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Weekend Breaks to Mexico City

Planning a short break to Mexico City? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Mexico City. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Mexico City. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Catedral Metropolitana

This is one of the most important historical buildings in the city. Construction of this popular landmark started at the beginning of the 18th century and was to continue for 300 years.

For this reason the cathedral has many different architectural influences including Spanish Renaissance, French Neo-Classicism and Baroque. Inside, the cathedral is equally spectacular with its five aisles, elaborate altars and engravings and marble floors.

The nearest train stop is Zocalo and you will be able to see the cathedral from Tuesday to Sunday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Six Flags Mexico

This is the largest amusement complex in Latin America and will make the children’s day. Linked to the popular US amusement company, all the popular rides from north of the border have been incorporated in this park including the Adventure Kingdom, superb roller coasters and live shows. There are many restaurants and snack bars to be found at the park should you get hungry. The park is open from 10am to 6pm.

The website for this site is www.six-flags.com.mx

Piramides de Teotihuacan

Located just 45 minutes from Mexico City, taking a tour to these ancient monuments is an absolute must when visiting Mexico. The site where the pyramids are located spans 156 square kilometres and includes the famed Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon as well as remains of temples, sculptures, murals and sacred altars. At the entrance to the site is the Teotihuacan Museum that features life size reproductions of gods and gods as well as charts, maps and artefacts. To get here you can take a bus from the Indios Verdes metro station.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Construction of this beautiful landmark started in 1904 and was scheduled to take only seven years as it was intended to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of independence from Spain. Serious setbacks as well as the Mexican Revolution delayed completion until 1934. Murals by Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco, Tamaya and Montenegro adorn the walls of the museum. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 6.30pm; the nearest train stop is Bellas Artes-Hidalgo.

The website for this attraction is conaculta.gob.mx/palacio/index.htm.

Xochimilco

The name of this attraction means “Land of Flowers” and is a network of 176km of ancient canals built for irrigation and transportation by the Aztecs. Artificial islands were made using layers of logs, earth and roots tied with vine and planted with native plants that hold the structure together. It is possible to take a tour of the waterways on wooden boats adorned with fresh flowers. The 14km of reconstructed waterway are lined with vendors selling delicacies and goods as well as mariachi and marimba bands. The canals are open daily from 7am to 10pm.

Feria Annual de San Pedro Tlahuac

This is a popular festival held near the Tlahuac government offices every year in the last two weeks of June. On display are a variety of sports and cultural activities including traditional dancing from all over Mexico, exhibitions of pre-colonial times, as well as sporting tournaments. Also included are live bands that ignite a party atmosphere that culminates in a massive fireworks display and procession in honour of San Pedro the local patron saint.

Hotel Nikko

Situated in the prestigious Polano business district, this modern hotel brings a touch of the Far East to Mexico. The hotel is surrounded by art galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques. The rooms are large and stylish and offer a quiet haven of peace and tranquillity from the bustle of the city. The address is Campos Eliseos No. 204; check in time is 3pm.

Hacienda de los Morales

This is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City. The setting is supremely romantic and intimate, making it a perfect spot for a quiet evening for two. The food is top quality and therefore justifies the slightly higher than average prices to be found here. The restaurant and bar are open from 6pm to 2am Thursdays through Saturdays.

The website is www.haciendadelosmorales.com

Camino Real Mexico

This large hotel has all the features and facilities a traveller could ask for. A mural by the famous Mexican artist Tamiyo adorns the elegant lobby of the hotel. Regarding your eating and drinking options, you need look no further than this hotel with six bars and three restaurants, including the world class Fouquet's of Paris as the flagship restaurant. For exercise, you can try out the tennis courts, gym, swimming pool and afterwards enjoy a sauna or massage. This is truly a world class hotel and can be found at Mariano Escobedo 700.

The website address is www.caminoreal.co/mexico

Club Sixty-Nine

If you are looking for a truly world class nightclub to dance the night away, Club Sixty-Nine is the place for you. The music here is mainly of the electronic sort with all types of house played by some of the best Mexican and foreign DJs around.

The nearest train station is Bellas Artes; the club is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10pm till late.

Just like most New York clubs, you can wear anything you like, because nobody cares.

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Museo de Antropologia

If you are in Mexico City you should definitely not miss the Museum of Anthropology. It is one of the great museums in the world. It's a little hard to get to (I would recommend taxi) but 100 % worth it. It has a lot of artifacts and information from the Aztecs, Moctezuma, etc.

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