Help with my itinerary for Mexico City

Old Mar 12th, 2023, 07:51 AM
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Help with my itinerary for Mexico City

I only have 4 days to spend in Mexico City. I'm staying in Roma Nte.
My first day I kind of want to walk around and just enjoy a leisurely pace. I plan to end up at Plaza Garibaldi that night
Day 2 I am visiting Mercado De Sonora and La Merced market in the morning/afternoon. Then that night I'm going to check out Lucha Libre

Day 3 and 4 are open still. Things that interest me are the Anthropology museum, Xochimilko, Coyoacan and Teotihuacan. I'm just not sure if it's possible to do all those things in 2 days. I know the museum will be closed on Monday and Teotihuacan is an all day trip. So that would mean I need to visit Xochimilko, Coyoacan and the Musem on the same day. They seem pretty far from each other. I'm sure it's doable, but will it be too rushed? I want to make sure I give myself time to enjoy the sights and enjoy a couple meals.

If that's too rushed, I can go to the Anthropology museum on my first day. But that leaves me little time to just kind of walk around. So I may have to drop something, just don't know what.


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Not sure what your interests are, but in my opinion, the Anthropology Museum is one of the world's great museums and should not be missed. We saw just the first floor in about half a day on our first trip, and saved the upper floor for a later trip. The first floor is a must-see (in my opinion) but I think doing both floors in one trip is museum over-load. Other things that I think deserve time are The Frida Kahlo Museum (Blue House) in Coyoacan (if interested in her and her art), the Templo Mayor and its museum, and at least one major Rivera mural. The National Palace is probably the best bet. I believe all of those can fit in your time, plus maybe a bit more. In your time, I'd skip Teotihuacan unless you are really desperate to see it. We have never been (on multiple trips) to Xochimilco, and I'm inclined to think there are more important sights in Mexico City, although some may disagree. Other things we enjoyed include the Museo de Arte Popular, the Museo de Mural Diego Rivera, the Red and Blue House and Anahuacalli. We typically travel by Uber since many of these things are far apart.

Take this with a grain of salt, since I am an older traveler who loves the art, and you may have different interests.
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For Diego Rivera murals I recommend the Secretariat of Public Education headquarters. I believe that the National Palace is currently not accessible to visitors.

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Xochimilco really is only worthwhile on Saturdays & Sundays. Party atmosphere on the weekends, which is most of the fun. I don't have any recent personal experience with the National Palace, but according to this TA thread, it is open for tours by reservation. Fwiw.
I agree about the anthro museum. Wonderful museum, but a half day is plenty especially for a first timer with only 4 days.
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We just returned from CDMX and agree with Michael - the SEP murals are fabulous!

The Palacio Nacional is open but it’s not easy to get tickets for the tours. Here is a link to write away for tickets and the times the tours are available:

We attempted to go but the English tours were completely full during the week we were there. We would’ve gone on a Spanish tour but were not feeling well and had already seen the wonderful murals at the SEP.
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On one half day, maybe Uber to Coyoacan, also a pleasant place to also walk around a bit. Go on whichever day you can reserve a ticket to the Frida Kahlo museum. The market in Coyoacan could substitue for one of your CDMX markets.

The Archeology museum is HUUGE. Probably best to split it into two half day visits.

I might agree with going to Templo Mayor instead of Teotihuacan. Combine the downtown visit with the Palacio de Bellas Artes which also has a Diego Mural or one of the other Diego murals. That can be done in any half day and it isn't a bad walk from Roma Norte to include San Juan Market, the Palacio and continuing on to Templo Mayor. Because it can be so congested, it's almost about the same time as using Uber or public transportation.

You can walk around Roma Norte before or after half day visits.
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