About Mexico City

Mexico City is a densely populated, bustling, clean city consisting of large communities of immigrants, and the hub for art, fashion, food, architecture, and business. It is the second largest city in the world with an enormous number of museums, after London. The majority of people speak Spanish, the official language. With a church in every neighborhood, the inhabitants consider religion a vital part of their cultural background. Mexico City holds an elite position in terms of the cultural and financial status of America and is the most populated city in North America. The huge population is indeed a blessing to this city as it has created cultural diversity and varied ethnicity especially contributed by immigrants. Although you will find varied cultural aspects in certain areas, much of the core of the city relies on traditional Mexican culture, with most of its reflections in food and handicrafts. The city is also the center of world-class music and houses a number of famous musicians who are mostly Spanish. Mexico City is known for its liberal and progressive policies on civil rights and the standard of living.

Public Transport System

The Metro has 12 lines running north to south with a daily ridership of 5 million passengers. It operates from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on weekdays.The Metrobús has six-lines with a daily ridership of million passengers. Operating hours: Each line is different, so check the timetable The Trolebús has eight-lines connects many metro stations and some lines run beyond midnight. Operating hours: line to line variation, advised to check the timetables. The Tren Ligero connects the end of the metro line with the famous Xochimilco zone of the capital city. The only line which starts at Tasqueña and runs right to Xochimilco passes by the Estadio Azteca. The Peseros are minibusses that run along major arteries. Cards in the windshield display the routes. RTP buses are private and government subsidized transport but are more infrequent then Peseros.Taxis: "Turismo" taxis and Sitio Taxis or metered taxis are the safest way to travel within Mexico City during the night. Turismo taxis are unmarked cabs assigned to specific hotels. They are more expensive than metered taxis.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Metro: MXN $5 per ride,  Railcards: MXN $20 

Metrobús: MXN $6

Trolebús:  Between MXN $2 and MXN $5 (depending on the line)

Tren Ligero:  MXN $3, which must be paid for with the top up railcard.

RTP: MXN $2

Peseros: anywhere up to a maximum of MXN $10

"Turismo" taxi drivers negotiate rates with individual passengers for sightseeing and generally charge around  MXN $250 per hour for guided tours. But the rates to and from the airport are established.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.75
Cup of Coffee USD 1.94
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.90
Rice/Kg USD 1.00
White Bread USD 1.35
Eggs (12) USD 1.44
Combo Meal USD 4.98
Fine Dining USD 24.91
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.60
Domestic Beer USD 1.99
Imported Beer USD 2.99
Bottle of Wine USD 6.48
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 2.49
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.25
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.25
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 527.26

Do’s:

  • It is good to learn a few phrases in Spanish before you go.
  • Get a cell phone plan for ease of communication.
  • Sign up for EcoBici (bike sharing) and have fun moving around on a bike.
  • Apply sunscreen before you go out in the sun.
  • Wear closed shoes, trainers or pumps as it is usually preferred by the locals. By doing that you avoid getting your feet dirty after a day of going sightseeing.


Don’ts:

  • Don’t pay for water instead ask for a glass of filtered water. 
  • Don’t use metro during rush hours if you value your personal space.
  • Don’t eat near the big tourist attractions, be on your guard against getting overcharged for food and drinks.
  • Don’t wander into unsafe neighborhoods.
  • Don’t wear sandals or flip flops, people will think you are looking for a beach. 
  • Don’t carry your visa and passport with you, things will get complicated if you lose it. Instead, simply carry a color photocopy and save yourself the hassle.

Night Life

Mexico City's nightlife is as varied as everything else the city offers during the day. It varies from bars, pubs, night clubs, and live music shows. The most prominent nightspots are Mama Rumba where you can do salsa dancing; Patrick Miller club where you can dance without inhibitions irrespective of your age. For live music shows, you can visit Bar El Jorongo known as "House of Mariachi" or Plaza Garibaldi where many local bands play music till dawn. If you want to taste the local tequila and mezcal selections, then you can head to Museo de Tequila y Mezcal for guided tours during weekend nights when the museum is open until 2:30 a.m. One more unique experience the city offers is the light and sound show at the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan which is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site to learn the story of this fascinating city through live narration. While enjoying the nightlife in Mexico City, be cautious of pickpocketers and guard your belongings, avoid venturing into unsafe areas.

 

Must See

  • Casa Luis Barragán is a small building consisting of unusual things like a floating staircase, volcanic stone floors, and yellow walls.  Built in 1948, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Dia De Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is a two-day festival celebrated every year on November 1 as All Saints Day when adult spirits visit the families and November 2 as All Souls Day when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves of their relatives with offerings. During this time the streets are full of marigolds, sugar skulls, cardboard skeletons, etc.
  • Metropolitan Cathedral has about 10,000 crypts of the Archbishops below the floor of the cathedral. Not allowed for everyone, but if you are lucky, you may get the chance to see on a free day.
  • Isla de las Muñecas which is in the heart of the Xochimilco canals where you can find hundreds of dolls – some missing heads and limbs – hanging from trees and clothing lines on a raised garden.
  • Taste edible insects in street food stalls and traditional markets such as the Mercado de San Juan, or visit Restaurante Bar Chon if you wish to try anything from insects to crocodiles.
  • Try rooftop restaurants to get a good view of Mexico City while dining. 
  • Casa del Árbol, in National park  Parque Nacional Desierto de Los Leones, designed by father-son duo Guillermo and Siddartha Siliceo is a 25-cabin complex built based on Hindu and Buddhist design principles.
  • The Ballet Folklorico is considered as the best dance show of Mexico. Hosted at the National theatre and various other stages, this show is renowned to be the culmination of the past and present of Mexico City and a must watch.

