The Best 3 Days In Mexico City Itinerary (for First-Time Visitors!)

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Many avoid visiting Mexico City for splashier vacation destinations like Cancún, Cabo, and recently Tulum. While the appeal is there – pristine beaches and crystal-clear water, hello! Heading to Mexico City (aka the Mexican capital) allows you to take a step back and truly investigate the long, rich history of the country. While the museums, art, and famous landmarks are a huge draw – the food is also spectacular. After spending 3 days in Mexico City (and returning repeatedly!) I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on the area. Now you can see why I’ve put together the perfect Mexico City Itinerary.

Now, full transparency: this itinerary is not for those looking to chill for 3 days in CDMX. This itinerary is busy and action-packed, but I wanted to include as many activities and sights as possible so you can get a true taste of the city during your first visit. 

You may be wondering how many days you should spend in Mexico City. Honestly, the longer you are there, the better because there’s so much to see. Though, you will still be able to see a good chunk of Mexico City in 3 days before heading home or to your next destination (and if you’re anything like me, you’ll eagerly plan a return trip). 

Ready? Let’s dive into the top things to do in Mexico City in 3 days.


Arrival in Mexico City (3 Days in Mexico City)

With so many activities planned and things to do, you’ll want to arrive in Mexico City the night before. I don’t know about you, but something about airplanes just makes me tired. RIP to the youthful energy I had in my early 20s. To make sure you’re well-rested for your busy few days here, aim for an early evening arrival time so you can grab a meal, get to your hotel, and get to bed early. The key to a good city trip is obviously a combination of good sleep and caffeine, according to yours truly. Here’s how to get great deals on flights!


How to Get to CDMX From the Airport

First-time visitors will be happy to know that the Mexico City airport is just a few miles from the center of the city, making getting to your accommodation an easy and painless process.  

Once you fly into Mexico City International Airport (MEX), you’ll find public transportation to be ample. Shuttles are your best bet if your hotel is close enough to the airport. Otherwise, you can take a bus, taxi, Uber or Metrobus to your destination. I’ve only ever taken Ubers from the airport because they’re affordable and convenient, but any of the options will do! 

Note: While USD is accepted through most of Mexico, you’ll want to exchange some money into pesos before leaving the airport, as the best exchange rate is found here. Of course, you can still exchange your cash into pesos later, but you will likely come across less favorable exchange rates and additional fees at other locations.


Best Time to Visit Mexico City

Mexico is well known for its temperate weather throughout the year, and Mexico City is no exception. The overall best months to visit CDMX are June-November (72F-75F) due to the lower hotel prices, the generally warm temperatures, and fewer crowds. Although this is considered the rainy season, the rain mainly occurs later in the day, leaving you plenty of time for activities beforehand. 

March-May (75F-77F) offers pleasant weather that is both warmer and drier. Though, since it is peak season, crowds are heavier, and accommodation rates are high.

Those on a budget should opt to visit December-February (68F-72F). While the temperatures are warm during the day, they drop significantly at night (to the 40s). You will need extra layers in the evenings. Psst check out my winter packing list if you fall into this category!


Mexico City Itinerary: Day 1 in Mexico City

Explore the Town of Xochimilco

Xochimilco Boats
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The town of Xochimilco is a must-see in Mexico City, as is taking a boat ride in one of the iconic, colorful boats! The town’s name translates to “flower field,” which is fitting considering the town has continued the tradition of cultivating flowers and plants since the time of the Aztecs. 

You’ll even find Floating Gardens in Xochimilco (also known as chinampas), which can be toured via canal boat rides. The whole town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features an abundance of markets and docks along with a plethora of canals and man-made islands. 

It’s worth spending the morning exploring this unique town. 

Pro tip: Many boat tours are available through different companies and individuals and you can definitely barter for cheaper prices. Opt for a shared experience for a more budget-friendly option. If you’re seeking a private tour, they’re also available though they can get pricey quickly. If negotiating isn’t your cup of tea, book a tour ahead of time instead!


Lunch at Tortas Gigantes Sur 12

By the time lunch rolls around, you’ll want something quick and tasty. While Tortas Gigantes Sur 12 can be considered a fast-food joint, it’s a great place to sample some of Mexico’s most common quick-serve meals like tacos, pozole (my favorite Mexican soup), and of course, tortas. 

