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The Perfect 3 Days in Mexico City Itinerary [2021]

The Perfect 3 Days in Mexico City Itinerary [2021]

You only have 3 days in Mexico City? No worries: this Mexico City itinerary will guide you through the best things to do in Mexico City and what to see in Mexico City in 3 days.

Mexico City is a place that’s absolutely bursting with history and culture.
However, with so much to see and do, it can feel like an uphill struggle to fit everything in, especially if you’re only for 48 or 72 hours in Mexico City.

To help you out, I’ve put together a complete Mexico City itinerary that will let you enjoy your three days in Mexico City and see all the most iconic Mexico City attractions. But first, let’s see how to get around Mexico City.

How to Get Around Mexico City 

Getting around Mexico City is easy because there are plenty of options available. The best two are Uber (or taxi) and the Metro system.

The metro option is one of the cheapest ways to travel in Mexico City. Each ride can cost as little as $0.25. Plus, a lot of the tourist attractions in Mexico City can be accessed by or are close to train stations.

The Metrobus (a faster type of bus), on the other hand, is another cheap yet efficient option to travel within Mexico City, but expect the buses to be quite crowded. You can purchase the Smartcard for 16 Pesos (initial cost 10 pesos + 1 ticket) that you can use to pay when riding the metrobus and metro. It’s rechargeable and worth buying it if you are going to travel around often with the metro system in Mexico City in 3 days.

Uber and Cabify, which is the Mexican version of Uber, are probably the easiest way to get around, even though more expensive than the metro. You just need to have a local SIM card and download the app. I honestly recommend Uber and Cabify way more than taxis. It’s safer, it’s tracked, and you know the price beforehand.

If you decide to take a taxi, make sure you you ask your hotel to book one for you to ensure that get an official taxi and avoid scams. When around the city, look for the “Sitio” stands around the town. From there, you can flag down a taxi to take you to various parts of the city. Always make sure that the driver has put the meter on, or ask for it (“taximetro”). If they refuse, get out.

THE PERFECT 3 DAYS IN MEXICO CITY ITINERARY

So, you want to know what three perfect days in Mexico City look like? Check this itinerary out!

Day 1| The Essentials: Mexico City Centro Historico & Zocalo

MORNING | The Historic City Center

What better way of kicking off your 3 days itinerary in Mexico City than by exploring its ancient heart? With its cobbled streets and winding alleyways, Centro Historico still contains plenty of traces of the city’s colonial past, setting it apart from other neighborhoods. What’s more, it’s also Mexico City’s cultural hub, with numerous museums, galleries, and incredible architecture to discover.

Visiting Mexico City in a day is mission impossible, but if you only have one day in Mexico City, I recommend you follow today’s itinerary, as it include the Mexico City must see place. 

 

Once upon a time, the Centro Historico was home to Tenochtitlan, the capital of the mighty Aztec empire, until the Spanish settlers came here in 1521 and ransacked the city, razing it to the ground.

Centro Historico is extremely easy to get around on foot, so there’s no need to worry about transport today. We’ll start our itinerary at the very center of the city: the main square, or Zócalo. This vast space is one of the largest public squares in the world. Much like the neighborhood itself, though, Zócalo dates back to Aztec times, and was once the ceremonial center of Tenochtitlan, and there are often Aztec dances and reenactments taking place in the square.

Standing in the center of Zócalo, you’re flanked by some of the city’s most notable buildings. First, head to the Metropolitan Cathedral. This building is hard to miss- in fact, it’s the largest cathedral in the Americas! Not only that, but it’s also one of the oldest remaining buildings, too. If you want to experience a stunning view of the plaza below, then be sure to take the (Spanish language-only) tour up to the upper levels and the bell tower.

 

Come out of the cathedral, and your next stop is within view: the National Palace. While it’s no longer the President’s official residence, it’s still an incredible place  and tours are free. Inside you can find murals by Diego Rivera (Frida Kahlo’s husband) showing the country’s history.

You can also visit the Museum of Templo Mayor, where you can find the last vestiges of Mexico City’s pre-Hispanic heritage (tickets for a guided tour here).

From the Zocalo, take Paseo Madero, which is a pedestrian street full of shops and cafès and restaurants, so a good place to stop for coffee or lunch.

 

If you’re an instagram fan like me, you also need to stop and take a couple shots at the Casa de los Azulejos [Sanborns restaurant] that’ll remind you of Portugal, and at the Palacio Postal (postal office) which has some really luxurious interiors.

