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4 Free Things to do in Mexico City

Until recently known as the Distrito Federal, the CDMX is one of the most conglomerate cities in the world, inhabited by more than 21 million people.

In the CDMX there is much of everything and for all. Mexicans are people with a lot of heart, open, sincere and friendly; So do not hesitate to spend an excellent time touring and enjoying the streets, museums, food, music, and history of my country.

I share four places that you should visit in the city center (they are less than 5 minutes walk from one another) and are free (or almost):

Zocalo Capitalino

Zocalo Capitalino is located in the heart of the Historic Center of Mexico City, surrounded by government buildings such as the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as shops, hotels, and restaurants.

During the year there are different shows and amenities such as skating rinks, cultural events, and concerts by world-renowned artists like Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, and Robbie Williams.. everything is free, but you must go in time because it gets crowded.

Cost: Free.

TIP: Take your hat and sun protector.. of course do not forget your camera. It is incredibly beautiful at night.

Metropolitan Cathedral of the City of Mexico

It is one of the largest cathedrals in America. It was ordered to build by Hernán Cortez after the conquest; in fact, part of the construction was built on part of the Aztec temples.

Cost: Free

Guided tour (inside the Cathedral) to go to the bell tower: $ 1 USD

TIP: Arrive at 11:30 because you may have the opportunity to see how the volunteers bells ring.

Museum of the National Palace

It is the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico, is open to visitors so they can know the history of the country. In this palace lived different viceroys and presidents of Mexico. Furthermore, there is a beautiful mural of Diego Rivera that is worth seeing.

Cost: Free

TIP: if you want a guided tour send an email to to schedule.

Templo Mayor

Its creation was due to the archaeological excavations that were made more than 30 years ago. Thousands of objects were recovered, and the vestiges of the Templo Mayor Tenochtitlan were found. In addition to seeing the ruins, you can enter an impressive museum where the objects are displayed, as well as different exhibitions.

Cost: Free on Sundays for Mexicans and visitors residing in the country.

Cost any other day or foreigners: $ 3 USD

TIP: If you arrive at 11:45 am an archaeologist offers a guided tour (excellent) to the people present and is free.

The time you can spend in each of the places varies depending on whether or not you have a guided tour or if you like to read all the museum cards.

  • In the Zocalo, you can spend enough time to take photos,
  • In the Cathedral, you can walk inside and take pictures for as long as you want. The tour to the bell tower takes about 1 hour.
  • The National Palace and the Templo Mayor, I would say that you can spend 2 hours minimum and without a guide in each one.

Honorable mentions of other places, to walk by the Corredor Madero (that connects Zocalo with Palacio de Bellas Artes), the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Alameda Central.

Come and live in Mexico City.

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