A Charming 4-5 Day Mexico City Itinerary for 2024

A 4-5 day Mexico City itinerary is a perfect amount of time to spend in the Mexican capital during your first trip. This is North America’s largest city and it’s a spectacular one. 

Until recently, Mexico City flew largely under the radar, with a lot of people being apprehensive about traveling here or being concerned about their safety. Over the last couple of years, word about CDMX has really started to get out, making it one of the most desirable travel destinations in Latin America. 

You are in good hands here because I live in Mexico and have been here for several years now. I have drawn up this Mexico City itinerary to help you make the most of your first visit. 

It contains a blend of the city’s “must-see” sights and attractions, as well as some lesser-known highlights and cultural gems that chilangos have been keeping for themselves. 

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Strolling through Polanco

Table of Contents

Mexico City Itinerary Day One:
Polanco & Chapultapec

CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico) is made up of more than 300 different neighborhoods (barrios). Each one is essentially like a little village in itself, and each has its own distinct charm and personality. 

On day one, we will start our Mexico City journey in Polanco, an upscale district in the city’s northeast that is to Mexico City what Chelsea is to London or what Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles. Despite being one of the most exclusive postcodes in town, Polanco manages to avoid being sterile or pretentious, and its leafy tree-lined streets are home to a ton of excellent breakfast and brunch spots. 

Stop for breakfast at Cafe Toscano
Stop for breakfast at Cafe Toscano

Have breakfast in Polanco 

Wake up bright and early and don your comfiest shoes as today will involve a fair amount of walking. Chic Polanco is home to several plazas and al-fresco-style eateries where people dine out on the sidewalk that are more reminiscent of European cities than something you would expect to see in Mexico.

Among all of the great options, there are a couple of spots that stand out for a good breakfast. My personal favorite is Cafe Toscano (Temístocles 26, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo).

This tiny, ramshackle little eatery cluttered with books, artwork, and antique furnishings seemingly transports you to Italy. The menu boasts strong, delicious Italian coffees and contemporary Mexican dishes like vegan chilaquiles and a variety of pan dulces (sweet bread), juices, and smoothies. 

Enjoying a delicious breakfast of vegan chilaquiles and fresh fruit in Polanco

Another charming spot is Maison Belen (Av. Emilio Castelar, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550). This French-inspired bistro serves a selection of Mexican and international breakfast options.

You will find all of your favorites here – from eggs benedict and florentine to avocado toast. 

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Artifacts on display in the Anthropology Museum

Visit the Anthropology Museum 

The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) is the largest and most-visited museum in Mexico and it sits within Chapultepec Park. Even if you don’t consider yourself as being much of a “museum person”, this is a fascinating place to add to your itinerary. 

The various exhibition halls here contain artifacts recovered from different parts of Mexico and different Ancient civilizations (the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Olmecs, etc). Some of the most notable inclusions are the Aztec sunstone from Tenochtitlan, and giant stone heads carved by the Olmecs that were recovered from the jungles of Tabasco. 

The museum is honestly so vast that it’s almost impossible to take it all in in a day and you should dedicate at least 3-4 hours to exploring the museum. If you love ancient history, you might be interested in touring with an archeologist guide. 

You will also find the “Indias” exhibit on the second floor. This exhibition tells the stories of the 68 different indigenous groups that are found within Mexico today, their customs and traditions, handicrafts, and traditional dress. 

Visiting the Museum of Anthropology 

A couple of interesting pointers to know before you visit the museum: 

  • Admission times are 9 am to 6 pm Tuesday to Sunday and the museum is closed on Sundays

  • Entrance is free for Mexicans on Sundays so the museum can be a lot more crowded at this time

  • You cannot take large rucksacks, food, or drinks into the museum so you will need to rent a free locker to store your things

  • Admission is 90 pesos per person with free entry available for people over 60, children under 13, disabled persons, and students 
Statues in Chapultapec Park

Explore Chapultapec Park 

Bosque Chapultepec is Mexico City’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Only, as the largest park in North America at 1,561 acres, Chapultepec is more than twice the size of Central Park and contains several interesting sights and attractions within its borders. 

Immediately outside the Anthropology Museum, you will usually find a collection of tianguis (stalls) where the vendors sell everything from clothing and handicrafts to delicious street food eats, ice creams, and raspados (shaved flavored ice). 

If you are lucky, you might also catch the Danza de los Voladores (flying men) nearby. This traditional dance has even been recognized by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” and was considered a symbol of Aztec culture. 

