While Mexico has historically been known for its all-inclusive resorts and white-sand beaches, the country is becoming increasingly well-known for its culture. While you can get culture anywhere – the country is teeming with it – its capital, Mexico City, is the hub.
From fine art to sacred spaces to bold architecture, Mexico City is a living smorgasbord of cultural sights, both modern and historic. Buy currency online – the Mexican peso is most widely used – and book your trip to this urban center that blends innovation and tradition.
Not sure where to start? Here’s our list of four cultural attractions you shouldn’t miss while in Mexico City:
Palacio de Bellas Artes
In the heart of Mexico City’s historic center lies the Palacio de Bellas Artes, an architectural sight for sore eyes. As beautiful outside as it is inside, it stands out like a sore thumb in the busy intersection. Here, you’ll find murals by Diego Rivera and other celebrated Mexican artists. You’ll also find regular performances of ballet, music, and other performing arts.
Museo Nacional de Antropología
Thousands of artifacts will take visitors through Mexico’s Mesoamerican history at the famous anthropology museum. This institution is a national museum of Mexico, and houses pieces of history from different regions of Mexico and Central America. Expect lots of ceramics, textiles, sculptures, and, the famous Aztec Calendar stone.
Located in the southern neighborhood of Coyoacán is Frida Kahlo’s former home, now known as the Casa Azul (the Blue House). This house-turned-museum holds Frida’s works of art and artifacts, as well as rooms staged to look like it would have when Kahlo herself lived there nearly a century ago. This surrealist artist dealt with issues of identity, gender, race, and class, and is perhaps most famous for her self-portraits.
Coyoacán is a lovely borough itself, filled with colonial architecture, cool restaurants, and markets. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon poking around.
Basilica de Guadalupe
This catholic basilica is the beating heart of Catholicism in the country. People come from all over the country – and even the world – to visit this place of worship. According to the legend, the Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, the first indigenous Roman catholic saint. The basilica is impressive, the walls covered with religious artwork. This basilica represents a historically-significant merging of cultures in Mexico.
Whether you’re in Mexico City for a few days, a week or two, or there to stay, you’ll want to take advantage of our stable currency exchange rate. We are a fast, convenient way to buy currency online. Be sure to order it well before your trip so you’re not looking for Mexican pesos at the last minute.