Mexico City is an amazing destinations with plenty to do for a week or even more!

What To Do In Mexico City For A Week In 2022

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Wondering what to do in Mexico City for a week vacation, and if a week is even enough time or too much in CDMX?

Our first visit to Mexico City was just a few short days on our way to other parts of Mexico, but we fell so in love with this wonderful city that we’ve returned multiple times and still plan to return again in the future.

You can easily fill a week’s worth itinerary in CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico) or more, and you may find yourself wanting to visit more than once for some of the renowned events that happen throughout the year.

What To Do For A Whole Week In Mexico City

If you’re wondering, is one week in Mexico City enough? The answer to that question depends on when you choose to visit the city.

If you travel to CDMX outside of events and special holidays in the year, one week should give you enough time to visit most of the popular sights within the city.

However there are multiple other cities within a few hours drive of CDMX so if you want to do some day trips or further exploration of Mexico, you’ll need some more time.

Views of CDMX before the Spanish arrived.

If you choose to visit Mexico City during one of the many events or holidays like Independence Day, Dia de los Muertos, Semana Santa, or Christmas, you’ll probably need more than a week to participate in the special events as well as sightsee around the whole city.

We typically spend a week in CDMX every time we visit and we have no problem filling our days up with new sights and activities that we haven’t seen before. So far we’ve only visited during one holiday but we plan to go back for more.

1. Zócalo

Mexico City is an amazing destinations with plenty to do for a week or even more!

The Zócalo is the main historic center of the city and it is a must see during your trip to CDMX. Aside from historic sights, this area has lots of hotels, stores, museums, and restaurants including our favorite Azul Historico.

➡️ For a Zócalo Walking Tour, we recommend booking here with Mexico A Pie Walking Tours.

Things To See And Do In The Zócalo

➡️ Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México & Palacio Nacional (Metropolitan Cathedral & National Palace)

The Zocalo is the main historic center of CDMX.

The Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace are the two large buildings that line the north and east sides of the Zócalo square.

The National Palace is home to government offices including the president of Mexico, and on Independence Day the president comes out on the balcony here to shout the “Grito de Dolores” to the square packed with people.

The Cathedral was built by the Spanish in the 1500s directly on top of Aztec ruins, which you can see at the Templo Mayor museum.

➡️ Templo Mayor (Main Temple)

The Templo Mayor museum was somewhat recently discovered after having been built upon after the fall of the Aztecs.

The Templo Mayor was the main temple during the Aztec civilization in what was then called Tenochtitlan. When the Spanish ended the reign of the Aztecs, they began constructing the Metropolitan Cathedral right on top of the Templo Mayor ruins.

The ruins were discovered by electrical workers in the 1970s and after excavations, the museum was opened in the 1980s. You can see some of the ruins for free from above but to enter the museum and see more, the cost is just under $5.

➡️ Templo de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco)

As you wander around Mexico City during your week, you'll notice a lot of sinking buildings right in the middle of the city.

Most of the land that is currently CDMX, was once a large lake that the Spanish drained and filled in over the years.

Unfortunately as earthquakes frequent the area, the shaking liquifies the old lake bed ground underneath causing the city to sink and leaving behind massive destruction.

You can see evidence of this sinking city all over the place but the Church of San Francisco is a perfect example, plus it’s has beautiful architecture. The level photo above shows how much the church is sinking to the right.

➡️ Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts)

If you're an art fan, the Bellas Artes in CDMX is one of the best things to do in the city.

Just across the corner from the Templo de San Francisco, you’ll find the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It is an important cultural and artistic center in Mexico that has hosted events from music and dance to theatre and opera.

Even if you’re not that into art, the building itself is pretty cool so you can just observe it from the outside for free or pay less than $4 to go inside.

➡️ Casa de los Azulejos (The House of Tiles)

If you're wondering whether or not one week is too long in Mexico City, you'll have no problem filling it up and probably have to leave some things off the list.

Directly across the street from the Church of San Francisco is the 18th century blue and white tiled palace, the Casa de los Azulejos. The inside is now the department store and restaurant Sanborns Madero, but it’s still a beautiful place to get some cool photos.

