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What to see and do in Mexico City?

TOURIST SITES ADDRESS  
  1. UNAM Central Campus
Av. Universidad 3000, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoC.U., Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04510, CDMX.  
  1. Historic Center of Mexico City
Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México Centro, Ciudad de México, CDMX.  
  1. Cuicuilco Archaeological Zone
Av. Insurgentes Sur s/n, Espacio Ecológico Cuicuilco, Tlalpan, 14060, Ciudad de México, México.  
  1. Palace of the School of Medicine. Museum of Medicine
República de Brasil 33, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010, CDMX.  
  1. Templo Mayor Archaeological Zone
Seminario 8, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06060, CDMX.  
  1. Museum of the Templo Mayor
Seminario 8, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06060, CDMX.  
  1. Palace of Fine Arts
Av. Juárez S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050, CDMX.  
  1. Downtown Coyoacan
Parque Centenario, Coyoacán TNT, Coyoacán, 04000, CDMX.  
  1. Museum of Anthropology and History
Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560, CDMX.  
  1. National Museum of History, Chapultepec Castle
Primera Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec S/N, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11580, CDMX.
  1. Xochimilco
Xochimilco, CDMX.
  1. Teotihuacán
Autopista Ecatepec Pirámides Km. 22 + 600 CP 55800, Teotihuacán, Estado de México.
  1. Latin American Tower
Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX.

1. University City - Central Campus

The central campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. Its facilities host a variety of academic, sports and cultural activities. Within the University City is the Ecological Reserve of Pedregal de San Angel (REPSA) which contains various native species of flora and fauna.

Links of interest: https://www.unam.mx/acerca-de-la-unam/que-es-la-unam

 

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2.   Mexico City's Historic Center

Dating back to approximately 1325, the Historic Downtown is the largest in all of Latin America and it is home to almost fifteen hundred buildings of great historical and artistic value.

Links of Interest: https://www.centrohistorico.cdmx.gob.mx/Conociendo-el-Centro-Historico/patrimonio-cultural-de-la-humanidad

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.cultura.gob.mx/turismocultural/destino_mes/cd_mexico/

3. Cuicuilco Archaeological Zone

Located south of Mexico City, the ruins of the Cuicuilco Archaeological Zone date from the pre-classic period (700 B.C. to 150 A.D.). Cuicuilco one of the most important ceremonial centers in the Valley of Mexico and its name means “place where chants and dances are performed.”

Links of interest: https://www.inah.gob.mx/zonas/zona-arqueologica-cuicuilco

 

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Photograph taken from: https://lugares.inah.gob.mx/es/zonas-arqueologicas/zonas/1698-cuicuilco.html

4.   Palace of the School of Medicine. Museum of Medicine

With a baroque style façade, the building of the School of Medicine served as the headquarters of the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition for 84 years in the novo-Hispanic society. In 1854 it became the School of Medicine, and in 1956 the School moved to Ciudad Universitaria, where it currently functions as the Museum of Medicine.

Links of Interest: https://pem.facmed.unam.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: http://sic.gob.mx/ficha.php?table=museo&table_id=691+

5.   Archaeological Zone of the Templo Mayor

In this Archaeological Zone can be visited the remains of the main building of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. The precinct called Templo Mayor comprises 1.2 hectares of extension and in its surroundings the blueprints of other relevant buildings can be appreciated.

Links of Interest: https://templomayor.inah.gob.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.inah.gob.mx/zonas/zona-arqueologica-templo-mayor

6. Templo Mayor Museum

The Templo Mayor Museum is a relevant space since it houses thousands of archaeological pieces, which have been found in the Archaeological Zone of the Templo Mayor from 1978 to the present.

Links of Interest:

https://templomayor.inah.gob.mx/el-museo-y-sus-servicios/como-llegar

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.museosdetenerife.org/blog/articulo-de-divulgacion-viaja-al-centro-del-universo-mexica-con-las-actividades-para-ninos-y-ninas-del-museo-del-templo-mayor-ciudad-de-mexico-por-viviana-perez-cruz

7. Palace of Fine Arts

Inaugurated in 1934, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the iconic buildings in Mexico City, as well as a representative of Mexican art and culture.

