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The Perfect 3 Days in Mexico City Itinerary


Mexico City is one of the biggest capital cities in Latin America with a huge variety of things to do and see, and that is why in this guide we have selected our favorite things to do in 3 days in Mexico City.

Some of the coolest things to do in Mexico City in 3 days are visiting the Teotihuacán Pyramids, the museum of Frida Kahlo, Los Pinos, Palacio de Bellas Artes and of course the Basílica de Guadalupe.

In this ultimate three day itinerary to Mexico City we have selected the best things to do in Mexico City in such a short time. Mexico city has over 20 million inhabitants, meaning that the city is huge and has so many museums and cool things to do. 

Before getting into our 3 days Mexico City itinerary is important to know that the city sits at a very high elevation, at 7,385 feet above sea level. Be aware of the elevation to avoid altitude sickness when you first arrive and make sure to keep yourself hydrated.

The best things to do in Mexico City Travel Map:

Mexico City is a big city and that is why it is better to separate the things to do in sections, so you don’t spend too much time getting across the city between each attraction. Instead, try to do everything that is near each other. In this map we have created several groups of things to do in Mexico City by neighborhood. Download the map onto your phone, so even if you do not access to WiFi you can still see where things are located and how to get there.

When is the best time to visit Mexico City?

Mexico City can be visited all year. The weather can be comfortable 365 days of the year. But, in my opinion, I would avoid visiting Mexico City during the Summer, from May to September, as it is hotter and rainy.

During the Winter months, from November to March, it can be colder but in my recent visit it was super hot (25 degrees Celsius) during this time. For locals the best time to visit Mexico City is anytime between March and May or from late September to early November.

How to get to Mexico City? 

The easiest and quickest way to get to Mexico City depends from where you are coming from. The city has an international airport, Benito Juárez International Airport, with frequent flights as well as two central bus terminals; Terminal Poniente (Observatorio) and Terminal Oriente. Both bus terminals have a metro station nearby.

Where to sleep in Mexico City?

Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world, so choosing where to stay can easily get very overwhelming. Especially, because moving from point A to point B can take hours in heavy traffic! So, the best way to decide where you want to sleep in Mexico City depends on your budget and preferences on attractions you want to visit. In this list I will highlight the main things to do in each neighborhood to make your search easier. 

  1. Polanco or Av. Reforma: Polanco is the Beverly Hills of Mexico City. It is a chic and expensive neighborhood, where you will find the most exclusive hotels, restaurants and boutique stores. Even though the majority of landmarks of Mexico City are not in Polanco or Reforma there is so many things to do like explore el Bosque de Chapultepec and visit its many museums. The Ave. Reforma is the main avenue in the city with the best hotels in the city. We stayed at the Sheraton Maria Isabel and had an amazing stay. The hotel is next to the Angel of the Independence and is near many attractions in the city. The hotel is in la Colonia Juarez but it is located on Reforma Avenue. 
  2. Centro Historico (Downtown): The main historical buildings of Mexico City are found in the downtown historic center including the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Torre Latinoamericana, the Zocalo, the Cathedral and the Palacio Nacional. In downtown, you will find a big range of hotels from budget friendly to the most luxurious. It is the perfect area to visit most of the museums and monuments. 
  3. La Condesa or Roma Norte: Both colonias (neighborhoods) are next to each other and separated by Avenida de los Insurgentes. Both neighborhoods are trendy, artistic and bohemian. Although there are not many touristic attractions in this area, it is still quite close to downtown.
  4. Coyoacan: It is the artistic neighborhood in Mexico City. It has a charming center where you can buy local handicrafts. The most important things to do in Coyoacan are the Museum of Frida Kahlo, the House of Leon Trotsky, and other museums. This neighborhood is about is 30 min away from downtown. 

How to get around Mexico City?

The first two days we hired a personal taxi to take us around. He charged us 2,200 MXN pesos per day and took us everywhere! He stayed with us for around 12 to 14 hours each day, and having that in mind it is not that much. He charges per car not per person, which is fantastic if you are a group of 3 or 4. The last day we used Uber between attractions, as it is cheap and reliable. Public transportation is also cheap and safe but it might take you longer and Uber is super cheap and cost us around 80 MXN Pesos to cross the city. 

Important information and tips for visiting Mexico City:

  • Currency: 1 USD = ~18.5 Mexican Pesos (March 2020). The easiest way is just to drop a zero and split the number in half. For example: 200 pesos ($20 USD/2 =~$10 USD. 
  • Credit Cards are accepted in the majority of stores but it is always good to have some cash with you at all time in case you want to buy some street food.
  • The official language in Mexico is Spanish. Although many people speak English, be prepared and download the Google Translate app in your phone with both languages, so you can use it offline. 
  • Mexico uses the same electric plug types as the USA, so you won’t need a power convertors.

Is Mexico City safe?

Even though many people associate Mexico with crime, drug cartels, gang-related violence, and kidnappings, I will say Mexico City is as safe as any other city with 21 million habitants. There are areas in the city you should not visit or try to avoid, you should not go out wearing expensive things, or flashing expensive travel gear. It is honestly best to be low key.

During my 3 days in Mexico city, I always felt safe. I always took an Uber if it was already dark in the evening, carried my backpack on my front to keep my valuables next to me and if a place gave me bad feelings, I just moved towards a more crowded place.



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