Ancient Aztec history resides in the soil and sound of Mexico City, Mexico’s densely populated capital. Historic preservation combined with contemporary life attract travelers and tourists from all over the globe. With a myriad of destinations to explore in Mexico City, it’s best to have your trip well planned, ensuring you hit all of the locations you desire to see over the span of your trip. If you’re looking to get the most out of your Mexico City trip, be sure to check out these popular attractions and activities.

Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela

Shopping in Mexico City provides an array of Mexican crafts for any and all visitors. The Ciudadela, a semi-covered market with more than 200 vendor stalls, sits close to the historical center of Mexico. Covering over 16,000 square meters, you can plan to spend at least an hour of your time covering the full grounds. As you shop, there are some food and drink stalls that provide the perfect snack to your leisurely shopping stroll for souvenirs.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia

In English, Museo Nacional de Antropologia translates to “The National Museum of Anthropology.” This museum is home to historical and famous artifacts that date all the way back 100 B.C. during Mexico’s pre-Columbian era. One of the most famous artifacts you’ll find here is the Piedra del Sol, an ancient Aztec sun calendar sculpted into a stone.

If you plan to travel to this museum, be warned that many say you can spend an entire day here. Plan your trip to ensure you’ll be able to see all that this museum has to offer. On Sundays, Mexican residents receive free admission, so it’s advisable to visit on another day of the week.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Hosting some of Mexico’s top events in music, theater, dance and more, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has also been called “Cathedral of Art in Mexico.” The building itself provides gorgeous architecture in various styles, with Art Nouveau dominating the exterior. Notable events that have taken place here include the National Symphonic Orchestra, among other ballets and operas. Famous paintings of murals are also found here, decorating the walls with history and class. If you’re looking to experience the culture, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is a thriving place to visit.

Catedral Metropolitana

In all of Latin America, Catedral Metropolitana is the largest and the oldest based in the city’s plaza. One of the stunning attributions to the Cathedral are the two bell towers containing a total of 25 bells. Having survived a fire and numerous damage in 1967, the cathedral has since then been restored. This historical chapel attracts tourists for its stunning architecture and rich, cultural history.