➡️ Plaza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square)

Garibaldi Square is located directly north of the Palacio de Bellas Artes and northwest of the main Zócalo square. It’s famous for the Mariachi musicians that play in the square as well as the Tequila museum on the west side of the square.

The area around the square is not very safe so you should take extra caution if you visit, and use private or ride-share transportation instead of walking.

2. Chapultepec & Polanco

Chapultepec is a great place to relax during a busy week trip to Mexico City.

Chapultepec Park is the Central Park to CDMX but it is more than double the size of the New York equivalent. There is so much to see and do in this park and it is a great place to relax and calm down in the middle of such a large city.

➡️ For a Chapultepec Historical Bike Tour, we recommend booking here with Poray.

Things To See And Do In Chapultepec

➡️ Zoológico de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Zoo)

The Chapultepec Zoo is free to visit and they have some pretty cool animals.

The Chapultepec Zoo is a wonderful zoo with tons of animals including the Giant Panda. The zoo is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays), and the best part is that it is completely free to visit.

➡️ Museo Nacional De Antropologia (National Anthropology Museum)

The Anthropology Museum in Mexico City is a great place to visit if you love history, especially Mexican history.

There are nine museums located throughout the Chapultepec park area but one of the favorites is the National Anthropology Museum. Their collection includes items from the ancient Maya civilization, and what I was most interested in seeing, the 25 ton Aztec Calendar.

The museum, like many attractions in CDMX, is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays), and the entrance cost is 85 pesos or just under $5.

➡️ Polanco

The Polanco neighborhood is the nicest and fanciest area in CDMX.

The Polanco neighborhood, located just north of Chapultepec Park and west of the historic center, is the Beverly Hills of Mexico City.

Polanco has a lot of high end stores, 5 star hotels, and fancy restaurants. It is a clean, nice, and quiet area. If you read in Spanish, Polanco has a location of one of my favorite bookstores, Librerías Gandhi.

➡️ Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle)

The Chapultepec Castle sits on top of a hill on the east side of Chapultepec park and holds the National Museum of History as well as great views of the city. They too are open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), and the cost is just under $5 but you do have to purchase tickets on site in cash (85 pesos).

➡️ A few other things to do within Chapultepec Park include shopping for souvenirs, visiting a number of monuments throughout the park, getting out on the Chapultepec Lake, taste testing grasshoppers, visiting the Botanical Garden, or walking down La Reforma to The Angel of Independence.

3. Fútbol

You can visit the Club America training facility and if you're lucky, get a chance to go inside and meet the players.

Whether you are a huge fan of fútbol or have never seen a game before in your life, doing some soccer related activities are a must during a week trip to Mexico City. It’s so much more than just a game, and it is a great way to really experience Mexican culture.

Fútbol Things To See And Do In CDMX

➡️ Go To A Soccer Game

Watching one of the best soccer games with Club America and Chivas at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

There are three top league professional teams in the city and you can go to a game at any one of them, but we’re big fans of Club América (they also have the most titles for any team in Mexico) so we suggest checking them out if your week matches their game schedule.

Ticket prices will vary depending on the game being played and the seat location. For the first game we attended, we sat in the upper section and paid about 100 pesos each ($5), but the best game we attended was a huge rivalry game with fairly close seats so we spent around $100 each for tickets.

➡️ Estadio Azteca (Aztec Stadium)

Soccer games are the best thing to do in Mexico City to experience the culture.

If you can’t make it to a game, the Estadio Azteca is very much still worth a visit as it is one of the largest stadiums in the world and it is home to both Club América and the Mexico National Team.

You can tour the stadium on off days or early on game days to get access to the field, the locker rooms, the press room, and more.

The stadium however is about to undergo construction in preparation for the 2026 World Cup so tours, games, and whether or not you can even see the outside of the stadium will depend on construction.

➡️ For a Combo Tour With Estadio Azteca, we recommend booking here with Teo Mexico Tours.

➡️ El Nido (The Nest)

If you're a soccer fan, visiting the Club America training facility is a must while in Mexico City.

