December 06, 2023 — By Scott Peterson

The Perfect 5 Day Mexico City Itinerary

Vibrant, buzzy and proudly offering more than a little bit of everything, Mexico City will surprise you with culture, gastronomy and street life. Modern architectural wonders meet rich history, demonstrating a seamless blend of old and new.

Mexico City is a treasure trove of exclusive experiences for the discerning traveler seeking a luxurious escape, from opulent hotels offering an indulgent respite from real life to unforgettable, authentic culinary experiences in local favorite restaurants.

In this five day Mexico City itinerary, we unveil the blueprint for a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the capital’s most exquisite offerings. Combined with Blue Parallel’s insider access, this perfect five day tour will show you the best side of this bustling city everyone is talking about…

Mexico City Day 1

After breezing through international arrival with VIP airport assistance, your private vehicle will take you to your luxury hotel. We recommend the Four Seasons Hotel, located on the city’s grandest boulevard near the expansive Chapultepec Park.

Exterior view of Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City

On day one of your luxury Mexico tour, set about discovering the city that is home to more than 20 million people, starting with the central—and easily walkable—neighborhoods.

First, stroll along Paseo de la Reforma with your expert guide. Modeled after the Champs-Élysées, Reforma is a favorite of financial district workers racing to business and families out for a walk to pick up a sweet pastry or fresh sliced mango off a vendor’s cart. Your guide will explain the extensive public art and monuments including the city’s emblematic gilded “Winged Victory,” better known by all as the Angel of Independence.

Angel Of Independence in Mexico City

Then, for dinner, venture into nearby Roma Norte in your private vehicle for an introduction to modern Mexican gastronomy. We recommend savoring the delicious red-and-green grilled snapper at Contramar restaurant. Return satisfied to your hotel where you can always enjoy a nightcap at the renowned 50 Mils bar.

Mexico City Day 2

On day two, the historic center awaits you…

Before Mexico, there was Tenochtitlán, the center of the Aztec Empire—and, as they believed, the entire universe. Take a morning walk with your expert guide through landmarks of the colonial city to the famed site where Spanish conquistadors met Moctezuma in his heart of power, betrayed his trust, and began to construct New Spain literally with the stones of the Aztec edifices they destroyed.

View of the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City during private tour

Start in the tree-filled Alameda Central leading to the art nouveau Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Palace of Fine Arts, where you can browse its museum of spectacular murals by top Mexican artists. Then traverse the cosmopolitan Avenida Francisco I. Madero to check out Diego Rivera’s murals lining every wall of the National Palace, telling the story of Mexico since pre-Hispanic times and pulsing with revolutionary politics. Your guide’s art expertise will bring these works to life.

No tour to Mexico would be complete without tacos! Luckily, Centro Historico boasts classic taquerias from many styles and regions of the country, giving you an authentic (and literal) flavor of this vibrant city. Your expert local guide will take you to the local favorites to ensure you experience the real deal.

Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City's Historical Center

After lunch, head to the Zócalo for an afternoon tour. This enormous square was an important meeting point for the Aztecs and is still the seat of federal governance. Take in the splendor of the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest in the Americas, then browse the excavation of the Aztec Templo Mayor, whose destroyed rubble the Spaniards used to build their first church.

After freshening up at your luxury hotel, prepare to switch gears as you head to Maximo Bistrot for a refined, fine dining experience. Chef Eduardo Garcia is best known for bringing a modern twist to Mexico City’s food scene with chic, surprising hyper-seasonal dishes.

Mexico City Day 3

Day three of this Mexico City itinerary begins at the Museum of Anthropology. Delve further into Mexico’s origins with a privately guided tour; your expert guide will lead you straight to the highlights of this immense museum’s collection from Mexico’s pre-Columbian civilizations, such as the Aztecs and Mayans.

Aztek and Mayan work at Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

This would be a perfect day for museum enthusiasts to also tour more nearby institutions in the cultural district, such as the Rufino Tamayo Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

After a morning of cultural exploration, enjoy a delicious lunch in modern, upscale Polanco. Then, embark on a gentle walk in the neighborhood’s parks or shopping the city’s designer boutique row. Sophisticated Polanco reflects the Mexican Miracle, the 1950s-1970s economic boom that saw huge growth of the middle class and new international-style architecture. Take a photo in front of the striking exterior of the Soumaya Museum before your private vehicle collects you and returns you to your hotel.