If you want to learn more about the places you visit, CHECK OUT the 3-Hour Walking Tour of Downtown Mexico City that’ll show you everything that’s on today’s itinerary (if you prefer a private tour, check this one out).

AFTERNOON | Stunning Views & Art

Do you want to get a great glimpse of  Mexico City from the top? Your 3 perfect days in Mexico City continue with the view from the Torre Latinoamericana [Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2].
For 120 pesos (about $6), you get to go up the 45th floor and have a 360° view over the city. Highly recommended!

 

If you are into arts, don’t miss a visit to the Palacio of Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) [Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico]. The building includes an architecture museum and often hosts great events in music, dance, theatre.

Another thing you could add to the itinerary is a food tasting walking tour in the historic center. I mean, what’s better than combining history and cultural sites with a ton of Mexican food?
CHECK IT OUT HERE

 

NIGHT | Lucha Libre Show

If your three days in Mexico City include a Tuesday or a Friday night, don’t miss the Lucha Libre show. Lucha Libre is pretty much like wrestling, but dirtier and rougher. And locals love it! Go for watching the show, but mostly to join the action and scream at the fighters together with everyone else.

 

Beware: if you get easily offended, this might not be the show for you. There’s lots of politically uncorrecteness involved – the show might or might not include a midget and lots of cussing – but everyone seems to have a lot of fun.

If you prefer to have transportation and a local wrestler guide you can also BOOK YOUR TICKET in advance.

Day 2 | A Colorful Day in Mexico City: Xochimilco & La Casa Azul

MORNING | Frida Kahlo’s House & Coyoacan

This morning you’ll be making two stops: La Casa Azul, and the Mercado de Coyoacan. Both are situated in the Coyoacan district, so make your way there via public transport (metro to Coyoacan stop) or a taxi (ask the driver to use the taximeter or you can download Cabify for better pricing).

Firstly, it’s time to visit La Casa Azul, or the “Blue House” [Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán]. Named for its distinctive blue walls, this house served as the childhood home of Frida Kahlo, possibly Mexico’s most famous artist. The house has now been converted into a museum of her life and works, and it’s a great place to learn more about the fascinating life of this giant of the art world.

Tickets cost 230 pesos for foreigners during the week (250 in the weekend) and 100 for Mexicans (120 in the weekend). Definitely one to add to your 3-days itinerary in Mexico City.

 

Up next, let’s wander through this peaceful neighborhood until we find ourselves at the Mercado de Coyoacan. This authentic Mexican market is the ideal place to stop for some food, and it manages to not be too touristy, too. Instead, it mainly caters to the locals, serving up home-cooked food as well as groceries, clothes, and crafts.

AFTERNOON | Canals of Xochimilco

In the afternoon, it’s time to head over to a district with a very different feel: Xochimilco. Located in the south of Mexico City, this borough remained separate from the rest of the city for most of its history. For that reason, it’s got a unique feel about it which makes it well worth a visit while you’re in town.

How to get to Xochimilco: take the metro to the Tasqueña metro station (line 2), and transfer to the “tren ligero” to Xochimilco. When you step off the train. follow the signs to the “Embracadero”. It’s quite a long journey, but you will save a lot of money!

 

Xochimilco is famous for its canal network. Once upon a time, these canals connected most of the settlements in the Valley of Mexico, but nowadays, only the canals in Xochimilco remain. That’s not to say that they are small, though- there’s still a 100-mile network that winds its way through the entire district!

Amongst the canals lie chinampas, or floating gardens. The best way to see Xochimilco is by trajinera- a colorful boat like a gondola, which you can hire for a tour of the waterways. Along the way, you’ll likely come across mariachi bands offering to serenade you, as well as some tasty street food if you get hungry.

Looking for a tour? The Xochimilco & Coyoacan Full-Day Tour with Frida Kahlo Museum is the one. It covers everything that’s on this day itinerary and it’s very affordable. BOOK IT HERE

READ ALSO: 17 Best Mexico City Tours

NIGHT | Mariachi & Street Food

After all that sightseeing, you’re bound to be hungry. Well, you’re in luck- Mexico City has some of the most delicious street food in the world. There are often stalls all around the Zócalo, but if you want to take a walk further afield, just stroll down any of the nearby streets and you’ll find plenty of food.

