Mexico City Sights

Mexico City's principal sights fall into three areas. Allow a full day to cover each thoroughly, although you could race through them in four or five hours apiece. You can generally cover the first area—the Zócalo and Alameda Central—on foot. Getting around Zona Rosa, Bosque de Chapultepec, and Colonia Condesa may require a taxi ride or two (though the Chapultepec metro stop is conveniently

close to the park and museums), as will Coyoacán and San Angel in southern Mexico City.

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Palacio Postal (Dirección General de Correos)

  • Building/Architectural Site

Mexico City's main post office building, designed by Italian architect Adamo Boari and Mexican engineer Gonzalo Garita, is a fine example...

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Construction on this colossal white-marble opera house began in 1904 by Porfirio Díaz, who wanted to add yet another ornamental building...

Parque México

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The designer shop Carmen Rion caps Michoacán where it meets the Parque México, which has a duck pond, plus one of the city's cheapest...

Plaza San Jacinto

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

This welcoming plaza with a grisly history constitutes the heart of San Angel. In 1847 about 50 Irish soldiers of St. Patrick's Battalion,...

Plaza de Santo Domingo

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The Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc built a palace here, where heretics were later burned at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition. The...

Templo Mayor

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The ruins of the ancient hub of the Aztec empire were unearthed accidentally in 1978 by telephone repairmen, and have since been turned...

Torre Latinoamericana

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This is Mexico City's version of the Empire State Building. It took eight years to complete; construction began in 1948 and ended in...


  • Garden/Arboretum

When the first nomadic settlers arrived in the Valley of Mexico, now 21 km (13 miles) south of Mexico City center, they found an enormous...

Zoológico de Chapultepec

  • Zoo/Aquarium

In the early 16th century Mexico City's zoo, in Chapultepec, housed a small private collection of animals belonging to Moctezuma II;...


  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Zócalo literally means "pedestal" or "base": in the mid-19th century, an independence monument was planned for the square, but only...