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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will do our best to arrange a start time to accommodate your schedule.
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!