If you’ve never had a torta before, imagine a giant sandwich filled with meat, cheese, veggies, and sauce. You’ll generally see pictures of it served with steak, though chicken and sliced poblano peppers (aka rajas) are also available. 

Expect huge portions and low prices. Even if you’re heading back later in the day, you can still stop by this restaurant for some good eats.


Frida Kahlo House

Frida Kahlo House - Mexico City Itinerary
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You’ll want to make time to stop at the incredibly popular Frida Kahlo Museum, where Frida and her husband lived for 25 years. It’s only about three blocks away from your lunch spot, so it’s a quick trek on foot. You’ll know when you’ve arrived at this stunning location by the brilliant blue color, which covers the exterior of the museum along with the big block letters reflecting “Museo Frida Kahlo.” 

The Frida Kahlo Museum was organized by Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera, after she passed away. Exploring her house is like taking a step into her art collection featuring diverse mediums such as pottery and paintings surrounded by family pictures. Don’t miss the garden outside, filled with cacti, trees, and the pyramid. 

Heads up, there’s an additional fee to take pictures here. I recommend paying the extra cost, even though the rules surrounding taking photographs are on the relaxed side. 

Pro Tip: This is one of the most popular museums in Mexico City and tickets often sell out, especially during busy season. If you decide to do the above-mentioned Xochimilco tour, your admission ticket will be included. Alternatively, get your ticket to both this and the Diego Rivera museum ahead of time here


Mercado de Coyoacán

Mercado de Coyoacán in Mexico City
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Add Mercado de Coyoacán to your list of best places to visit in Mexico City. If you’ve traveled through other parts of Mexico before, especially less touristy areas, you’ll be familiar with street markets. While most other street markets are only open once a week, this covered market is open daily. It consists of two stories of everyday essentials, from brightly colored spices to traditional and modern clothing. 

If you’re looking for any souvenirs, this is the place to be! Here’s a tip – don’t fill up too much on lunch as there are prepared foods available for purchase at the market. If you’re too stuffed, consider purchasing some available sweets like dried fruits with cajeta (similar to a caramel sauce). Depending on when you visit, the available items for purchase will change. This occurs only near holidays-allowing market visitors to purchase everything needed for that specific holiday.


Dinner at Sonora Prime Roma Condesa

If you’re craving an exceptional meal, I recommend heading to Sonora Prime in Roma Norte. It is on the pricier side, though the sustainably sourced fish, high-quality ingredients, and mouthwatering foods are worth it if you’re able to splurge. Rave reviews put this restaurant at the top of the list for anyone who considers themselves a food. Try the steak – it’s juicy and oh so tender. 

Note: Even though this location is fancier, it’s common to wear an outfit that is casual or dressy casual. You won’t need to bring a change of clothes after earlier activities unless you would like to.


Mexico City Itinerary: Day 2 in Mexico City 


On the second day, it’s time to head to Teotihuacan, one of Mexico’s famous pyramids, and another must-do on a trip to Mexico City. It’s located about an hour from the city and you’ll need to spend at least half a day there to see all the sights.

The Toltecs or Totonacs are thought to have built this ancient city, though the jury is still out as there is little evidence. It was overtaken by the Aztecs years later and named Teotihuacan – “the place where the gods were created.” 

You can wind your way down the Avenue of The Dead, which houses important buildings like The Pyramid of the Moon and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. 

To get the full experience, I recommend booking a tour, especially if you’re interested in the history of the complex. There are so many extra details and hidden gems offered up by tour guides that you might not find on your own. Explore the main pyramids along with murals as your guide describes the history of Teotihuacan during a private. Book it here.  

Note: You can also explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own if you’d like. Expect to pay a small entrance fee and National Park Fee. Getting to Teotihuacan is fairly straightforward – it involves either a bus ride from Terminal del Norte (tickets can be purchased there) or a taxi ride or Uber. 


Lunch at Techinanco

Lunch at Techinanco Mexico City
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This lunch spot is so close to the pyramids you can walk. It’s less than ¼ mile away, and you can even see views of Teotihuacan from outside the restaurant. A family runs Techinanco, so you’ll likely see the sweet grandmas helping serve the food.

The food is tasty and features traditional meals like mole (I highly recommend trying this here!). You’ll find the atmosphere charming and cozy, with a section showcasing different shrines. The food is inexpensive, fast, and fresh, offering the perfect food break after a busy morning of exploring.

