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Downtown Mexico City Historic Center: 11 Best Things to Do

Looking for the best things to do Downtown Mexico City center?

You’re in the right place because this article lists all the must sees, must dos and must eat tacos in the Mexico City Historic Center and the Zocalo — one of 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico.

Though you could spend an entire week exploring what many consider the best neighborhood in Mexico City, there are 11 things to do and sights to see highlighted here. Check out the Mexico City map below and use this article as the perfect one day Mexico City itinerary to explore the Mexican capital.

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▶︎ Discover the History of Centro Mexico

Let’s explore the 11 most well-known sites in Mexico’s historic downtown area, so you can cross all of the most popular CDMX attractions off your bucket list.

We’ll start in the historic center of Mexico City Zócalo, the main square. Here, you’ll see three of the tio sites in Mexico City: the Templo Mayor, Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio Nacional. Then, head to several other amazing sights, before finally eating some of the best tacos in Mexico City.

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Centro Historico Mexico City Map

For your convenience, everywhere mentioned in this article has been pinned to this map of the Mexico City Historic Center neighborhood and the Zocalo.

From the Templo Mayor Aztec temple, to the most Instagrammable sites in Mexico City, like the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, to where to find the best tacos in Centro Historico — It’s all right here on this map. I hope you use it to have an Mexico City trip!

🤔 What is the Center of Mexico City called? It goes by a lot of names: el Centro de Mexico, Centro de la Ciudad de Mexico, el Centro Historico de Mexico, Centro Histórico de la ciudad de México, or just Centro Historico.

11 Best Things to Do in Mexico City: Historic Center & Zocalo

Templo Mayor (Aztec Temple)

Centuries ago, the Templo Mayor (Main Aztec Temple) served as the central location of the entire Aztec empire. After the Spanish conquest, it was buried, and the present-day Zocalo (town square) was built on top. The first efforts to excavate the templo began in the 19th century, and continued through the 1980s.

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Today, you can stroll the remnants of the temple and see some of its most historic archeological treasures. During the excavations, more than 7,000 objects and artifacts were recovered; some of which are now displayed in the onsite museum.

  • Templo Mayor Address: Seminario 8, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06060
  • Templo Mayor Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm
  • Templo Mayor Admission Cost: $80 pesos ($4USD)
Aztec snake head sculpture at Templo Mayor | Mexico City historic center

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

From the rocks that were once Aztec temples, the Spanish conquistadors had the giant Catedral Metropolitana de México (Metropolitan Cathedral) constructed. It took an astounding 240 years to build! 

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Of all Mexico City’s many churches, this cathedral is the most opulent. It is one of the 10 largest churches in all of the Americas, and also contains the largest pipe organs on the continent.

  • Metropolitan Cathedral Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
  • Metropolitan Cathedral Pro Tip: Photos are permitted — as long as you’re respectful and quiet.
Mexico's main Cathedral in the Zocalo | Mexico City historic center

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Palacio Nacional & Diego Rivera Murals

The 660-foot-long Palacio Nacional (National Palace) spans one entire side of the Zocalo square. This impressive building houses Mexico’s Federal Treasury and National Archives.

Inside, don’t miss the murals painted on the walls chronicling four phases of Mexican history, from the Aztecs through the Mexican Revolution. These detailed murals were painted by one of the country’s most famous artists, Diego Rivera.

  • Palacio Nacional Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
  • Palacio Nacional Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm
  • Palacio Nacional Admission Cost: FREE, but you must leave your ID at the entrance with the guards.
Palacio Nacional | Mexico City historic center

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Palacio Bellas Artes

If you’ve ever seen an image of Mexico City, there’s a good chance it was of the beautiful Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). This classical European, golden-domed, structure is a work of art in and of itself. However, don’t pass up the chance to head inside and check out the gorgeous art deco interior.

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Take the elevator up the Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes (museum) to see the rotating art exhibits from some of the biggest names in the classical art world. Also inside, don’t miss the murals on the walls, painted by all the noteworthy Mexican greats.