El Nido is the training facility for Club América and it is located in the Coapa neighborhood of the city. The other two professional teams (Cruz Azul and Pumas) also have their own training facilities in the city.

Both times we went to the training facility we were lucky enough to get inside (it can help if you tell them you’re visiting from out of the country) but if you can’t, you can at least see the large Club América logo sign and watch the players drive into practice.

➡️ Play Some Pickup Soccer

If watching soccer really makes you want to play, there are a couple of pickup soccer groups you can join in the city. A lot of games are not advertised online but that list shows games that you can sign up for and show up to play.

4. Coyoacán

Coyoacan is one of the best neighborhoods to visit in CDMX and always very festive during holidays.

One of my favorite neighborhoods in the city is Coyoacán, especially during holidays or special events. This area always seems to be the most festive and colorful in the city, and it is only about 20 minutes south of the historic city center.

➡️ For a Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Bike Tour, we recommend booking here with Pedalea Mexico.

Things To See And Do In Coyoacán

➡️ Museo Frida Kahlo (Museum)

The Frida Kahlo Museum (pictured above) is one of the most popular sights to visit in Coyoacán. The museum is located in what used to be the artists’ colorful blue home, but it is always very busy so you need to reserve tickets online ahead of your visit.

Foreigners have the highest ticket price and it is one of the more expensive entrance fees in the city, but it is only about $13 or 250 pesos for tickets.

➡️ Explore Coyoacán

Coyoacan is a neighborhood in CDMX that always seems to be the most festive during any holiday.

We unexpectedly visited Coyoacán on Palm Sunday (one week before Easter) and the plaza and main church were full of people celebrating. Coyoacán is also a great, festive place to visit during the Dia de los Muertos holiday at the end of October and beginning of November.

Coyoacan is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City and a must see on your one week visit here.

The last time we visited, we decided to take the free (tips encouraged) Strawberry Coyoacán Walking Tour to get to know the area a little better. You can easily explore the area on your own, but it was nice to have someone that knew where they were going walk us around.

➡️ Lucha Libre (Wrestling)

After watching Lucha Libre, we took an Uber X because it was the best safe option from this part of town.

Although it is not located in Coyoacán, you shouldn’t need the entire day to explore this area so a great evening activity for the day is watching the Lucha Libre wrestling show at Arena Mexico.

And you don’t have to be a big wrestling fan to enjoy this part of Mexican culture (we are not), but if you at least like the movie Nacho Libre, you’ll enjoy this.

The arena is located about halfway between the Centro and Roma neighborhoods and the shows are held at night so it’s important to be cautious, particularly when leaving the show. Ticket prices depend on the seats, but we spent about $10 per ticket.

➡️ For a Guided Lucha Libre Experience, we recommend booking here with Mexico A Pie Walking Tours.

5. Teotihuacán

Visiting the pyramids of Teotihuacan just outside of Mexico City is one of the top things to do and a must for your one week itinerary.

Teotihuacán is located about an hour and a half northeast of the city center and although you can Uber or take public transportation up there on your own, it is so much easier to visit on a tour which typically combines the pyramids with a few other sights as well.

These pyramids are our favorite in Mexico because not only can you observe them from the ground, you can climb up both of them, all the way to the top. But it is quite the workout up to the top, especially with the high altitude, and maybe even more difficult to climb down the steep pyramid steps.

➡️ For a Combo Teotihuacan Tour, we recommend booking here with Amigo Tours Mexico.

➡️ Basílica de Guadalupe (Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe)

A trip to the Basilica in the north part of CDMX is generally included on most Teotihuacan tours.

The Basilica is to the north of the city center, on the way to Teotihuacán, and is often included in most pyramid tours.

The church holds the revered image of the Virgin of Guadalupe (pictured above) and is the pilgrimage site that we were lucky enough to see during Semana Santa (Holy Week or Easter Week).

➡️ Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Square of the Three Cultures)

There are more ruins that you can see in CDMX besides just Teotihuacan and Templo Mayor.

The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is another ruin located right in the middle of the city that is named for the three influential cultures of the Aztecs, the Spanish, and Modern Mexican.

