Visit México City
CDMX, unlike most big cities in Latin America, is not just a place for a layover, it’s a destination it its own right. Having experienced quite the renaissance, CDMX has ditched its reputation of being dingy and dangerous and is quickly becoming a major destination known for its culture, art and gastronomy. With an approximate population of 21.3 million people, Mexico City is a bustling metropolis that balances a rich history and tradition with modern innovation and world class amenities. From a stroll through the charming La Condesa neighborhood, to a ride downtown on the overloaded metro there is something for everyone in Mexico City. Plus, you’ll truly be hard pressed to find a city that beats CDMX when it comes to food, art, and museums. We look forward to showing you around our favorite big city in Latin America!
Mexico has no official language at the federal level, however, Spanish the dominant language throughout the country. That being said, there are many different languages spoken today in Mexico and the government recognizes 68 national languages, 63 of which are indigenous, including around 350 dialects of those languages. The large majority of the population is monolingual in Spanish with some immigrant and indigenous populations being bilingual. There are also populations of indigenous people who are monolingual in their native languages. Mexican Sign Language is spoken by much of the deaf population, and there are one or two indigenous sign languages as well.
What will the food be like on my trip?
Though Mexican cuisine is a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences, most Mexicans continue to eat more native foods, such as corn, beans, and peppers. Such foods are cheap and widely available. Bread and pastries are sold, but the tortilla, homemade or bought daily at the local tortillería (tortilla stand), is the basis of the typical meal. Flour tortillas are also eaten, especially in northern Mexico, but the corn variety is most popular.
Can I drink the water in Mexico City?
We do not recommend drinking tap water in Mexico. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water; ask your leader where filtered water can be found. It’s also advisable to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Is it safe to travel through Mexico City?
Although other areas of Mexico are under U.S. travel advisories and warnings, Mexico City is not under any travel restrictions. Like all other major cities, certain areas should be avoided and necessary precautions taken to ensure your security. Visitors are highly encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Are credit cards/debit cards accepted?
Credit cards are accepted widely at most larger hotels and restaurants. However, you should carry some cash wherever you go, as many small merchants won’t take cards.
What documents do I need to visit Mexico City?
As of January 23, 2007, all passengers—including US citizens—traveling to or through the USA by air will need to hold a valid passport. US Citizens are no longer able to use their birth certificate or driver’s license to enter the US by air from Mexico.
Do Americans need a visa to visit Mexico City?
If you’re holding a normal passport, you’re not required to obtain a visa to enter Mexico. Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days.
Do I have to pay for a Mexico City departure tax?
Yes. The departure tax is around. 900 Mexican Pesos – approx. £45, $65 or €48 – payable locally in cash only which should be included in your ticket fare. The only one airline that does not include that tax in its fare is Thomson, so if travelling with Thomson then you have to pay it when leaving.
What’s the rule of thumb for tipping?
Tipping is a personal choice and depends on the service rendered, but 10-20% is standard.
What is the weather like in Mexico City?
Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate, with warm summers and mild winters, and an annual average temperature of 64°F (18°C). Seasonal variations in temperature are small, but May is the warmest month of the year, and January the coldest, when night frosts are possible. The average maximum temperatures of late spring and summer may reach up to 77°F (25°C), and the average low winter temperatures reach 45°F (7°C). Mexico City has a high average annual rainfall, most falling in summer, the wettest month being July, and the driest month February.
Do I need an adaptor for my electronics?
Electricity in Mexico is 110 volts, the same as the US. Visitors from outside of the US should bring an adapter. Plugs are either two flat prongs or two flat prongs with an additional round grounding pin.
What is Mexico City's currency?
Mexico’s currency is the Mexican Peso. One US$ is the equivalent to around 20 Mexican Pesos.
The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $. To distinguish this from the Dollar, you sometimes see it presented as MX$ or the value with the letters “MN” after it, e.g. $100 MN. The MN stands for Moneda Nacional, meaning National Currency.
Mexican Bank notes are printed in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos. The most commonly seen and used are the 50, 100 and 200 peso notes.
Can I use my cell phone in Mexico City?
Most restaurants and hotels have Wi-Fi, but if you’d like to be connected outside of Wi-Fi zones, you can buy a Mexican chip for your phone so that you can make and receive calls on a pay-as-you-go basis.