24 hours in Mexico city

Mexico City is a beautiful city with a rich and interesting history, and a number of excellent landmarks. While it’s obviously impossible to experience the entire city in 24 hours, it is definitely possible to make a start, at least, and catch some of the highlights of the city.

If you time your arrival right, you can arrive in the evening and spend the night at the Condesa DF, a charming hotel only a few minutes’ walk from the locale Parque España. It’s the perfect place to start your day from, conveniently located for exploring the city. Its location in the suburbs makes it a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the largest metropolis in the Western Hemisphere.

08:00 – take breakfast in the hotel’s courtyard.

10:00 – take a car to the Templo Mayor Museum. If you are at all interested in history, and even if you’re not, this museum is a must-see. It houses a beautiful and impressive collection of Aztec artefacts, and has a scale model of what the Templo Mayor site looked like. After the museum, once you’ve gathered a bit of context, you can wander the ruins themselves, which were discovered in 1978 by electricity workers. The site is today one of the world’s most impressive feats of archaeology.`

11:00 – take your leave of the Templo Mayor and hop into a car over to the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, a gorgeous Gothic-style church that was built over 300 years between 1573 and 1813. It’s actually not far from the Templo Mayor, but you will have to drive around the block to get there.

12:00 – Explore the Zócalo. This square is the beating heart of Mexico City and has been for hundreds of years – it was once the main ceremonial center for the Aztecs. Here, you will find street vendors selling delicious nibbles, and during the day you will find Aztec dancers performing their art. The square is also a festival site, where parades, events, and such are held frequently. It’s just across the road from the Cathedral, so just wander on over.

13:00 – Head down the street and around the corner to the Restaurante Palacio for lunch.

14:30 – Take a car to the Bosque de Chapultepec. This beautiful park – the largest park in the Western Hemisphere – is filled with things to do. Spend some time at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and visit the Zoológico de Chapultepec. The park is dotted with vendors and stalls, so pick up a cool drink for the walk.

16:00 – Make your leisurely way over to the Castillo de Chapultepec. Take your time wandering the rooms and enjoying the beautiful building.

17:30 – Make your way to the Torre Latino for pre-dinner drinks. The Mitalto bar on the 41st floor offers a spectacular view of the sunset over the city.

19:00 – It’s dinnertime ! Dinner will really depend on what you are in the mood for. The Mercado Roma offers a unique gourmet experience, while the Café de Tacuba is charming and located right in the city center, close to the night life.

21:00 – It’s time to decide whether you want to head back to the hotel – which is located conveniently close to both the restaurant options – or head out to experience Mexico City’s incredible night life. If you choose the later, don’t miss out on Mama Rumba, one of the best dance clubs in the world, while those who enjoy cocktails should give Licorecía Limantour a shot. Mama Rumba is located just around the corner from Mercado Roma, by the way.

PLACES
- Condesa DF - 102 Avenida Veracruz
- Templo Mayor Museum - Seminario 8, Centro Histórico
- Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral -  Plaza de la Constitución S/N
- Restaurante Palacio, El palacio de Hierro - #3 Interior del, 5 de Febrero
- Bosque de Chapultepec -  Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc
- Mirador Torre Latino -  Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2
- Mercado Roma - Calle Querétaro 225 -  Roma Norte, Roma Nte
- Café de Tacuba  - Calle de Tacuba 28, Cuauhtémoc, Centro

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