Besides the pre-Hispanic importance of this site, this was also the location of the 1968 brutal massacre of over 300 people when the Armed Forces open fired on a group of unarmed student protesters.

This site is also usually included on a Teotihuacán Pyramid tour but you can also visit on your own with an Uber ride about 10 to 15 minutes north of the historic city center.

6. Day Trips

There is plenty to see in Mexico City in just a week but you can also venture out to some of the many nearby destinations like Puebla and Cholula.

Although there is plenty to see and do in a week within Mexico City, there are also a number of other great towns and cities located within a few hours of the this capital district. Many of them can be visited during a day trip and there are even some tours available to take you there and back.

➡️ Mexico City Day Trip Tours

Best Day Trips From Mexico City

➡️ Toluca is located about an hour and a half west of the city.

➡️ Cuernavaca is south of the city by about two hours.

For a Cuernavaca Day Trip Tour, we recommend booking here with Amigo Tours Mexico.

Uber was the easiest and best safe option after visiting the Cholula Pyramid just outside of Puebla.

➡️ Puebla and Cholula are just under three hours from the city and are two of the most popular day trips from CDMX. There are tours available but we chose to visit on our own to have time to see the Great Pyramid of Cholula.

For a Puebla and Cholula Day Trip Tour, we recommend booking here with Amigo Tours Mexico.

➡️ Pachuca is one of the closest cities located to north of CDMX by about an hour.

➡️ Querétaro is further into the interior of Mexico and is just over three hours from CDMX.

➡️ And kind of pushing it for a day trip, San Miguel de Allende is around four hours from CDMX in the state of Guanajuato.

For a San Miguel de Allende Day Trip Tour, we recommend booking here with Amigo Tours Mexico.

Although there is plenty to do in a week in Mexico City, there are lots of great day trips near CDMX.

7. Xochimilco & La Condesa

Xochimilco is a little touristy but a must see on your first visit to CDMX.

Heading down to the south of Mexico City to visit Xochimilco and then taking it easy in the La Condesa neighborhood is a great way to relax and spend the last day of your week in the city before going home.

If you happen to visit CDMX during the Dia de los Muertos season (late October and early November), Xochimilco is one of the best places to visit and they do a special La Llorona event on the water.

➡️ The Best Thing To Do At Xochimilco

Trajinera Boat Ride

To take a boat ride in Xochimilco, its best to have a group so you can split the cost of the ride.

Riding around in the colorful boats at Xochimilco are a must do at least once in CDMX. It’s a little cheesy, and can be a tourist trap if you let them take advantage of you, but this activity is one of the most famous things to do in the Mexican capital.

There are tours available to avoid dealing with the pushy boat salesman and although they may cost a little more than haggling the price down on site, tours might be a much better option, especially if you’re traveling alone or only have a few in your group.

➡️ For a Combo Xochimilco Tour, we recommend booking here with Amigo Tours Mexico.

If you prefer to wait until you get to Xochimilco to buy a boat ride, it should typically cost around 500 pesos ($26) for the entire boat (not per person) but they’ll likely try to get more out of you.

There were only two of us when we visited and we were harassed a little by one of the boat guys, so we met a nice group of Mexican women that were willing to let us join their boat instead.

Once on the boat, you’ll get to ride around past doll island (lots of creepy dolls everywhere), buy food and drinks from other passing boats, and even pay to have a boat full of Mariachis sing to you.

➡️ What To Do In La Condesa

La Condesa is just a nice neighborhood in CDMX, just south of Chapultepec Park and a little southwest of the historic center. The neighborhood has more of a European feel and there are lots of parks, restaurants, and shops in this dog-friendly area.

If watching soccer makes you want to play, you can pickup soccer games around the city.

When we visited, we brought a packed lunch and ate it in Parque México (on the east side of the neighborhood) while we watched a group of guys play soccer. It’s calm and relaxing and just a nice place to spend the afternoon.

This area is also a great place to find organic, healthy, or allergy friendly restaurants and stores.

Where To Stay In The City

There are dangerous parts of Mexico City so you want to be sure to choose the right area to stay.

Mexico City is typically a safe place to visit as long as you follow normal precautions, but there are many areas you’ll want to avoid to stay safe on your week trip.