The dance involves six men who dance around a 90-foot pole as one of them plays the flute, before ascending to the top and gradually descending again on ropes. It is a nerve-wracking yet magical thing to see. 

Visit Castle Chapultapec 

Did you know that Mexico City is home to the only castle in North America that once housed European royalty? The fairytale 18th century Castle Chapultapec awaits in the heart of the namesake park and was once the home of Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota. 

Throughout history, the neo-classical castle has served several purposes. Mexican President Porfirio Diaz lived here from 1877 until 1910, then President Lázaro Cárdenas lived here until 1939 when the castle was transformed into the Museo Nacional de Historia. It is possible to tour the castle for 95MXN per person. 

You should allow at least two hours to explore the site in full. The castle is much larger than it appears from the outside. 
As you explore, you pass through stunning manicured gardens, and gorgeous, grand palatial rooms filled adorned with vibrant frescoes and stained-glass windows. Look out for the “Introductory Room” which was once used as a bowling alley, and the “Reading Room” and terrace where Ferdinand Maximilian I would read and write.  

Dinner in Polanco

Heading back to Polanco, there are plenty of world-class dining options here where you can sample the very best of international and Mexican cuisine. Some of the restaurants in Mexico City have been recognized not only as being some of the best restaurants in Mexico but as some of the best in the world. 

For the best of the best, the obvious choice is Pujol ( Tennyson 133, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo). This eatery, managed by chef Enrique Olvera, was named the best in CDMX by the Wall Street Journal. 

Pujol is well worth the hype and the price tag. However, keep in mind that you often have to reserve a table as much as 6-8 weeks in advance! 

(As a side note, if you head to San Cristobal de las Casas, you can dine at Chef Claudia Santiz’s restaurant – she worked at Pujol for several years before branching out on her own.) 

If you aren’t able to secure a table at Pujol, there are plenty of other great options. Quintonil (Av. Isaac Newton 55, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo) is an exquisite eatery headed up by Chefs Alejandra Flores and Jorge Vallejo. 

It is still a good idea to make a reservation if you want to eat here. You can order from an a la carte menu or treat yourself to a 10-course tasting menu with a drink pairing. Both menus change throughout the year depending on what ingredients are in season. 

Treat yourself to dessert churros 

Ask any Chilango for the best place in town to grab churros is and 90% of respondents will tell you the same thing: El Moro. El Moro is a chain of churrerias with several branches around the city. 

It dates back to 1935 when Founder Francisco Iriarte moved from Spain to Mexico City and started a small churro cart in the Zocalo. Treat yourself to a mix of 3-4 sugar and cinnamon churros with a pot of their thick, syrupy, indulgent chocolate dipping sauce. 

Conveniently, there is a Polanco El Moro that you can walk to after dinner. It can be found at Calz. Gral. Mariano Escobedo 501.

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The Torre Latinoamericana in downtown Mexico City

Mexico City Itinerary Day Two:
Teotihuacan and Central Mexico City 

It’s another bright and early start on day two of this Mexico City itinerary to head to the pre-Colombian city of Teotihuacan. This is one of the world’s oldest historical sites but interestingly, nobody knows exactly who founded Teotihuacan and many aspects of its history have been lost in time. 

Teotihuacan dates back to 500 BC and became an extremely important trade hub in 500 AD. The Aztecs arrived here in the 1400s and awarded the city its current name “Teotihuacan” which means ““the place where the Gods were created¨. However, when they found it, the site had already been abandoned for centuries. 

Visit Teotihuacan 

Teotihuacan is open every day from 9am until 5pm, but it is worth getting here early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds and the intensity of the midday sun. You can opt to visit the site independently or as part of a guided tour, depending on your preferences. 

Obviously, participating in a tour means that you have a local “expert” guide on hand to give you more information and context to the things that you are seeing, and it also means that you will have someone pick you up and drop you off at your hotel so you don’t need to worry about the logistics of getting there. However, it also means giving up some of your independence, so it depends on what you prefer. 

The ancient city is pretty large and deserves at least 2-3 hours of your time. The various pyramids and points of interest here are relatively spread out and there is little shade from the sun.

Start at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and then walk along the Avenue of the Dead to the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest and most iconic pyramid in Teotihuacan and if you climb the steep steps to the top, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas over the city. 

The Pyramid of the Moon is interesting too, and was once a place for human sacrifices. 

Recommended Teotihuacan Tours 

A lot of reputable local tour companies offer excursions to Teotihuacan. Some of the best ones are detailed below.

