Being one of the oldest capital cities in the New World, Mexico City is rich in traces of both indigenous and colonial history. Built on the ruins of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, a family visit to Mexico City means preparing yourself for a barrage of cultures, flavors, colors, arts, and so much more.
Mexico City has always been open and welcoming to travelers looking to experience an enriching and unique experience.
Here are 5 reasons why you should drop everything you’re doing right now and book that flight ticket to Mexico City with your family.
Palaces and museums
Mexico City is affectionately known to many as the City of Palaces for good reason. The city boasts numerous beautiful colonial structures allowing you and your family to marvel at exquisite old architecture and stunning modern buildings alike. Prime examples would be the Chapultepec Castle and the Soumaya Museum.
Speaking of museums, Mexico City is renowned for its collection of museums. For an enlightening trip, consider paying a visit to the National Anthropology Museum and the National History Museum, housed in a castle in the center of Chapultepec Park. Other notable museums include the Popular Art Museum, the National Art Museum, as well as the Toy Museum.
In case you’re wondering, yes, Mexicans simply love to eat. For some people, traveling to Mexico City means indulging in various local delicacies and pleasure for the taste buds. Some of the most well-loved delicacies include tacos, pozole, tamales, enchiladas, quesadillas, and many others.
If you’re not well-versed in Mexican cuisine and feel a bit intimidated by the available selections, you can always partake in a street food tour where a local expert will join and guide you to only the best and authentic Mexican street food. Rest assured that the knowledgeable guide will address any concerns and questions you may have.
Thriving art scene
One thing that you’ll definitely notice as you walk through the streets of the Mexican capital, is the city’s affinity for the arts. Art is simply everywhere. You’ll come across everything from murals adorning buildings to statues and carvings within the city’s parks and streets. Art galleries, as well as museums, are also aplenty.
If you’re familiar with Mexico’s most renowned artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, then you’ll be able to learn more about them as the city has plenty of places dedicated to these amazing artists.
Climbing the pyramids
While not technically within Mexico City, you can opt to go on a day trip and visit the country’s most famous archaeological sites, namely the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Conquering the pyramids by way of climbing the stairs will reward you with spectacular views of the Valley of Mexico. The pyramids are located at Teotihuacan some 40 kilometers north of Mexico City.
However, if you’re not keen on traveling out of the city, you and your family may simply opt to visit the Aztec Temple in the center of town. The temple dates back to circa 1325 AD.
Unforgettable shopping experience
Whether traditional or modern, you’ll definitely find Mexico City’s shopping experience more than adequate. Looking for souvenirs and local handicrafts? You can check out the local street vendors or pay the San Juan market a visit. There, you’ll find an extensive array of handicrafts, antiques, as well as a wide selection of charming souvenirs.
If you’re in the mood for some upscale shopping, you can make your way to affluent Colonia Polanco and stroll along the Avenida Presidente Masaryk thoroughfare where you’ll find exclusive designer boutiques like Gucci, Cartier, Hermes, and many others.