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How to Spend 2 Days in Mexico City

How to Spend 2 Days in Mexico City

Two days in Mexico City gives you plenty of time to see top attractions, discover the city’s ancient history, and experience Mexican culture. Smart planning ensures you make the most of your time, while time-saving tours can help you see more for your travel budget. Here are a few ideas for two days in Mexico City.

Day 1: Mexico City: Past and Present

**Morning:**Maximize your time with an early access tour of Teotihuacan. Also known as the City of the Gods, it’s one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Mexico, and it’s just outside Mexico City. To get the most out of your visit, opt for a guided tour and take in highlights such as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Pyramid of the Sun, and Avenue of the Dead. 

**Afternoon:**Back in the city, explore the city’s historic center—designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—starting with Zocalo square. A guided walking tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to get around, stopping at attractions such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, Palace of Fine Arts, and House of Tiles. Finish by picking up a few souvenirs from the La Ciudadela artisan market.

**Night:**Attend a lucha libre (masked wrestling) match and experience one of Mexico’s unique sporting traditions. Afterwards, head to Plaza de Garibaldi, where mariachi bands take to the streets to entertain passers-by. Grab a seat at one of the bars around the square to watch the action. 

Day 2: Markets, Museums, and Mariachi

**Morning:**Start the day with an early morning visit to the floating gardens of Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to Aztec times. Cruise around the Xochimilco canals and islands on a traditional trajinera boat. Afterwards, head to the nearby Coyoacán neighborhood, where the Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum and the Frida Kahlo Museum are top attractions. Be sure to book skip-the-line tickets as queues can be long.

**Afternoon:**A walking or Segway tour of Chapultepec Park is a fun way to explore Mexico City’s largest park. Many tours visit the hilltop Chapultepec Castle or stop at the National Museum of Anthropology, before continuing along the grand Paseo de la Reforma, past landmarks such as the Angel of Independence and Torre Mayor.

**Night:**The bohemian neighborhoods of La Condesa and Roma are the place to be after dark, with a huge choice of bars, cafes, and restaurants, where you can sample delicious Mexican cuisine. After filling up on tacos, tamales, and quesadillas, join the locals at one of the many nightclubs or live music venues—don’t expect an early night, as most of them stay late. 

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Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting

Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting

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Avoid the crowds on this early morning tour of the Teotihuacan pyramids, also known as the City of the Gods. On this tour, an archeologist takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Site and gives you insight into the majestic plazas and murals. Snap memorable shots from the top of Sun Pyramid and Moon Pyramid, and then cap off your day trip from Mexico City with a visit to an obsidian factory.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

Private Tour: Xochimilco, Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City

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Ride a traditional barge through Xochimilco canals, then visit Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera landmarks on an immersive private tour of Aztec history and Mexico City art. This tour includes round-trip hotel transfer and admission to Xochimilco, the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, and Frida Kahlo Museum, and features the mosaic murals at UNAM.
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  • 6 hours
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Lucha Libre Experience in Mexico City

Lucha Libre Experience in Mexico City

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Immerse yourself in one of Mexico’s most exciting cultural traditions during a half-day ‘Lucha libre’ (Mexican wrestling) experience in Mexico City. Sample a Mexican cocktail at a traditional tavern before watching a live Mexican wrestling match at either Arena Mexico or La Arena Coliseo (depending on the day you have booked), two of the country’s most famous Lucha libre stadiums. Small-group tour limited to 15 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Hop on Hop off Mexico City Bus tour

Hop on Hop off Mexico City Bus tour

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See Mexico City’s major attractions on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel by an open-top, double-decker bus on this comprehensive sightseeing experience that covers the Zócalo, Revolution Monument, world-class museums, buildings and more. Buses run regularly from morning until night, giving you the flexibility to explore the sprawling metropolis at a pace that suits you.
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  • 9 hours
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Taco Night Private Food Tour in Mexico City

Taco Night Private Food Tour in Mexico City

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Experience Mexico City’s vibrant food culture on a private tour that explores classic tacos, mezcal, and Mexican craft beer. With a local guide to lead the way, you’ll discover colorful neighborhoods in the capital city, making a series of tasting stops for an evening of food and fun. This private food tour includes all food and drink tastings, as well as pickup and drop-off at hotels in Mexico City.
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  • 4 hours
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$139.99
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Private Tour of Mexico City with Anthropology

Private Tour of Mexico City with Anthropology

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Make the most of your trip to Mexico City on a private tour that takes you to all of the city’s must-see attractions in a matter of hours, leaving you with more time to explore the sites that most interest you. This private tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and can accommodate your group of two to 12 passengers.
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  • 4 hours
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$119.99
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Mexico City Segway Tour: Chapultepec Park

Mexico City Segway Tour: Chapultepec Park

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Glide through Mexico City and experience its years of history in just a few hours by Segway. In a short period of time, zoom around effortlessly and see Chapultepec Park and surrounding areas. See Plaza Moliere, San Agustin Church and more, while learning unique and fascinating history from an informative guide. This Mexico City Segway tour is limited to just six people, ensuring more personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours
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