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Mexico City Vacations


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go?

History Buffs
The oldest city in North America, offering endless historical experiences.

Honeymooners
Enjoy the romantic parks and plazas.

Seniors
The city is extremely easy to get around in and offers a multitude of cultural sites.


What's the climate like?

  Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Average High 71° F 78° F 74° F 72° F
Average Low 44° F 52° F 53° F 50° F
Average Rainfall 0.4" 1.3" 6.7" 2.8"

How do I get around town?

Transfers
Transfers to/from the airport are optional with your Mexico City hotel package.

Subway
The best way to get around the city is on the subway. It is safe, clean, and inexpensive.

Taxi
Taxi service is a good way to get around the Mexico City metro. Make sure to take only registered hotel taxis or a stationed, sitio, cab, and agree on the fare in advance.


What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?

Mexico City dining options are endless. You'll find everything from street carts to top-of-the-line gourmet. New restaurants are opening all the time, so ask someone at your hotel for any recent openings that they would recommend.

  • Agapi Mu
    Rambunctious Greek song and dance enliven this small, friendly Greek bistro Thursday through Saturday nights. Condesa.
  • Aguila y Sol
    Chef/owner Marta Ortiz Chapa, author of eight cookbooks on regional Mexican cuisine, brings considerable experience and creativity to this example of nueva cocina mexicana. Polanco.
  • Hosteria de Santo Domingo
    Has been serving colonial dishes since the late 19th century in an atmospheric town house, plus serves up some of the best homemade Mexican desserts in town. Centro.
  • Mesón El Cid
    This charming tavern exudes an atmosphere of Old Spain highlighted by Spanish stained-glass windows and a roaring fireplace. Weekdays, classic dishes such as paella, keep customers happy, but on Saturday night this place comes into its own with a four-course medieval banquet. Centro.
  • Rincón Argentino
    This established Argentine restaurant is known as much for its decor as for its exquisite cuts of beef. Polanco.

A wide assortment of fun night spots and discos line the Avenida Insurgentes, a wide avenue splitting the city down the middle in the Federal District. For performing arts, the most important place for national and international classical concerts and the other performing arts in Mexico City is the Palacia de Bellas Artes (The Palace of Fine Arts). Also, don't miss the Ballet Folklórico which encompasses Mexican regional folk dances and gives an insight into Mexican life and legends.


Where should I go shopping?

In a city the size of Mexico City, there are unlimited shopping opportunities. Choose from native handicrafts from all regions of the country, contemporary decorative items, jewelry, and designer clothing.

One of the most interesting places for shopping for handicrafts is the open air market that is set up on weekends alongside the main square in Coyocacán. For more upscale shops, head to the Zona Rosa (the Pink Zone).


When are the local events?

Benito Juarez' Birthday
March 21. Parties, dancing, and music celebrate the birthday of one of Mexico's first presidents, and most famous and revered heroes.

Día de la Independencia
Mexico's most important national holiday is Independence day. The Zócalo buzzes with fiestas and parties.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 1-2. Consisting of All Saint's Day and All Souls Day, expect to see sugar-candy skulls, skeletons, and Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead). The festivities are a lively and upbeat way to celebrate life.

Día de la Revolucion (Day of the Revolution)
November 20. A major holiday celebrating the end of the revolution in 1910. Festivities include a parade through the Zócalo.

New Year's Eve
December 31. Many gather in the Zócalo for this amazing party, but don't wear your good clothes. It is traditional to fill empty egg shells with confetti and colorful liquids that will stain your clothes.


What are my recreation options?

Outdoor Activities
The mountains just outside the city are the ideal place to escape the urban excitement. Picturesque scenery awaits on horseback riding and hiking excursions, or if you're looking for something to get your heart rate up, try white-water rafting.

Soccer
Fútbol is the sport that Mexicans are most passionate about, which is evident in the size of their soccer stadium, Estadio Azteca, the second largest in Latin America. The World Cup Finals were held here in 1970 and 1986. You can buy tickets outside the stadium in the south of the city on the same day of any minor game.


Travel tidbits

History
Often referred to as the oldest metro area in the Western Hemisphere, Mexico City enjoys a long and storied history. It was the capital and most important Aztec city as well as the jewel of New Spain. Many remnants of antique and Colonial life still remain in the city, particularly at the Templo Mayor excavation and Anthropological Museum at Chapultepec Park.

May
Nothing much happens in the city for Cinco de Mayo, but be aware that May 1 is a holiday (Labor Day) and the city closes down. Another May holiday, Mother's Day, is huge and causes traffic jams throughout the city.

Quiet Respite
Mexico City can be an overload experience, but there are quiet places to get away from the hustle and bustle. One of the nicest is the tranquil courtyard in the adjacent garden at the Templo Mayor museum.

Palace of Fine Arts
A magnificent structure made entirely from Carrara marble – and so heavy it is sinking faster than the sinking city. Home of the world-famous Ballet Folklórico, which performs on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and a beautiful Tiffany glass curtain that depicts a scene of the volcanoes outside Mexico City.

Bazaar Sabado
A collection of shops open only on Saturdays in a Colonial building in the San Angel district. The indoor shops have some wonderful crafts, and outside is an art fair. Enjoy the fine cobble-stoned streets and festive atmosphere.

Good to Know:

Airport Name:
3-letter Code:
Benito Juárez International Airport
MEX
Best Weather: October – May
Best Values: June – September
Currency: Mexican Peso
Language: Spanish; English is understood by most employed in the tourism industry.
Time Zone: Mexico City is on Central Standard Time and does not adjust for Daylight Saving Time.
Proof of Citizenship: Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
Tipping: Leave 10% - 15%, but make sure the tip hasn't already been added to the bill.
Dress: Mexico City is more formal than other destinations in Mexico, especially beach resorts. Leave the flip-flops and bermuda shorts at home.

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