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What To Do On A Layover In Mexico City

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So there you are, spending way too much time in an uncomfortable chair (if you are lucky enough to get one) at Benito Juárez International airport and wondering what to do on your lengthy layover in Mexico City. Awaiting your discovery outside the airport is the largest Spanish speaking city in the world. Which means there is a plethora of things to see and do, from endless food options, to museums and neighborhoods to explore. If you have a layover of five hours or more, it is well worth your while to escape the confines of the airport and embark on an adventure during your layover in Mexico City!

First, plan to take the metro or catch a taxi or Uber ride from the airport to Centro Histórico or one of the nearby colonias of Roma or Condesa. Here is our list of fun and culturally interesting things to do so you can get a taste of Mexico City during your layover. We guarantee you will leave wanting to come back for more!

Take A Taco Tour In Centro Histórico

Mexico City is renowned for its unparalleled food culture, which highlights the marvellous foods of Mexico, including the most delicious tacos you will taste anywhere. Here you will experience regional culinary specialties and tacos from all corners of the country. In less than thirty minutes from the airport you can find yourself in Centro Histórico at the starting point of the city’s most culturally interesting and delicious taco tour with Tasty Bites Food Tours.  On this tour you will not only see many of the city’s most iconic architectural and historical gems, you will also learn about Aztec and colonial history while meeting local vendors and supporting their businesses as you enjoy the finest tacos in the country. After our three hours together your belly and your mind will be well fed, allowing you to arrive back at the airport in plenty of time for your flight having experienced a delicious, authentic and rich cultural experience. Plus, your tummy will thank you for sparing it indigestion from airport food!
A guest enjoying a taco on our taco tour in Centro Histórico.
Enjoying a taco on our Centro Histórico taco tour.

La Ciudadela

This fabulous traditional artisanal market sells authentic goods at fair prices. Vendors here have their rent subsidized, which keeps their prices down, leaving customers with little reason to bargain. Its clean and well organized with seemingly endless aisles of shopping. Everything from jewelry to glassware, art, linens and lucha libre masks can be found here. If you have a long enough layover, you can take the 15 minute walk to La Ciudadela at the conclusion of your Centro Histórico taco tour to browse or shop for unique souvenirs or gifts.

Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park is one of the world’s largest and most visited city parks. It is also known as “Bosque de Chapultepec” (Chapultepec Forest) and functions as one of the lungs of Mexico City. Aside from a place to enjoy a tranquil walk in the middle of a vast metropolis, this green space houses numerous world class attractions, such as the National Museum of Anthropology, the Tamayo Museum, Chapultepec Castle and if you have kids, the Papalote kids museum.

Explore Roma & Condesa

Roma and Condesa were both named Barrios Mágicos in 2011 to help attract tourism. Today they are strongly on the tourist radar with foreign languages frequently heard as you walk their streets. Avenida de los Insurgentes is all that divides the two barrios, so if you have the better part of a day you will have enough time to experience them both.

Colonia Roma was developed in the early 1900’s and features stunning European inspired architecture and colorful history along with terrific international and Mexican dining options. Plaza Rio de Janeiro is home to one of only two David statues in the world that is of the same scale as the original. In Condesa, head over to the stunning Parque México (another of the city’s “lungs”), which was developed along with the surrounding area during the 1920’s. Today the Hipódromo area of Condesa along Avenida México and Calle Amsterdam forms the Western Hemisphere’s second largest Art Deco neighborhood after the Miami Beach neighborhood in Miami, Florida.

A shortcut to experiencing the best of Roma or Condesa is to take our three hour Colonia Roma Cultural Walking & Gourmet Foodie Tour or our three hour Condesa Taco Tour. If our regular scheduled tour start times do not work with your schedule please contact us ([email protected]) and we will do our best to arrange a start time to accommodate your schedule.

In Conclusion

Mexico City is a fascinating city deserving of your exploration. If you have a long enough layover, select an area to explore and start planning your airport escape!

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