Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Janine

Planning to spend 4 days in Mexico City? This Mexico City itinerary covers everything you should see and do on your first trip to CDMX!

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This Mexico City itinerary is designed to give you an introduction to the culture and charm of the megalopolis while showing off some of the main highlights. There is SO MUCH to see and do that 4 days in Mexico City will really only let you scratch the surface. But hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere!

I’ve visited Mexico City many times and this itinerary is an amalgamation of many different experiences I’ve had there. I’ve included a lot of the main attractions as well as some lesser-known spots.

I intend to give you a broad overview of the city to help you get a feel for it and inspire you to come back and see more! I’ve divided it by neighborhood to help you save on transportation time (and expenses). If you ask me, this is the perfect itinerary for first-timers!

Instead of providing detailed instructions on how to execute each of the activities within the itinerary, I’ve linked out to resources that will help you understand how to get there, book tickets, etc.

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4 Days in Mexico City Solo Travel Itinerary
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Mexico City Travel Tips: The Basics

Is Mexico City safe?

Mexico City is generally quite safe. Like any large city, some areas are rougher than others, but you are unlikely to visit those spots during your trip.

I have never had any safety issues while visiting Mexico City, but I do know multiple people who have had items stolen. A local friend of mine was even pickpocketed on the metro while we were traveling together. 🤦🏻‍♀️

It’s important to take precautions against pickpockets, especially if you’ll be visiting packed spaces (such as free concerts in the Zocalo), or using crowded public transportation.

An anti-theft purse or backpack is a great way to protect your belongings while you’re out and about. I carry this purse, but I like the looks of this backpack too if you prefer something larger.

I know that Mexico is routinely scrutinized when it comes to safety, but, for what it’s worth, I feel completely comfortable traveling here, even by myself. In fact, it’s one of my favorite solo travel destinations in Mexico!

If you’re nervous about traveling alone to Mexico make sure you check out this article full of safety tips for female travelers. It’s packed with actionable tips to help you stay out of trouble on your trip.

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When is the best time to visit Mexico City?

The best time to visit CDMX is whenever you can! As such a large city, there’s no shortage of fun activities to partake in all year round.

In terms of weather, the climate is quite mild all year round. It gets cold in the winter, but there’s still plenty of sun. Summer is typically hot but it is also the rainy season, which means there are heavy rain showers, usually in the afternoon. The rain can be a bit inconvenient, but it won’t ruin your trip.

What to pack for Mexico City?

When it comes to clothing, your standard street attire is perfect for wearing around Mexico City. I’ve written a detailed packing list with exactly what to wear in CDMX, but generally speaking, your typical day-to-day wardrobe is probably fine. Pack warm layers for the winter (it gets cold), and light layers for the summer (it’s hot during the day and cool at night).

Make sure to pack comfortable shoes (or sandals) because you’re bound to do a lot of walking. I go everywhere in my Vans slip-ons, but a pair of comfortable runners would be a good alternative.

Aside from clothing, here’s a quick packing checklist with items that might make your trip a little easier:

  • A LifeStraw water bottle – Tap water in Mexico isn’t safe to drink… unless you filter it with a LifeStraw! This handy bottle will save you from having to buy single-use bottles or jugs of water during your trip.
  • Antidiarrheal Medication – Having a few Pepto-Bismol (or whatever your favorite brand is) tablets on hand is a good idea. You wouldn’t be the first foreign visitor who fell ill for a spell on a visit to Mexico. It’s not inevitable, but it sucks to be caught off-guard. Having some emergency meds can be a lifesaver. Note: you can buy these at any corner store in Mexico, but again, it’s nice to have them before you need them.
  • Kleenex – Public restrooms in Mexico aren’t always well-stocked. It’s wise to have a packet of Kleenex on you just in case.
  • Portable Battery Pack – Snapping photos, updating your Insta story, and using Google Translate will drain your phone battery in no time. Having an extra stash of juice is not only handy but also safer as you’ll have an Uber or an emergency call at the touch of your fingers.

