside. 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 belongings 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 culture. Climbing The Pyramid of the Sun provides you with a breathtaking view of the ruins.
Website: Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan
Travel Tip: Show up at opening time to 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 this beautiful place in person.
Website: Basílica de Guadalupe
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 incredible views of Mexico City.
Website: Museo Nacional de Historia
After visiting the castle, you can take a very short walk to Chapultepec Park and rent 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. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.
So, what’s stopping you from jetting off to Mexico City for the weekend? 🙂