4 Day Mexico City Itinerary: The Ultimate CDMX Travel Guide

Planning your 4 Day Mexico City Itinerary?

You’re in for an epic trip! You’re also in the right place — and you’ve come to the right guide, as I lived there for about a year. I know firsthand that planning a trip to North America’s largest city can be intimidating.

However, it doesn’t have to be!

Speaking from experience, the keys to planning the ultimate Mexico City trip are to:

  • Plan ahead so you know which things to see in Mexico City,
  • Stay in one of the centrally located, best neighborhoods in Mexico City, and,
  • Plan strategically so you only visit 1-2 neighborhoods each day.

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With the three strategies listed above, you’re going to experience the best places during your four day in Mexico City itinerary.

This article will provide a neighborhood-by-neighborhood Mexico City guide, including the areas you’ll want to stay, play and eat in. If you’d like more suggestions on Mexico City things to see, head to this article, 150 Best Non-Touristy Things to Do in Mexico City.

Ready to dive in? ⬇ Scroll down for the Ultimate 4 days in Mexico City itinerary! Then, check out the best neighborhoods in Mexico City guide and some other Mexico City FAQs, so you have an amazing Mexico City trip.

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Day 1: Teotihuacan Ruins

Teotihuacan is one of the oldest and most important of Mexico’s archeological sites, and one of the 35 Mexico UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In fact, Mexico City shares top honors for the most UNESCO Sites with Oaxaca state; each of them has three.

While suggesting you devote one full day of your 4 days in Mexico City to seeing Teotihuacan may seem extreme, realistically, visiting Teotihuacan is a daylong affair.

For those who simply can’t sacrifice one whole day, book the Teotihuacán Express Tour. This abridged tour means you won’t get the full experience, but you’ll still get to see this amazing place. For a great full day tour, consider the Teotihuacan & My Grandma’s Food Tour, or Teotihuacan Scavenger Hunt.

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Teotihuacan pyramid, ancient pyramids in mexico city | 4 day mexico city itinerary

Though only about 35 miles north of Centro Historico (Downtown Mexico City), the drive alone can take up to two hours due to the Mexico City traffic. How can you cut your travel time down? Head out early; as in arrive to Teotihuacan right when it opens at 9am.

This strategy not only reduces your time in traffic, but it also reduces your time in the hot, midday sun! Teotihuacan, and most Mexican archeological sites, often lack one thing — shaded areas. As historians frequently conduct research at Teotihuacan, most trees have been cleared for ease of study. 

If you’re looking to climb all three of Teotihuacan’s pyramids, you’ll definitely want to arrive early so you’re not waking up hundreds of stairs under the midday sun! When the sun gets more intense, head indoors to the Teotihuacan Museum and the semi-shaded Sculpture Garden.

After you visit Teotihuacan, spend some time exploring the pueblo magico (magic town) of San Juan Teotihuacan, where the pyramids are located. Take the Experience with A Teotihuacan Native Tour to really understand this magical area!

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Book the Teotihuacan Balloon Ride Tour to see this ancient archeological site from above — the only real way to appreciate its vastness!


🌮 Head to both La Gruta and Teotihuacan on the Live the Pyramids & Eat Under the Earth Tour.

When it’s time to eat, head to the La Gruta restaurant.

This is the well-known grotto/cave restaurant near Teotihuacan, and the only place to experience a cave restaurant in Mexico City!

La Gruta serves both tacos and other traditional Mexican favorites, and also uncommon dishes like escamoles, often referred to as Mexican caviar.

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Eat underground in this cave restaurant near Mexico City!

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How to get from Mexico City to Teotihuacan

Uber to Teotihuacan: Besides taking a tour, this is the most convenient way to get to Teotihuacan. Prices will of course vary, but figure about $1,000 pesos ($50USD), round trip. There is a designated Uber Zone at Teotihuacan, which has the best cell signal and where Uber drivers know to pick passengers up.

• Drive to Teotihuacan: Driving in Mexico City is not for the faint of heart! However, for those who want to rent a car and drive to Teotihuichan, it’s a relatively easy drive and will take about 1.5 hours.

Bus to Teotihuacan: Buses depart from Mexico City about every 30-45 minutes from Terminal del Norte (North Terminal). When you arrive at the bus station, look for Gate 8, and buy your ticket from the booth near the end of that concourse. Round trip tickets are about $200 pesos ($10USD).

