A fascinating mix of old and new, Mexico City is home to both thousand year-old ruins and gleaming skyscrapers: ancient grandeur meets edgy modernity.
To see the city’s layered history, take a stroll through Zócalo, the world’s second largest public square, bordered by the baroque Catedral Metropolitana. Or, visit the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayer to discover artefacts discovered 450 years after the temple’s demise. We also recommend taking a boat down the historic canals, the perfect way to soak up the city’s beauty and bustle.
Built by the Aztecs in the 14th century, the Templo Mayor was the main temple in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City. It was destroyed by the Spanish in 1521, and wasn't rediscovered for another 450 years, when electricity workers unearthed this archaeological wonder beneath the city's streets. Today, the fascinating museum displays Aztec artefacts found in the temple ruins.
Home to the President of Mexico until recently, the Palacio Nacional dominates one side of the Zócalo's grand square on a site which has housed Mexico's rulers since the Aztecs. Inside, Diego Rivera's colourful murals depict every major event in Mexican history, from the Spanish conquest to the Mexican revolution.
Mexico City has some excellent museums. The art deco Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) includes works by the great Mexican muralists. Museo Nacional de AntropologÍa (National Museum of Anthropology) tells the compelling story of Mexico's people. And the Museo Nacional de Historia (National History Museum) showcases paintings, murals, ceramics and furniture from the Aztec era to the present day.
Once a retreat for Aztec rulers and now a favourite spot for people-watching and picnicking, this is Mexico's most famous park. Spend a day exploring and see over 2,000 animals at Chapultepec Zoo, enjoy the hilltop views from the colonial Castillo de Chapultepec, visit some of the city's finest museums (including the national anthropology and history museums), and pack in some thrills at the amusement park.
Mexico City’s dry season has both a warm and cooler period. November to February is cooler, although sun still rides high in the sky and daytime temperatures are comfortable, while March through May are warmer, with May being the hottest month.
We love visiting Mexico City in October when the rainy weather has passed, pollution levels are low, and the city is at its most green; or between February and April, when the weather is lovely but hasn’t reached the hot, humid levels of summer.
Around May or June rainy weather starts in Mexico City, continuing until September and sometimes into October. Rainstorms usually fall in the afternoon before leaving the evening dry and cool. Hurricane season is from June to October or November.View all hotels in Mexico City