Links of Interest: https://palacio.inba.gob.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.timeout.com/mexico-city/museums/palacio-de-bellas-artes

8. Coyoacán

Coyoacán is recognized as one of the most picturesque places in the city. In the heart of this neighborhood is the area formed by the Jardín Hidalgo and the Jardín Centenario, where the parish of San Juan Bautista and the Mexican Artisan Market are located.

Links of interest: https://centrodecoyoacan.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: https://rinconesdemexico.com/4-leyendas-de-coyoacan/

9. National Museum of Anthropology

The outstanding facilities of the National Museum of Anthropology exhibit a large number of archaeological and ethnographic collections from all over the country. Its exhibits feature artifacts that commemorate the pre-Hispanic and current history of Mexico.

Links of Interest: https://mna.inah.gob.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/visita-el-museo-nacional-de-antropologia.html

10. National Museum of History, Chapultepec Castle

The National Museum of History curates the memory of the history of Mexico, from the conquest of Tenochtitlan to the Mexican Revolution. It is located in the Chapultepec Castle, which was created to function as a resting house, however, through time it was adapted for different functions: it was a military school, and the imperial residence of Maximilian of Habsburg and the Archduchess of Austria Carlota.

Links of interest: https://mnh.inah.gob.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.mexicoescultura.com/recinto/53752/museo-nacional-de-historia-castillo-de-chapultepec.html

11. Xochimilco

The word Xochimilco is of Nahuatl origin and is commonly translated as "The sowing of flowers" although the closest interpretation is "Chinampas of flowers". Located southeast of Mexico City, it is widely known for its chinampas, a network of islets and canals built since pre-Hispanic times.

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.tripadvisor.com.mx/Attraction_Review-g150800-d19920879-Reviews-Trajineras_Xochimilco_CDMX-Mexico_City_Central_Mexico_and_Gulf_Coast.html

12. Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan, where humans became gods according to the name with which the Mexica designated it, is the oldest and one of the most majestic pre-Hispanic cities in the world.

Links of Interest: https://www.teotihuacan.inah.gob.mx/index.php

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/teotihuacan-la-ciudad-de-los-dioses.html

13. Latin American Tower

One of the most emblematic buildings in Mexico City, it is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world outside the United States. It was inaugurated as the first and largest building with a glass and aluminum facade and it was also the only skyscraper in the world to be in a seismic zone, which served as an example for the foundations and construction of future buildings.

Links of Interest: https://torrelatinoamericana.com.mx/

 

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Photograph taken from: https://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/que-hay-en-la-torre-latinoamericana.html

Tourist links of interest

Tourism

Secretariat of Tourism: https://www.gob.mx/sectur

Secretariat of Tourism of Mexico City: https://www.turismo.cdmx.gob.mx/

Tourist Atlas of Mexico City:

https://atlasturistico.sectur.gob.mx/AtlasTuristico/bienvenido.do

Mexico Tenochtitlan Guide:

https://www.turismo.cdmx.gob.mx/storage/app/media/ban_2021/mexico-tenochtitlanguia-turistica-de-la-cdmx-2021.pdf

Museums, leisure, events and cultural centers

UNAM Culture: https://cultura.unam.mx/

Museum of Popular Art: https://www.map.cdmx.gob.mx/

Mexico City Billboard: https://cartelera.cdmx.gob.mx/

Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center (CCOY):

https://www.cultura.cdmx.gob.mx/recintos/archivo-historico/centros-culturales/ccoy

Esperanza Iris City Theater: https://carteleradeteatro.mx/teatro/centro/teatro-de-la-ciudad/

Monument to the Revolution: https://www.mrm.mx/

Extra information:

Tourist Assistance Numbers of the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico City

Call Center SECTUR CDMX (800) 008 9090
Tourist Police (55) 4891 1166
Agency of the Public Prosecutor's Office Specializing in Attention to National and Foreign Tourists (55) 5553 3444

 

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