Mexico City Travel Guide & Information

Mexico City, the capital city of Mexico, is the economic, industrial and cultural center of the country. This is truly one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the world. Mexico City offers many pleasant surprises for those who choose to vacation here. The city, now known as Mexico City, was founded by the Mexica, also called the Aztecs, in 1325. Visitors to Mexico City are sure to be amazed when they stand at both, the center of history and present-day life.

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Travel to Mexico City, once the center of the entire Aztec empire. The city has several old mansions and public buildings built hundreds of years ago using the stones from the Aztec temples. Flights to Mexico City gives travelers an opportunity to discover this vibrant city with its history, culture, great weather and warm hospitality.

The night life offered by the city is similar to other cities; huge & vibrant. There is an enormous selection of venues: clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. All this combined with world-class museums, archeological treasures, international restaurants, shopping centers, beautiful gardens and parks make Mexico City a "Must Visit" destination for every type of traveler.

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Things to do in Mexico City

Museums:

Mexico City is home to several museums that showcase the city’s magnificent past.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia: is located within Chapultepec Park in Mexico City and contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico, such as the Piedra Del Sol and the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli. The museum also hosts visiting exhibits, generally focusing on the world's great cultures. Past exhibits have focused on ancient Iran, Greece, China, Egypt and Spain, to name a few.

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Museum of Modern Art: Designed by Rafael Mijares and Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, and opened in 1964, Museum of Modern Art is notable, primarily for its collection of pictures and sculpture by Mexican artists of the 19th and 20th century. Works from Mexican masters, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo, are on display at this world class museum.

Papalote Museo del Nino: Created in 1993 by the architect, Ricardo Legorreta, Papalote Museo del Nino focuses on learning, communication and working together through interactive expositions of science, technology and art for children. This museum has over 288 interactive exhibits, divided in five areas where children can interactively learn. Travelers will find exhibits on ecology, the human body, science and music.

Prominent Attractions:

Aside from world class museums, Mexico City has other prominent attractions well worth visiting.

Ciudadela Crafts Market: The Ciudadela is a Mexican crafts market where cultural groups from around Mexico distribute their crafts to other parts of the country and the world. Open daily, the market is an excellent place to buy authentic arts and crafts, featuring hundreds of stalls with arts and crafts from all over Mexico.

El Angel: El Angel is a victory column located on a roundabout over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city and has become a focal point for celebration. El Angel was built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's Independence, celebrated in 1910. Visitors are allowed to enter the monument, view the memorial plaques at the base level and climb to the top of the tower.

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Where to Stay in Mexico City :

The “City of Palaces” offers an array of hotel accommodations ranging from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to extended stay hotels, hostels, and spa and resort hotels, to quaint inns. There is something for every type of traveler.

Centro Historico: Centro Historico is the city center and is known for its colonial buildings, cathedrals and houses. The narrow streets bear names commemorating the city's most momentous historic events. This neighborhood is focused on the Zocalo or main plaza in Mexico City. The neighborhood is home to several prominent landmarks and museums. The choice of restaurants and cafes is endless. This is an ideal place to stay for those who want to be close to all of the attractions and events. There are numerous hotels to choose from to suit all budgets.

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Zona Rosa: Located near Avenida de la Reforma and adjacent to the city center, the Zona Rosa is known for its nightlife, with a wide array of bars and dance clubs situated throughout the area. The area offers noteworthy hotel chains like, the Holiday Inn, Zona Rosa and several other hotels, which provide convenience with respect to location and comfort, as well as classic amenities.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Mexico City, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* All Americans traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to re-enter the United States.

* U.S. citizens do not require a visa or a tourist card for tourist stays of 72 hours or less within "the border zone," defined as an area between 20 to 30 kilometers of the border with the U.S., depending on the location.

* U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the border zone or entering Mexico by air must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card, also known as an FM-T.

For Canadian Citizens:

* Canadians are not required to carry a passport to enter Mexico City. However, in order to avoid delays and misunderstandings, we strongly recommend that you travel with a passport valid for six months after your arrival date.

* Mexican immigration authorities recommend the use of a passport to expedite passage through ports of entry.

* Canadian citizens arriving in Mexico from a third country without a passport may be denied entry.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Mexico City.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Mexico City

With a favorable, warm year round climate, Mexico is a perfect destination any time, for visitors from all over the world. Though, spring and fall are the best time to visit.

Budget travelers might want to visit Mexico City during the winters. Though there is a drop in temperatures, there are fewer crowds and cheaper flights and hotels.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (May to January)

Low season: (February to April)

Mexico City Weather

Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate, due to its tropical location and high elevation.

* Mexico City has pleasant summers and mild winters. Seasonal variations in temperature are small, but May is the warmest month of the year and January is the coldest.

* The city has a high average annual rainfall, mostly during the summer, the wettest month being July and the driest month February.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The official currency of Mexico City is Mexican Pesos .

ATM machines can be found throughout Mexico City. Before departure, contact your bank and let them know your dates of travel. Additionally, find out the cost of cash withdraws.

Languages:

* The official language in Mexico City is Spanish.

* Most people speak some English, but knowing some basic Spanish will help you get around.