If  you want something a little bit more folkloristic, head to Plaza Garibaldi in the historic centre, which is also known as Mariachi square… you’ll soon understand why! Eat at one of the restaurants around the square, and the mariachis will come and ask if you want a song. Even if you don’t, someone else around you will and you’ll get to listen to them.

If you only have 2 days in Mexico City, I suggest you combine day 1 and day 2, or day 1 plus the Teotihuacan pyramids (keep scrolling!).

Day 3 | The Cool Side of Mexico City: Rome Norte & Condesa

MORNING | Trendy Roma Norte

So far, we’ve explored some of Mexico City’s more historic districts, but today you’ll be visiting a thoroughly modern neighborhood: Roma Norte. If you only have 48 hours in Mexico City, follow the itinerary for the first two days, but if you have more time these modern neighborhoods are really worth a visit.

As the hub of Mexico City’s hipster population, it’s one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in town. Located just two miles from the very center of Mexico City, it’s a world apart from Centro Historico.

Be sure to arrive early (not sleeping in!) and stop by Panaderia Rosetta [Colima 179, Roma Norte] for some freshly ground coffee and a tasty pastry for breakfast. You can tell it’s a local favorite because of the crowds. You might have to battle your way in, but it’s worth it!

Image by aljuarez via Flickr

You’ll quickly see that the standard uniform for locals is street wear coupled with a skateboard- after all, this is one of the hippest parts of the city, so don’t be surprised if the crowds seem quite a bit younger than you!

Whatever your age, though, there’s sure to be something for you fashion-wise at one of the many independent clothes stores which litter the district. There are very few chain stores in this part of tow; instead, it’s all about originality, and I love it! I particularly recommend Goodbye Folk [Colima 198, Cuauhtémoc], a sprawling vintage store where you’ll be able to pick out clothes from across the ages, as well as shoes that are made to order. There’s even a “secret” barbershop tucked away in the back!

LUNCH TIME | Hipster Eateries in Roma

Image by Festival Ambulante via Flickr

When lunchtime rolls around, there’s one place in Colonia Roma that you simply have to visit: Contramar [Calle Durango 200, Roma]. This ever-popular eatery is famed for its tostadas de atun, a beautifully cooked tuna loin served with crispy leeks and a spicy mayo.

If that’s not your thing, or the restaurant is jam packed, then you could also try the nearby Butcher & Sons [Orizaba 87, Roma Nte], a trendy diner where the burgers are named after musical icons and even the milkshakes come with a sprinkle of spice… after all, this is Mexico!

If you’re a fan of everything that’s hipster, cool, and design, then you need to CHECK OUT the New York Times Journeys Afternoon Walking Tour – it looks incredible!

And by the way, if you like trendy diners and design cafès, make sure to take a detour to Tulum, the Mexican capital of boho chic!

AFTERNOON | Churros & Condesa

Churros in Mexico City are a big thing! Do you like churros with a sauce of dulce de leche (cajeta)? What if I told you that this huge plate above was only $1? Yeah? Then head to the Churreria El Moro. There are quite a few in the city, but this super instagrammable one is at Río Lerma 167, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, which isn’t too far, so you can make a little tasty detour before heading to your next destination. Your 3 day Mexico City itinerary won’t be complete without some churros… you can even add some hot chocolate to the package!

 

In the afternoon, it’s time to head to the neighboring district of Condesa. A bit less hipster-y than Roma Norte, it’s still super cool. Rather than skateboarders, expect to see the cream of the crop of Mexico City’s classy youth, along with plenty of artists and intellectuals.

Condesa is absolutely packed with trendy boutiques, so if you’ve got some spending money left, you might want to spend your afternoon shopping for the latest fashions. For the culture vultures among you, you might want to stop and see a show at Foro Shakespeare [Calle Zamora 7, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa], a theater set up to showcase cutting-edge performances by independent theater companies.

NIGHT | Nightlife in Condesa

Condesa really comes alive after dark, though, so why not spend your final hours of this long weekend in Mexico City partying the night away? It’s the local custom to live it up until the small wee hours, and there are countless bars and clubs tailored to every music taste and age group.

 

Whether you’re looking to put on your dancing shoes and boogie away to some modern pop, or enjoy a more relaxed evening soundtracked by some 70s tunes, there’s no better place to enjoy Mexico City’s nightlife than Condesa.