Book your spot online in advance to avoid disappointment!

Getting to Teotihuacan independently 

You can get to Teotihuacan independently by taking a bus or an Uber/taxi. To take a bus, you need to make your way to the Autobuses del Norte bus station. 

Buses to Teotihuacan depart frequently and a ticket is only 60 pesos ($2.90) each way. If you want to travel by Uber in CDMX, you will arrive at the pyramids faster. Expect to pay between 500 and 700 pesos each way depending on the time of day. 

You can usually find Ubers around Teotihuacan for your return journey. However, if you are unfortunate enough to not be able to find one, you can always take an Uber there and a bus or an official taxi back. 

The Palacio de Belles Artes, Mexico City

Head to the Zocalo 

Once back in the city, head to the Zocalo in downtown CDMX. Virtually every Mexican town and city has a square/plaza in its center that is referred to as the “zocalo”. 

Mexico City’s is an impressive one, flanked by the Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral). Construction on the cathedral started in 1573 based on a Gothic design by Spanish architect Claudio de Arciniega.

However, it wasn’t completed until 1813, taking a total of 240 years to build, and resulting in a cathedral that displayed a varied blend of construction styles.

The Zocalo is interesting because this was once the the center of the Aztec City of Tenochtitlan and was home to temples, palaces and vibrant markets, before the European conquistadors arrived. 

Explore the Templo Mayor Museum

A couple of blocks away from the Zocalo, you will find the Templo Mayor Musuem. This museum sits atop the exact location where the remains of the main Mexica Temple, the Templo Mayor Museum, once stood. 

Inside, you will find a comprehensive glimpse into the Aztec Empire, as well as what remains of the original Templo Mayor, and a replica of the structure. 

Mexico City Itinerary Day Three:
Downtown CDMX

On day three of this Mexico City itinerary, we will head back to the Zocalo/Centro area. 

Visit Palacio de Belles Artes 


The Palacio de Belles Artes, with its gold-domed roof, is probably one of the most iconic sights of Mexico City. It can be found in Alameda Central – Mexico’s oldest municipal parks and a nice place to people watch.

This spectacular cultural center was built between 1904 and 1934. 

Inside, you can find a concert hall, the National Museum of Architecture, a theater, and the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts. Other temporary arts, history, and cultural exhibitions from around the world are also often hosted here. 

In the lobbies of the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts, you will find spectacular murals painted by some of the most renowned Mexican artists– including Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. To continue with your Mexican art fix, walk through Alameda Central, Mexico’s oldest municipal park.

Stop by the Museo Mural Diego Rivera 

The Museo Mural Diego Riviera sits on the opposite side of Alameda Central to the Palacio de Belles Artes and is worth visiting, even if you do not consider yourself an art aficionado. 

Diego Riviera was the long-term husband of Frida Kahlo and one of Mexico’s most famous artists. (You can also see his image on the back of the 500 pesos bill!) 

Riviera was best known for his murals depicting themes of the Mexican Revolution or indigenous Mexican identities. In this museum, you will find his 1946/47 mural “Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central.” 

This painting depicts Hernán Cortés, Friar Juan de Zumarraga, Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz, Benito Juárez and other notable historic Mexican figures standing together in Alameda park. 

The painting was rescued from the now-destroyed Hotel del Prado. This small museum contains other interesting art pieces and sculptures, though Riveras mural is very much the focal point. 

Check out the views from the Torre Latinoamericana observation deck 

The impressive Torre Latinoamericana sits right across from the Palacio de Belles Artes. This 44 story skyscraper was the tallest building in the world for some 20 years after it was first built in 1956 and offers impressive 360 degree views of the capital from its observation deck.

Expect to pay around 250 pesos (circa $14 USD) for general admission to the viewing platform. Inside you will also find the chic Miralto Restaurant and Bar and the Bicentennial Museum. 

Stroll along the Av. Francisco I Madero 

The Av. Francisco I Madero is a pedestrian-only street that connects Alameda Central with the Zocalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. There are tons of Mexican and international name stores and cafes here. 

Look out for the traditional organ grinders and tip them a few pesos if you can. Their musical performances are part of a dying art.

The pretty blue Casa de Los Azulejos

Walk Down Av 5 de Mayo and see the Casa de Los Azulejos

Running parallel to Av. Francisco I Madero and just past the Palacio de Belles Artes is Av. 5 de Mayo. There are a couple of interesting things to see on this bustling street. 