🚌💨 Teotihuacan Travel Tip: Make sure your bus is going to the Teotihuacan archeological site — not the town of San Juan Teotihuacan.

Teotihuacan Tours

The easiest, most convenient way to see Teotihuacan? On a group tour, of course. Here are the best Teotihuacan tours you can take from Mexico City.


Day 2: Coyoacan & Xochimilco

1. Coyoacan

Located not far from one another in the southern part of CDMX, Xochilimco and Coyoacan make a great one day Mexico City itinerary excursion. For these two destinations, you’re going to want to do a little advanced planning.

Frida Kahlo Museum

Coyoacan is one of the city’s most colorful neighborhoods, and the former home to one of its most colorful women, Frida Kahlo.

As one of Mexico’s iconic figures, you can imagine the Frida Kahlo Museum, AKA Casa Azul (Blue House), draws some crowds.

As the name Casa Azul states, this is her blue house, which is a great glimpse into the artist’s life — but it also means this isn’t a big museum, it’s a small (well, smallish) house.

The line starts forming early, and stays long all day, as only a few people can go in at a time.

🎟 If you’re visiting, please do yourself this favor: Buy your Frida Kahlo tickets in advance!

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The famous Casa Azul (Blue House) AKA Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan.

When you buy your tickets online, you select an entry time and day, and your ticket is emailed to you. On the day of your reservation, you show up at that time, and they scan the ticket in your email. 

Though the Casa Azul is the most visited of all things to do in Coyoacan, there are many others. Check out these great Coyoacan tours below, and head to this article for a list of other top sights in Coyoacan.

When it’s time to leave Coyoacan, grab an Uber and head to the next stop, Xochimilco. ⬇ Keep scrolling to find out about this amazing, historic part of CDMX.

Coyoacan Tours


2. Xochimilco

What is Xochimilco?

Lake Xochimilco (pronounced so-chee-mill-co) is a series of canals, man-made by the Aztecs way back in the day as a thoroughfare route for commerce and trade.

It is now one of the Mexico City UNESCO World Heritage Sites many have on their bucket list.

Xochimilco is known as a place to party, but many also go to see the chinampas, or floating gardens, for a more authentic cultural experience.

Visiting Xochimilco

Home to Mexico City’s brightly-colored trajineras (gondola) boats, Xochimilco is high atop many Mexico City bucket lists.

Famed for its festive atmosphere, visitors and locals alike charter trajinera boats and head out onto the canals. The bravest of visitors will head to the Island of the Dolls, Mexico City’s famed dark tourism site ☠️

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The most fun way to go to Xochimilco? On a group tour, like the Xochimilco: Tequila, Mezcal & Fun Tour, or the Xochimilco and Mexican Party Tour!

While boating through the canals, other boats will float past yours selling food, beer and pulque, a prehispanic adult beverage made from fermented agave. Pulque is an acquired taste, but worth trying at least once in CDMX.

You’ll also see boats with mariachi bands floating past, which you can hire to sing you some songs. As you can see, Xochimilco is a bit of a fiesta — and it’s a lot of fun with a group. For this reason, you’ll want to book a Xochimilco tour below.

🛶 Xochimilco Travel Tip: A Xochimilco tour is also good for anyone who isn’t confident with their Spanish. Xochimilco boat prices, your trip length, etc. have to be negotiated with boat captains before they agree to take you, and some will want a minimum number of people before heading out.

Xochimilco Tours


Day 3: Centro Historico and Chapultepec Park

1. Centro Historico & Zocalo

With its endless amounts of history, you could spend weeks exploring Centro Historico (Historic Downtown) and the Zocalo (Main Square). Looking for the deepest possible understanding of this amazing area of Mexico City? Book your spot on the Secrets of the Historic Center of Mexico.

Just want to see a few things? Here are Top 5 best things to do in Centro Historico and the Zocalo.

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Mexico's main Cathedral in the Zocalo | 4 day mexico city itinerary

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1. Zocalo: This is the central square in downtown Mexico City. It is an actual square with the Templo Mayor (Main Temple of the Aztecs), Metropolitan Cathedral and Palacio Nacional as the highlights. While they are all great, I’d spend the most time exploring the Templo Mayor, the most important Aztec site in CDMX.