Bonus! Day 4 | Day Trip to Teotihuacan

I hope you enjoyed your Mexico City travel itinerary so far! If you have 4 days in Mexico City, use it for a day trip to the Teotihuacan pyramids. These might not be as famous as Chichen Itza or the Tulum ruins, but absolutely worth a visit in my opinion.

HOW TO GET TO TEOTIHUACAN FROM MEXICO CITY

It’s quite easy to get here on your own. Make your way to the Terminal de Autobuses Norte; from here, there is a bus leaving to Teotihuacan every 30 minute (100 pesos return trip). The ride takes about 45 minutes-1 hour depending on traffic. Try and get to Teotihuacan as early as possible to beat the crowds. You can enter the site as early as 7am.

 

There are guides at the entrance if you want to go on a guided tour, or you can just go on your own. the climb to the top of the two main pyramids is quite some exercise, but totally worth it. The view is beautiful from up there!

In order to be at the pyramids before the crowds arrived, I spent the night before in Teotihuacan, but I honestly don’t recommend it. There isn’t one single restaurant open at night in Teotihuacan and we ended up eating plain bread. Also, if you prefer the comfort of a luxury hotel, you won’t find it here. I stayed at a 3-star hotel that was barely decent, and that was the most luxurious option. Just make your way here early in the morning!

 

If you don’t want to worry about transportation and prefer to join a guided tour, BOOK HERE a full-day tour to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Guadalupe Shrine (or this dawn tour if you want to be the first at the pyramids).

Or for an experience of a lifetime, what about seeing the Teotihuacan Pyramids from above with a 1-hour hot-air balloon flight? BOOK IT HERE

Other Places To Visit in Mexico City

I hope this post was helpful to figure out what to do in Mexico City in 3 days…but it’s not all. I mean, we all like different things, and it’s hard to see all that Mexico City has to offer in just three days. Scratch that, it’s actually impossible! If you like history and art, you might want to skip Xochimilco or the day around Roma Norte and Condesa and visit these attractions instead.

Chapultepec Castle and Park 

Chapultepec Castle and Park is one of the attractions to add to your itinerary. While it isn’t as widely known as other major tourist attractions, this is an interesting site that is well worth your time and effort. The Chapultepec Castle is the main attraction within this park, which is located atop the Chapultepec Hill. This means that visiting the castle will offer spectacular views of Mexico City. It also earns the distinction as the only royal castle in the Americas. 

The hill itself wherein the castle is built on is considered sacred by the ancient Aztecs. The building has also served many purposes over the years and has been a key part of many historical events over the years. It was once an Imperial residence, Presidential home, military academy, and an observatory. Today, the Chapultepec Castle is the home of the National Museum of History. Aside from the castle, you can also explore the beautiful park that surrounds it.

Anthropology Museum 

The Anthropology Museum, also known as the National Museum of Anthropology, in Mexico City is a world-class museum that is home to over 600,000 objects relating to the anthropological history of Mexico. Most of these items in the collection date back to the prehistoric times.

The collections are displayed across two floors. Among the items on display are ancient human remains, pottery, and art objects. They are each categorized according to the period wherein they were believed to have originated from such as the Pre-Classical Period, Post-Classical Period, and the time of the Spanish conquistadors. 

Museo Soumaya 

 

Museo Soumaya is growing to become one of the must-see attractions in Mexico City. This is home to the largest art gallery collection in the Mexican capital. First and foremost, this museum is an attraction because of its striking, modern architecture. 

Aside from the architecture, it is also home to many notable art pieces such as Rodin’s The Thinker, Rio Juchitan, Madonna of the Yarnwinder (a version of da Vinci’s original creation), and the Virgen de Guadalupe con las cuatro apariciones (by Juan de Saenz). 

Leon Trotsky Museum 

The Leon Trotsky Museum is a museum that was built in honor of Leon Trotsky, along with an organization that supports political asylum. At the heart of this complex is the home of Leon Trotsky and his wife. This was also the same home where he was murdered. 

The house has been kept intact, particularly the study wherein he was murdered. There is also a garden and high walls that surround the museum complex, along with two watchtowers. 

If You Have More Time | Day Trips from Mexico City 

If you are spending 5 days in Mexico City, or even better a week in Mexico City, then you definitely have the time to venture out and explore other cool destinations that are suitable as day trips.