✅ The nicest areas to stay in the city are going to be Polanco, Roma, La Condesa, and parts of Coyoacán. You may also be able to find nice places in the university area or the historic center, but it can be less safe at night.

✅ The area around the airport is not the nicest but we love staying at the Courtyard Marriott that is attached to the airport. It’s super convenient for flying in and out of the city, it’s convenient for taking bus transportation to other cities, it’s a very nice hotel, and it’s typically reasonably priced.

Where To Eat In Mexico City

Azul Historico is one of the best places to eat in Mexico City and a great allergy friendly restaurant option in the city.

We love the food in CDMX, especially the price of food in the city, and there are a lot of great options for healthy and allergy friendly eaters here. We have a larger list of the best places to eat in CDMX, but below are a few of our favorites.

🥩 Azul Historico is one of our favorite restaurants in Mexico City and we typically eat at it more than once during our week trips. The steak with chipotle sauce pictured above is our favorite dish and while they have multiple locations, our favorite is in the historic district.

🌮 Don Eraki is a unique Middle Eastern-Mexican taco mix that is quite delicious. They have corn tortillas to make it gluten free, and the Taco Arabe without cheese (dairy free) is so amazing.

🍞 There are multiple gluten free and other allergy friendly bakeries in CDMX including La Otilla, Pan Filio, and Pan Gabriel.

🦚 One of the most beautiful restaurants in Mexico City is at the old colonial style villa, Antigua Hacienda de Tlalpan, with beautiful grounds and roaming peacocks.

How To Get Around Mexico City

There are many forms of transportation in CDMX but we prefer to stick with Ubers or tours here. You can use public transportation within the city but we don’t think the cheaper price is worth the less safe conditions.

The name Tenochtitlan was the Aztec title for what is today Mexico City.

Is Uber Safe In Mexico City?

Uber is one of the safest forms of transportation in Mexico City but there are still some safety tips and details you should know before taking them here. Uber is also typically pretty cheap and you can usually get from one end of the city to the other under $10.

Are Taxis In Mexico City Safe?

Taxis are notorious for being unsafe in Mexico City and on top of that, the cars are typically in bad shape and the prices are usually higher. We suggest avoiding them when possible, and if you have to get one, be sure to order it from a legit taxi service.

What Is The Best Month To Visit?

The best month to visit Mexico City mostly depends on what events, if any, you want to see during your week trip. The weather is pretty nice all year long and it’s a very affordable city to visit outside of major holidays (it’s still fairly cheap but more expensive than normal during these seasons).

Mexico City's weather is typically spring-like but it can get a little chilly anytime of year.

🌸 Mexico City is a fantastic destination year round with temperatures usually not going above 80 degrees or below 40 degrees. Winter tends to be a bit cooler, but most of the year stays at spring time temperatures.

Know that if you choose to stay in a rental like Airbnb, not a ton of homes in CDMX have air-conditioning. It really doesn’t feel that necessary, especially at night, and you may even wish you had a heater during some of the cooler months.

🌧 Rainy season in Mexico City starts around June and usually lasts until November, but rain storms generally happen in the evening and don’t typically ruin plans. One of our trips was in September and we had a few sprinkles but nothing too intense.

🤑 Mexico in general is a pretty affordable place to visit and flights, especially from the United States, should be pretty cheap year round. The times that hotels will be at their highest price is during holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Dia de los Muertos (end of October and beginning of November).

Chapultepec Park is a fun place to take things a little slower and relax in the middle of such a large city.

Special Events And Holidays To See During A Week In Mexico City:

⚽️ The Liga MX Fútbol Season generally runs from late July to early November (called the Apertura) and again from mid January to the beginning of May (called the Clausura). Playoffs extend from each season by about a month or so.

🇲🇽 On the eve of Mexico’s Independence Day (the night of September 15th), the historic “Grito de Dolores” (cry of Dolores) takes place in the Zócalo square.

Everything is decked out with Mexico colors as the President comes out onto the Palacio Nacional balcony shouting, followed by fireworks and the collective “¡Viva Mexico!” cheer. The whole month is quite festive and patriotic.