  • Palacio Bellas Artes Address: Avenida Juárez S/N, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06050
  • Palacio Bellas Artes Hours: Daily, from 10am-7pm; Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • Palacio Bellas Artes Admission Cost: FREE to walk inside; Museum entry is $70 pesos ($3.50USD)
European style Bellas Artes building

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Parque Alameda Central Park

Located just next to Palacio Bellas Artes, the well-maintained Parque Alameda Central (Alameda Central Park) has beautiful sculptures and fountains to enjoy.

Don’t miss the impressive Benito Juarez Hemicycle monument, and the authentic Parisian metro sign (one of my top secret travel photography spots 🤫) at the Bellas Artes metro station entrance. Located near the park, don’t miss the Museo Mural Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera Mural Museum).

With so many things to do and see, Centro Historico can be overwhelming. The Alameda Central park is the ideal place to eat some tacos and churros, do some people-watching, and in general, just enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of Centro Historico.

  • Parque Alameda Central Address: Avenida Hidalgo S/N, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06010
  • Parque Alameda Pro Tip: This is a nice place to have a mini picnic on a bench!
park with green space and purple flower trees next to large skyscrapers and buildings | Mexico City historic center

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Plaza Garibaldi to See the Mariachi Bands

The place to hear mariachi music in Mexico City. Plaza Garibaldi is basically an all-day, all-night party, with mariachi music as its guest of honor. Join in on the sporadic, impromptu dance parties, or just enjoy the mariachis as they constantly try to one-up each other in song and musical showmanship.

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  • Plaza Garibaldi Address: Incas 06000, Eje Central, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
  • Plaza Garibaldi & Centro Historico Mexico City Safety Tip: If you’re staying at Plaza Garibaldi or in the Mexico City Historic Center after the sun goes down, to take an Uber home.
park with green space and purple flower trees next to large skyscrapers and buildings | Mexico City historic center

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Barrio Chino (Mexico City Chinatown)

Ask yourself this: Are you really in a major city if there isn’t a Chinatown!?

While Mexico City’s Chinatown isn’t huge, it is worth walking through and snapping some travel photos of the iconic red arch entryway and hanging paper lanterns. Start your journey at the main arch entryway, pinned on the free map of the Mexico City Historic Center and Zocalo in this article.

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  • Barrio Chino Address: Calle Artículo 123 and Calle López, Incas 06000, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
  • Barrio Chino Mexico City Tip: Visit during the day so you get the best photos.
Colorful paper lanterns and umbrellas in Mexico City's China Town | Mexico City historic center

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Torre Latinoamericana Tower

One of the iconic buildings in Mexico City’s skyline! On a clear day, take the elevator to the top of the Torre Latinoamericana (Latin American Tower) for some amazing views. There is a cost of about $125 pesos ($6USD), so you’ll only want to head up to the mirador (viewing platform) on a clear day.

🤑 Mexico City Travel Tip: The nearby Sears department store building has a cafe inside on the top floor. It’s free to go up if you’re buying something, and from there you’ll get a similar view to one at the Torre Latinoamericana.

  • Torre Latinoamericana Address: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
  • Torre Latinoamericana Hours: Open daily, 9am-10pm
  • Torre Latinoamericana Admission Cost: $125 pesos ($6USD)
Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper and buildings | Mexico City historic center

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Instagram Worthy Mexico City Sites in Downtown

Gran Hotel Mexico City

Looking for the most instagrammable places in Mexico City? You’re in luck because there are many in this best area of Mexico City! The entire neighborhood is incredibly beautiful, but below are a few places that make amazing photo backdrops for ig worthy images in the Mexico City downtown area.

🏨 Book your stay at the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico — one of the best Downtown Mexico City hotels.

The Gran Hotel Mexico City is an art deco lover’s dream, with a main lobby that’s straight out of a classic movie with its vintage cage elevator, curved ceiling and stained glass art. This is truly one of the nicest hotels in Downtown Mexico City, and one of the best hotels in Mexico City.