Note: Credit cards are not accepted here – make sure to bring cash in the form of USD or pesos. 


Biblioteca Vasconcelos

The Mexico City Library
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After lunch, grab a taxi or bus back towards the center of Mexico City to visit Biblioteca Vasconcelos (aka Vasconcelos Library). This impressive library, erected in 2006, features rows upon rows of hanging bookshelves. The modern style is much different from what is typically seen in libraries as you’ll see a combination of steel, concrete, marble, wood, and other similar materials accented by a large art piece of a whale skeleton.

This is not a typical tourist destination; you’re more likely to see students studying than visitors exploring. Nevertheless, it’s a fantastic spot to stop in when wondering what to do in 3 days in Mexico City. Also, I’m a huge lover of libraries and try to visit them wherever I go (especially spectacular ones). If that’s not your vibe, you can totally skip it!

You can walk through the three available buildings – each offering six levels of books. Or spend time in the incredible garden that provides views of 168 different trees and plants. If you have extra time, you may even be able to catch a workshop occurring here. 


Dinner at Los Cocuyos

It’s time to head to dinner at Taqueria Los Cocuyos after a busy day! This taco joint stands out for a few reasons, one being that it’s near the city center, meaning it’s likely nearby your hotel. Two, the flavors in each taco are outstanding and unrivaled. I swear this is by far one of my favorite taco stops in the area. This hole-in-the-wall spot is totally unassuming but it will likely have a line. That’s how you’ll know you’re in the right spot! 

Unlike in the US, it’s considered normal to eat other cuts of meat in Mexico. Each section of meat is used so as not to be wasteful. I mention this only because the menu features tacos ranging from tongue (lengua) to cheek (cachet) and even eye (ojo). Step out of your comfort zone and try some different tacos; I swear they will be some of the best tacos you’ve ever tasted!

Note: This is a busy spot-grab a stool at the counter if available. Otherwise, it’s common to eat standing up here.


Dessert at Churreria El Moro

Churreria in Mexico City
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This famous churro spot, Churreria El Moro, started from humble beginnings as a food cart in the local Zócalo in Mexico City. After Francisco Iriarte (the original owner) passed away, his brothers moved from Spain to continue Francisco’s churro business. Because of this famed churro location, churros became popular in Mexico City.

There’s nothing better than biting into a fresh churro covered in sugary goodness. They also sell Mexican hot chocolate (yes, it’s different from powdered hot chocolate found in the US!). I recommend grabbing a cup and using it as a dip for your warm churro. I make it a point to visit every time I visit CDMX. It’s that good!


Mexico City Itinerary: Day 3 in Mexico City

Luis Barragán House

Luis Barragan House - a must when spending 3 days in CDMX

This particular Luis Barragán House sits about 35 minutes (by car) away from downtown Mexico City. It’s a two-level house which was used partly as a studio for this famous architect and has since been converted into a museum. I’d consider any of his homes (there are multiple around CDMX) one of the top 10 things to do in Mexico City. 

Luis Barragán has many accomplishments, from designing complexes and gardens to awards and an exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art. He is known for his minimalistic approach with splashes of bright colors that contrast perfectly with the design. These aspects are visible in his house as you walk through the different rooms (including a bright pink area), stop on the terrace, and explore the garden. 

Note: Tickets can sell out fast – make sure to book tickets in advanceAlso worth noting – this is one of the more popular houses and there is a photography fee ($25). I’ve also visited the less popular Casa Pedregal, which is a private house, not a museum. You can’t go wrong with any of the homes!


Lunch at Las Puertas Del Paraiso

Las Puertas del Paraiso is an excellent spot to stop for a quick bite to eat. They specialize in pastries and coffee but also offer sandwich options and side salads for on the go. The croissants and sweet bread, aka pan dulce, are to die for here. The name translates to “the doors to paradise” and is pretty accurate considering how good the food really is. 


Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle part of a CDMX Itinerary
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Spend the last section of your Mexico City 3 day itinerary exploring Chapultepec Castle, the previous home of the president of Mexico and part of the larger Chapultapec Park. This palace offers stunning garden views and is the location of the National Museum of History. It’s one of the (many) places I think of when people ask what they should not miss in Mexico City.