💀 The most colorful and beautiful holiday celebrated in Mexico is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the beginning of November.

There are lots of places around Mexico that are great to visit during this holiday, but Mexico City also has some great activities like parades, shows, face paintings, decorated altars to loved ones, and sweet bread.

✝️ Semana Santa (Holy Week or Easter week) is a highly celebrated holiday in Mexico.

We have visited twice during this time of year and have seen beautiful celebrations during Palm Sunday in Coyoacán and elaborate decorations of those pilgrimaging their way to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

🎄 Christmas is a very popular and busy time in Mexico City and it is celebrated much longer than just a day or a week. As with Semana Santa, people pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and there is also a lot of family time, dinners, fireworks, and more food throughout the month.

The main celebration takes place on Christmas Eve but more celebrations occur a few days later for Dia de los Reyes (Kings Day).

Safety In CDMX

As with any location that you travel to, you should be cautious and aware of your surroundings, but we’ve never run into any problems while in Mexico in general or in CDMX.

The greater Mexico City area has a population of more than 20 million people (about 3 million more than New York), so it’s a good idea to be smart and cautious but you don’t need to be afraid.

Mexico City is a great place to visit and it can be very safe if you take simple precautions.

Is It Safe To Walk Around Mexico City At Night?

If you can avoid walking around at night in the city, that is the best option to keep you as safe as possible. Taking an Uber, private transportation, or a tour is a much better way to experience CDMX safely at night.

➡️ For a Night Tour in CDMX, we recommend booking here with Amigo Tours Mexico.

Is Mexico City Safe For Female Travelers?

We are two females that have visited Mexico City multiple times and have never had any problems. We make good transportation decisions, we keep very aware of our surroundings, and we take extra caution at night to stay safe and have fun in this wonderful city.

If you are a female traveling alone, we suggest taking tours and being extra cautious with transportation to be as safe as possible.

Tips To Know For Travel To Mexico

✔️ A quick and easy way to convert Mexican pesos to US dollars is to take off the last digit and divide it by two. For example, for 100 pesos take off the last 0, so you’re left with 10, and then divide it by 2 so you get 5.
100 pesos equals about $5.

✔️ Tipping is pretty customary in Mexico for things from restaurant services to Uber drivers to ushers that show you to your seat at a soccer game. An amount of 10% is pretty standard, and 15% to 20% for great service (we prefer to tip the higher percentages though since we are kind of representing our country).

✔️ Despite safety questions and concerns, Mexico City is a wonderful place to visit for a week or even longer and it is well worth the visit. There is so much history, culture, food, and nature that should not be missed!

✔️ Speaking Spanish will help you a lot here, but if you don’t speak the language, tours that offer trips in English will be best because there is not an overly abundant amount of people that speak English in CDMX.

✔️ Don’t openly and obviously use expensive technological devices (flashing them around, not paying attention, leaving them out and visible when not in use). Take plenty of pictures, but put the phone away in a safe place while you walk around.

The Zocalo is the center of CDMX and a great place to see Mexico's history.

✔️ Limit late nights out when possible, and pay for an Uber ride rather than walk around late at night with few people around.

✔️ Although the country is to the south, remember to bring pants and jackets with you to this part of Mexico. CDMX is fairly chilly and you likely won’t need shorts or flip flops here (nobody wears those so you’ll also stand out if you do).

✔️ Always be aware of your surroundings (anywhere in the world, any time of day).

✔️ Use Uber over taxis in CDMX, but still take caution with ride-share drivers and services.

✔️ And most importantly, do not drink the water, do not drink anything with ice, and do not eat anything washed in water (lettuce for example). I won’t even brush my teeth with sink water because I’m not interested in spending my time in CDMX stuck in the bathroom.

Wrap Up: What To Do In Mexico City For A Week

Mexico City is one of our favorite places to visit and it is full of great things to see and do for a whole week or even longer. We suggest visiting all the main sights in CDMX like the Zocalo, Teotihuacan, and Xochimilco, but also adding in some of the more unique activities like Lucha Libre, soccer games, and nearby towns for a day trip!