Mexico city (Mexico)
Mexico City is Mexico's capital city. It is located in the central region of the country and it is North America's largest city by population. The city is located in the highlands of Mexico about 2200 m above sea level, so that people, who are not used to it, may experience difficulties in breathing due to the pollution and the thinness of the air. Mexico City is mostly known for its very wild nightlife. In particular, in the middle of the month and during the last days of the month, every club, bar and disco is fully packed. Mexico City is also full of a variety of museums, old buildings, palaces and churches. In Mexico City you can find the world's greatest museums in the same place. The city also has a lot of small park areas and various sports, among which the Lucha Libre, or Mexican free wrestling, is perhaps the most famous.
Monthly Weather Conditions
This great city has great weather all year, great to visit anytime. The most rain falls from May to September, but you can still visit interesting and beautiful places indoors if it rains.
The best time to visit Mexico City is from March to May. Even though the streets are pretty crowded at this time of year, the weather is good, especially considering that the city's winters can be really chilly and the summers can be really rainy.
More information: Mexico city forecast and weather conditions monthly
Mexico city 8 most important sights:
- Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución): The Zócalo is a huge square at the heart of Mexico City and is often the site of festivals and parades.
- Parque Alameda Central: Park
- Square of the Three Cultures: Laid out in 1964, this square is so-named because its buildings represent different cultures - Aztec, Spanish and modern structures.
- Paseo de la Reforma: Paseo de la Reforma is a major artery in Mexico City, reaching from Tlatelolco to Las Lomas, with the most interesting section for tourists being between Avenido Benito Juárez and Chapultepec Park.
- Chapultepec Park: Although this park is thought to have been laid out in the 15th C, its history stretches back to the Aztecs and the Toltecs.
- Historic City Center: In 1980 the government declared an area of 15 square kilometers (6 square miles), containing 1,436 buildings typifying the architecture of the 16th to 19th centuries, as the Centro Histórico de la Ciudad (Historic City Centre) and classified it as an historical monument.
- Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral): The enormous cathedral on the north side of the Zocalo was built over a period of 250 years and has a mixture of architectural styles.
- Palacio Nacional (National Palace): The government building takes up the east side of the Zocalo and houses the federal treasury and national archives.
Recommendation for one day:
- Visit the Historic Center (Centro Historico), huge, incredible and full of history. The central neighborhood in Mexico City is home to incredible architecture.
- Nearby is Chapultepec Castle, this 18th-century palace is known for its impressive gardens, it served as the home of the Mexican President until 1939 and now houses the famous Museo Nacional de Historia.
- Next, find the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), considered one of the world's most comprehensive natural history museums, this famous institution houses four square kilometers of exhibits in 23 exhibition halls.
- Visit Palacio de Bellas Artes, this historic white marble building serves as both the city's top performance hall and an art museum.
- Enjoy AREA Bar and Terrace at the Habita for great music and athmosphere. There's enjoyable and expensive drinks in this minimalistic bar with two open levels.
Compared to prices worldwide, Mexico city is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $33.29, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $117.81, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $28.84
- Hotel (3 stars): $62.86
- Hotel (4 stars): $126.36
- Hotel (5 stars): $185.60
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $2.11
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $3.56
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.59
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.76
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $5.29
Mexico city has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 31.4 (weaker than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 50.7 (weaker than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 21.0 (weaker than United states average 41.3)
More information: Mexico city safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: It is recommended that the traveller should carry an international driving license as a translation of the Finnish driving license. Passport and a credit card are required to rent a car.
- Direction of traffic: The traffic in the United States and Canada is right-handed.
- Insurance: It is recommended to take a paid insurance for rental cars. Standard car insurances do not have an insurance retracted, if your travel insurance does not cover something related to leasing. Without an insurance the driver is responsible, if a crash occurs, or if the car gets stolen or broken up. If you get into a crash, the insurance of the person responsible for the accident may cover the cost for the damage on your rental car, but not in every case, so you should first call the police and it can be tricky to obtain a compensation. The exception to this is New York, where the law prescribes, that the insurance has to cover a minimal insurance for rental cars.
- Driving in the wider area: Some rental companies do not allow the export of theirs cars over the state border, you should check that in advance.