Destination Guide - Mexico City

Often forgotten on the North American map, Mexico is as important to NAFTA as free trade. It was President Calderón who first welcomed Obama (a spot typically reserved for the Canadian Prime Minister) and this type of go-getterness is rampant all over Mexico’s big and busy capital – great new restaurants, galleries and boutiques seem to be popping up faster than you can say olé! For a slower pace, hop on a colourful boat in Xochimilco or join many residents on the last Sunday of each month in ditching their cars for Ciclotón – a cycling initiative to promote sustainable transport.

The Basics

Currency: Mexican Peso ($)
Population: 19,200,000
Time zone: -6
Daylight savings: Start of April to end of October
Country code: +52
Area code: 55
Language: Spanish
Electricity voltage: 120V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Two flat parallel pins with one circular pin at the base
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

    • Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe
    • Xochimilco
    • Zócalo/Plaza de la Constitución
    • Palacio de Bellas Artes

Events

  • 16 September
    El Grito de Independencia
  • 1-2 November
    El Día de los Muertos
  • 20 November
    Día de la Revolución
  • 12 December
    Our Lady of Guadalupe

Weather

Thanks to a spot at more than 2000 metres above sea level, Mexico City experiences fairly moderate temperatures throughout the year. Summer (April to August) sees average temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and winter (December to February) average temperatures are around 20 degrees Celsius. The driest time to visit is between November and June, however, showers (though very intense) don’t typically last too long during the wetter months


Getting there and around

Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport is located around 13km outside of the city centre and is serviced by taxis and the metro. If you are travelling by taxi make sure you catch your ride from one of the authorised taxi stands and be prepared for traffic.

The city has a large and comprehensive public transport network with a metro, buses and a light rail. Taxis are also plentiful, however, due to crime rates visitors are not advised to hail taxis off the streets but rather arrange transport through their hotel. Restaurants will usually call taxis for diners as well.

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At Large: Mexico City

The Travel Insider team checking in from Mexico City: from ballet to wrestling; rooftop cocktails to sidewalk vendors.

Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations around Mexico.

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