Things to do in

Mexico City

The great Mexican metropolis — home to Frida Kahlo, tacos al pastor, and many a UNESCO-listed treasure.

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  • From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

    1. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

    Take in the views of the hot air balloons flying alongside you, the beautiful landscape, and the magnificent Teotihuacan pyramids.  See the highest part of the pyramids of the sun and the moon. Your pilot will find the perfect time to share a bottle of sparkling wine, a traditional toast which has been a part of every balloon flight since 1783.  Once you're back down on solid ground, enjoy touring the streets of Teotihuacan. In Globopuerto you will receive a personalized flight certificate and a delicious traditional breakfast in a panoramic restaurant. After your breakfast, it will be time to visit the Archaeological Zone. Go up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and see the whole valley of Teotihuacan from above, or take a walk through the site to reach the top of the Pyramid of the Moon.

    The whole experience went smoothly from the pickup at the hotel to the whole balloon ride and tour of the Pyramids.

  • Mexico City: Day of the Dead Tour

    2. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Tour

    Immerse yourself in Mexican culture with this complete Day of the Dead tour. Begin with an introduction at Templo Mayor before heading to a traditional Ofrenda where you will make your own Calaverita. Munch on some pan de muerto and sip on a hot chocolate. Turn yourself into a Catrina with the chance to win a Hot Air Balloon flight. Head to Nuevo Nativitas pier to take a 2-hour traditional Mexican Trajinera boat ride. Listen to pre-Hispanic horror stories, admire the decoration of the trajinera, and listen to the legend of "La Llorona" as you go by La Isla de las Muñecas. Tequila shots on board. Last but not least is a truly creepy stop at a cemetery where you will learn about other Day of the Dead traditions.

  • Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

    3. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Guided Tour

    The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City and heads to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where traditional altars, dedicated to iconic figures, celebrities, and family members, are decorated every year on the Day of the Dead. Learn about the symbolism of these altars and their importance to the people who create them. Listen to your guide's fascinating stories, and discover why marigold flowers are used, among other items, to decorate the altars. Mingle with the locals as you take part in this special day.  Finally, visit Xochimilco to take a tour of the canals at nighttime in a trajinera – a traditional Mexican boat. Pass through floating gardens and visit a pantheon to admire yet more impressive altars.

  • Garibaldi by Night with Dinner at Bellini

    4. Garibaldi by Night with Dinner at Bellini

    As the night sets in, start the fiesta right with the spectacular lights of Mexico City over a romantic dinner at Bellini, a revolving restaurant located on the 45th floor of Mexico's World Trade Center! As the restaurant slowly revolves, you and your company will enjoy breathtaking views in every direction. Offering award-winning Italian and international cuisine, this beautiful venue is truly the top of the town. After dinner, feel the electricity in the air before heading out into the Mexico City night. Driving along Tacuba Street, the destination is world renowned "Garibaldi Plaza," a classic meeting place of the most famous Mexican Musicians, the mariachis. Enjoy a classic Mexican show created to give you a taste of Mexican traditions and folklore. Dance to the beat of live music and enjoy Mexican hospitality in a festive atmosphere!

  • Mexico City: Day of the Dead Bus Tour in Spanish

    5. Mexico City: Day of the Dead Bus Tour in Spanish

    Experience the famous traditional Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) on this guided bus tour. Learn about the history of the Mexicans' pre-Hispanic ancestors and their beliefs that death is a state of transition from the earthly life to the eternal world. Hear about the multi-day celebration, where families await the return of their deceased ancestors. Visit Mexico City's most historic monuments on this 75-minute bus tour, including Zocalo, Polanco, Reforma Avenue, and more. Enjoy traditional performances from your guides, who are dressed as Catrinas and Catrines, the iconic skeleton symbols of Day of the Dead. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture that is such a big part of Mexican heritage.

  • Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

    6. Xochimilco: Private Magic Christmas Boat Tour

    Learn how Christmas is celebrated in the heart of Mexico on this private boat tour with a local guide. Experience a wide variety of Mexican traditions and customs and sample some local cuisine as you enjoy a boat tour on Xochimilco Lake.

    In the company of your professional guide, visit the lake's most beautifully decorated spots. You’re sure to feel spellbound by the charming atmosphere of the waterfront.

    Taste local products and pick up some unique souvenirs at the floating Christmas market.

  • Celebration of the Passion of Christ in Taxco

    7. Celebration of the Passion of Christ in Taxco

    Enjoy pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City and drive to Cuernavaca. There, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, known as the city of the eternal spring. There, you will visit one of the oldest cathedrals in America, the Palace of Cortes and see the city's mansions and avenues. From there, you will continue to Taxco, known as the World Silver Capital, you will have a chance to visit the famous parish Church of Santa Prisca and admire the cobbled streets of Taxco. Finally, you will be part of one of Mexico's most important celebrations, Holy Friday. This is considered the most important day of the Easter celebrations. In Taxco, many events take place around different points in the city. You will witness the Passion Play which portrays the crucifixion of Jesus and takes place at the former convent of San Bernardino of Siena. Learn the history of this event and have an unfo...

Frequently asked questions about Mexico City

What top attractions are a must-see in Mexico City?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long should I stay in Mexico City?

    10-14 days is enough to get the most out of this truly amazing city.

  • How walkable is Mexico City?

    It's huge, so you will be relying on public transport a lot. In certain non-tourist areas, it's advised to avoid walking around at night.

  • When should I go to Mexico City?

    Mexico City thrives in the summer, but it is probably best to visit from November onwards if you are averse to extreme heat.

  • Anything else I should know?

    In Mexico, tipping is common in places you may not have expected - for example, at gas stations and supermarkets. If in doubt, check out what locals are doing.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-06:00)
  • Country Code
    +52
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round

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What people are saying about Mexico City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,557 reviews

Our guides were Isabel and Abel, they really have a good back and forth, good natured joking with each other. Abel was the driver and I have to hand it to him and his skill. Isabel was very knowledgeable and professional. She had very good insights for every place we went. I liked that we were given plenty of opportunities to go to the restroom. I'd have liked to have given more time at the Shrine of Guadalupe.

Leonardo and Mario were wonderful. I accidentally bought the tour without the museum, and was sooo happy to find I think I would have enjoyed it less than the free time I had to explore Coyoacán while others were in the museum. Saved me a few bucks on tour price and that neighborhood was so much fun with all types of food and shopping.

If you are in CDMX and want to experience Cholula and Puebla as a day trip...then this is the tour you were looking for. Don't hesitate to book it. It is a private tour which means you will maximize the day by spending more time in both cities.

Francisco was super knowledgeable, friendly, and hilarious. Abel is the MAN behind the wheel. We had a great time, would recommend to anyone visiting CDMX!

Great experience! Tour guide Fernando was outstanding!!!