Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

“What did I see and experience? Even though I had been trained in Istanbul, by high tolerance threshold for noise and crowds was exceeded here. Drug dealers, prostitutes and other shady figures walk the deserted streets of the historic old town after dark. My Mexican acquaintance, who walked me back to my hostel, crossed himself as we walked out of the metro station at 11 o’clock in the evening.

Coyoacán, on the other hand, has the atmosphere of a relaxed, small-town funfair, with children playing and young people drinking beer on the main square.

The café terraces are full of people on sunny Sunday mornings, as are the museums (museums are free to Mexicans on Sundays).

Homeless people sleeping in the shade of expensive restaurants. People riding bicycles and roller blades on roads closed to cars. A relaxed, hipster atmosphere, good restaurants.  Interesting exhibitions, and happy, smiling, liberated heterosexual and homosexual couples strolling hand-in-hand. A very noticeable police presence. The cute questions of children whose English homework is to interview a foreigner in the street. Walking the streets and smiling, and noticing how people smile back. (2018)”


Mexico City - Old Town - Krista photo

Practicals

Transport

Be prepared for plenty of walking. We recommend you to wear sneakers, not sandals. 

Driving a car

Forget about driving a car in Mexico City. Conditions are rough; there are constant traffic jams. Protect your nerves!

Metro network

They have 12 lines with 195 stations, daily seven 7 million passengers. The line number 12 is the longest: 24 km (15 mi).

There are several stations (of high traffic) where only women and kids under 12 ("Mujeres y Ninos") can board the first car.

Uber

We have used it all the time. Great. Significantly cheaper than in the US, even longer rides cost no more than $ 8-10.

Taxi

There are green taxis, white-pink taxis, and hotel taxis. A white taxi costs twice as much as a green one, a hotel taxi costs four times as much.


Mexico City - underground car park - Krista photo

Food


Locals give more importance to lunch than dinner, so expect crowded eateries and restaurants in the early afternoons on weekdays. In turn, in the evenings, it is pretty easy to find free tables, though many restaurants close even at 7 p.m. 

Mexico City - Tacos al Pastor with spit-roasted pork - s.t. photo

Mexico City - tamales - filled corn masa that wrapped in corn husks - m.s. photo

Shopping

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Mexico City - We accept cash only - Krista photo

Fun

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Mexico City - street musician - Krista photo

Public safety

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Mexico City - policia - Krista photo

Mexico City - policemen in sombrero - v.g. photo

Health

 Don't drink tap water, only bottled water! Your drinks should have only ice from filtered water.

Others

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Mexico City - shoeshiner - locally called: limpiabotas - Krista photo

Background

Destination in brief


Population
(in 2020): 12.3 million in the city area and 21.8 million in the urban area

Mexico City had nearly 9 million international visitors in 2019.


In the past, Mexico city was distinguished from the country's name by the letters DF (Distrito Federal); nowadays,  CDMX (Ciudad de México) is in use.

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 630 USD - (national average: 490 USD)

Among the world cities, after London, Mexico City has the most museums, more than 160. All are free on Sundays.

Mexico City's Chapultepec Park is the largest park in Latin America. Twice the size of Central Park in New York.

Mexico City hosted twice the World Cup (1970 and 1986) and once the Olympics (1968)

Climate

From June to October, there is a rainy season in and around Mexico City. That is not the best time to visit it.

Nowadays

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Mexico City - Krista photo

Mexico City - street view - Krista photo

Mexico City - anti-corruption poster - I am incorruptible - Krista photo

People

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Gastronomy

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Mexico City - Tlacoyos - thick corn dough tortilla packed with a lot of ingredients - e.v. photo

Attractions

Zocalo

The city’s main square, the Zocalo, is the world’s second-largest square (Beijing’s Tiananmen is the first) with its 57,600 m2.

Mexico City - Zócalo - f.e. photo

The National Museum of Anthropology  (Museo Nacional de Antropología)

Catedral Metropolitana

Centro Historico

Calle Madero

Calle Tacuba

Palacio Nacional

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Museum of Frida Kahlo

Plaza Garibaldi

Coyoacán

Chapultepec - park and castle

Xochimilco

Paseo de la Reforma

Roma neighbourhood

La Condesa

Polanco

San Angel

Zona Rosa

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