Mexico City is a huge metropolis with seemingly endless things to do and places to explore. We had gotten so many recommendations from friends before we left that we found it really hard to narrow down everything into three days! We visited Mexico City over President’s Day weekend, when Monday is a federal holiday in the U.S., so we had three full days to explore.

Day One: Downtown

When we arrived at our AirBnB in the Roma neighborhood late Thursday night, our kind hosts sat down with us to go over a map of the city and explain where everything was. He pointed out the “downtown” area, which is the historic center of the city. Mexico City is pretty walkable overall, but Uber is very cheap. To save time on our first day, we took Ubers to and from downtown.

Centro Historico

This area is a must-see if you’re interested in the history of Mexico and Mexico City. The large plaza anchors the area, with the cathedral and parliament in the square. This is where protests are held and is the center of activity. We visited the museum next door, which was an interesting introduction to the pre-Colombian history of Mexico City.

We recommend walking from there to the arts building and park, via the pedestrian walkway. We found the walkway a bit overwhelming with so many people approaching us and asking for money or to buy things, but there are some interesting architectural gems along the way.

Arts museum – make sure you check what is showing beforehand

Relax in the park

Day Two: Park and Anthropology Museum