Mexico City: Templo Mayor and the Centro Historico

Catedral Metropolitana

What trip to Mexico City would be complete without exploring the Centro Historico? Today we head to the Zocalo and explore the ruins of Tenochtitlan, situated right in the center of Mexico City. Learn from our mistakes if you’re coming with a baby…Mexico is a very baby friendly country, just bring the right gear and you’ll be golden! Whether you’re coming with your own transportation or on a Turibus, don’t miss this amazing destination!

Exploring Mexico City Centro Historico

The next day, we decided to stay even closer: we would explore the Centro Historico on foot. We left our apartment, right next to the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and walk a couple of blocks down to the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main plaza. The place we stayed in was an apartment in the former monastery of the church!

Leaving our Airbnb
Rectoria de Santo Domingo
Iglesia de Santo Domingo

By this time it was Maudy Thursday, and so the main Catedral Metropolitana (de la Asunción de María) was packed. Walking by it, and by the Palacio Nacional we realized that we had visited both on our last trip.


We continued straight to the Templo Mayor, the main temple of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. We perused the temple ruins. And by perused we mean, dragging the stroller up and down lots of stairs, and trying to decipher what the cryptic signs were explaining.

Then we headed into the attached museum, to see some of the artifacts that had been found there.

Tip: Bring a baby carrier!!!

Templo Mayo ruins, snake
Templo Mayor
at the templo mayor museum with baby on shoulders

Afternoon in the Centro Historico

By this time we were starving and excited to find a fabulous Indian restaurant, hidden in the portales along the edge of the Zocalo. It took a bit of searching but it was well worth it!

We took the opportunity of being so close to retire to the apartment for an afternoon break before heading back out to dinner. We ate at an overpriced mediocre restaurant with fabulous views from the top of a hotel right on the Zocalo. It was an appropriate ending to our Centro Historico Day.

walking with a baby carrier in Mexico City's centro historico
heading out again, Plaza Santo Domingo (opposite church)
Zocalo plaza as seen from above
Zocalo, from above
Mexico City Cathedral
Cathedral, from above

Have you been to the Centro Historico with a baby? Any other tips you have for visiting this walkable downtown area?

mexico city's centro historico 
(with a baby) the one tip you need to know!

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