Important things to know about Mexico City

  • Museums in Mexico City are closed on Mondays, so plan accordingly.
  • The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso. While US dollars are commonly accepted in tourist hotspots like Cancun, they are unlikely to be accepted in Mexico City (apart from at the airport).
  • Wondering about the safest way to get from the Mexico City airport to your hotel or Airbnb? Click here.
  • If you choose to visit the Frida Kahlo house, it’s highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance, as the lines can be super long. Reservations cost a few pesos more, but it beats spending hours in line!

And now for the most important Mexico City travel tip…

You can never go wrong with tortilla soup!

What to eat in Mexico City

If you’re anything like me, eating is probably at least 60% of the reason you bother to go anywhere. Just kidding! …or am I?

The point is, there is SO MUCH great food in Mexico City, from traditional Mexican dishes to fusion foods, vegan restaurants, and international cuisine… you’ll find a little of everything! Whether it’s your first visit to Mexico or your 50th, I strongly encourage you to sample an array of Mexican plates, snacks, and beverages.

If you do not return home from Mexico in a food coma your trip was unsuccessful.

Here’s a brief foodie bucket list for your Mexico City trip:

  • Churros
  • Elote/esquite
  • Tacos al pastor
  • Barbacoa tacos
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Quesadillas
  • Chilaquiles
  • Mole
  • Pozole
  • All of the salsas
If you only have 4 days in Mexico City, base yourself if the central Condesa neighborhood

Your 4-Day Mexico City Itinerary

Day 1: La Condesa & Chapultepec Park

Ideally, you would spend your first day in CDMX lounging around as you try to adjust to the altitude and the lower air quality. But, since you only have 4 days in Mexico City you have to hit the ground running… or, briskly walking at the very least.

It’s not uncommon for visitors to feel tired and headachey, or even nauseated when they first arrive. If you happen to experience any of these symptoms, just take it easy while your body acclimates.

Today’s activities are meant to help you get your bearings without over-exerting so you can enjoy the rest of your trip without feeling under the weather!

If you’ve taken my advice (and the advice of just about anyone else who has visited Mexico City recently), you’ll be staying in the Condesa neighborhood. Today is all about getting to know your home base.

Brunch at Maque

Maque is a bakery/cafe located just across from Parque Mexico in the Condesa neighborhood. It is a great spot to savor a relaxing brunch with a background so photogenic that your friends back home will regret not making the trip with you.

If you’re in the mood for a light meal opt for a tasty pan dulce to pair with a latte. However, if you’d rather fuel up for the day, the traditional breakfasts at Maque are delicious as well. I recommend one of the egg dishes. But keep in mind that the portions are huge– bring your appetite!

Vegan/Veggie Alternative: For a delicious vegan meal in Mexico City, head to Forever Vegano in Polanco. The food is delicious (and photogenic!) and the cafe is super cute. There’s a vegan ice cream spot next door, too. Just sayin’!

Morning: Wander Parque Mexico & Parque España

Parque Mexico and Parque España are two beautiful, adjoining city parks in Condesa. Here you will enjoy a leisurely, shaded stroll while people-watching or dog-watching.

As someone who has an innate need to pet every dog, I find these parks positively overwhelming… In a good way!

You are sure to see quite an array of designer dogs in this park. You may even spot the famous Xoloinzcuitli, a rare breed of hairless dog that is native to Mexico!

The parks are bordered by a blend of stunning mansions, boutique stores, and an assortment of cafes and bars. You’ll definitely want to snap photos of some of them as these are some of the city’s most alluring casas.

Don't forget to visit the Castillo de Chapultepec during your Mexico City trip
Chapultepec Castle is a must-visit spot in Chapultepec Park and an essential addition to your Mexico City itinerary.

Afternoon: Bosque de Chapultepec & Chapultepec Castle

Occupying nearly 1700 acres in the heart of Mexico City, Chapultepec Park is home to multiple museums, a zoo, a butterfly sanctuary, and many other points of interest. You could easily spend a day (or more!) taking in all that there is to see and do in Chapultepec park.

Chapultepec Castle

As a fan of historical buildings and home tours, I have to recommend visiting the Castillo de Chapultepec.

This castle and its various inhabitants have had a tumultuous story throughout Mexican history; it has been the home of the Viceroy of Spanish, a military school, the President’s residence (say that 5 times fast!), and is now home to the National History Museum of Mexico.

