1. Museo Nacional de Antropologia
After a quick breakfast near your hotel (eat lightly as you'll want to save room for today's special lunch), head to what is not only the best museum in Mexico City, but one of the finest of its sort in the world. Consisting of 10 buildings, plus an outdoor area where performances and events are often held, the National Museum of Anthropology has some of the most impressive artifacts, costumes, interactive exhibits, and wall text (mostly translated into English) anywhere. Plan to spend about 3 hours here, but take it slowly—this museum is brain candy: rich, highly enjoyable, but unpleasant if you gobble down too much, too quickly.
Walk out of the museum and you'll be in:
2. Chapultepec Park
Take some time to wander through this handsome park, one of the largest urban green spaces on the planet. It has a pond with rowboats, a zoo, a historic castle (with attached museum), and much more.
Exit the park and take Calle de Arquimedes to Calle Emilio Castela. Turn right onto Temistocles and walk one block to Av. Isaac Newton to:
As fine a restaurant as Pujol (and by "fine," we mean "extraordinary"), but here diners can choose from a la carte dishes or a tasting menu, making it more appropriate for lunch. If you do the tasting menu, allot at least 2 hours for what will be one of the best meals of your life.
Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this artsy, ritzy neighborhood. If you feel like some shopping (or window shopping) head to Avenida Presidente Masaryk, the Mexican equivalent of New York City's Madison Avenue. If you have the bandwidth for another museum, take in the Soumaya Museum, which has a superb collection of Rodin sculptures along with important Mexican art (the contemporary architecture of the museum is pretty dazzling, too). Or you could head back to Chapultapec Park to explore more there.
5. Palacio de Bellas Artes
Attend a performance at the Belle Epoque splendor of a theater, home to the country's famed Ballet Folklorico (they perform here several nights a week most months of the year).
Dedicate the day to a side trip to the Pyramids of San Juan Teotihuacán, one of the most remarkable sights in Mexico. The archaeological park is about 30 miles northeast of the city and takes a complete day to visit. You can buy lunch from vendors at the site, but many prefer to bring a prepacked lunch (most hotels can arrange that for you). Arrive as early in the day as possible; most of the sightseeing here is unshaded, which can get uncomfortable in the hot afternoon hours.
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