Vacationing in Mexico City is a real treat, thanks to all the diverse and unique experiences available here. Not only is the city itself full of an almost indescribable vibrant energy, but it is also close to various major attractions. Mexico City was built on an ancient lake bed and on the site of an Aztec city, so it’s safe to say that this city is packed with history, fantastic architecture, world-famous art, several galleries and museums, plenty of entertainment, as well as some of the best street food you’ve probably ever had. That said, if you’re looking for more eccentric activities, here are ten unique things to experience in Mexico City that should definitely be at the top of your list.
ten Explore the ruins of the Templo Mayor
Although a well-known tourist destination, the ruins of the Templo Mayor are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth the long haul. Once the main temple of the Mexican people, Templo Mayor features the architectural style of the late Postclassic period of Mesoamerica. Visitors can experience these incredible ruins including the Tlaltecuhtli Stone of Sacrifices, Tzompantli Wall of Skulls and more. You can opt for a self-guided tour or learn more by taking a guided tour of the museum led by a local history expert.
9 Discover the pyramids of Teotihuacan
Speaking of exploring ancient ruins, the Teotihuacan pyramids are another fantastic experience. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these pyramids tell a story, make for stunning photos, and even allow visitors to feel like an archaeologist for a day. While there, don’t miss the chance to learn about Mexico’s past at the Pyramid of the Sun, Plaza of the Moon, Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, or Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Here, travelers have a few options when it comes to tours, including self-guided, small-group, private, and large-group tours.
8 Discover Mexico City by hot air balloon
One of the best things about touring Mexico City via hot air balloon is that you can cover more ground in less time. Plus, if you’ve never had the chance to take a hot air balloon ride, get ready for a magical mix of adrenaline and relaxation. Plus, many of the rides available pass directly over the Teotihuacan Pyramids so you can ride two unique experiences off your list in one go. This is a great activity for couples or those looking for a unique panoramic view of the city.
seven Bike through Mexico City
Since Mexico City is relatively large, there are several ways to explore it. Sure, you can stick to your standard hop-on hop-off bus or walking tours, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, visitors can burn off the previous night’s margaritas and tacos via a relaxing bike tour. Here, travelers can see all or most of Mexico City’s hidden gems with a local guide by their side. There are also several bike tours available, each with a different route, so check them out and see which works best for you and your group.
6 Paragliding over Valle De Bravo
For the thrill seekers who want to see all the sights, you also have the option of paragliding over some of the most incredible spots in the city. For example, adventurers can paraglide above Valle de Bravo for incredible views of simply stunning landscapes. If you haven’t heard much about Valle de Bravo, it’s a quaint town not too far from Mexico City. Here, paragliders can get a bird’s eye view of all the colonial architecture of a charming little town and more.
5 Dormant Volcanoes Hike
For even more thrills, adventure seekers can try their luck and hike on some dormant volcanoes not too far from the city. One volcano in particular worth hiking is none other than the ominous Iztaccíhuatl. Located in the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park, this natural wonder rises to over 5,230 meters and is the third highest mountain in the country. Thrill seekers can also hike in the Popocatépetl. However, it should be noted that this other volcano is still considered active and is about as tall as Iztaccíhuatl.
4 Enjoy the floating gardens of Xochimilco
One of the lesser known attractions near Mexico City is the Xochimilco Floating Gardens. In fact, many visitors miss out on this unique experience when they shouldn’t. Interested travellers, however, should prepare for a beautiful journey over miles of waterways on a colorful gondola. Departing from nearby Xochimilco Market, this is a great afternoon activity for families and nature lovers. As a bonus, delicious food and plenty of drinks (including Mexican cocktails) are available at several floating markets along the way.
3 Try rafting near Cuernavaca
For water lovers looking for more action than a peaceful gondola ride, white water rafting near Cuernavaca is for you. Here, rafters can enjoy both calm, flat bodies of water and thrilling whitewater. As well as navigating this fast-paced waterway with more than 20 rapids, thrill-seekers can end their river journey with a swim in the 40-meter-high Salto de San Anton waterfall. Also, the charming colonial town of Cuernavaca is not too far from the said waterfall, so once you’ve had your thrills, you can visit this charming town.
2 Day trip to Puebla and Cholula
One of the benefits of visiting major cities in any location is that there are always several day trips available. Here, visitors can take a day trip to Puebla and Cholula, which is especially nice when Mexico City is a bit too crowded for some. Instead, you can explore these small towns. Puebla is a great day trip destination for foodies, history buffs, and architecture buffs. Alternatively, Cholula is full of incredible churches, a must-see Great Pyramid, and even more fascinating hidden gems.
1 Discover Cuernavaca and Taxco
Finally, if you’re looking for another opportunity to get out of the big city for a few days, a short trip to Cuernavaca and Taxco won’t disappoint. Not only is Cuernavaca home to the magnificent 16th-century Palace of Cortés, the former home of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, but it is also home to magnificent murals, cathedrals and more. In contrast, Taxco’s main attraction can be found just outside of this town at the Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. Here visitors can experience one of the largest and most breathtaking cave systems in the world, also known as the Cacahuamilpa Caves.