What to do in Mexico City
Zocalo: The Zocalo is the symbolic heart of Mexico. The city's central square holds not only the government buildings but also two symbols of Mexico's duel heritage: The Templo Mayor, an important Aztec temple which was unearthed in the early 1980s, and the Spanish Metropolitan Cathedral, which was constructed from the stones of the same ancient Aztec temple.
Xochimilco: When the Aztecs built Mexico city, it was built on a lake that was connected via canals. Xochimilco is a beautiful natural reserve outside of the city centre. You can take a cruise along the canals in a colourful gondola-like boat, and enjoy the festive air with mariachi bands floating by and food vendors operating from boats. It's popular with locals and tourists alike, and you may even see a Mexican wedding party float past!
Chapultepec Castle: Don't miss this beautiful historic castle perched on top of a hill in one of Mexico City's largest parks. The outlook from the top offers a stunning panoramic view of Mexico City. Keep your eye out for the adorable squirrels in the park, too!
Casa Azul: Casa Azul is the childhood home of the famous artist, Frida Kahlo. She later returned to this house where she lived with her husband, and renowned muralist, Diego Rivera, until her death in 1954. Now it serves as a museum dedicated to the Life and Art of Frida Kahlo.
Murals of Diego Rivera: Diego Rivera's murals can be found all around Mexico City. He was part of a movement with the Mexican Government to help educate the masses and instil national identity, through art. The best place to see his art is at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a historic opera house that now houses a world-class art museum. Here you can see many of his artworks, including his most famous mural "Man at the Crossroads".
Pyramids of Teotihuacan: This UNESCO world heritage site is an easy day trip from Mexico City. Here you can see ancient Mesoamerican pyramids, structures, and temples that date back about 2000 years, to when Teotihuacan was a vibrant city with a population of 200,000 people. The complex is best known for its two massive pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun (which is the third oldest in the world!) and the Pyramid of the Moon.