Enquire Now

Mexico City Holidays: An Overview

The ancient capital of the Aztec Empire and the capital city of modern Mexico sits at an altitude of 6,600ft above sea level in an old lake basin surrounded by volcanic mountains.

Home to over 18 million people, this is one of the world's mega-cities, but in spite of the urban sprawl, it contains pockets of great beauty and historical interest, in recognition of which it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The different cultures that have inhabited the city over the centuries have left an interesting architectural legacy. The modern city was founded on the ruins of the ancient Aztec site of Tenochtitlan, the excavated remains of which can be seen close to the Zócalo - the vast central square. Alongside such pre-Hispanic remains are colonial era buildings such as the richly ornamented national cathedral at one end of the Zócalo, and the National Palace, which houses Diego Rivera murals depicting the country's history.

The historic centre contains many other palaces, mansions and churches interspersed with modern skyscrapers, and there is plenty of green space too, notably vast Chapultepec Park. Leafy upmarket residential districts such as Condesa, Roma and Polanco are filled with beautiful buildings and stylish restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Mexico City also has a large number of quality museums, chief among them the National Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology, housing priceless artefacts from Mexico's early civilizations such as the Maya, Toltec, Zapotec and Aztec cultures.

Read more
Show less

Discover More

What to do
When to go
Where to stay
When to go
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mexico City
Mexico City
Best time
Low season
Off season
Places to go (0)
Itinerary Start (0)
Activities (0)
Hotels (0)

A Note on Price

A cheeky week on the beach can cost from around £2000 per person including flights, whereas an adventurous (and luxurious!) journey around the best bits of Mexico might cost more like £6000 or upwards.

Itinerary Suggestions

Mexico's Colonial Heartlands

12 Days

From £5,360pp

Pre-Columbian Ruins in Mexico

16 Days

From £8,395pp