  • Gran Hotel Mexico City Address: 16 de Septiembre 82, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
  • vintage building with cage elevator and stained glass ceiling | Mexico City historic center
    Book your stay at the best hotel in Mexico City — Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico — which has rooms that are just as classy as its gorgeous lobby. (Photo: Ben Perek)

    Casa de los Azulejos

    The House of Tiles is an 18th-century Baroque palace in Mexico City, which is now a Sanborn’s department store. Head inside to see the beautiful restaurant, or just photograph the blue and white talavera tiles outside. This is one of the most iconic, photographed, and Instagram worthy places in Mexico City.

  • Casa de los Azulejos Address: Avenida Francisco I. Madero 4, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06500
  • blue tile work on the side of the Casa de los Azulejos (House of Tiles)

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    Palacio de Correos (Mexico City Post Office)

    Arguably the nicest post office on Earth, head to the Correo Mayor (Main Post Office) to snap some pics! Built in 1907, the Art Deco style lobby is completely gold, and an amazing photo backdrop. The Palacio de Correos de México (Postal Palace of Mexico City), actually still functions as a post office to this day.

    • Palacio de Correos Address: Calle de Tacuba 1, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
    Don’t miss the Palacio de Correos, one of the Instagrammable Mexico City sites. (Photo: Esteban F. Sosa)
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    Best Mexico City Museums in Centro Historico

    💡 Mexico City Travel Tips: Most, if not all, Mexico City museums are closed Mondays. The best thing to do in Mexico City on Monday is visit the Teotihuacan Ruins, which will be open!

    Mexico City has about 150 museums, many located in Centro Historico. Some of the more famous ones include the Museo de Arte Popular (Museum of Popular Art), the Museo Nacional de Artes (National Art Museum) and the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia (Museum of Memory and Tolerance).

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    Though small in size, the Museo Mural Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera Mural Museum) is a must see for fans of Mexican muralism. Inside, you’ll see Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central, one of the most iconic Mexican murals by Diego Rivera — who’s often better known as the husband of Frida Kahlo.

    • Museum of Popular Art: 📍Address: Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06050 | 💸 Admission cost: $60 pesos ($3USD)
    • National Art Museum: 📍Address: Calle de Tacuba 8, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06010 | 💸 Admission cost: $70 pesos ($3.50USD)
    • Museum of Memory and Tolerance: 📍Address: Avenida Juárez 8, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06010 | 💸 Admission cost: $95 pesos ($5USD)
    • Diego Rivera Mural Museum: 📍Address: Balderas 202, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000 | 💸 Admission cost: $35 pesos ($2USD)
    colorful mexican folk art museum | Mexico City historic center
    Inside the fun and funky Museo de Arte Popular. (Photo by Fabian)
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    Eat the Best Tacos in Mexico City Centro Historico

    Hungry yet?! While there’s seemingly no shortage of amazing places to eat and some of the best restaurants in Centro Historico Mexico City. Below are some of this area’s most noteworthy taquerías (taco shops), and a few places to get dessert afterwards.

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    Tacos al Pastor in Downtown Mexico City

    These red-colored, pork meat tacos are Mexico City’s speciality! Though the Arabian-style spit the meat is cooked on came straight from the Middle East, tacos al pastor are quintessentially Mexican. 

    Head to Taquería Arandas to eat them street-side while standing up, just like the locals do! If you want to leave that level of coordination to the pros, El Huequito is a great sit-down option.

    • Taquería Arandas Address: Avenida 5 de Mayo 43, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
    • El Huequito Address: Calle de Bolívar 58, Colonia Centro 06000
    man cutting meat for a taco

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    Tacos Suaderos in Downtown Mexico City

    Besides tacos al pastor, another one of Mexico City’s specialities is suadero (pronounced swaa-dare-oh) meat tacos. Suadero is essentially a fattier flank steak, and available all over the city. One of the most famous places is Taquería los Cocuyos.

    This no frills taquería (taco shop) is so delicious it garnered the attention of the late Anthony Bourdain, who ate there while filming the Mexico City episode of his No Reservations show. In case you were wondering, Señor Bourdain recommended the suadero too!

