Home of the Mexico Grand Prix, Mexico City has a lot to offer from grand cathedrals, to Aztec ruins, to floating gardens, to their huge Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, it’s hard not to find exciting things to do while you’re there.
City of Palaces
At 10-acres the Historic Center of Mexico City blends together past and present. Originally, Aztecs built their empire in the Valley of Mexico, which was a great island city connected by canals. When the Spanish came, they drained the lakes, destroyed the island, and built the City of Palaces on top of it all. Museums, cathedrals and temples allow the area to still speak to the history of what was once there.
Zócalo is the second largest public square in the world. This is where the Palacio Nacional, the President’s offices, are located. The building is constructed right over the Aztec Palace where ruler Moctezuma stood. Mexican artist Diego Rivera extravagantly decorated the building with breathtaking murals. Also in Zócalo is the Mexico city Metropolitan Cathedral which was build over the course of 200 years and is the largest in both of the Americas. Because of its extensive building process, the architecture is mixture of Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical styles.
Xochimilco – Where the Flowers Grow
On the weekend, trajineras, brightly decorated flat-bottom boats, take passengers through the canals to see the floating gardens. These floating gardens were created when farmers made reed rafts, covered them with mud, fruit, vegetables and flowers and placed them on the water. Over time, these gardens rooted to the bottom of the lake and became small islands on the canals. Small boats sail through the canals delivering food and drinks to the passengers aboard the trajineras.
Bosque de Chapultepec – An Outdoor Oasis
Chapultepec is the largest park in Mexico City and is the home of many historical sites. Near the entrance you’ll find the Monument of Young Heroes which is a tribute to 6 cadets who refused to surrender during the Battle of Chapultepec. Once you get to the top of the hill you can look over the entirety of Mexico City. The Chapultepec Castle houses the National History Museum. Other attractions found around the park include, the National Museum of Anthropology where you can find entertainers performing outside, botanical gardens and the Modern Art Museum.
Beneath Mexico City are the ancient Aztec Ruins that were buried by Spanish Conquerors. In the 1970s archeologists excavated these ruins so they are now open to the public to roam through. These ruins can be found underneath the Metropolitan Museum and include pyramids, ceremonial platforms, and temples that were dedicated to the gods of war and rain. The Temple Mayor Museum contains artifacts such as obsidian knives, clay pots, masks, skulls and urns.
Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead
This huge celebration falls at the end of October through early November which is lucky for Grand Prix goers! Throughout Mexico City the streets are lined with splashes of color. Offerings to dead loved ones can be found in homes, cemeteries and public spaces throughout the city. Gifts are presented to welcome the dead back to the realm of the living; including sugar skulls, photos, food and drinks. 2016 was the first year of the Day of the Dead parade where you could find giant floats, costumed entertainers, and beautiful painted skeleton ladies who danced through the streets. People from all of the city come to watch this magnificent celebration.
Attend Gran Premio de Mexico and Explore Mexico City
Official Gran Premio de México VIP Ticket Packages come with exclusive access to the race that you cannot obtain anywhere else, for an unmatched experience! Complete with VIP parking, pit lane walks, gourmet food and premium open bars, whether you want to be as close as possible or up in the Skybox, with any of these packages it is sure to be a weekend you will never forget.