2. Palacio Bellas Artes: If you’ve ever seen an image of downtown Mexico City, chances are you’ve seen Palacio Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). This golden-domed, classical European building is a work of art in itself, but do head inside to see the gorgeous art deco interior and museum.

Located next to Palacio Bellas Artes, the well-maintained Parque Alameda Central is a large urban park with beautiful sculptures and fountains. Don’t miss the beautiful Benito Juarez Hemicycle monument, and the Bellas Artes Metro sign, a gift from the French president.

3. Barrio Chino (Chinatown): Are you even in a proper big city if there’s no Chinatown?! While Mexico City Chinatown isn’t huge, it is worth checking out to snap some photos. From Palacio Bellas Artes, walk across the busy Avenida Juarez, and look for the large colorful archway to enter Barrio Chino.

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4. Torre Latinoamericana (Latin American Tower): An iconic building in Mexico City’s skyline! Head to the top of the tower on a clear day for some amazing city views. Located nearby, take the elevator inside the Sears department store building to the cafe on the top floor for another vantage point.

5. Eat Tacos: Centro Historico boasts many of the best tacos in Mexico City, as well as the most well known and beloved taquerías (taco shops) and taco restaurants.

Some of the standouts include: Los Cocuyos, El Huequito, Taquería Arandas and El Pescadito. Don’t miss Tacos de Canasta los Especiales to try tacos de canasta (basket taco), Mexico City’s original street food taco.

When it’s time to leave Centro Historico, grab an Uber and head to the next stop, Chapultepec Park. ⬇ Keep scrolling to find out about this giant urban park, one of the largest of its kind in the world!

Mexico City Taco Tours

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2. Chapultepec Park

After a few hours in Centro Historico, head to the Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Park).

Now, this park is massive — as in 1,700 acres massive! Given its large size and variety of attractions, you could spend a week in Chapultepec and not see everything. From the beautiful Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle), nine museums, two lakes, a zoo, and more, you have to be intentional with your time.

Looking to see a lot of this park? Book the Discover Chapultepec on Bicycle Tour to cover as much ground as possible.

If you’re headed there on foot, the two standout attractions in the park are the Castillo de Chapultepec and National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología), the most visited museum in all of Mexico City!

Book the Discover Chapultepec on Bicycle Tour to cover as much ground as possible at this giant park!

The castillo is North America’s only real castle, because royalty did once live there. The former home of Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota is now considered one of CDMX’s most iconic sites.

🎟 Pro tip: Admission is free on Sundays, but arrive early because it gets crowded! They open at 9am.

Of the park’s nine, if you had to pick just one museum in the park, consider the Anthropology Museum. This covers thousands (yes, thousands) of years of Mexico’s history, dating all the way back to the elusive Olmec civilization in ca. 2,500-400BC, which was over 4,500 years ago.

Seems overwhelming?! Oh, it is.

If you want to get the most out of this world-class museum, book the Mexico Unearthed at Anthropology Museum Tour, led by a female anthropologist/archaeologist with 22 years of experience in Mexican history.

Chapultepec Tours


Day 4: Roma Norte & La Condesa

Do you know this statement all too well: I need a vacation from my vacation!

In an effort for you to not feel that way at the end of your 4 days in Mexico City, this last day is all about relaxation, pretty parks, and of course, tacos! For this reason, I highly recommend you spend your last day in two of Mexico City’s best neighborhoods, Roma and Condesa, just strolling around.

👯‍♀️ Prefer a guided tour? Book the Roma & Condesa Discovery Tour, which covers both neighborhoods.

1. Roma Norte

Does the name Roma ring a bell? It should; this is the neighborhood from the movie Roma, the 2019 Oscar-winning film by Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron.

Within Colonia Roma, you’ll notice there’s both a Roma Norte (North Rome) and Roma Sur (South Rome) neighborhood. They are both great and safe, though personally, I find Roma Norte the prettier of the two.

Some of the neighborhood’s nicest architecture, and best cafes and shops line Avenida Álvaro Obregón (Alvaro Obregon Ave.). This street also comes alive at night, having some of Mexico City’s best nightlife spots right here, as well as the best late night taquería (taco shop), Taqueria Orinoco.

