Things To Do In Mexico City as a First Timer

Mexico’s capital city has long been on my desired list of places to visit. When the opportunity presented itself to plan a visit, I jumped at the chance to make this dream trip a reality.

While I am typically a solo traveler, a friend joined me on this adventure to immerse ourselves in all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Ciudad De Mexico, commonly known as CDMX.

With so much to do across this great city, it was hard to narrow down what to see and do within a short six days. Here are seven things to do in Mexico City as a first-timer. 

Visit One of 150 Museums

One of the most significant is the Frida Kahlo Museum, housed inside her original blue house in the Coyocan neighborhood. The museum is one of the top attractions and can often sell out, so pre-purchasing tickets for a timed entry on your date of choice is essential.

Peruse Through a Traditional Mercado

Mexico City’s diverse neighborhoods are each home to a traditional mercado or market. These markets are a one-stop shop for anything you want—from fresh fruit and vegetables to souvenirs, party decorations, and handmade clothing.

Explore the Castillo and Bosque de Chapultepec

Planning a trip to the Bosque (forest) with its castle was at the top of the must-do list for me and should be for any first-timer. It is the oldest and largest urban park in Latin America and one of the oldest urban parks in the world.

While sitting on a park bench, we witnessed street performers, vendors selling various goods, and couples and families enjoying time together.

Stroll through a Park or Central Plaza

A tranjera is a brightly-colored flat-bottomed boat, similar to a gondola, which can transport up to 20 people. The canals were formerly used for transport for the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, built on a lake where Mexico City now sits on top of. 

Ride a Tranjera Boat in Xochilmilco

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