After that, spend your time wandering the park itself. Even if you have no plan, you’ll find plenty to look at, including monuments, landmarks, museums, greenery, and so much more. 

I find spending the last day exploring a green space is the perfect way to end the trip – you get to see more at your own pace. Plus, you’re in control of how far you want to go and how long you want to be out. 


Dinner at El Pescadito

On your last night in Mexico City, there are a few options I’d recommend for dinner.

If you’re in the mood for a splurge-worthy dinner, look no further than Pujol, which has won numerous awards as the top restaurant in North America and one of the top 20 in the world. You have to make reservations far in advance to get a coveted dinner spot here, but it won’t disappoint.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for an excellent and upscale seafood dinner, Contramar is where it’s at. It’s easier to get reservations there, but you still have to book ahead. 

Real talk: I’m usually ready for a casual meal by this point in the trip. If that’s you, El Pescadito will not disappoint. You’ll find a limited menu of seafood items like tacos and chili rellenos with shrimp. 

Unlike most taco spots, there’s a separate bar where you add your own toppings. Allowing you to adjust your food creates a different and fun experience. Plus, the tacos taste amazing, and they’re reasonably priced. If you haven’t tried any fish up to this point, I recommend checking this eatery out. The seafood in Mexico City is *chef’s kiss.* 

Psst if none of these dinner spots sound appealing, check out my tips on how to find good food while traveling!


Best Things to Do in Mexico City in 4 Days and Beyond

Good news – you can extend your Mexico City itinerary even further if you’re in town for longer than 3 days.

Take a hot air balloon ride over Teotihuacan

If you’ve always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride but haven’t made it to Luxor or Cappadocia yet (two other epic places to do this!), why not take one over one of Mexico’s most spectacular places? You’ll have already visited Teotihuacan earlier in this itinerary, but now you’ll get to experience it from a birds-eye view. I’ve been fortunate to ride hot air balloons twice in my life, and it, admittedly, doesn’t get old. Book it here.


Delve deeper into ancient civilizations 

The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City has one of the most impressive collections of artifacts, spanning from pre-Columbian Maya civilizations, all the way through Spanish colonization. You can visit on your own or with a guided tour and see impressive pieces of history, including reconstructions of tombs and Olmec heads.


Eat your way through CDMX

Specifically, through Polanco. It’s no secret that food tours are one of my favorite activities to do while traveling (I’ve done them in Cairo, Amsterdam, Athens, and more). Mexico City is a food lover’s dream and the Mexican food you think you know in the U.S. represents only a tiny fraction of the expansive dishes of this spectacular cuisine. You’ll learn plenty from an excellent guide and get all your steps in to boot. Win! Book it here.


See Lucha Libre IRL

If you’re unfamiliar, Lucha Libre is Mexican wrestling and a popular tradition in Mexico. I haven’t been to a wrestling match myself and I’m not totally sure I’d want to, but I do appreciate that you’ll get some historical context of lucha libre before watching a live match if you book this experience. It’s not totally my thing, but it’s a well-known activity that’s worth including.


Take a day trip to Taxco and Cuernavaca

If you’d like to get out of Mexico City for the day, consider a day trip to Taxco and Cuernavaca, two charming colonial towns, both of which are known for their majestic architecture. It’ll be a jam-packed day since both cities are pretty far from CDMX, but if you’re short on time and want to visit a different place, this is a good option. Book the tour here.


Where to Stay in Mexico City 

Mexico City covers quite a large area leaving many options for accommodations for everyone’s budget. I highly recommend staying either in Roma (Norte or Sur) or in La Condesa. Both areas are easily accessible to the central part of the city while still offering neighborhood vibes, with La Condesa being more upscale.

You can definitely stay in downtown Mexico City (Centro Histórico) if you prefer to be in the hustle and bustle, too. Below you’ll find a hotel recommendation for backpack, budget, mid-range, and luxury options.

Viajero CDMX Centro Hostel (Backpack)

I know I recommended Roma or La Condesa as my top location choices, but the best hostels in Mexico City are located in the Centro.

This hostel sits nearby multiple museums and is just minutes away from the Zocalo. It’s affordable and packs a punch for the amenities that are included. 

Comfortable beds, inexpensive breakfast, and spectacular Wi-Fi are just a few highlights here. The central patio is a great place to meet other travelers, and there’s also a mix of shared and private rooms. Plus, if you prefer to cook, you can use the communal kitchen. What more could you need? 

