Mexico City in 4 Days - My Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Have a leisurely morning exploring your neighborhood. See what’s open for breakfast and check out the local plaza to get a feel for the area. Eventually make your way to the Centro neighborhood to see some of the main sites: Palacio de Bellas Artes, the National Palace to see the Rivera murals, or the Anthropology Museum to see the Aztec and Mayan artifacts. Check the hours beforehand as the museums are often closed on Mondays or holidays. Move neighborhoods for dinner  to enjoy some of the amazing local Mexican (non-touristy) cuisine. Trendy places can be found in Roma Norte or Condesa.

Day 2

Now that you’ve gotten your bearings, head off on an adventure down even farther south. If you’re an art fan, be sure to hit up the Dolores Olmedo Museum. And either way, head down to Xochimilco for the most unique Mexican experience, a ride on the canals (one of the highlights of my own trip). If you’re traveling solo, I’d recommend going with a group. Both Viator and Airbnb offer group outings on the boats.

Day 3

Relax after yesterday’s adventure and head down to Coyoacan for the feeling of old colonial Mexico City. Here there are cobblestones, pink houses, and the Museum of Frida Kahlo. If you’re a Frida fan, arrive early (or buy in advance) to avoid some of the line. If you’re not a Frida fan, you can probably skip it in favor of some churros in the picturesque plaza at Coyoacan.

 

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Day 4

Wake up early for a sunrise tour of Teotihuacan. Yes it’s touristy, but it’s also spectacular. An early-morning visit guarantees fewer crowds and also less of the punishing sun while you’re climbing the Pyramid of the Sun. While it should only be about a 4 hour tour, check with your tour operator on what time you’ll be heading back. Most tours combine the pyramid tour with about  2-3 other stops to try and get you to buy souvenirs. It’s a bit exhausting, so when you’re back enjoy one more delicious meal and delicious cocktail before packing up to leave the next day!


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