Puebla

Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico City and if you have time, it’s worth more more than just a day trip. This town is known for its strong religious roots and is even dubbed as the New Jerusalem. The city center is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical value. There are more than 300 churches that you can visit in Puebla, or you can try local delicacies such as the mole poblano. 

But it’s not all: Puebla surprised me big time with its colorful walls and street art.

READ ALSO: 8 Top Things To Do in Puebla, Mexico

Cholula

Cholula is one of the day trip destinations you can check out from Mexico City. It is actually a great stop right after visiting Puebla, since these two are located close to each other, and in fact you won’t have a hard time finding a tour that combines the two.

Cholula is known for its Great Pyramid and the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios built on top of it. In the background, the landscape is pretty brethatking with the Popocatepetl volcano! Cholula is also known as the oldest city in American continent continuously inhabited since its origins, so you really shouldn’t miss it.

BOOK HERE a full-day tour to Puebla and the Great Pyramid of Cholula.

Taxco

Taxco is a colonial city in Mexico, and an easy day trip from Mexico City. This town is known for its silver mines, which is why is called as the “Silver City”. It is also home to one of the oldest cathedrals in the American continent. As with any colonial city, expect to find cobblestone streets, cozy squares, and a charming historic center when you visit Taxco.

Nevado de Toluca

Nevado de Toluca makes for a perfect day trip from Mexico City for those with an adventurous spirit. This is the fourth largest peak in Mexico (although now long extinct) with an elevation of 4,680 meters. It offers two summits along the crater rim that you can hike up to. From above, you will be able to enjoy the views of two snow-fringed crater lakes. 

Tepotzlan

Tepotzlan is another notable day trip destination, located to the south of Mexico City. This mountain town is best known as the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, which is a serpent god in the Aztec culture. It’s one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns). Here you’ll find incredible views of the valley and an interesting mix of modern indigenous traditional.

The most known attraction is the pyramid El Tepozteco, an archaeological site built on top of a mountain.Another place to visit for those who come to Tepotzlan on a day trip are the craft markets that are held every weekend.

If you are traveling slow, another idea is to stop and volunteer. There are many volunteering opportunities in Mexico City, check them out!

Best Time to visit Mexico City 

The ideal time to visit Mexico City is during the months of March to May. It is also more crowded during this time of the year than any other months, but you can also enjoy the beautiful weather. The average temperature from March to May is at 22 and 30 degrees Celsius. 

Another alternative season to visit Mexico City is during the dry season of December to April. When you visit this time of the year, you can expect almost no rain but very high temperatures. If you visit during the cooler months (December to February), hotel rates are lower but it will be cold, especially at night. If you want to avoid the rain, avoid traveling to Mexico City from June to August.

Where to stay in Mexico City: Hotels for All Budgets

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Luxury Hotels

Casa Malí by Dominion Boutique Hotel: This hotel features modern suites and studio. Every unit comes with a full-equipped kitchenette, washer and dryer. Excellent location in Condesa.
Check out prices and availability for Casa Malí by Dominion Boutique Hotel.

FlowSuites Condesa – Adults Only: Located in La Condesa district, this hotels features large and minimalist suites with wooden floors. You’ll find a beautiful rooftpop bar, a gym, and great breakfast.
Check out prices and availability for FlowSuites Condesa – Adults Only.

 

Boutique & Mid-Range Hotels

Chaya B&B: What can I say? I’m in love with Chaya B&B. It rooftop areas with the hammocks…and do we want to talk about that bath tub? Keep scrolling down for a full review.
Check out prices and availability for Chaya B&B.

Hotel Histórico Central: A 4-star hotel with elegant rooms in an excellent location in the city center. The free bikes for guests and the complimentary juices and sandwiches 24 hours make this place special.
Check out prices and availability for Hotel Histórico Central

Budget Options

Hotel Templo Mayor: A 3-star hotel with basic, clean rooms right in the heart of the historic old town. Perfect location just steps from the Zocalo, in an 18th century building.
Check out prices and availability for Hotel Templo Mayor.

Mexico City Hostel: Both private rooms and dorms are available. In the center of the city, just 5 minutes walk to the square. The hostel offers a cooked breakfast, clean facilities, and common areas.
Check out prices and availability for Mexico City Hostel.

A Full Review of Chaya B&B

Mexico City at first might feel crowded and loud, and a little overwhelming. I was extremely glad I chose Chaya B&B, a boutique hotel that really felt like an oasis of peace in the midst of the chaos.