The National History Museum contains all kinds of interesting artifacts from Mexico’s history, including a series of flags from the Mexican Revolution, a collection of antique jewelry, and some ornate carriages from the 1800s.

You’ll also find some thought-provoking murals by famous Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera, Siquieros, and Orozco among other impressive pieces of art.

You can also tour some of the castle’s rooms, which are staged with period furniture and art pieces. My favorite part of the castle is the roof garden outside the former living quarters of President Porfirio Diaz.

From there (and from the expansive patio on the ground floor) you can enjoy some stunning views over CDMX and the rest of the Bosque de Chapultepec.

Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the garden near the main gate. This manicured green space is both peaceful and photogenic.

After visiting the castle, perhaps you’d like to check out some of the park’s other attractions.

Visit one of Chapultepec’s lakes and rent a little boat to cruise around on, sample a tasty Mexican snack from a food cart, or simply wander the meandering, tree-lined paths. If you’re looking for a lot more culture, check out the Anthropology Museum!

Evening: Dinner in Condesa

After a day of exploring the parks, it’s time for a delicious dinner. Condesa’s streets are lined with countless cafes, bars, and restaurants offering all kinds of food. You’ll find everything from wings and burgers to ramen, sushi, Mexican, vegan, and beyond!

If you’re in the mood for a simple but delicious meal of typical Mexican fare, hit up Antojitos Lety for flautas or a plate of enchiladas. Or, if you’d like a slightly more upscale meal, Sarina serves Mexican classics with a modern flare.

For a splurge, check out Pujol. This trendy, upscale eatery is found in the nearby neighbourhood of Polanco. It doesn’t actually have a Michelin star (though I repeatedly hear that it does), but it’s certainly buzzy. The menu changes frequently but features modern takes on traditional Mexican food. If you’re on the hunt for a unique dining experience, Pujol is worth a try!

After eating, grab an ice cream at Nevería Roxy, or head to one of the many bars to sip tequila or mezcal!

Trajineras used to be a common transportation method in Mexico City
In Xochilmico you can drift through the peaceful canals in one of these colorful trajineras!

Day 2 – Coyoacán & Xochimilco

Today is all about two popular destinations in the south of Mexico City: Coyoacán and Xochimilco.

In the UNESCO World Heritage site, Xochimilco, on a lively boat adventure you’ll discover the legacy of the prehispanic canal systems that once served the city of Tenochtitlán.

Then, you’ll move on to Coyoacán and experience the charm of a traditional, historic city. Finally, you’ll visit the famous Casa Azul, where Frida Kahlo lived and worked with her husband Diego Rivera.

But none of this will be possible without a filling breakfast…

Breakfast: Sample traditional fare at Jugos Alex

Jugos Alex has “no-frills” in comparison with the numerous trendy eateries in Condesa, but I love it all the same. This is the perfect place to cross a few items off of your CDMX food bucket list. You’ll find tasty, affordable fare accompanied by exceptional service.

My go-to order is the huevos a la mexicana, which are scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, and chilis. I also highly recommend trying the café de olla, coffee infused with cinnamon and sweetened with unrefined cane sugar.

Another reason to love Jugos Alex: I recently visited with a friend who is a vegetarian and the staff members were more than happy to adjust menu items to accommodate her.

Cruising through Xochimilco on a trajinera is relaxing and SO much fun!

Morning: A Trajinera Cruise in Xochimilco

If you’d rather take the metro (for 5 pesos) you’ll need to get off at the Tasqueña station and then take a taxi/Uber to the embarcadero (where the boats leave from) called Nuevo Nativitas in Xochimilco.

Xochimilco is a borough within Mexico City that is known for its extensive network of canals. Historically, the canals were used to transport goods, between Xochimilco and Tenochtitlán (which we now know as CDMX’s historic center).

Nowadays, the canals are filled with colorful trajineras, large, wooden boats that shuttle passengers on tours throughout the waterways.

In the past, the brightly painted signs on the top of each boat (usually bearing a woman’s name), were decorated with freshly cut flowers, but these days, paint is more common.

While many residents of Xochilmilco do still use the canals to commute between work or school, they are most popular as a Sunday respite.

Families, friends, and tourists alike will venture out to this borough, rent a trajinera for a few hours and throw a party, or simply kick back and relax, while drifting along the water.