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Fuente de Cibeles (Cibeles Fountain) in Roma Norte.

2. Condesa

Just across one of Mexico City’s main streets, Avenida Insurgentes (Insurgents Avenue), you’ll find yourself in Roma Norte’s sister neighborhood, La Condesa. 

Get to know the Condesa neighborhood by strolling the tree-lined Hipódromo (racetrack), a walkable pathway that circles Avenida Amsterdam (Amsterdam Ave.). Once a horse racing track, as you’d notice from its name and circular shape, the street is now a peaceful way to explore La Condesa.

Don’t miss Parque Mexico (Mexico Park) and Parque España (Spain Park), two of Mexico City’s nicest parks that are both in Condesa.

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Parque España (Spain Park) in Condesa


FREE Map: Best Restaurants in Roma Norte & Condesa

Besides leisurely walking around and looking at buildings and street art, Rome Norte and La Condesa boast some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars in the city. Here are a few recommendations, all pinned to this map of Roma Norte and La Condesa.

  • Best Cafes in Condesa and Roma: Cardinal Casa de Café, Blend Station, Efimero Cafe, Cafebrería el Péndulo, Tomás Casa de Té, La Esquina de Té, Casa Tassel (the last 3 are tea shops)
  • Best Brunch in Condesa and Roma: Panaderia Rosetta, Lalo!, Que Sera de Mi, Maque
  • Best Lunch in Condesa and Roma: Contramar, Fonda Fina, La Docena, Lardo
  • Best Restaurants in Condesa and Roma: Rosetta, Maximo Bistrot, Azul Condesa, MeroToro
  • Best Tacos in Condesa and Roma: Taquería Orinoco (tacos al pastor), El Hidalguense (barbacoa/barbeque, open on weekends only), El Pescadito (seafood tacos), Tacos Hola el Güero (tacos guisados/stew tacos), Por Siempre Vegana Taquería (vegan tacos), Taqueria El Greco (tacos arabes/Arabian tacos)
  • Best Bars in Condesa and Roma: Casa Franca (cocktails/speakeasy), Limantour (cocktails), Wallace Whisky Bar (whisky/spirits), La Clandestina (mezcal), Hotel Condesa DF (rooftop bar), Pulqueria Insurgentes (pulque), Loup Bar (wine), El Depósito (beer)

🌮 Prefer a guided Mexico City food tour? Book your spot on the Taste Colonia Roma with Local Foodies now!

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Best tacos in Roma: Taqueria Orinoco, and their try types of tacos, res (beef), trompo (tacos al pastor) and chicharron (fried pork skin).


Mexico City Travel FAQs

Is Mexico City safe for travel?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: Statistically speaking, tourists are quite safe in Mexico. However, as this is a complex topic, head to this article for a more comprehensive explanation, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers.

💁‍♀️ On a personal note: I lived there as a solo woman for about a year. As I encountered no issues, I feel comfortable saying Mexico City is safe.

The one disclaimer I make about Mexico City safety is that you must make your own safety your own highest priority — as I did. There are some general and Mexico travel safety tips below in the accordion menus that will explain how. If you prefer podcasts, there’s also a Mexico travel safety podcast below.

Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?

Want an added level of security and peace of mind during these strange travel times? Just as you insure your car, home and body, you can also insure your luggage, belongings and health while traveling.

I’ll be honest, when I first started traveling solo, I wasn’t insured. However, after years of solo traveling, I wised up… Now, I even have a whole page of this website dedicated to travel insurance, because it’s just that important!

If Mexico and Mexico City travel safety are on your mind, get your free quote below now!

10 General travel safety tips
  1. Always listen to your intuition — because your intuition is always right.
  2. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place asap. Don’t worry about making a kind, nice or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away fast.
  3. Don’t walk home alone at night.
  4. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  5. Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
  6. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
  7. Speaking of bar neighbors… don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended.
  8. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  9. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
  10. This should be a no brainer since you’re traveling during a pandemic, but get Travel Insurance!
Register for the STEP Program

Make sure you enroll in the free STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

After you’ve registered, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City can contact you in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home in the event of an emergency while abroad.

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The beautiful, domed buildings of Centro Historico, the historic City Center.

How do I get to Mexico City?

