Mexico City is one of the most enjoyable destinations in the world. Its historic center, known as Zócalo, is declared as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO and is the heart of a living culture.
Visit its neighborhoods flooded with art nouveau and art deco, enjoy its cuisine and get lost in the streets the city.
The most humid season with a quite stable and temperate weather occurs between the months of May and November and the rainy season occurs between June and September.
The storms should not prevent you from exploring the city because, despite being quite intense, storms are usually brief (lasting 2 or 3 hours) and then the sun shines.
PROCEDURES FOR FOREIGNERS
The documents that the visitors need to enter Mexico is:
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the entry date to the country.
A personal identification with photography, such as the driving license.
The Tourist Card issued by the Mexican government or Visa, if required.
The Tourist Card is a permission to visit Mexico that is available in the embassies and consulates and also at some airlines. If it is not obtained before leaving the own country, it can be obtained in Mexican Immigration Authority. You must keep all the lower part of the document throughout the trip to Mexico, because Mexican Emigration asks for it again when leaving the country.
The official currency in the country is Mexican Peso. The daily price of Peso fluctuates, nevertheless the average is approximately 18 to 20 pesos per US dollar.
Most vendors accept credit/debit cards, most internationally used cards, such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, among others, are usually accepted.
The credit/debit cards are the easiest way to withdraw cash in the ATMs.
Although when paying with credit/debit cards you normally obtain a better exchange rate, you should take into account that your bank will almost surely charge you around 2% due to the currency change.
In many places there are discounts if you pay in cash.
You should dial 00 + country code + city code + local number for international phone calls.
In the case of national calls, you should dial 01 + city code + local number.
The country code is 52, and the code of Mexico City is 55, so if is required to call to the City from within the country, you should dial 01 + 55 + local number.
If you are calling from outside the country, you should dial 00 + 52 + 55 + local number.
Telephones of interest
The alternating current is 110 V +/- 10%.
Plug type: usually they have two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.
The use of a power adapter is recommended to avoid problems when using electrical devices.
The Mexican cuisine has a large variety of typical dishes, for this reason it was recognized as Immaterial World Heritage by UNESCO. The basic and representative ingredients of the Mexican dishes are: corn, coriander, chili, beans, jaggery (piloncillo), prickly pear (nopal) and tomato.
The transport in Mexico City is one of most optimal and efficient, in addition to being cheap and varied, it offers a good service that will make you live a pleasing experience.
You can find in the following link very useful information regarding all types of transport in Mexico City, including meter, bus, microbus and train: https://viadf.mx/directorio
Le proporcionamos el enlace de una página web muy útil donde puede consultar todo tipo de transporte en la ciudad de México, desde metro, bús, microbús y tren: https://viadf.mx/directorio
Historic Center of Mexico City
The district Historic Center (Centro Histórico), that lodges historical monuments of the Aztec time, is the heart of the city. This zone is sited around the enormous Zocalo square and attracts the tourists by its museums and emblematic buildings, such as the metropolitan cathedral and the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes), of modernist style. Street vendors and tacos stands coexist in harmony with the restaurants of luxury in the boisterous pedestrian street Madero.
Plaza de la Constitution, informally known as the Zocalo, is the main square of Mexico City. Along with the adjacent streets, it occupies an almost rectangular surface of approximately 46 800 m2. It was denominated so in honor to the Constitution of Cadiz promulgated in 1812.
National museum of Anthropology
The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) is one of the most important museographic enclosures of Mexico and America. It is conceived to lodge and to exhibit the archaeological legacy of the towns of Mesoamerica and to show the present ethnic diversity of the country.
Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is a cultural venue located in the Historic Center of Mexico City. This palace is considered the most important venue in the manifestation of arts in Mexico and one of the most famous opera houses in the world.
The Angel of Independence
The Monument to the Independence, most commonly known as the Angel or the Angel of Independence (Ángel de la Independencia), is in Mexico City, in the square located in the confluence of Paseo de la Reforma, the river Tiber and Florence.
The Chapultepec forest
The Chapultepec forest (Bosque de Chapultepec) is an urban park located in the Alcaldía Miguel Hidalgo, in Mexico City. He is one of the greatest forests of this type in the Western Hemisphere, with a surface of 678 ha.
Travel with caution and keep your belongings safe as much as possible.