Soumaya Museum Tour Mexico City Itinerary

End day three of your luxury Mexico City tour with a short walk to the main gate of the city’s beautiful and immense central park, the Bosque de Chapultepec. As the sun sets over the city, continue up the park’s hill and enjoy Blue Parallel’s exclusive access to Chapultepec Castle with a private, after-hours tour. This glamorous palace housed the Hapsburg rulers Maximilian and Charlotte, and then the first Mexican presidents. Here, take in stunning panoramic views of the city from your exclusive perch on the marble terrace.

Castillo de Chapultepec Mexico City

Then, enjoy dinner at a restaurant recommended to you by Blue Parallel’s insider experts. From the latest sensation in trendy Condesa to a casual pizza perfectly oven-fired on a garden patio in neighboring Roma Norte, your guide will find you the perfect location for dinner based on your preferences. Before or after your meal, you can browse the cafes, boutiques and vintage stores in these popular walkable neighborhoods.

Mexico City Day 4

Start day four of your private Mexico City tour in the charming suburb of Coyoacán.

The Nahuatl “place of the coyotes” is called Mexico City’s oldest neighborhood. Along its cobblestone streets once dwelled famous figures like Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. The Frida Kahlo Museum, or “Blue House” as it’s affectionately called, is the historic home of the artist, and a must-see for visitors familiar with her signature self-portraits.

Take a moment to admire your surroundings as you enjoy a coffee in Coyoacán’s dual central squares. Then continue by private transfer to the charming nearby colonia of San Ángel where you can stroll through the cobblestone streets and visit the San Jacinto church and its quaint gardens. Pause for an elegant lunch at the San Ángel Inn, a beautifully restored 17th-century hacienda featuring elevated Mexican specialties and smartly costumed mariachi performers.

Mariachi performers in Mexico City

Your expert guide will then take you to the unique Art Deco architecture of the pedestrian-friendly Condesa neighborhood. Under this neighborhood’s canopy of trees, local longtime residents carting fresh produce from open-air markets mingle with hip digital nomads, street musicians, and seemingly ubiquitous pet dogs walking their owners.

After you’ve explored this beautiful area of Mexico City, your personal vehicle will take you to a private cooking class with a top Mexican chef invited by Blue Parallel. Learn to prepare and enjoy Mexican specialties with the contemporary flair that makes Mexico City so famous for its food scene. After your class, sit back and savor the fruits of your labor in a delicious dinner.

Tacos in Mexico City

If you’re not ready for your night to end, there’s still time to make one more stop on your way back to the hotel. An exquisite craft cocktail awaits at the happening Limantour in Roma Norte or its quirkier, more intimate offshoot in Condesa, the Galapagos-themed Baltra.

Mexico City Day 5

End your luxury tour of Mexico City with a day trip to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, the Valley of Mexico’s most important archeological highlight. The site, whose name in Nahuatl means “the birthplace of the gods,” is thought to have been established in 100 BCE and was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. Your expert guide will walk you down the Avenue of the Dead, the same route traversed by victims before they climbed the pyramids to be sacrificed to the gods, and explore the Temple of the Feathered Serpent and the Temple of the Jaguar.

Aerial view of the Pyramids of Teotihuacán during luxury tour of Mexico City

Enjoy lunch in a unique candlelit restaurant in a natural cave before returning to Mexico City to revisit your favorite colonia or taco stand at your leisure. If you wish, stop en route at the Basilica of Guadalupe. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s patroness, and her imposing modern basilica houses the iconic blue-robed image of the Virgin on the tilma (cloak) of Juan Diego, an indigenous man who witnessed her apparition in 1531. Pilgrims from around the world visit to pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe and observe the tilma, which is said to be miraculously vibrant and unfaded all these years.

Make the most of your last evening in Mexico with an exquisite culinary experience. Despite reservations here being hard to come by, Blue Parallel will arrange for you to savor a remarkable tasting menu at the elevated Quintonil in Polanco; Quintonil was awared two Michelin stars in 2024 and rated 9 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.  Or, if you’d prefer, enjoy the romantic but welcoming patio of Rosetta in Roma, recently added to the World’s 50 Best and awarded one Michelin star for chef Elena Reygadas’ unique approach to traditional Mexican ingredients. Or choose omakase at the swanky Ling Ling and admire dazzling 56th-floor panoramic views from the Ritz-Carlton building facing your hotel.

Inside the luxury bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City

Return to your hotel to rest before your private transfer to the airport the next morning.

5 Perfect Days In Mexico

Mexico City makes the ideal getaway for foodies and culture enthusiasts alike. After just five days, you’ll be left with indelible memories of a luxurious exploration into the heart of Mexican culture and modern charm. This example five day itinerary to Mexico City promises an immersive experience tailored with unique insider experiences.

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