Off-Track Activities – Mexico Grand Prix

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Your guide to the best off-track activities that Mexico City has to offer when you are in town for the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix. This year’s race is on October 27-29, 2017.

Allowing some extra time to explore Mexico City is an absolute must if at all possible: there is so much to see, do, and taste before you fly home. This city is bursting with cultural must-sees and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Heading for the Centro Historico (or staying nearby) is a good start; you’ll find the iconic Plaza de la Constitucion, the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park. Further afield you can taste the history of ancient Latin America by visiting pyramid cities and archaeological sites. Here are our top picks for getting your kicks off-track in Mexico City.

Day of The Dead / Dia de los Muertos

This national holiday often coincides with the Mexican Grand Prix and falls on November 1-2 this year, so stick around for the party – it will be like nothing you have ever seen before. This is a colourful and flower-filled celebration of friends and family who have passed on. Home altars will be decorated with sugar skulls, candles, images of the dearly departed, and paper decorations of skeletons. The city will host all night parties, faces will be painted as flowery skulls, and bakeries will serve pan de muerto, or ‘bread of the dead’ which is a puffed, sugary, orange-flavoured bread.

Chapultepec Park

This sprawling green space is one of the largest city parks in the western hemisphere, and home to whole forests as well as a castle, a zoo, an amusement park, several lakes and the National Museum of Anthropology. Sits in the middle of Mexico City’s most affluent neighbourhood, which is worth a wander too.

Frida Kahlo Museum

This building, painted cobalt blue and found in the Colonia del Carmen area of the city was where the iconic Mexican artist was born. Today it’s an extremely popular exhibition of her life and her work, so a weekday visit is best when crowds are smaller. More information here.

Street Food

Spending a day wandering the city and eating small meals as and when the mood takes you is a cultural experience all of its own. Learn the word antojitos (‘little cravings’) and don’t miss out on the opportunity to try real Mexican tacos, filled with just about any foodstuff you could imagine, from rice and vegetables to pork, chicken, seafood and cheese. Be sure to add all of the following to your hit list – toquesadillas, pambozos, tortas, carnitas and tamales – and try a Mexican take on the American hot dog!

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Take a lazy lunchtime cruise on a trajinera (gondola) along the ancient waterways of this verdant village, whose banks and forests are thick with flora and fauna. Expect live music, food vendors, shopping opportunities and a fiesta atmosphere.

Pyramid Tour

The Teotihuacan pyramids, also known as the ‘City of the Gods’ can be reached within an hour of Mexico City by air-conditioned bus tours. Most tours are guided by an archaeologist, who navigates you around this staggering UNESCO World Heritage site, towering with Mesoamerican pyramids which predate the Aztecs and the Mayans. Click here to book a tour.

More information

  • Lonely Planet with the best of ‘cosmopolitan and cultured’ Mexico City
  • Time Out introduces Mexico City
  • Eater chooses the ’12 hottest restaurants in Mexico City’
  • Culture Trip on the ’10 best bars in Mexico City’

Have you been to Mexico City? Leave a comment with your recommendations on the best things to see and do.

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