My trajinera crew– my mom (back), me, and our family friend, Juanita (front)!

As you make your way through the canals, vendors selling souvenirs, flower crowns, and a range of foods and beverages will approach your boat. Though, if you’re looking to drink, it’s more cost-effective to pick up a 6-pack before climbing aboard.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hire a mariachi band to serenade you along the way!

Sunday is the busiest and most lively day to visit Xochimilco, as many local families are sure to be on the water. That doesn’t mean you should avoid this attraction on Sundays though; that’s the best time to go!

Solo Travel Tip: If you plan to visit Mexico City on your own, try to find a few other people to share the cost of the trajinera with you. Not only will it be easier on your budget, but this experience is more fun when you have companions to share it with! Ask fellow travelers at your hostel or hit up some Facebook groups for Mexico travelers (like mine!) to see if anyone is interested in joining you.

After breakfast, grab an Uber and head south from Condesa to Xochimilco. It will take about an hour to get to Xochimilco from Condesa (depending on traffic) and will likely cost about $200 MXN.

When I last visited Xochimilco I paid $700 MXN for a 2-hour excursion. I’m not sure if there’s a standard price for the experience, but I’d plan to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $700 – $900 MXN for 2 hours. You should not have to pay per person.

After your trajinera experience, it’s time to call another Uber and head to Coyoacán. The Jardín Centenario is a good place to begin your exploration, and it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Frida Kahlo house.

Aren’t the streets of Coyoacan just charming?!

Lunch: Coyoacán

If you didn’t fill up on snacks during your Xochimilco cruise, plan to grab lunch in Coyoacán. There are plenty of cafés surrounding Jardín Centenario and Plaza Hidalgo, which is right next to it. Among them, you’ll find La Casa de Los Tacos, which comes highly recommended.

Cafe El Jarocho is a good option if you’re more in the mood for a coffee. The cafe de olla and the hot chocolate are both excellent.

Garden at the Frida Kahlo house in Mexico City
Frida’s house is photogenic from every angle!

Afternoon: Casa Azul & Explore Coyoacán

Many visitors trek down to Coyoacán to visit the Frida Kahlo museum, but this charming little city is well worth a visit, even if you couldn’t care less about the Frida museum.

I’ve plotted some key stops on this map, but I encourage you to just wander around. You never know what you’ll find! Follow your heart or your nose and see where it takes you!

Begin your visit to Coyoacán at the Jardín Centenario and work outwards from there. The cobblestone streets of this area are lined with boutique shops, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and bookstores.

Closer to the square, stop by the Mercado Artesanal Mexicano. This is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs. You’ll find everything from embroidered dresses and blouses to keychains and jewelry, pottery, and so, so much more!

You may also wish to pop into the food market, called Mercado Coyoacán. It’s a great place to stop for a cheap bite to eat and to experience a traditional Mexican market.

If you’re too full for a snack right now, pick up some Mexican candies or a palanqueta (a peanut bar) for later!

As you work your way into the residential part of the city you’ll encounter plenty of dreamy homes and picturesque buildings to admire.

The Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo Museum)

If you plan to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, make reservations ahead of time as the line to enter is usually very long (read, hours).

If you’re intrigued by Frida’s life and art, her Blue House is a good place to learn more about her story. And, if you’re like me and love creeping on other peoples’ houses you’re sure to enjoy the experience.

My favorite part of the museum is an exhibit dedicated to Frida’s clothing. It highlights some of her iconic looks and explains how both her Mexican heritage and her physical ailments helped shape her signature style.

This is what you see when you walk into the Hacienda de Cortes– dreamy, right?!

Dinner: Hacienda de Cortes

Once you’ve worked up an appetite after an afternoon of exploring, grab dinner at the Hacienda de Cortes before heading home. This hacienda was once home to a series of Mexican artists and actors before being converted into a cultural center and restaurant in 1993.

The colonial architecture and peaceful garden make for a charming backdrop as you enjoy a menu of traditional Mexican specialties.

the monument of the revolution is an essential stop on your Mexico City itinerary

Day 3 – Centro Histórico

Day three of your Mexico City itinerary is dedicated to learning all about Mexico’s history. Naturally, Mexico City’s Centro Histórico is the ideal place to do that.