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Posada Viena Hotel (Budget-friendly)

Here’s a step up from a hostel – you get your own room, bathroom, tv, and terrace. This hotel features a colonial style in combination with bright colors to offer a cozy home away from home. Breakfast is also included here, allowing you to try the local food for lunch and dinner.

The Posada Viena Hotel is adjacent to many restaurants, museums (including the Luis Barragán House), and stores within walking distance. You may hear some noises from the street, though the atmosphere, friendly staff, and affordable prices more than make up for it.

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Casa Decu (Mid-Range)

Even though this is considered a mid-range accommodation, the exterior, interior, and decorations are stunning. When you walk in, you’ll feel like you’re staying in a luxury hotel. I cannot tell you enough how gorgeous this spot is – everything from the doorways to little hideaways and the rooms is picture-perfect. There’s even a rooftop patio with spectacular views.

Besides being a beautiful spot, it’s located in the upscale and super-safe neighborhood of La Condesa, but is still just a few miles away from most of Mexico City’s top attractions. Amenities include a rooftop patio, a gym, and an ensuite kitchenette. It’s an excellent spot for luxurious vibes at reasonable rates. 

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Las Alcobas (Luxury)

Las Alcobas is located in the upscale neighborhood of Polanco and is the place to stay for a world-class hotel experience in CDMX. When I say this place is luxe, I mean luxe! There are tons of benefits from staying here, including an ensuite hydromassage bath and ultra-comfortable beds. 

There’s a spectacular restaurant, fitness center, concierge, and full-blown spa where you can splurge on massages. The hotel’s interior is modern and sleek, with picturesque views of downtown CDMX and incredibly friendly, dedicated customer service. This hotel is highly rated and provides a complete luxury experience.

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What to Pack for Mexico City

Generally speaking, there aren’t many specialty items I’d recommend for a trip to Mexico City. In terms of wardrobe, a lot depends on when you visit. I visited during a particularly rainy week, so I packed a rain jacket and my travel umbrella. However, I’ve included a few items below that I brought along that you might not think of.

  • Backpack: This backpack is hands down the best carry-on-sized backpack I’ve ever used for travel. Not only is it carry-on sized, but it’s also incredibly comfortable and easy to carry, even for a small-framed person like me. It has tons of pockets and compartments for organization, lockable zippers, and it’s weather-resistant. If you really don’t think you can handle packing in a carry-on, then this one is just as comfortable but larger. You can also technically get away with using it as a carry-on and the additional pack as your personal item. Win!
  • Locking Purse (optional): Mexico City generally doesn’t have a pickpocketing problem and I never worried that someone would snatch something from my bag. However, I’d rather be safe than sorry, which is why I bring this handy lockable purse with me everywhere I travel. Is it the most stylish purse I’ve ever owned? No. Does it keep me from worrying about pickpockets? Absolutely. Plus, it’s surprisingly roomy – I keep my water bottle, camera, wallet, and other stuff in there and they fit no problem. If a smaller purse is what you’re after, check out this one or this oneNote: If you’d rather not purchase a purse, you can always keep your smaller valuables in this secret pocket scarf instead.
  • All-purpose sneakers: A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Allbirds, these awesome wool sneakers that don’t make your feet sweat (even if you wear them without socks). Then I found out they’re made of Merino Wool, which explains the magic behind them. They’re cute, they’re functional, and they’re comfy AF. You can wear them to hike up a mountain or to explore a new city. They’re my go-to travel shoes and if they get dirty, I can throw them in the wash.
  • Travel Insurance: Yes, you need travel insurance for if things (hopefully don’t but often do) go wrong. I’ve been sick, needed stitches, crashed a rental car, had cash stolen and have dealt with luggage delays. Let’s just say I’ve learned my lesson about travel insurance the hard way. My go-to insurance is World Nomads cause they’re awesome and easy to deal with. Be sure to check out the different plan options to pick one that’s right for you!
  • Anti Diarrheal: I have a fairly strong stomach and found that I had no issues with food and water in Mexico (unlike my misadventures in Peru). However, everybody’s stomachs react differently so I recommend bringing anti-diarrheal with you just in case. Imodium is every traveler’s favorite treatment for travel diarrhea. My doctor tells me that you shouldn’t stop whatever is making you sick from leaving your system. However, I totally get that there are times where “better out than in” just doesn’t work (like on a hiking trip, for example). So bring Imodium if you’d like, but use it only when you need to.
  • VPN: For those of you who don’t know, a VPN (virtual private network) is a service that allows you to securely and privately route your internet through a server. Basically, it makes your internet think you’re in one place when you’re in a different one. Why do you need this? Well, if you want to access your bank account or any secure online account, the sites get super sketched out when you’re in a foreign country. NordVPN is my go-to because it works even in countries where VPNs are blocked. Yay for internet security!
  • Power bank: I don’t know if I’m a phone addict or what (jk, the answer to that is an unfortunate but resounding yes) but I legit don’t understand how people can travel without a power bank. You’re out and about all day and using your phone to navigate, take photos, and who knows what else. I always carry my Anker PowerCore while I’m out. It’s light, holds multiple charges, and charges phones quickly. Win!
  • Portable Travel Strip (optional): If you’re one of those annoying people charging your phone, laptop, and camera at the same time (read: me), bringing a small travel strip along makes powering your devices that much more efficient. I know I’m extra. Sorry, not sorry.
  • Insulated water bottle and water purifier or water purifying bottle: I always bring a water bottle with me when I travel because single-use plastic sucks for the planet and buying lots of bottled water is expensive and inconvenient. If you’re wondering if you can drink tap water in Mexico, the answer is a resounding no. What you can do is drink filtered, purified water. I bring along a Steripen, a UV water purifier that gets rid of 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, and use it in combination with my CamelBak Insulated Water Bottle. This bottle is particularly awesome because it holds 20 oz and keeps water cold. If you’d rather purchase an all-in-one solution, Grayl’s water filtering bottle is a great alternative so you can fill directly from the tap and drink almost immediately.
  • Mexican Spanish Phrasebook: This Spanish phrasebook is more of a nice to have than a necessity. However, you might find it particularly useful if you’re traveling through Mexico independently, especially if you’re not at tourist sites.



