The 10 Best Day Trips from Mexico City in 2021

Taking a day trip from Mexico City to explore surrounding areas has never been easier. Located in the heart of Mexico, the ciudad de México is in a privileged position. Whether heading north, south, east, or west, travelers and adventurers alike can find beautiful Mexican gems.

 

These are our top ten best day trip recommendations for 2021.

Teotihuacán

Perhaps the most famous day trip from Mexico City is to the nearby ruins of Teotihuacán. Though most of the other ruins in Mexico are of Mayan origin, this large settlement’s creators and inhabitants remain a mystery. 

 

The two largest structures, the Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and the Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon), are climbable, offering excellent views of each other and the surrounding landscape.

 

During vocational periods, the archeological site is open from 9 am-3 pm and has an 80 MXN entrance fee.

Teotihuacan

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Xochimilco

Xochimilco is the perfect setting for a day trip. It’s best known for its canals, which are the remains of a once extensive lake and canal system. Ride along in gondola-like boats called trajineras and admire the chinampas (a cultivation technique that dates back to pre colonial times). 

 

You can take a trajinera ride any day from 9 am to 6 pm.

 

After enjoying a ride in a trajinera, head on over to the Cuemanco Flower Market. It’s perched on the edge of the amazing, ancient canals of Xochimilco and is an explosion of color and fragrances. Local farmers grow the most beautiful flowers on the floating gardens of Xochimilco, and at Cuemanco you can dive into a world of exotic blooms like bromeliads, violets, elephant’s legs and ornamental pines.

 

The Cuemanco Flower Market is open every day from 8 am-4 pm.

Xochimilco

Tepoztlán

Tepotztlán is both an archaeological site and a town. 

 

The Tepoztlán archaeological site in the state of Morelos is the perfect day or weekend trip. It’s a small site with a temple dedicated to Tepoztēcatl, the Aztec god of pulque, a traditional alcoholic drink. 

 

This mountainous town is lower in elevation than Mexico City, so you can enjoy a sunrise mountain hike, or take to the poolside and bask in the warmer sun. If you’re looking for a wellness trip, this is the place to be; filled with yoga retreats, temazcal ceremonies and spa packages.

Tepoztlán Omar Balbuena

Nevado de Toluca

The Nevado de Toluca is an active volcano that last erupted about 3,300 years ago. Despite its active status, it’s a safe and ideal day trip option for hiking and nature lovers.

 

Arrive for an early-morning hike and watch a stunning sunrise from one of Mexico’s fourth highest peaks. The surrounding area is a national park where you can spend the rest of the day exploring the local flora and fauna⁠—a great escape from the city noise! If you’re interested in exploring this beautiful place, there are many companies that offer daily tours. 

Nevado de Toluca

Taxco

Just 2 hours and 45 minutes from Mexico City, Taxco is known as the “silver city”. Here, you can shop for handcrafted silver pieces or mass produced souvenirs for tourists at local silver workshops. Head on over to the Museo de la Plateria and watch silversmiths at work. 

 

However, Taxco offers more than shops lined with silver. Walk down its cobblestone streets, visit the Santa Prisca Church and if you’re not scared of heights, take a ride on the Teleferico de Montetaxco. 

Taxco

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Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park

The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park is located in the state of Guerrero. The park houses one of the world’s largest cave systems and offers guided tours. It’s also home to the Grutas of Carlos Pacheco, which consists of a smaller cave system and two subterranean rivers.

 

The national park offers visitors outdoor activities like rappelling, rock climbing, ziplines, a small botanical garden, a pool, and excellent camping spots.

Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Cholula and Puebla

Just under two hours from Mexico City, San Pedro Cholula is the perfect getaway from busy city life. Visit the Great Pyramid located in the city center and its beautiful baroque churches. If you’re feeling thirsty, stop by the Copa de Oro Factory and grab some apple cider while you learn how it’s made.

 

For more sightseeing, head on over to the nearby city of Puebla. Here, you can soak in the colorful streets, old churches, and classic dishes like the mole poblano. Don’t forget to take a ride on the Estrella de Puebla ferris wheel for a heightened view of the city.

Cholula

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Valle de Bravo

A few hours west of the city, Valle de Bravo is the weekend retreat of choice for all discerning Mexico City residents and visitors. 

 

A charming town of cobbled streets and whitewashed colonial buildings nestled snugly around a stunning lake, a couple of days here is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at water sports, paraglide off the steep cliffs overlooking the town, or just chill out and enjoy the magnificent views.

Valle de Bravo

Izta-Popo National Park

The Izta-Popo National Park borders the states of Mexico, Puebla, and Morelos. It’s only a 2-hour drive from Mexico City, making it a perfect location for a day trip. It offers excellent views of the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanoes that cradle the capital city. 

 

Spend a relaxing day in this park and choose between six hiking trails that are easily signposted and accessible without a guide. Some trails allow you to take your dog and others are perfect for horse riding. Take a break and have a picnic with friends while you’re surrounded by nature. 

La Marquesa National Park

Escape the busy city and spend the day at this national park just one and a half hours from the Mexico City central. Go on the weekend and you’ll find groups of families BBQ-ing, drinking and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Some activities offered by the park include horseback riding, fishing and some of the tastiest food vendors. Be sure to research beforehand to find the best park entrance for your needs. Some parts of the park are more young and boozy, while others are more family friendly and activity-based. 

If you’re looking for a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, any one of these ten recommendations is the perfect excuse. 

 

Upon your return, make sure you’re staying somewhere comfortable. Looking for a place to stay in the best neighborhoods of Mexico City? Consider Casai to experience the ultimate travel experience.