If you’re only casually interested in the history of Mexico and don’t have the patience for a lot of museums, hopefully, you’ll still appreciate the sightseeing aspect of today’s itinerary.

Today’s activities may take you anywhere from a few hours to an entire day depending on whether or not you decide to visit any of the museums along the way.

Further Reading: What to See and Do in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico

Mexico City TuriBus parked by the main square in Coyoacan
The hop-on, hop-off TuriBus is a great way to see the sights in Mexico City!

If you’d like to minimize the amount of walking you do today I suggest buying tickets for the TuriBus. This hop-on/hop-off tour bus offers a brief narration of sites between Condesa and the Historic Center and stops at key points of interest.

If you’re interested in visiting many of the museums, you can hop off and do so and then grab the next bus when you’re done. However, if you’re not afraid of logging a few miles you can accomplish most of this route on foot. Up to you!

I did do the TuriBus tour on my last visit to Mexico City and I did enjoy it but you’ll need to start early to make the most of the experience. Click here to learn more about it!

I’ve plotted out the itinerary items I’m about to mention on this Google map to help you orient yourself:

Breakfast: La Casa de los Azulejos, aka Sanborns

You’ve probably seen images of this stunning blue and white tile building plastered all over Instagram. What you may not realize is that it’s actually a department store called Sanborns.

These stores/restaurants can be found throughout Mexico and they’re a great place to get a reliable meal, especially for breakfast. This spot in the Centro Historico happens to be the original Sanborns location.

I’m sure many people are so enamored with the exterior that they fail to even realize there are steaming plates of delicious chilaquiles awaiting them inside. Don’t let that be you. After snapping a few photos, head inside to cross a few items off your Mexican food bucket list!

Metropolitan Cathedral on the mexico city zocalo with the palacio nacional in the background
The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the major fixtures on the Zócalo.


After breakfast, head to the Zócalo, which happens to be the largest in all of Latin America. This area was where the Mexica city of Tenochtitlán once stood… until Cortés arrived, conquered it, and built churches all over the place (including the Metropolitan Cathedral). Obviously, I’m simplifying a little but you get the point.

The Zocalo is the central gathering point for the entire city, and often hosts free events and parades during holidays and festivals, such as Dia de Muertos or Independence Day!

Bordering the Zócalo you’ll find some major points of interest that are worth a visit, including…

templo mayor ruins looking toward the zocalo
templo mayor ruins with a colonial building in the background
Mexico City’s Templo Mayor ruins are located right in the Zócalo.

Museo de Templo Mayor

Even if you’re aware of the history, seeing the ruins of Templo Mayor on the edge of the Zócalo and noticing how the modern city was built literally right on top of them, really helps you realize the drastic impact of colonialism.

If you’re curious to learn about what the Valley of Mexico was like before Spanish colonialism be sure to visit the Templo Mayor museum.

Inside you will tour the ruins and admire an assortment of prehispanic artifacts while learning about the history of the region.

Mexico City Zocalo with the Palacio Nacional looming in the background
travelers admiring the Diego Rivera Murals at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City

Palacio Nacional

This enormous building is the seat of Mexico’s federal government. The Palacio Nacional is open to the public and admission is free.

You will have to leave your ID at the entrance and pick it up again when you exit. If you’re not comfortable leaving your passport, your driver’s license will suffice.

Inside there is a beautiful courtyard garden, a gift shop, and a museum with rotating exhibits related to Mexican history and culture.

However, the main attraction within the palace is undoubtedly Diego Rivera’s famous “History of Mexico” mural.

This work of art occupies the stairwell leading to the second level and continues in segments along the walls of the second-level balcony.

The mural was commissioned by the government following the Mexican Revolution and painted between 1929 and 1935.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Constructed over 30 years between 1904 and 1934, this impressive, impossible-to-miss building combines Art Nouveau and Neoclassical styles on the exterior and Art Deco details on the interior.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes houses a theatre as well as an art museum and the National Museum of Architecture. It’s well worth going inside the building just to admire the architecture and decor. The theatre features an incredible stained glass curtain designed by Tiffany!

You’ll also find murals by the likes of Rivera, Siquieros, and Orozco, which are also worth a look.