 

Located in Barrio Alameda right in the city center, Chaya B&B is surrounded by cafès and shops, and it’s only a 10 min-walk to the main pedestrian street that leads to the Zocalo.

I’ve stayed at many luxury hotels in the past, but few of them had the personality that Chaya can boast. From the common spaces such as the dining room and the studio, it looks like Chaya comes from the pages of one of those design magazines I adore.

 

I also loved the rooftop terrace with the hammock area… sooooo nice to be able to relax after a long day out.

And the room. Let’s talk about that room! I was so lucky to stay in the Master Suite, that is known for having the best bathtub in all of Mexico City. I definitely agree! I looooooved the bathtub.

The room is super spacious, offering a living room plus a room with a huge shower and the bath tub area, and a view over the Alameda Park.

Every morning, I was able to choose between continental breakfast and a cooked one that also included a daily Mexican special. The staff is great and you are welcomed with a shot of Mezcal… what’s not to love?

Overall, I couldn’t recommend Chaya B&B more. With rates starting at $90 for the Standard Room and $160 for the Master Suite, I feel Chaya offers great quality-price value and is one of the best places to stay in Mexico City.

CHECK OUT RATES & AVAILABILITY FOR CHAYA B&B

Looking for something different? Find here the best prices for hotels in Mexico City.

Is Mexico City safe? 

Before heading to Mexico, everyone felt the need to warn me about it. Be safe! Mexico is dangerous! But… is it really? Sure, there are parts of Mexico that are extremely dangerous and you shouldn’t venture to, and there are areas in Mexico city and other cities where you definitely shouldn’t go, but isn’t it the same for any country in the world?

Honestly, I felt perfectly safe in Mexico City. The tourist areas are patroled by loads of policemen, which mostly avoids the petty crimes to happen. Just make sure you ask your hotel receptionist if the area you are heading to is safe. Take a taxi when is dark (have your hotel call for one) or use Uber and Cabify cars that are tracked and safer. You will be fine!

Areas to Avoid in Mexico City

However, there are some neighborhoods that you need to be extra cautious when you choose to go.

Tepito is one of those neighborhoods that you must avoid whenever possible. It got its dicey reputation for a reason. Most of the tourists who come here do so for the opportunity to shop for cheap goods. But you are better of finding bargains somewhere else. If you are a foreigner, going to this part of Mexico City is like an invite for muggers and pickpockets. To be 100% honest, I did visit Tepito and nothing happened, but I was with a local which does make a difference.

Doctores is one neighborhood that you probably won’t be able to avoid as it is the location of the arena where the lucha libre show is held. When you go to Doctores, make sure to plan your transport well. It might be worth paying extra to hire a Uber that will drop you off directly at the arena. When the show ends, don’t wander around.

Tourist Scams in Mexico City

Aside from these neighborhoods, it is also recommended that you beware of tourist scams. Pickpockets in public transport are a very common scam in Mexico City. Beware when people approach you to ask questions or directions. Some of them could be distracting you while another person reaches into your bag to get your wallet or other valuables. 

One more scam to watch out for involves your credit card. When paying with credit cards in Mexico City, make sure they do this in front of you. Some might steal your credit card information without you even knowing. 

Finally, be very careful about fake banknotes in Mexico City. There are many of them in circulation throughout the country. Make sure you remain alert so you can avoid the fake bills. 

How Many Days in Mexico City?

If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Mexico City, well, there’s not one good answer. To really be able to see the city, go off the beaten path, and go on a couple of day trips from Mexico City you’ll need one week in town… but who has all this time? 3 days in my opinion are enough to visit the main highlights of the city, and even better if you can have 4 days in Mexico City.

I’d say no less than 3 days and no more than 5 if it’s your first time in the city and want to get to know it… but you also want to have time to go and explore other parts of the country! How about combining Mexico City with a 2 week road trip in the Yucatan?

What to Pack for Mexico City 

This is a list of the essential items you need to pack for your Mexico City 3 day itinerary:

Straw Woven Hat – It is a must in order to protect against the heat of the sun. 

Light Pants – It is a versatile piece that can go from day to night. Plus, it has to be made of lightweight fabric so it can keep you cool in the heat.  

Maxi Dress – It is stylish, comfortable, and easy to layer for day to night use. 

