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Explore the grandeur of Mexico City along with its ancient temples, historic museums, and stunning architecture.

By Tamara Almeida

Updated 01:05 am EDT, October 30, 2023

Published 02:51 pm EDT, July 30, 2023

Mexico City is the capital of and largest city in Mexico, and the most populous city in North America. One of the most important international cities in the world, Mexico City was built in the 16th century by the Spanish upon the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the ancient Aztec capital. It has five Aztec temples whose ruins have so far been identified. Moreover, the largest cathedral on the continent and some beautiful public buildings dating back to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as the Palacio de las Bellas Artes.

Plaza de la Constitución at Zócalo, Mexico city’s main square.
Plaza de la Constitución at Zócalo, Mexico city’s main square.

The Zócalo, popularly called the Plaza de la Constitución, is one of the two most important places in the city. Within the Zócalo is the National Palace, which is home to many of the wonderful paintings of artist Diego Rivera, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. The square was built on the site which was the political, cultural and religious center of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, the largest Mexican (Aztec) civilization in the Americas.

A Mexican family together at a festive table.

Enjoy the amazing museums!

Through the works of art they contain, the museums relate not only the history of the city, but the country as a whole.

The Pyramids of Teotihuacán, the archaeological zone of the Templo Mayor Museum and the relics of the National Museum of Anthropology are undoubtedly among the most important and interesting attractions of the city. To learn more about the history of Mexico, it is well worth the time to visit the National Museum of History, Museum of Memory and Tolerance, National Museum of the Revolution and The Museum of Mexico City.

Pyramids of the Sun and Moon on the Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan ancient historic cultural city, old ruins of Aztec civilization.
Pyramids of the Sun and Moon on the Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan ancient historic cultural city, old ruins of Aztec civilization.

Be sure to visit the busy Frida Kahlo Museum and the museums dedicated to Frida’s husband, the artist Diego Rivera, one of the two most recognizable names in art within Mexico. There is wonderful art to observe scattered throughout the city, but many of the most prominent works are in the National Palace, the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Dolores Olmedo Museum (also home to one of the most beautiful gardens in the city), the Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum and Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. The Museum of Modern Art also displays important works by Mexican artists, as does the National Museum of Art.The Museum of Folk Art, as the name suggests, is dedicated entirely to folk art created by the people of Mexico.

Although the museums above are dedicated predominantly to great Mexican artists, they also host works by other renowned artistic figures from around the world. Other museums that offer wonderful collections include the Soumaya Museum and the Tamayo and Jumex museums. The Soumaya contains an excellent collection of the work of the impressionists and is home to one of the largest Rodin exhibitions in the world., The Tamayo and Jumex are dedicated entirely to contemporary art.

Walk to Avenida Paseo de La Reforma between Alameda Central and Bosque Chapultepec

This is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Mexico City. Paseo de La Reforma Avenue connects the Historic Center to the Chapultepec Forest, one of the largest urban parks in the world. The route, stretching 7 kilometers, is completely wooded with wide sidewalks. Along the way you’ll pass many shops and restaurants, beautiful modern buildings, and museums . The center of the avenue is marked by several monuments, the most symbolic being the large golden angel which is the Monument to La Independencia. From this point, you will have a beautiful view of the entire avenue.

The Angel of Independence, officially known as “monument to independence,” on a roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma.
The Angel of Independence, officially known as “monument to independence,” on a roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma.

Where to stay? Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Authentic experiences that connect avant-garde and tradition in contemporary aesthetic spaces are the essence of Hyatt Regency Mexico City, a world-class emblem that redefines hospitality. 45 minutes from Mexico City International Airport, Hyatt Regency Mexico City is conveniently located in the heart of the exclusive and vibrant Polanco neighborhood, close to the city’s main financial districts. Its 755 newly renovated rooms and suites offer free high-speed wireless internet and 24-hour room service.

The accommodation offer is complemented by a business center, 11 private meeting spaces, a fully equipped fitness center, a heated indoor pool, three tennis courts, two restaurants specializing in Japanese food, a Latin American cuisine restaurant, a lounge bar and a pastry shop. Hyatt Regency Mexico City is considered one of the best hotels in the Mexican capital. Located in one of the most exclusive areas, Hyatt Regency Mexico City is the perfect place to explore Polanco’s culture, restaurants, shops and nightlife. A few steps from the National Auditorium, the Museum of Anthropology and the imposing Chapultepec Forest.

Don’t miss it: Yoshimi Restaurant

Located in the Hyatt Regency Mexico City hotel, the renowned restaurant presents its new identity, whose minimalist and functional design exalts the tradition and avant-garde of Japan. Chef Miriam Moriyama, a pioneering sushiwoman in Latin America, is incorporated to celebrate the authenticity of Japanese cuisine. The elegant and sophisticated culinary experience is based on Japan’s purest and most genuine spice, combined with spaces with a minimalist, functional, and contemporary design, making it one of the essential restaurants in the Mexican capital.

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By Tamara Almeida