Experiences

  • Xochimilco also was known as floating gardens where you can rent a flat-bottomed boat called trajineras and a guide to cruise around the water along with musicians and vendors selling crafts, drinks, and food, sailing in small boats. 
  • Taste edible insects in street food stalls and traditional markets such as Mercado de San Juan, or visit Restaurante Bar Chon if you wish to try anything from insects to crocodiles.
  • Try rooftop restaurants to get a good view of Mexico City while dining.
  • Paragliding in Valle de Bravo.
  • The Teotihuacan Pyramids and the historic sites will lead you to the glory of ancient Aztec civilizations. A number of outdoor activities including hot air balloon tours and walking tours add to a visit in this area.
  • Witness and experience an amalgamation of Pre-Columbian, Spanish and modern era architecture, art and culture by visiting various museums in the city. After London, Mexico City has the largest number of museums in the world.
  • The city is also popular for natural-fiber clothes and obsidian tools which are a part of the centuries-old traditions. You will find a number of stores inside the city where you can buy crafts as souvenirs. 
  • The city is also a center for Mariachi music, the famous Mexican style of singing. Almost all the open restaurants in the city offer free shows and provide live music during dining. Another major event is the Mexican Wrestling held at various clubs, similar to Lucha Libre. 
  • The city is also known for its historic importance, hence you will find enough stores that sell books, murals, and collectibles. An extensive collection of historic books and old crafts makes Mexico City heaven for book-lovers and historians. 
  • A boat tour in the Xochimilco canal and floating gardens is another highlighted tourist activity in the city. 

Activities

Africam Safari
Safari
Boulevard Capitan Carlos Camacho Espiritu, Oasis, 72960 Puebla, Mexico
Distance From City Center
9.6 km
Spanish Casino of Mexico
Casino
Calle Isabel la Catolica 29, Centro Historico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
1 km
Popocatepetl Ski Resort
Ski
Mexico-Puebla-Morelos, Mexico
Distance From City Center
87.7 km
Casino Life
Casino
Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur 1880, Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, 03100 Benito Juarez, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
11.6 km
Club Campestre de la Ciudad de Mexico
Golf
Calz. de Tlalpan 1978, Country Club Churubusco, 04220 Coyoacan, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
10.3 km
Chapultepec Zoo
Zoo
Calle Chivatito s/n 1ª seccion del Bosque de Chapultepec, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, 11850 Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
8.6 km

Shopping

La Lagunilla Market
Antique Markets
lote 1, Lopez Rayon 46, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
2.6 km
Tianguis Cultural Del Chopo
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Calle Juan Aldama, Buenavista, 06350 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
3.7 km
La Ciudadela
Flea Markets and Bazaars
S/N, Balderas, Centro, 06040 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
1.3 km
CRAFTS MARKET Little Village
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Calz de Guadalupe 684, Tepeyac Insurgentes, 07020 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
8.4 km
The Shops at Downtown
Shopping Malls
Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Historico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
1 km
Galerias Insurgentes
Shopping Malls
Insurgentes Sur 1352, Actipan, 03230 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
13.6 km
Miyana Commercial
Shopping Malls
Av Ejercito Nacional 769, Granada, 11570 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
7.3 km
Plaza Reforma 222
Shopping Malls
Av. Paseo de la Reforma 222, Juarez, 06600 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
Distance From City Center
3.3 km
  • Hand-Blown Glass Jewelry
  • Tribal Art Chocolate 
  • Tequila Huipil Clothing
  • Mexican Art Vanilla
  • Crosses Calendars 
  • Mexican Coffee 
  • Textiles Rebozos
  • Talavera Pottery 
  • Kalúha Sports Clothing

Official Language

Spanish

Other Language

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Currency

Mexican Peso (MXN)

Population

129.2 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 25°C

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TimeZone

17:05 PM (GMT -06:00)

 

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Ambulance

911

 

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Police

911

 

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Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Mexico City International Airport - MEX

Airport Name / IATA Code

Guanajuato International Airport - BJX

Best time to visit

March, April, May, October, November, December - The best time to visit Mexico City is between March and May. Since its location is on a high plateau, Mexico City enjoys mild, pleasant weather throughout the year.

Moderate time to visit

January, February - These two months are considered as the driest months. January is also the coolest month. You may get a good hotel deal during this period.

Worst time to visit

June, July, August, September - June to September is considered as the rainy season in Mexico. The roads remain wet and slippery. It becomes difficult to roam around the city.

Taxi

Start Tariff: MXN 10.00

1 Km. Tariff: MXN 5.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: MXN 100.00

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