    • Taqueria los Cocuyos Address: Calle de Bolívar 57, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000

    Tacos de Canasta in Downtown Mexico City

    Tacos de Canasta los Especiales is a favorite among Chilangos (Mexico City locals) and visitors alike. Tacos de canasta means “basket tacos,” and like the name implies, they are served from a basket.

    This style of taco is the original Mexico City’s street food, as vendors would strap baskets onto their bikes and sell tacos all over town. While some of the well known vendors now operate out of brick and mortar shops, like the famous Tacos de Canasta los Especiales, you’ll still see bike vendors from time to time.

    • Tacos de Canasta los Especiales Address: Avenida Francisco I. Madero 71, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000
    tacos in a basket
    The famous backset tacos in Mexico City, known as tacos de canasta. (Photo: San Pedro Images)

    Fish Tacos in Downtown Mexico City

    Visit one of Mexico City’s most beloved chains, El Pescadito. They serve Sinaloan-style fish and shrimp tacos, from the state of Sinaloa. Something unique (and delicious!) to Sinaloan seafood is their marlín ahumado (smoked marlin). You can sample it here at El Pescadito, for a fun twist on seafood tacos.

    • El Pescadito Address: Avenida Independencia 57, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06050

    Churros in Downtown Mexico City

    Did you save room for dessert? If so, enjoy some churros y chocolate (churros and chocolate sauce) at Churrería el Moro. No room? This chain has locations all over town, so you can grab some another day — but these are known as the best churros in Mexico City!

    • Churrería el Moro Address: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Colonia Centro, CDMX, 06000

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    Mexico City Travel FAQ

    Is Mexico City safe for travel?

    Short answer: Yes — for the majority of travelers, Mexico City is safe for visitors.

    Longer answer: I found most of Mexico City to be safe — and I lived there as a solo woman for about a year. While Mexico City felt safe for me, you’ll want to make Mexico travel safety your highest priority, as I did! Head to Is Mexico Safe? 25 Tips to Stay Safe in Mexico for tips on how to do just that.

    There are some general and Mexico travel safety tips below in the accordion menus that will explain how. If you prefer podcasts, check out this Mexico podcast, which offers tips for safe solo female travel in Mexico City tips — or head to Ultimate Mexico City Solo Travel Guide for Female Travelers.

    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. Get Mexico Travel Insurance! I recommend Safety Wing for general travel coverage, and digital nomads who travel for extended periods of time, and World Nomads for those who want to do adventurous activities while traveling.
    5. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Speaking of bar neighbors… don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended.
    9. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
    10. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
    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.

    Neighborhoods to avoid in Mexico City

    I lived in Mexico City as a solo woman for about a year, and felt quite safe. However, 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 of 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 (and fun!) lucha libre? No worries! Book the Lucha Libre/Street Taco Tour, because Lucha Libre + Street Tacos + Safety = the best of all worlds!

    Do you need Mexico travel insurance?

    You don’t legally have to have travel insurance for Mexico, but you’ll definitely want to have it. The better question here really is Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?, and that answer is YES because it will give you 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. If Mexico and Sayulita travel safety are on your mind, get your free quote below from World Nomads and Safety Wing, two of the biggest names in travel insurance.

    • Safety Wing: Perfect for general travel coverage, and digital nomads who travel for extended periods of time.
    • World Nomads: Perfect for those who want to do adventurous activities while traveling.
    Aztec pyramid and some cacti
    The Teotihuacan archeological site is a popular Mexico city day trip, where you’ll see ancient Aztec world monuments, ancient ruins and pyramids just 90-minutes northeast of the city.
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    How do I get to Mexico City?

    Wondering about airports in Mexico City? You’re in luck because there’s one in the city — the Mexico City International Airport (Code: MEX).

    The Mexico City Airport to Historic Center ride can take 45-90 minutes, depending on traffic. To get from the airport to the Mexico City Historic Center hotels, the easiest options are taking an Uber or private transfer. If you take a taxi, only take an official taxi, which are the ones with kiosks inside the airport.

