Mexico City Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Mexico City

If you have extra time, Bosque de Chapultepec is worthwhile.
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    Palacio de Bellas Artes
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    #2 in Mexico City
    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Considered the cultural center of Mexico City, thePalacio de Bellas Artes(Palace of Fine Arts) is a must-visit. The exterior of the palace showcases art nouveau and art deco-style architecture, while the inside features marble floors and vaulted glass windows. 

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    Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitucion)
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    #5 in Mexico City
    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo is the main public square and one of the most recognizable places in Mexico City. It contains a giant Mexican flag at its center and has been the centerpiece of public gatherings since the days of the Aztecs. The site also

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    Bosque de Chapultepec
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    #6 in Mexico City
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The main park in Mexico City, Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest) was once the temporary home of the Aztec empire after its citizens migrated to modern-day Mexico City in the 13th century. Today, the 1,600-acre Chapultepec is Mexico City's largest and most popular park, and a gathering place for families seeking

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    Catedral Metropolitana
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    #7 in Mexico City
    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Mexico's national cathedral – the vaulting, austere, ornate church on theZócalo's north end – was once the site of an ancient Aztec precinct, so it has housed the city's spiritual core for centuries. The cathedral was built between 1573 and 1813 after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán and is considered

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    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
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    #9 in Mexico City
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Central University City Campus of the National University of Mexico) includes 40 academic institutions, the Mexican Olympic stadium, a Mexican cultural center, a nature preserve and the city's Central Library. The entire campus is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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    Palacio Nacional
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    #10 in Mexico City
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The National Palace holds the federal executive branch of the Mexican government and sits along Mexico City's main public square, asEl Zócalo. The palace itself is a massive, ornate building that contains several gardens, murals and fountains. Its highlights are the Diego Rivera murals painted in panoramic style across the

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    El Angel de la Independencia
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    #11 in Mexico City
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Flanking the Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City, El Ángel de la Independencia is column monument topped by a bronze depiction of the Greek goddess Victory, one of the most beloved symbols of the city.

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