In the shadow of the grandiose Metropolitan Cathedral, archaeologists are hard at work, excavating sections of an Aztec temple. The crumbling stone of the Templo Mayor is an arresting sight, occupying part of the modern-day Zocalo Square. Join the stream of cyclists and pedestrians along the nearby Paseo de la Reforma, dominated by the towering El Angel statue. You don’t have to go far before the sound of jaunty mariachi music reaches you from Plaza de Garibaldi. Here, marching bands entertain tourists by day, but it is best after dark, when white-haired couples take to the arched walkways to dance.
Mexico City has the highest concentration of museums in the world – there are over 160 of them. Most are free on Sundays.
Nights are long in Mexico City, so settle into a restaurant to feast on hearty, spiced tostadas and throw back a shot or two of the local mescal – strong spirit. Soon you’ll be showing off your Latin moves, too.