One of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas, Mexico City has a thriving culinary and art scene paired with historical sites and a bustling vibe. It’s a place undergoing a cultural renaissance, and the world is taking notice. Central Mexico travel with Ker & Downey is the perfect way to experience a Mexico City vacation.

The historic center is rich with cultural landmarks like the Zocalo, the main public square which is the second largest in the world. A hotbed for creativity with some of the most museums in the world, there are many options to choose from here. Visit the president’s offices inside Palacio National, decorated with murals by artist Diego Rivera. Work by his wife and fellow painter, Frida Kahlo, is featured in the museum within her former home, the Casa Azul. The Soumaya Museum has a collection of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican, Mexican, and European art, including works from Picasso and Van Gogh.

Savor street food as you wander through the colonial area of Coyoacan, passing by the 16th-century San Juan Bautista Cathedral. Pick up ceramics and glassware at the San Angel’s Bazar Sabado, a bustling market that winds through cobblestone streets and a pretty plaza. Delve into the world of Mexican design and meet jewelry, fashion, textile, and ceramic artisans in their workshops.

For a piece of architectural history, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. Aztec pyramids and temples dedicated to gods of war and rain were discovered below in the 1970s and its Templo Mayor Museum features pre-Hispanic era artifacts. Climb some of the largest pyramids in the world at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, a short drive from Mexico City.

Close by, UNESCO-recognized Puebla is a pleasant town in central Mexico with cathedrals and pastel homes dating back to the 16th century. Pick up handmade textiles in the shadow of the snow-capped volcano nearby. In San Miguel de Allende visit a market selling locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and chilies and then learn how to prepare a meal using those ingredients in a local’s home.

In Atotonilco, gaze up at the mural work in a sanctuary that has been dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, then visit one of the vineyards where you can learn how to distinguish the wines made from each type of grape.