• Katrina Julia

One Day in Mexico City, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

If Mexico City isn't on your bucket list, it should be! Mexico is far more than Tulum, Mexico or the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico City surprised me in more ways than one.


Mexico City was not on my list at all in 2021. It came up as when I went to get my Apple Computer in Mexico City. The more I started to explore, the more I marveled at all there is to see and do in Mexico City.


If you didn't know, Mexico City is one of the top 10 richest cities in the world, offers Chapultepec Park, the largest urban park in Latin America (double size of New York City's Central Park), and is home to more than 150 museums.

You aren't the only one who has heard of Mexico City, over 25,000,000 tourists annually have too. Mexico City contributes over 20% of GDP to Mexico.


The first time I visited Mexico City in May I knew I wanted to come back again. The second time I visited in November, I stayed for 2+ weeks.


Magic of Mexico City

No matter how much time you have in Mexico, visit Mexico City.

Let's talk about what I recommend for One Day in Mexico.






One Day in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City exceeded my expectations in a surprising way. My first time visiting Mexico City in May for 1 night, I knew I wanted to come back. My first time visiting I got to walk through Chapultepec Park before going back to the airport.


My second time visiting in November 2021, I got to visit Frida Museum, Chapultepec Castle and Park, Reforma, and Metropolitan Castle in Mexico City.


That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day in Mexico City, Mexico but 2+ weeks. If you are curious about my full-time travels, check out my Digital Nomad September 21 Recap.


If you don't know where to start with your time in Mexico, I am here to help you #createit!

Although I experienced an incredible time in Mexico City during my 2+ weeks, there is so much!


While there is plenty to experience one day all around Mexico City to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group, you will want to consider staying longer.


Follow this One Day in Mexico City, Mexico Itinerary to Transform and Travel.

It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip.


My recommendations for One Day in Mexico City, Mexico include Chapultepec Park and Frida Museum.



Chapultepec Castle


Travel to Mexico City

Travel to Mexico City offers flights to Benito Juarez International Airport. It is a great way to experience the history and culture of Mexico. I flew in from Cancun, Mexico the first time on a quick 40 minute flight on Volaris Airlines.


After my travel to Honduras, I decided to visit Mexico City for the second time.

For my travel to Mexico City, I stayed at an Airbnb in a neighborhood called San Pedro Los Pinos.



Before you travel to Mexico City, you check current requirements for COVID. As of November 2021, Mexico requires a Health Pass form. In addition, the USA requires a COVID Test to re-enter. Keep in mind requirements are ever-changing, so I recommend you check about a week before your travels.


I traveled to Mexico City in May and November 2021. As of now, I will be leaving for my next stop on travel to 7 Continents is Colombia and/or Panama possibly. Although, I had a surprising detour returning to the USA to Houston, Oklahoma, and Atlanta in November and December 2021.



Frida Museum in Mexico City

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or Airbnb photos.


Fun Facts About Mexico City

At every turn, Mexico City will surprise you. Mexico City has a population of close to 9 million, is one of the top 10 richest cities in the world, offers the largest park in Latin America, and has over 100 museums.


Needless to see, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Mexico City!



La Pithaya Tacos in Mexico City

If you are curious about more destinations in Mexico, definitely check out my series on

Tulum, Bacalar and Valladolid!



Why I Create Travel Guides Globally

Although I stayed in Mexico City about 2+ weeks, I love to creating adventure days to share with others for travel ideas.


My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.). I am in awe of the transformation from the inside out of my life in every area including health, wealth, business, and travel.


That's why I created One Day Travel guides all around the world. In my Top 10 Things to Do, you will find more reasons to experience the cities and countries I share on my global travel to 7 Continents.



Travel fills me up.


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One Day in Mexico City

One Day in Mexico City is not nearly enough! Trust me I know. According to Mexico Tourism, the average tourist spends about 3 days in Mexico City. If its all you have, take it!


Depending on when you arrive, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!


For One Day in Mexico City, I recommend visiting Chapultepec Castle and Park and Frida Museum.


Top Row

From left to right - view from Chapultepec Castle, paddle boat and sign at Chapultepec Park


Bottom Row

From left to right - Chapultepec Castle, La Pithaya Vegan, Frida Museum



Here is an alternate itinerary I shared on my Instagram Reels.



https://www.instagram.com/reel/CWpBGdjM42f/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle in Chapultepec Park is a historical site and landmark in Mexico City. It is inhabited since days of Aztec Empire. Chapultepec Hill offers a breathtaking view of Mexico City.


Chapultepec means “Hill of the Grasshoppers” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The castle is an important landmark to the Aztecs who inhabited Tenochtitlan, the ancient city which would later become known as Mexico City.


Mexican leaders including Emperor Maximilian and Porfirio Diaz once called the Chapultepec Castle home that played an important role in the Mexican-American War.


The castle is home to the first-rate National Museum of History. It is worth spending a minimum of two hours to visit the castle. When I visited, I went on a weekday and found maybe 40 people maximum throughout the Castle.


As of November 2021, the tickets are $80 pesos/about $4 USD which is under priced in my opinion. You get a lot for the value of what you pay in every way.




 

Chapultepec Park

Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park is the oldest and largest urban park in Latin America, and one of the oldest urban parks in the world. It is double the size of New York City's Central Park. It is on the outskirts of the city, today this large forested area is completely surrounded by the urban center.


You may easily spend a whole day or every day at the park wandering around, visiting Chapultepec Castle, Museum, eating street food, buying souvenirs, and taking a boat ride!




 

Frida Kahlo Museum - Blue House

If you are a Frida Kahlo fan, you don't want to miss the Blue House, or Casa Azul, when in Mexico City.


Established in 1958, the home demonstrates what inspired Frida for her art. While enjoying the incredible environment, you will learn the mindset, health challenges, and love story of Frida and Diego.


Feet, What Do I Need Them For - Frida Kahlo






Reasons to Stay in Mexico City

It is easy to see One Day in Mexico City is not enough!


If you haven't yet, check out my One Day Travel and Top 10 Things to Do around the world.

 

Mexico City, Mexico One Day Travel

Mexico City is more than you imagine in every way.


Whether you want to spend time experiencing Chapultepec Castle and Park, Frida Museum, Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, you will love it.


Have you visited Mexico City before? Is it on your bucket list?


If you haven't, what activity here interests you the most to do in One Day in Mexico City, Mexico?



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