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The top places to fall in love with Mexico

Capital of Mexico

1Mexico City

823 properties in Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico City

As one of the biggest cities in the world, Mexico City could be better described as an experience than a city. Founded in 1325 by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlan, it was both destroyed and rebuilt by the Spanish in the 16th century. Nowadays, it is the capital of the United Mexican States and its most important economic and cultural center.

What travellers love about Mexico City

  • Museums

    21,302 recommendations

  • Culture

    18,901 recommendations

  • History

    17,780 recommendations

  • Food

    15,424 recommendations

2Cancún

641 properties in Cancún

What travellers love about Cancún

  • Beaches

    13,903 recommendations

  • Sandy beaches

    9,967 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    8,704 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    7,489 recommendations

3Playa del Carmen

1,802 properties in Playa del Carmen

Welcome to Playa del Carmen

At the centre of the Mayan Riveria is Playa del Carmen, a playground for hip Europeans and toned-and-tanned Americans. This resort town showcases the renowned white-sand beaches of the Caribbean Coast along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

What travellers love about Playa del Carmen

  • Beaches

    12,169 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    8,749 recommendations

  • Food

    6,667 recommendations

  • Shopping

    6,504 recommendations

4Tulum

438 properties in Tulum

What travellers love about Tulum

  • Beaches

    7,654 recommendations

  • Mayan ruins

    5,896 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    5,687 recommendations

  • Sandy beaches

    5,031 recommendations

Best places to see in Mexico

UNAM National Autonomous University
Institutions
Nobody’s too cool for this school. UNAM’s huge campus is dotted with funky sculptures, architectural gems and magnificent murals. But the jewel in the crown is the Central Library. This giant cuboid is covered wall-to-wall in stunningly intricate mural mosaics that tell the story of Mexico, from pre-Columbian beginnings to latter-day travails. Now that’s a cool history class!
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Palace of Fine Arts
Museums
“Mexico’s cathedral of art”. That’s how this impressive palace was described by a former president. He’s got a point. In corridors, grisly murals depict scenes from Mexico’s past. And in the cavernous concert hall, the stage is an artistic altar where devotees of drama and dance come for a transcendent experience. Oh, and did we mention Maria Callas debuted here in 1950? Ave Maria!
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The Angel of Independence
Monuments
Freedom! This winged figure of Nike – the Greek goddess of victory – honours those who fought for Mexico’s independence 200 years ago. She’s resplendent atop a 36-metre column, underneath which is a mausoleum for some of the revolution’s leading lights – including Miguel Hidalgo, the “father of the nation”. Wondering if you can take the arduous climb to the top? Just do it!
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Azteca Stadium
Stadiums and arenas
“Thank you God, for football, for Maradona, for these tears…” In 1986, commentator Victor Hugo Morales leapt out of his Azteca seat, howling these immortal words. This stadium – as iconic as it is colossal – has staged some of the most historic World Cup moments: 1970’s Match of the Century, the “Hand of God” and the trophy triumphs of both Pelé and Maradona. “¡Gooool!”
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National Museum of Anthropology
Museums
Know your Mayans from your Mixtecs? This is the place to stare Latin American pre-history in the carved stone face. Stark and angular against the leafy backdrop of Chapultepec, it’s a treasure trove of ancient artefacts from Totonac to Teotihuacán. Go potty for Toltec pottery and, as you gaze at the hefty stone calendar from Aztec times, remember your days are numbered too.
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Chapultepec Forest
Parks
If Zócalo Square is Mexico City’s heart, this forest is its lung. And in a metropolis this massive, it’s certainly a welcome breath of fresh air. Joggers, bikers and Sunday strollers come here for a break from city life, following the maze of winding pathways through the foliage. Clamber up the hill to the neoclassical Chapultepec Castle for that picture-postcard panorama.
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What travellers love about Mexico

Food
Recommended by 114,042 travellers
Tranquillity
Recommended by 84,051 travellers
Relaxation
Recommended by 83,782 travellers

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