    Mexico City AIRPORT TRANSFERS

    Is there 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 $3USD 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.

    Mexico City car rentals

    If you’re just staying in Mexico City — don’t bother renting a car! However, if you’re planning to take a Mexico City day trip, or 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.

    The company I recommend, and personally use, is Discover Cars. They have locations all over Mexico City, including several Mexico City airport car rental options for you to choose from. ▶︎ BOOK YOUR CAR HERE!

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    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.

    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, which you can see in the nearby city of Valle de Bravo, from about November to March.

    The city hosts the annual Día de Muertos parade for Day of the Dead in Mexico City during the last (or next to last) weekend in October. This is one of the most lively times in Mexico City, though make sure to double check the dates as they change each year.

    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; always around Easter time.

    Mexico City Weather

    Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico City?

    No — U.S. Passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico. 🤔 Not a United States citizen? Head here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa.

    For those who won’t need a Mexico visa, when you arrive in the country and go through Immigration, you’ll submit your Forma Migratoria Multiple. This is abbreviated as FMM (sometimes FMT), and you’ll either get one on the plane or in the airport.

    When you clear Immigration, the officer removes the bottom one-third of the form and hands it back to you. This is your FMM Tourist Card, good for 180-days (6 months). The FMM is a small piece of paper you must have on you at all times while traveling Mexico, as it proves you’re in the country legally.

    Don’t lose your FMM, as you have to give it back to Immigration when leaving Mexico. If you lose it, get to the airport about an hour earlier than you normally would to fill out some paperwork and pay the $600 pesos ($30USD) fine for a new one. Without an FMM, you can’t leave the country!

    Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico City?

    No — U.S. Passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico. 🤔 Not a United States citizen? Head here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa.

    For those who won’t need a Mexico visa, when you arrive in the country and go through Immigration, you’ll submit your Forma Migratoria Multiple. This is abbreviated as FMM (sometimes FMT), and you’ll either get one on the plane or in the airport.

    When you clear Immigration, the officer removes the bottom one-third of the form and hands it back to you. This is your FMM Tourist Card, good for 180-days (6 months). The FMM is a small piece of paper you must have on you at all times while traveling Mexico, as it proves you’re in the country legally.

    Don’t lose your FMM, as you have to give it back to Immigration when leaving Mexico. If you lose it, get to the airport about an hour earlier than you normally would to fill out some paperwork and pay the $600 pesos ($30USD) fine for a new one. Without an FMM, you can’t leave the country!

    colorful trajineras, gondola-style boats, at Xochimilco.
    Taking a boat ride in Xochimilco, located in south Mexico City, is high atop many a Mexico City bucket list.
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    Final Thoughts: Mexico City Historic Center & Zocalo

    Centro Historico and the Zócalo is one of the Mexico City UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is basically the cultural center of Mexico City, and for much of Mexico itself. Note: The official UNESCO designation is for the Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco.

    This once-home to the center of the Aztec Empire, has a recorded history that goes back thousands of years. It is fascinating to explore this part of the city, where old meets new, and there seems to be no end to the amazing things to do in Centro Historico Mexico City.

    When venturing out of Centro Histórico CDMX, you can maximize your time in this massive city by planning the rest of your trip spending about a day in each of the other neighborhoods in Mexico City.

    With a population of close to nine million, the Mexico City traffic is infamous. It’s also not something you want to avoid at all costs! If you plan your trip by neighborhood, you minimize the amount of time spent traveling to things, and maximize the amount of time you’re, you know, actually traveling!

    As far as which neighborhoods to explore beyond Zocalo and Centro Historico, Roma Norte and La Condesa, Polanco, Coyoacan, Xochimilco and Teotihuacan round out the must see Mexico City Mexico places.

    Where in the Mexico City Historic Center will you visit first?

    I’d love to hear from you! Please join the conversation in the comments down below and let me know where you’ll be visiting in Downtown Mexico City.

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