To visit Mexico City, fly into Mexico City International Airport (Code: MEX). Depending on traffic, plan for 45-60 minutes to get to your accommodation from the airport. The easiest way to leave from the airport is via Uber, taxi or private transfer.

Airport Transfers in Mexico City

Is there Uber in Mexico City?

Yes, there is Uber in Mexico City!

Mexico City actually has quite a few transportation options — bus, metro, taxi and Uber. Personally, I recommend Uber, and though it does cost more than using public transportation, the price difference is relatively insignificant.

In Mexico, Uber tends to cost about 60% less than in the U.S. Of course, rates will vary, but figure about $3 for a 20 minute ride. While public transportation is less than half of that cost, you will spend three times as long to get around.

Taxis are about the same price as Uber, but you should only take a taxi from the secure, designated taxi stands, and remember you’ll need pesos/cash. Also keep in mind that, in Mexico, you negotiate and agree on the price before getting in the cab.

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

No, you don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico from the U.S. This is another reason why, in general, Mexico is one of the best travel destinations from the U.S.

When you arrive in Mexico and go through the Customs and Immigration line, you’ll receive a 180-day (6 month) FMM tourist visa. This is a small piece of paper that you need to hold on to so you can give it back to Immigration at the airport when you leave the country. 

There is no charge for the FMM, but if you lose yours, there is a charge of about $550 pesos ($27) to replace it. You’d also need to get to the airport about an extra hour earlier than you’d normally have to in order to do the lost visa paperwork… the bottom line: Don’t lose your FMM!

What’s the best time of year to visit Mexico City?

Weather-wise, Mexico City has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cool. The rainy season is from April-September, and it can rain quite a bit.

Mexico City Weather

The prettiest time of year in CDMX is from (about) mid-February to the end of March, when the bright purple jacaranda trees are in bloom! This also coincides with the monarch butterfly migration in the neighboring state of Michoacan, which takes place March-June.

The city hosts the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festivities during the last week in October. This is one of the most lively, and busy, times in Mexico City.

If you want the city all to yourself, come during Semana Santa (Holy Week) when many Mexicans leave the city and head to the beach. The dates fluctuate, but Semana Santa takes place in late-March to early-April each year.

Do I need to learn Spanish to visit Mexico City?

If you stick to the popular areas and commonly-visited attractions, no, you can get by with just English. For the most part, about half of chilangos (Mexico City residents/locals) speak some English.

However, it is good manners to learn at last some basic Spanish when you visit Mexico City. 🎧 Listen to Episode 13 of the podcast as travel blogger Elizabeth talk about how she learned 8 languages, and gives great tips for how to learn language basics in easy, fun ways.

If learning Spanish isn’t in the cards for you, #NoJudgement! Pin and/or save the infographic below on your phone so you’ll always have the words and phrases you need, even if you’re off-WiFi.

List of useful spanish words and phrases
Mexico City car rentals

If you’re just staying in the city — don’t bother renting a car! However, if you’re planning to take a road trip to any of the amazing places outside of CDMX, like Las Grutas de Tolantongo hot springs, then a car rental makes perfect sense.

For a car rental in Mexico City, the airport is the best and most convenient place to rent from. Discover Cars has several Mexico City airport car rental options for you to choose from.

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🚗💨 Looking for a great Mexico City day trip? Head to Las Grutas Tolantongo, the famous caves and hot springs in Mexico, and these other 15 best day trips from Mexico City.


Best neighborhoods in Mexico City?

On the map below, you’ll find pins for all the areas mentioned in this blog. They have the largest concentrations of things to do in CDMX, and are the best neighborhoods in Mexico City, overall.

For first timer visitors and solo female travelers, stick to either Roma Norte or Condesa for a place to stay. These are safe, cool, fun, centrally located, and two of the safest neighborhoods in Mexico City. However, the two others you might consider are Coyoacan and Polanco.

Neighborhoods to avoid in Mexico City

I lived in Mexico City as a solo woman for about a year, and felt quite safe…. though there are neighborhoods you should avoid, like Tepito and Doctores.

Tepito is located in Centro Historico (Downtown), and should simply be avoided.

Doctores is safer than Tepito, but still, does not have a great reputation. It is located just north or Roma Norte, one of the city’s safest and best neighborhoods, and it also happens to be where all the big Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) matches take place.

