Mexico City is a great place to live. There are restaurants, festivals, and fun things to do anywhere you look. That said, lots of Mexico City’s events, performances, and shopping cost money, and who wants to have to pay to have fun? A single match of lucha libre can set you back hundreds of pesos. Luckily, there are plenty of free and fun activities throughout Mexico City that you can do with the great roommates you met through FlatFit.
1. Avenida Reforma Bike Ride
Every Sunday morning, dozens of tourists and locals alike gather at the beginning Avenida Reforma and bike down the wide street as a group. There’s no better way to absorb the monuments and sights of one of Mexico City’s coolest areas than in the soft gray light of Sunday morning. If you don’t have a bike to ride, no problem! You can snag one for free before the start of the event, or rent one through one of Mexico City’s bikeshare services.
2. Rivera Murals
Diego Rivera was one of Mexico’s most famous artists and the founder of the mural movement in Mexican art. His art is found all over North America, from New York City to Cuernavaca, but he painted most heavily right here in Mexico City. Lots of his pieces are available at paid locations, but, because they’re murals, lots of them can be seen for free too. One of the best-located murals is found in the Palacio Nacional, right next to the Zocalo. While you’re there, you can make the rest of the plaza an activity too!
3. The Angel de la Independencia
The Angel de la Independencia is one of Mexico’s most famous tourist attractions, and you’ve definitely seen pictures, even if you haven’t been there yourself. But did you know that you can climb the statue itself? It’s a lot of work, but you and up to six friends can conquer the statue and get great views of the Paseo de la Reforma. First, you need to prepare a formal letter explaining your interest in climbing the statue, and describing your preferred day, time, and party size. Then, you need to submit your letter to El Patrimonio Cultural de la Delegación and wait for its approval. Once that’s done, you’ll be standing at the top of the pillar, celebrating independence!
Chapultepec is one of the largest parks in the world and it can be worth exploring in its own right if you need to get away from the hustle of the city. There are so many trees that the park has been called “the lungs of Mexico”. There are numerous museums and historical sites in the area, but the Chapultepec Zoo is a must-see. It’s one of the world’s most visited zoos, and you don’t need to pay anything to see the wildlife. There are seven different biome areas, and nearly 250 different species. Just keep in mind that the zoo isn’t open on Mondays.
5. Free Museums
Most museums in Mexico City charge for admission, but at least a couple are completely free to visit. The Soumaya was based around the private art collection of Mexican business giant Carlos Slim, and it offers free admission every day of the week at both of its locations. The exhibitions of the charro traditions at the Museo de la Charreria are free to visit as well, including the costumes and equipment of Pancho Villa. Other museums in Mexico City offer free days once a week or once a month, or host special events with free viewings and activities. Keep an eye on their websites for more information.
So the next time you and your roommates are looking for something to do in Mexico City, remember that there are activities you can use to kill an afternoon without spending any money. Keep checking back with your friends here at FlatFit for more tips on Mexico City living.
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