From here, you will see the iconic Mexico City Sears department store and the Torre Latinoamericana towering above, but also the famous “Casa de los Azulejos” (House of Tiles). 

This spectacular baroque tiled building dates back to the 18th century and was once the home of the noble Count of the Valle de Orizaba family. Today, it houses a restaurant and a souvenir store. 

The 1907 Palacio Postal is a spectacular building designed in Plateresque and Elizabethan styles. Its facades are dramatic and laden with gargoyles. 

Inside, the ornate staircases, chandeliers, and frescoes make you feel as if you are exploring a grand palatial home. You should also take note of he grand old Banco de Mexico building nearby.
It was built between 1903 and 1905 by architect Theodore de Lemos, was renovated by Carlos Obregón Santacilia in 1925, and is a blend of neoclassical and art deco styles.

The Casa de Los Azulejos, CDMX
The Casa de Los Azulejos, CDMX

Stop by some of the museums in downtown Mexico City 

There are literally hundreds of museums in Mexico City so it is worth carving some time out of your itinerary to visit a couple that may interest you. Choose carefully since you will probably only have time to visit one or two. 

The Museo Histórico del Palacio Nacional is set inside Mexico’s National Palace and its exhibition halls both tell the story of the building itself, and of Mexico through the ages. 

There are pre-Hispanic artifacts on display here that have been recovered in archeological digs of the area, as well as items and tales from Colonial times and Mexico’s fight for independence from the Spanish. 

The Museo Nacional de las Culturas del Mundo (National Museum of World Cultures) contains over 17,000 artifacts recovered from across the world. Meanwhile the Antigua Academia de San Carlos, housed inside a gorgeous 18th century building, is one of the very best art museums in Mexico, and contains a wide variety of different art forms – sculptures, murals, paintings, etc. 

Enjoy mezcal and mariachi in Garibaldi Square

A pleasant way to spend an evening, particularly if you are interested in Mexican cultural traditions, is to catch the live mariachi bands at Garibaldi Square. There are several bars scattered around the square. For 150 pesos (circa $7), the mariachi bands will perform a song of your choice. 

It is better to come here at night when the bars are alive and filled with people and mariachi as this area is relatively quiet during the day. Do note that Garibaldi Square is not one of the nicer parts of town. 

Take a cab here and don´t walk here alone at night nor walk between Palacio de Belles Artes and Garibaldi Square. The Museo del Tequila y Mezcal discusses the history and production methods of two of the most famous Mexican drinks and is open until 9 pm daily. 

Plaza de la Conchita, Coyoacan

Mexico City Itinerary Day Four: Coyoacan

Coyoacan, meaning “place of coyotes” in Nahuatl is a leafy green suburb in the western part of Mexico City. Once upon a time, it was its own independent settlement but urban expansion has seen it slowly become engulged by CDMX.

The main raison d’être that most people choose to travel to Coyoacan is to visit Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s former home. But spend a little time here and you will see that that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Coyoacan has to offer. 

This gorgeous barrio, with its tree lined streets, quaint coffee shops and antique stores has been the residence of choice for artists, writers and other creatives for decades. Essentially, Coyoacan is to Mexico City what Greenwich Village is to New York. 

Mexico City itinerary: Visit Frida Kahlo's house
Mexico City itinerary: Visit Frida Kahlo’s house

Visit Frida Kahlo’s house

The vivid blue Casa Azul is where Frida Kahlo was born and spent most of her life. Her father built the property in 1904 and her mother Matilde gave birth to her here in 1907. 

Frida lived in the house both independently and while married to Diego Rivera. She eventually died here, and today, her ashes are on display in a pre-Colombian urn contained within the house. 

The house has been kept as a living museum. Many of Frida’s most famous pieces are on display here as well as many personal effects.

Even if you are not hugely familiar with her work, a visit to Casa Azul provides a glimpse into the life of one of Mexico’s most important figures. 

Casa Azul is almost always crowded. It is absolutely essential to purchase your ticket online in advance a day or two before you plan to visit. Tickets often sell out so if you just rock up at the house without a prior reservation, you may find yourself disappointed.

You will be given a timeslot for entrance and it is important that you are at the house on time or you may be denied entry. If you randomly show up outside without a ticket, you will be turned away.

Browse the Mercado de Coyoacan 

The Mercado de Coyoacan is one of Mexico’s most iconic markets. Even Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera would come here to shop for groceries when hosting their famous dinner parties. 