Parque Alameda

Next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, you’ll find the Parque Alameda, also known as Alameda Central (which translates to “central park”).

On weekends there is an outdoor market here where you can purchase all kinds of souvenirs and snacks. On weekdays, it’s a peaceful place for a stroll through the trees.

One of the many monuments along the Paseo de la Reforma in mexico city
One of the many monuments along the Paseo de la Reforma.

Paseo de la Reforma

This European style boulevard stretches from Bellas Artes all the way to the Bosque de Chapultepec. It is lined with statues and monuments to important moments in Mexican history, including the famous Ángel de la Independencia.

You’ll also encounter a series of luxurious hotels and restaurants. During special events, such as Independence Day or Dia de Muertos this avenue hosts parades!

If you’re up for it, the walk along Reforma is quite pleasant. The sidewalks are wide and there is plenty to see and do. The walk from Bellas Artes to the Angel is about 3.7 km.

If you’re not keen on the walk I’d recommend cruising the route in an uber or on a TuriBus just so you can check out some of the monuments along the way.

Dinner – La Casa de Toño

Nothing will help you recuperate from a long day of walking and browsing museums quite like a bowl of Pozole. Cross this hominy-based soup off your foodie wish list at La Casa de Toño in the Zona Rosa neighborhood.

La Casa de Toño is a popular spot among locals. Literally, everyone I spoke to in Mexico City recommended it, from taxi and uber drivers to local friends and random people I chatted with along the way. It’s quick, it’s budget-friendly, and the pozole is fantastic. They even have a vegetarian-friendly version.

The menu offers plenty of other classic Mexican specialties, including flautas, enchiladas, and more, but everyone recommends the pozole above all.

Evening: Catch a performance of the Ballet Folklórico at Bellas Artes

If you’re not completely worn out from a busy day in Centro, perhaps you’d like to see a performance of the Ballet Folklórico.

The Ballet Folklórico highlights the traditional styles of music, dance, and costumes from different regions of Mexico. Plus, you get to enjoy it from a seat in the stunning theatre within the Palacio de Bellas Artes!

I haven’t had a chance to see this performance yet (unless YouTube clips count) but it’s on my list.

The show gets wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor and the videos I’ve seen on YouTube just leave me wanting more. If you have the energy be sure to check it out!

Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico
The Teotihuacan ruins are absolutely stunning– take a guided tour to learn about Mexico’s history and culture while you’re there.

Day 4 – Teotihuácan

On the last day of your Mexico City itinerary, I recommend visiting the Teotihuacán ruins to learn about Aztec history and scale the Pyramid of the Sun.

Honestly, I think this site is a must see even if you’re not interested in the historical significance of this ancient empire; the structures are incredible!

It’s super easy to get to Teotihuacán using public transportation, but many visitors opt for a tour with transportation and a tour guide included. You can hire a guide on-site as well. It’s worth hiring a guide as there are very few interpretive signs to help you understand what you are looking at.

On my last visit to Teotihuacan, I went with a tour group and I really enjoyed it. I learned so much more about the history of the site than I could have otherwise. Plus, it was nice not to worry about coordinating transportation.

Our guide was knowledgeable about the site and bilingual, which was convenient since my archaeology vocabulary in Spanish is seriously lacking. After touring the ruins we stopped for lunch (and souvenir shopping) at a nearby restaurant (the food was great!), before heading back to the city. If you’re curious about a tour, this is the one I took and can recommend.

You can visit Teotihuacán in half a day, especially if you go as part of a tour. However, I always seem to be totally wiped out after visiting. It tends to be very hot and there is very little shade at the site.

Combine that with scampering up and down towering pyramids and you’re bound to be exhausted at the end of the trip. I’d allow a full day to visit and recover from visiting Teotihuacán.

Dinner – El Hidalguense in Roma

You can’t scrimp on food for your final day in Mexico City! Go all out! (Not necessarily money-wise, but definitely flavor-wise). Make the journey over to Roma Sur and hit up El Hidalguense. This family-run restaurant is known for serving some of the best barbacoa tacos to be found in all of Mexico City.

The restaurant was recently featured in the Netflix series, Taco Chronicles, (go watch it, now) but it’s been a popular spot among locals for a while.

