The Most Scenic Cycling Routes to Take in Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma
Paseo de la Reforma | © Rulo Luna Ramos/Flickr

Northern England Writer

Chaotic Mexico City wasn’t really made for cycling. The roads are overrun with cars, very few of which pay attention to the rules of the road, and the city is absolutely vast. However, that’s not to say that fans of two-wheel transport can’t find plenty of spots to explore when they’re in the Mexican capital – from set weekly routes to free-access parks, here are the best scenic cycling options in Mexico City.

Loved by over 40s

Parque Alameda


Parque Alameda | © Mark Hogan/Flickr
© Mark Hogan/Flickr
Right at the heart of the city, just alongside the iconic Palacio de Bellas Artes you’ll find Parque Alameda. A logical criss-crossing of wide paths lined with benches, dotted with fountains and hemmed in by trees, this is the ideal spot for a quick cycle, perhaps better early in the morning when the majority of the city is still asleep. Whatever time of the day you go, there’s sure to be enough space for you to do a few laps – just watch out for the families playing in the water features and teenage roller-skaters honing their skills.

Paseo de la Reforma (Muévete en Bici)

Paseo de la Reforma (Muévete en Bici)
© Rulo Luna Ramos/Flickr

Paseo de la Reforma (Muévete en Bici)

The weekly Muévete en Bici event is a hugely popular free attraction in the Mexican capital for both residents and tourists, given that it closes off the emblematic Paseo de la Reforma to traffic and opens it up to joggers, skaters and cyclists instead. Take a few hours, rent a bike from one of the city’s many EcoBici stands (more on how to do that here) and enjoy the convivial atmosphere as you pass some of the most renowned sights in the city.

Paseo de la Reforma, Ciudad de México, México

Desierto de los Leones


If you don’t mind making your way to the outskirts of the city, you’ll be rewarded with the excellent biking options on offer at Desierto de los Leones, one of Mexico City’s biggest and best national parks. Admittedly, the rough and ready nature of this forest makes it better for mountain rather than road bikers, but it’s still worth checking out, not least for its easy accessibility and gorgeous old Carmelite convent.

Bosque de Chapultepec


Mexico City Mexico Ciudad de Federal District Distrito DF D.F. CDMX Polanco Hispanic Mexican Bosque de Chapultepec forest park parque lake paddleboats
© RosaIreneBetancourt 10 / Alamy Stock Photo
For those who’d prefer to stay in the heart (or should that be lungs?) of Mexico City, the Bosque de Chapultepec is perfect. One of the largest urban parks in the Americas, up there with New York’s iconic Central Park, the Bosque de Chapultepec has plenty of winding, flat paths to traverse. And even though it’s a popular tourist attraction, it’s sheer size means you’re unlikely to find yourself held up by the masses.

Parque Lincoln

Parque Lincoln
© Lauren Cocking

Parque Lincoln

A much more petite alternative to Bosque de Chapultepec is the nearby Parque Lincoln, situated in Polanco. A haven for dog walkers, this small urban green space has flat, wide pavements and is relatively underrated so there’s usually lots of opportunity to cycle about freely. While you’re there, grab lunch at one of the nearby restaurants, check out the tiny plant nursery or take some time to sit by the lake.

Parque Lincoln, Emilio Castelar 163, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Ciudad de México, México

Parque México


Parque México is a beautiful Art Deco destination
© drmtoiber/Flickr
Busier than the aforementioned Parque Lincoln, but also bigger, Parque México makes for a beautifully scenic cycling destination in the Mexican capital. Crammed with families and hipsters selling homemade baked goods on a weekend, you should aim to visit during the week when it’s a bit calmer and you can cycle round the winding pathways at your leisure. As well as the two-wheel potential, Parque México is also known for its wealth of art deco features.

Ciclotón Route

Finally, if you happen to be in Mexico City on the final Sunday of the month, the Ciclotón makes for an unmissable cycling route favorite. Larger in scope than the Muévete en Bici event, which largely only closes off Paseo de la Reforma, the Ciclotón route takes practically a full lap of the city and covers some 32km. On this route, you’ll get the chance to cycle past plenty of the city’s main sights alongside some 50,000 other attendees, all with the security of medical and hydration tents dotted along the way.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.