How to Spend A Weekend In Mexico

Known for its Templo Mayor, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, Mexico city is a fascinating capital that charms its visitors with endless options. With lots of historic sites and museums, the city is a favourite among history lovers and it is also loved for its tremendous energy. If you are planning to spend a weekend in Mexico city, we have a small weekend itinerary for you to tempt you to explore all that you can.

DAY 1:

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)- Templo Mayor- El Mayor- National Palace (Palacio Nacional)- Palacio de Bellas Artes

Metropolitan Cathedral

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The oldest and largest cathedral in all of Latin America, Metropolitan cathedral is situated atop the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución in Downtown Mexico City. The cathedral has four façades which contain portals flanked with columns and statues and two bell towers contain a total of 25 bells. 

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Templo Mayor

The site is part of the Historic Center of Mexico City, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. Built in the 14th century in honor of the Aztec god, it is an Aztec temple recently discovered in the heart of modern Mexico City.

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Temple Mayor is a large stone pyramid with the familiar wide staircases and temples seen throughout Mexico. The Tzompantli-Shrine or Wall of Skulls, two identical life-size clay statues of Aztec warriors dressed in eagle costumes; and a stone eagle are some of the notable pieces found in the temple.

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El Mayor

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This is one of the best restaurants in the Mexico city where you can have your breakfast or lunch. The place has a spectacular view and you can expect delicious Mexican dishes here. It offers interesting view of the Templo Mayor and back and side of the cathedral, looking into the Zocalo from a different angle.

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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Located on Mexico City’s main square, the Plaza de la Constitución, the National Palace is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. The Palacio Nacional is also home to the offices of the president of Mexico and the Federal Treasury. Do pass by this architectural wonder during your weekend in Mexico.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is one of the most prominent cultural centers in Mexico City. Located on the west side of the historic center of Mexico City, next to the Alameda Central park, the Palace hosts exhibitions and theatrical performances and is the main venue of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. The palace contains a large theatre, concert hall, museum of popular arts, and halls and galleries for paintings and other works of art. 

DAY 2:

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)- Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno)- Museo Tamayo

National Museum of Anthropology

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The largest and most visited museum in Mexico, National Museum of Anthropology is in the area between Paseo de la Reforma and Mahatma Gandhi Street within Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. The Museum contains one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological and anthropological artifacts from prehispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest.

El Tepozteco

A 2 hour bus ride from the city high up in the mountains of Morelos,  lies an ancient pyramid at the end of a gorgeous hike through the Mexican clouded forest devoted to Tepoztecatl, the Aztec god of Pulque.

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The hike all the way from the town uphill to the archeological site is dotted with enigmatic waterfalls, dense rainforest canopy, amazing rock formations that would make Dr. Seuss jealous and playful coatis. The gorgeous rainforest hike in itself is a reason enough for travellers to come here. If you can sneak out a day from your weekend, this is a must do during your weekend in Mexico.

Eat Churros In El Morro

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Churros are fried pieces o f bread sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and are an absolute delightful Mexican snack. If you wish to have on the go brunch that keeps you fuller, you will pretty much find anything on any street corner. Mexican street food, be it tacos, gringas or chicharron de queso, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

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Museo Tamayo

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A public contemporary art museum located in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, Museo Tamayo produces innovative international contemporary art exhibitions. It exhibits its modern and contemporary art collections as well as the oeuvre of its founder, the artist Rufino Tamayo.

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