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The 5 best attractions in Mexico City

The 5 best attractions in Mexico City

Visiting Mexico City but have no idea where to start? Here are the city’s most iconic, mustn’t-miss places

October 12, 2022

1. Museo Nacional de Antropología (MNA)

The architecture will impress you. It’s impossible to see the entire museum in one day, but seeing the Coatlicue will change your perception of one of Mexico’s most important museums. After 54 years, it was necessary to restore its two great murals: The World of the Maya (Leonora Carrington) and the Map of Meso-America (Ernesto Vázquez y Luis Covarrubias).

2. Bosque de Chapultepec

Stepping foot in Chapultepec is obligatory for any Mexico City resident, and equally for its visitors, being that it’s one of the spaces that best maintains its tradition and history. In the first section, there’s the sense of art and history, that house museums and cultural buildings like the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo Tamayo and the Museo Nacional de Antropología, in addition to the legendary Castillo de Chapultepec, scene of the Batalla del Molino del Rey y of the assault of the Colegio Militar, during the North American Intervention of 1847.

3. Ángel de la Independencia

Its official name is Monumento a la Independencia. It’s a meeting point and a starting point. While those who step foot here may not know it, they are standing on the remains of those who made this country. Before becoming the headquarters for important social protests and rallies, the monument was a mausoleum formed by a slanted zócalo, a quarry-stone column standing 35 meters high, and the statue of the Winged Victory of Samothrace at the top – designed by architect Antonio Rivas Mercado.

4. Palacio Postal

One of Mexico City’s most ornate and beautiful buildings, the Palacio Postal came from the mind of Italian architect Adamo Boari. Its early twentieth century style combines several historic architectural movements, from Italian renaissance to Spanish plateresque – and the results are astonishing. It’s the fine details where the Postal really entices: namely its Italian iron work, elaborate stone carvings and detailed, characterful gargoyles.

5. Xochimilco

At the south end of the city you find a living vestige of what was the great Tenochtitlán, with its canals and chinampas, its green plots of land, full of vegetation and fresh air. Xochimilco was named a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in 1987, and its neighborhoods still breathe tradition and respect for nature. Its Náhuatl name couldn’t be more apt, Xochimilco means “place of fertile earth of flowers.” There are nine dock areas where you can board a trajinera.



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