The stalls here sell everything from fragrant, fresh flowers to perfectly polished fruits and vegetables and street food eats. On Sunday, there is an adorable little artisanal market where local artists sell their paintings and handicrafts. 

Be sure to sample Coyoacan’s famous tostadas – delicious crispy treats commonly topped with avocado, ceviche and spicy mole.

Get lost in the backstreets of Coyoacan

Jardin Centenario, close to the Mercado de Coyoacan marks the center of town, and is a popular rendezvous point among locals. The garden boasts a fountain with two ornately carved coyote statues – a nod to the area’s namesake.

The brightly colored buildings and cobbled streets of Coyoacan are a photographer’s dream and taking the time to get lost among them with no set plan is a highlight of visiting.

Even the most quiet-looking, unsuspecting residential street twists and turns to reveal a selection of artisanal stores, bakeries, and traditional candy shops. Local agro products and chocolates make excellent souvenirs from your trip to Mexico. 

Besides Kahlo, several known creatives, artists, and historic figures set down roots in Coyoacan including Mexican Writer Octavio Paz and the exiled Russian Leon Trotsky.

You can visit his former home at The Leon Trotsky House Museum, which has been ompletely frozen in time since he was assassinated at home using an ice pick in 1940. (Even his bathrobe hangs on the same hook in the bathroom).

Take a stroll through the forested Viveros de Coyoacan park whose trails are popular among dog walkers and joggers, and be sure to check out the various churches of the barrio.

The imposing baroque San Juan Bautista church in the Zocalo dates back to the 16th century and was one of the first churches in the Americas.

The pastel-colored Chapel of Santa Catarina dates back to the 1500s. Its surrounding square is decorated with colorful papel picado and surrounded by charming bars and cafes. 

A cute coffee shop in Coyoacan

Stop for coffee in Coyoacan 

Before leaving Coyoacan, stop for a coffee and a pan dulce (sweet bread) at Cafe al Jarocho, a Coyoacan institution. 

This was the very first coffee shop in the area when it first opened its doors back in 1953. For something quintessentially Mexican, order yourself a cinnamon-infused cafe de olla and a concha. Cafe Avellaneda (Higuera 40-A, La Concepción, Coyoacán) and Coyote Specialty Coffee & Tea Bar (Felipe Carrillo Puerto 2) are two more great coffee shops.

Stroll down the haunted Callejón del Aguacate 

If you have an interest in the eerie or the macabre, one of the more unusual things to do in Coyoacan is to stroll down the supposedly haunted Callejón del Aguacate (Avocado Alley). The narrow cobbled passageway dates back to the 1600s and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young boy.

Legend has it that the young boy kept pestering a soldier who ultimately struck him with his baton in annoyance and accidentally killed him. The boy’s ghost is said to have wandered the alley ever since.

There is a small shrine to the Virgin Mary in one of the alcoves of the alleyway where locals continue to place small toys and baseball cards as gifts for the child. Legend has it that the the soldier placed this here to repent for his sins and that locals have carried on the tradition.

Visit Diego Rivera´s Museo Anahuacalli

A 10-minute Uber ride from Coyoacan takes you to Diego Rivera’s Museo Anahuacalli. The building, made out of volcanic rock, is just as spectacular as the exhibits contained within it. 

Museo Anahuacalli was designed by Diego Rivera himself and contains more than 41,000 pieces of pre-hispanic artwork from his personal collection. If you enjoy art, you will also be pleased to see that one room showcases many of Rivera’s drafts and early sketches.  

Mexico City Itinerary Day Five:
Xochimilco River Journey & Street Food Eats

Day four of this Mexico City itinerary takes you to Xochimilco – an area in the southern part of CDMX known for its canal network. This is essentially Mexico’s answer to Venice and this area is one of the last remaining vestiges of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán.

Tour Xochimilco 

Riding the canal networks of Xochimilco on colorful boats known as trajineras is a wonderful way to round up your Mexico City itinerary. Mexicans will often come here to rent boats with their friends, enjoy a couple of ice cold cervezas, blast out some Bad Bunny and regaeton and sail through the waters.

If you have ever been to floating markets in Bangkok and other destinations in Asia, Xochimilco is somewhat comparable. There are floating gondolas with mariachi, gondolas serving snacks and street food, and bodega-style gondola stores.

You can come here independently, but there are also a lot of local companies that offer day trips to Xochimilco.

The isla de las muñecas (haunted island of the dolls) can be reached via Xochimilco. However, most tour operators do not run there. If you want to travel independently, be aware that there is also a smaller, fake Isla de las muñecas that someone has set up to avoid sailing so far to the authentic one! 