Walkable Shoes – It can be a flat shoes or sneakers. Either way, it must be comfortable enough to walk around in.

Theft-Proof Backpack – Mexico City is known for its pickpockets. It is important to protect yourself against theft when you navigate into crowded spaces. 

Water Bottle –The heat can cause you to sweat a lot so make sure you stay hydrated. 

Pashmina Scarf – The sun is more intense in Mexico City due to the high elevation. This scarf can be used as another layer of protection from the heat.

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Have you been to Mexico City? Do you have any tips that I left out?

I got offered a media rate for my stay at Chaya B&B, but I would totally go back without any discount! This posts contains affiliate links, meaning that if you book through my links, I will receive a small commission, at no extra cost for you whatsoever.

 

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  1. Juanita La Huerfanita

    16 November

    Whoa those photos that your photographer-man took of you look so good!!! I wish I had someone to take photos of me but I’m no pretty like you. Any help? : (

  2. Sam

    12 December

    Hey Stefania, Thanks for this great Mexico city Itinerary.
    We really want to visit mexico but have no idea where to start – luckily i stumbled upon your article which has given me a few ideas 🙂
    Cheers!!

    • Steph

      28 December

      So happy it was useful! Please go to Mexico City, such a beautiful destination!

  3. Alex

    16 January

    You should add the anthropology museum to the itinerary. We caught the hop on hop off bus from the revolution monument to the museum and wandered around the park, once we were done were jumped back on the bus to further explore the city. Catching the hop on hop off bus was an added bonus as we were able to get our bearings of the city and see parts of the city we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to given the short time we were there.

    • Steph

      18 February

      Hey Alex, thanks for the ideas!! Will have to check them out next time I’m in town. Cheers

  4. Jason Lim

    29 March

    Can I be honest about your article?



    Okie… I don’t hear any protest after waiting for 2 mins so here I go…
    It’s awesome! For some reason, I am going to Mexico 2 weeks and honestly, I am rather half-hearted about it and not too keen. But your blog about it now made the trip more exciting for me! I could sense your enthusiasm (or you simply are a great writer, which is great too as a blogger!). Your write up is easy to follow, spiced with great and important details, yet not too naggy or overkilling it with too much personal narrative like some other bloggers out there.
    Hence, I would like to thank you very much for writing this up and I wish you greater success and fun as a travel blogger.
    Thanks, Steph.

    Regards,
    Jason Lim

  5. Jess Munday

    14 August

    Thanks for all the ideas will definitely save this for if I ever visit Mexico city. The churros look delicious!

  6. Abdou

    3 September

    Mexico looks pretty amazing:) Love lots!

  7. Nina

    28 September

    Thank you for this wonderful itinerary! My cousin and I are heading to Mexico City for 2 days before going to the Cerro Pelon and this was so helpful in helping us figure out what we should be doing and where we should be eating!

  8. Stephen

    15 May

    I lived in Mexico City for 6 years. I never saw any really bad trouble. I never felt unsafe, even in Tepito. I even stayed with a mate in Nezahualcoyotl fir a few weeks when between apartments. That is about the worst inner city area of Mexico City, but there are some wonderful people there. My flat mate, from USA, and I used to give free English classes up there so we were known as part of the community.

    Yes there is some social resentment in Mexico as with any country where the super rich are able to keep over a 3rd or the population in abject poverty. This is being dealt with now. When I first moved to DF in 2008 (I lived in Tijuana in 2007)you could barely see the sky for the smog, but successive governments have implemented clean air policies that really are working.

    Mexico is not a poor country, nor is it or has it ever been a 3rd world country. It just had a very corrupt culture which also seems to be getting much better. I recently got married and my new wife is not keen on moving to Mexico, but if I could I would be on the plane already. I will take her there on a holiday, and I am sure she will love it.

    Put Mexico on your bucket list. Or just put Mexico on your things to do because I am alive list. It seems to be against the law to be bored there, and is practically impossible.

    • Steph

      20 May

      I totally agree with you! I spent 3 months traveling around Mexico and there is still so much I need to see! I also never really felt in danger, and I’m a woman. Honestly, I felt much more in danger in certain places in the USA and Europe. I really feel like Mexico has its problems like all the other countries, but if one doesn’t go poking around in certain more difficult areas of Mexico, and is just street smart , probably won’t ever encounter any issues. In general, people are lovely in Mexico!

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