Because there can be too much of a good thing, El Hidalguense is only open Friday through Sunday. You may encounter lines, but it will be worth the wait. And don’t forget to bring cash because they don’t accept credit cards.

Transportation in Mexico City

Mexico City has a plethora of transportation options for you to choose from. Lauren of Northern Lauren has a fantastic post that breaks down each of them. She includes info on where each transportation method operates, when you might use each of them, and how much they each cost.

I usually just use Uber. I like that you can track exactly where you’re going and who your driver is. It’s also nice that you don’t need to have cash on hand. This is especially helpful if your Spanish-speaking ability is limited. You won’t have to worry about being short-changed.

Taxis in Mexico City are a great way to get around, too, especially from the airport. However, you shouldn’t flag them off the street. Get a Whatsapp number for the taxi company that serves the neighborhood where you’re staying so you can order taxis through text (this system is often referred to as a radio taxi). The dispatcher will provide the unit number of the taxi that is sent to pick you up, so you don’t have to worry about getting in an unauthorized vehicle.

If you’re looking to save money, the metro and the bus systems in CDMX are a good way to go, at less than 10 pesos per ride. Just be sure to mind your belongings as the metro is a notorious hotspot for pickpockets.

Airbnb is a great way to find a safe and budget friendly place to stay in Mexico City

Where to Stay in Mexico City

In my opinion, the best areas to stay in Mexico City are either Roma or Condesa. Not only are these neighborhoods centrally located, but they are also walkable, safe, and home to plenty of eateries, nightlife, and green spaces.

If you’re curious to know your other options, check out this great guide to Mexico City’s neighborhoods. It will surely help you figure out the lay of the land.

You will find tons of adorable, affordable Airbnb options in Condesa.

Great apartment in La Condesa

Josue was a great host, the apartment was clean, well-appointed, and enormous. I appreciated the plethora of books, art, and plants that adorn the space as they make it feel homey.

The apartment is conveniently located in the heart of Condesa, within walking distance of plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, a supermarket, and more!

Click here to check rates.

Casa de Los Cactus, Condesa

I stayed here when visiting Mexico City with one of my girlfriends and we had a wonderful stay. The location of this rental is excellent. It’s within a block of a supermarket, and tons of cafes, bars, and restaurants.

The street is quiet and the apartment is well-appointed with all the essentials necessary for a great stay! The only downside was that the internet signal was a little weak.

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Mexico City: The Perfect 4 Day Itinerary
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Not a fan of Airbnb? No worries! You can search Expedia or VRBO to find accommodation that fits your specifications and budget.

You can also use this map to find appealing accommodations. I’ve centered it on the Condesa neighborhood, but you can reposition it if there’s a different area that interests you.

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Mexico Guide Books

This Mexico phrasebook will help you communicate, even if your Spanish skills are lacking.

This Mexico travel guide is packed with all the info you could ever need.


I use a combination of Booking, Airbnb, and VRBO to find accommodation throughout Mexico. is awesome for booking hotels and resorts, while Airbnb and VRBO specialize in apartments and villa rentals, making it a great place to find long-term stays.

Some cities in Mexico have more listings on VRBO than Airbnb (or vice versa), so it’s best to check both to find the perfect place!

Car Rentals

Rental cars add tons of flexibility to your travel plans. If you opt to rent one, I recommend using Discover Cars to find the best rates!


Skyscanner is my favorite tool for finding the best deals on airfare.

Travel Insurance

Never leave home without travel insurance.

SafetyWing offers super-affordable policies that cover things like medical expenses, trip interruption, and lost luggage. They even offer coverage for some expenses related to COVID-19. Their policies are particularly great for long-term travelers, making them a great option for Mexico.

Learn Spanish

There’s no question that knowing basic Spanish is wildly beneficial in Mexico. It helps you stay aware of your surroundings, solve problems, and make friends!

RocketSpanish has a well-structured program that will take you from bumbling to conversational in just a few modules. Start your free trial today!

Still have questions?

Join my Female Travelers in Mexico Facebook group, a supportive community of fellow Mexico travel enthusiasts, where you can find answers to all your travel questions!

Have you been to Mexico City? What did you think of this itinerary? Anything you loved or hated? Let me know in the comments!