Other Things to Know Before Visiting Mexico City

Mexico City Transportation: How to get around Mexico City 

Although Mexico City is large, there’s no shortage of ways to get around. You’ll see buses on nearly every corner along with taxis. Keep in mind, cabs are more expensive, and if they know you’re not from the area, they may try to get a few extra dollars from you.

Ubers are the best option in terms of affordability and reliability. If you have the app downloaded already, you can easily book your Ubers as usual. If you don’t know much Spanish, you can select drivers that speak English when making a booking. Or, practice your Spanish and keep the booking as-is during your weekend in Mexico City.

Using the metro (Mexico’s subway system) is another inexpensive option. However, it may take a few trips or more to get the hang of it as there are 12 different lines. Remember to purchase a pre-paid ticket and double-check the correct line you need for your daily activities before heading out to avoid getting lost. 


Is Mexico City Safe?

Mexico in general (especially Mexico City) gets a bad rap for being “unsafe.” However, I’d argue that CDMX is like any big city. Crime happens, but it’s not any more or less safe than a major city in the United States. Keep your wits around you, don’t flash your valuables around, and don’t wander around certain neighborhoods alone at night, and you’ll be fine. I was never concerned for my safety in Mexico City.


Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

At the time of writing, North Americans do not need a visa for Mexico. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a stamp to stay for up to 180 days visa-free. Always double-check embassy websites for the latest information.



Mexico uses the Mexican peso and at the time of writing this post (February 2022), the rate was about USD $1 to $20 pesos. Credit cards are widely accepted and there are plenty of ATM machines for withdrawing cash. If you’d like to exchange money, the best place to do so is at the airport in Mexico City for good rates.


This concludes my ideal 3-day Mexico City itinerary! There’s no way to see all that Mexico City has to offer in a few days, so stay longer if you can. If you do, consider spending time at Palacio de Bellas Artes, Plaza de La Constitución, Templo Mayor, or hunting for Mexico City’s famed murals by Diego Rivera. Once you start checking the above locations off, you’ll be tempted to book your next flight to Mexico City!

If you’re planning on traveling around Mexico after your 3 days in Mexico City but aren’t sure where to go next, check out my Oaxaca Itinerary for some inspiration. 


Tell me: have you ever been to CDMX? If not, has this post inspired you to visit? 


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