Luchardors, the colourful masked wrestlers of Mexico, perform each week in a cross between Cirque du Soliel, the WWE, and a colourful carnival. Expect jaw dropping acrobatics, high drama, comical interventions, and bone-crunching action. No shortage of masks or sequins too. Cheer for the tecnicos as they battle the rudos, attempting to rip off each other’s mask to end (or start) a career. Taking place in the Arena Mexico, Lucha Libre is a wild, unforgettable night out for bucket listers visiting Mexico City.
Length of Trip : Matches last under 3 hours.
If you go through a tour operator (which includes pick-up and drop-offs at hotels), it will cost you around US$55 to US$100, depending on where you choose to sit. You can also just show up at Arena Mexico and buy your tickets on the night (usually available), or purchase tickets through Ticketmaster. Tickets cost US$6 to $US30, depending on seating.
Best time to go : There are wrestling events on Tuesday and Friday nights, and Sunday afternoons. Friday is particularly festive.
Wheelchair friendly : There is wheelchair access in the stadium.
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
The list of dining options in Mexico City is as huge as the city itself. I can only point you to some restaurants that I personally enjoyed. Villa Maria was outstanding. I also enjoyed the traditional, quality dishes of Puro Corazon on the 6th floor of Monte de piedad 1, which has a wonderful view of the largest plaza in the Americas.
Official Site :
You can find a schedule of upcoming Luche Libre events at the Arena Mexico here.
Getting There :
Arena Mexico is located at 189 Calle R. Lavista, Colonia Doctores in Mexico City. By Metro: Take Metro Linea 1 to Cuauhtémoc station, walk east on Avenida Cuauhtémoc to Dr. Río de la Loza. Go a block east on Loza, turn south on Dr. Carmona y Valle. The Arena will be less than a block down on the east side of the street. Alternatively take a taxi (but budget time for traffic!)
Note from Robin :
Splurge on the good ringside seats, but be prepared that you may become part of the action (which typically overflows outside the ropes!) You'll want to show up a little early to enjoy the atmosphere and perhaps pick up a souvenir (like masks, kids toys, or T-shirts) at the market outside. If the popular wrestlers are performing, it can sell out so it's not a bad idea to book ahead on Ticketmaster. As you'll read in the book, whatever you do, don't get in a ring wearing a mask with a luchedor who might mistake you for an actual wrestler. Ouch!
PRESENTED BY FORD OF CANADA