Top 5 Must Do's in Mexico City

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Mexico City is a huge metropolis and determining its prime, must-do activities can be overwhelming. The capital city of Mexico, Mexico City is a bustling economic, cultural and industrial center in the country and has a lot to offer for a short weekend jaunt or a longer stay. Whether you are into nature, museums, or nightlife, the city has something for everyone. Here are the top 5 places to check out:

1. Xochimilco

This century old canal system once surrounded the entire city and today only the Xochimilco system is still running. Take the metro line 2 to Taxquena, board the light rail to Xochimilco and walk to landing stages. You can locate a punt there and hire the punstman to take you on a one hour trip around the canals, as well as get out to buy some souvenirs from close by artisan markets.

2. Chapultepec Park

This park is very popular when traveling with children and a great stop to fill an afternoon. Boasting plenty of nearby museums both in and around the park, this is a great place for a nice stroll or for some more structured entertainment. The zoo is quite popular, as well as Chapultepec Castle and the Museum of Anthropology.  

3. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

This spectacular performance is renowned throughout the country and is a must-see experience. Performing traditional dances with the accompaniment of mariachi and marimba bands, this is a show that really captures the spirit of the city. Get your tickets early to guarantee seating and enjoy the great show along with the experience in the historical theater featuring a Tiffany glass curtain and ceiling.  

4. San Jacinto Plaza

The main square of the San Angel district this bustling plaza is best known for its popular and crowded Saturday art market. There are some great restaurants nearby and this is a great spot for people watching and just sitting back and enjoying an afternoon surrounded by great art and style.

5. Plaza de las Tres Culturas

A moving historical site, this plaza once housed an important church and in more recent times was the focus of a government massacre before the 1968 Mexico City Olympics where hundreds of local residents died. In pre-Columbian times this site was the center of the city of Tlatelolco whose residents fought with the Spaniards against the Aztecs. Some ruins still exist on the site, as well as a monument to the modern day massacre.

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