I did go to a Lucha Libre match in Doctores once, and felt safe. However, this might be a good place to consider having a local with you — especially if you aren’t confident in your Spanish.

Don’t know a local and want to experience the famous (& fun!) lucha libre? No worries! Book the Lucha Libre/Street Taco Tour, because Lucha Libre + Street Tacos + Safety = the best of all worlds!

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Roma Norte, Mexico City

From the beautiful architecture, pretty parks, walkability, cute cafes, street art, street tacos, and overall chill vibe, Roma Norte is one of the best Mexico City neighborhoods.

Roma Norte (North Rome) and Roma Sur (South Rome) make up Colonia Roma (Rome Colony). In Mexico City, colonias are designated areas within counties.

🏨 Book one of the best Roma Norte hotels!

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You’ll sometimes see Condesa referred to by its technical name, La Condesa, but both refer to the same neighborhood.

Condesa and Roma, are “sister neighborhoods,” and located just right next to one another, on either side of Avenida Insurgents (Insurgentes Avenue). 

While they are both great, with the same great amenities and hip vibes, Condesa is a little more lively at night, and a little louder, which is why many choose Roma. If you’re looking for more nightlife, you might pick Condesa over Roma.

🏨 Book one of the best Condesa hotels!

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Soumaya Museum in Polanco


Polanco is the most posh area of CDMX. It is located in the northwestern part of Mexico City, bordering Chapultepec Park.

This is a calmer area of town, with gorgeous Polanco hotels, nice parks, a few great museums, and upscale shopping along Avenida Presidente Masaryk, AKA the “Rodeo Drive of Mexico City.”

By night, there are swanky Polanco bars, and also some of the best fine dining in Mexico City, like Pujol and Quintonil.

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Jardin Centenario in Coyoacan


Coyoacan is a lovely neighborhood, in fact, it’s where Frida Kahlo lived, and where you’ll find the Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul).

The one negative to Coyoacan is that it’s in the south part of the city, so getting to anything north (where most of the stuff you want to see is) takes a lot of time.

If you want to stay in this neighborhood, make sure you pick one of these Coyoacan hotels and apartments. This area is walkable in some parts, and not so much in others. It’s also cute in some parts, and frankly, not cute in others.

What’s Mexico City Weather like?

What do I pack for Mexico City?

Mexico City and Central Mexico have much colder weather than the tropical climates many associate with Mexico. As you can see by the Mexico City weather chart above, this part of Mexico has what’s called an “eternal spring” climate, meaning cooler springtime weather for much of the year.

Beyond planning what clothes to pack, keep in mind Mexico City is about 1.5 miles above sea level. If you’re not used to that, you can get altitude sickness, which is like the flu. Many have great success with an Anti-Altitude Sickness Acupressure Bracelet, while others have to take Anti-Altitude Sickness meds.

🧳 Related Blog: The Ultimate Packing List for Mexico + FREE Printable Checklist

What to wear in Mexico city

As far as how to dress in Mexico City — chilangos (Mexico City locals) tend to dress conservative, and even in warmer months, pants/jeans and long sleeve shirts are the norm. Mexico City sidewalks aren’t the easiest to walk on, and you’ll want to opt for flats over wedges or heels.

👗 Head here for Mexico City outfit ideas and inspo!

FREE Printable Mexico City Packing Checklist

Wondering exactly what to pack for Mexico City? Download your FREE printable packing list for Mexico below! This multi-page Mexico packing checklist covers everything you’ll want to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring to Mexico City and the beaches of Mexico.

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¡Hola Chicas!

I’m Shelley, a former Miami travel magazine editor who ditched the office for the world!

I started this Blog and Podcast to help women like you cross Solo travel and Mexico travel off your bucket list… READ MORE

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  1. Denise

    What a perfect itinerary! I never knew the Aztecs made those canals! I’ve only seen them in photos, but hopefully some day!

  2. Jamie Sharpe

    I’d love to visit Mexico City just for the food! And everything else on this itinerary looks great too. Saving for later.

    • Shelley

      Hi Jamie: If you visit just for the food, it would still be an amazing trip 😂

  3. Kitti

    I always enjoy reading your posts, they are so well put together. I’m using this when I finally get to book my Mexico trip.


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