Vast and populous, Mexico City presents a fantastic clash of sights and sounds. The shouts of street-side vendors bounce off opulent buildings and Aztec ruins. An excited hum spills from traditional cantinas and all-night taquerias. The songs of mariachis glide past colourful boats on ancient canals. With its sensational history, world-class gastronomy and explosive arts scene, Mexico City’s not quieting down any time soon.

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There's enough to see and do in Mexico City to make you forget the beach! Stroll through the Centro Historico to see iconic landmarks, from the Palacio de Bellas Arts and the Zócalo to the Templo Mayor and the Palacio Nacional. Explore the boho neighbourhoods of Condesa and Roma Norte, or take a day trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Get started with our flight and hotel packages!

MEXICO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE

Mexico City
DESTINATION FACTS

LANGUAGE

Spanish

WHAT TO EAT

Tacos al pastor (thin slices from spit-roasted pork), street eats like elote (roasted corn coated with salt, chili powder, butter, lime juice, cheese and mayonnaise), escamoles (ant eggs!), cod empanadas and a meal at one of the old-school cantinas (La Operá or El Cardenal).

WHAT TO BRING BACK

Lucha Libre masks (pick them up around legendary Arena México), coffee from local roasters Café Villarías, a molinillo (wooden hot chocolate frother), and Frida Kahlo or Diego Riviera-themed mementos.

FUN FACT

Mexico City was actually built on a lake! In the 12th century, the Aztecs founded the city of Tenochtitlan on an islet within Lake Texcoco. After the Spanish conquered it in 1521, they eventually drained the lake and expanded the city into their capital of Mexico City, briefly referred to as Mexico-Tenochtitlan. You can still see remnants of the original Aztec city with a visit to Templo Mayor!

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.