Getting to Xochimilco independently

It is easy to get to Xochimilco independently. For just 40 pesos, you can take a small tour of Xochimilco on a boat that takes you on a short ride up and down the canals.

Alternatively, you can rent an entire boat for 350 pesos an hour which can be a good idea if there are a lot of you. Be prepared to have to haggle somewhat over the price of the boat. Keep 350 pesos an hour in mind and expect that some of the boat owners will try their luck with tourists to try and negotiate higher rates.

Recommended Xochimilco tours

Just like with traveling to Teotihuacan, taking a tour of Xochimilco takes a lot of stress out of figuring out how to get from A to B, haggling with boat owners etc. Since this is one of the most popular day trips from Mexico City, tons of local tour operators come here.

I have listed some of the best ones below.

Take a street food tour/check out the mercados

Street food is a huge part of Mexican food culture, particularly in CDMX. There are dozens of street food markets here and it would take you a lifetime to try all of their different specialties.

Taking a street food tour with a local is great because you will find places and dishes that you may not have otherwise found alone.

Best Mexico City Food Tours

A number of reputable CDMX street food tours are detailed below for your consideration:

Exploring Mexico City’s markets independently

If you prefer to tour the street food markets alone, there are a few, in particular, to add to your radar. Namely:

  • Mercado de la Merced – One of Mexico’s largest and oldest markets that sells practically every food item imaginable

  • Sullivan Market – a good place to stop by on weekends and try pambazo (bread dipped and fried in a red guajillo pepper sauce and filled with papas con chorizo) or traditional barbacoa.

  • Mercado de San Juan – the best place for “alternative” cuisine. This market is known for its edible insects and crocodile and ostrich burgers! 
Entrance to the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Mexico City Itinerary FAQs 

Do you have any more burning questions or concerns about planning your trip to Mexico City? I have answered some frequently asked questions on the topic below.

Hopefully, you will find the information that you are looking for there but if not, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Is Mexico City safe?

Mexico City is a safe place to travel to, provided that you take the same common-sense precautions as you would when traveling anywhere else in the world. The same can be said of safety in Mexico as a whole. 

Generally, if you take the same precautions as you would in any other large city, you will be fine here. However, one thing that I will say is that you need to be careful about which neighborhoods you wander into here.

You cannot aimlessly walk around in Mexican cities. For example, Alameda Centra and Plaza Garibaldi are safe, if a little rough-around the edges, but the area between them is not somewhere you want to walk at night.

Just a few more blocks from Plaza Garibaldi is the notorious Tepito marketplace which is somewhere you definitely don’t want to be. So give consideration into where you need to go and what neighborhoods you are wandering into.

Pickpocketing is your biggest concern as a tourist and there are a lot of opportunists in the centro. Always keep an eye on your belongings.

If you travel a lot, you may want to consider purchasing a theft-proof backpack. Anti-theft bags such as those offered by Pacsafe feature a mesh locking system and they are both slash and waterproof.

Can I visit Mexico City alone? 

In the past few years, Mexico City has become really popular among the Digital Nomad crowd, so you will always find that there are tons of travelers and foreigners hanging out here. I am a solo female traveler based in Mexico (I live in Merida) and I felt very comfortable traveling to Mexico City alone.

Since the city is very diverse, you will not stand out or draw attention to yourself whatever your race, gender, or dress sense. You just need to use the same common sense precautions that you would in any big city.

Mexico City itinerary
Mexico City itinerary

Final thoughts on this Mexico City itinerary

This Mexico City itinerary is a great introduction to the Mexican capital but as you can see, even though it is spread over five days, it is absolutely jam-packed. The city is so vast and has so much to offer that even if you spend several weeks here, you will feel that you have barely scratched the surface.

4-5 days in the city makes a nice first-time introduction and then if you enjoy it (and I am sure you will), you can always come back again to explore more of the lesser-known districts, museums and attractions.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to connect with me on social media or by email. As I mentioned, I have been living in Mexico for several years now and I am always happy to connect.

Safe travels and have a great time exploring Mexico!

Hasta Luego! Melissa xo


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer based in Merida, Mexico and the Editor-in-Chief of Mexico Travel Secrets. She has over seven years worth of experience in working in travel media and has travelled to 57 countries, mostly solo. Throughout her career, Melissa has produced written content for several high-profile publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, the Huffington Post, Rough Guides, and Matador Network.

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