Mexico City Travel Guide

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Mexico City Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nice buildings, lots of history, culture and activities for all tastes 

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     Smog, Smog, Smog, . . . 

  • In a nutshell
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     Magical chaos 

Mexico City Things to Do

  • Zocalo

    The Zocalo (also known as Plaza de la Constitucion) is the main square in the historic centre of Mexico City - also the largest city square in Latin America. The main architectural treasures of the Zocalo is the Cathedral and the Palacio Nacional, residence of the Mexican president, built on the spot of the pre-columbian Moctezuma Palace. In the...

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  • Xochimilco

    Fight that sinking sensation which you may be feeling if you have read about the slowly disappearing Mexico City by floating on the ancient canals at Xochimilco. Each weekend this World Heritage Site transforms into fiesta-filled waterways packed with party boats, musicians, and marimba players.

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  • Teotihuacan

    I was not sure what all I wanted to do in Mexico City. I did know one thing which I found via the internet, they have Pyramids. I had booked the early morning tour due to the fact that there would be hardly any tourist at theat time of the morning. I was picked up by my tour guide, Gersom and off we went with only one other person, Carolino from...

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Mexico City Restaurants

  • Sanborns

    On of my all times favorites and for several years had business relationship with the owners, now sold. the ambiance is typical ,great ambiance, good friendly reception, the food is Mexican and the adjacent stores in many offers all kinds of items like a discount store. So one stop shopping including a good meal They are all over the city and...

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  • Cafe de Tacuba

    This is a "traditional" Mexican restaurant, in every sense of the word. Cafe de Tacuba has been around a long time, 94 years. When you walk in and are seated, and absorb your surroundings - you'll think you've been transported back in time, way back! Boveda-style ceilings, dark woods, murals painted on the walls, crisply uniformed waitstaff and...

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  • La Casa de Las Sirenas

    My favorite part of the restaurant is the view of Zocalo (town square), the Catedral, and Templo Mayor. The restaurant is on the 3rd floor and you can dine outdoors. Things I liked: The margaritas were good (and strong). Beef with mustard sauce (Los Medallones de Filete Don Coco) Dessert - Crepes with Apple and Ice Cream (Las Crepas de Manzana de...

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Mexico City Nightlife

  • Pricey but still "in"

    More info coming soon Most people were decently dressed but you don't need to be wearing a suit & tie to go in. Just some fashionable jeans, a nice shirt, a cool dress - that should be more than enough.

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  • In the Condesa area

    This is going to be somewhat long so bear with me. I'll try to make it short, so here's an overview of why I would and would not recommend this place so you can make your own decision!!PRO's: prices are quite decent, drinks are well served; no cover fee; good & varied music at least in the beginning, live music after midnite; got some food for free...

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  • 3 locations / 80's-90's style place

    La Jima is a place where you can both eat and drink, just have a good time with your friends and even play cards or other games while you listen to music, mainly pop from the 80's - 90's... You can even dance and the environment is cool. Prices are pretty fair, too -- actually this is one of the cheapest places you'll find to go out by night. If...

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Mexico City Transportation

  • Metro

    The best way to move around Mexico City is the METRO. It's fast, it's cheap (each ticket is only MXN $5 = 40 cents of USD and is good for 1 trip including multiple transfers as long as you don't exit the system - new fee valid since 2014), and it takes you almost everywhere (there are 12 lines, the newest one was opened in 2012). You may also try...

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  • General Info

    Before I even landed in Mexico City, I had booked my transportation from airport to Hostel from a company in Mexico. Even though i had read reviews on the buses and train methods of getting around, I must say that I am a little fraidy cat when it comes to taken buses or trains in a place I don't know. That is not to say that I have not. I have...

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  • By Bus

    The city government had this brilliant idea of building this weird thing called Metrobus..... it's a long bus in fact, and it originally covered a fixed straight route along our longest avenue, Insurgentes, which goes across the entire city from the very north to the very south tip. There are many stops along the avenue and the stations somewhat...

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Mexico City Shopping

  • Mercado Central del Abasto

    this is a huge 304 hectares flea, food ,flower all you can imagine you need central market. Been here for over 35 years,and its huge, you can get lost here, can come in by car parking is about 12 pesos mxn, and there are aisle of store front selling everything you needMexican comes here from all over the country too. There are families with more...

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  • Shopping Peña Pobre

    This was an old factory that went bust, and one enterprising men turn it into a shopping center with stores, and restos all over in a villa like setting, like a Mexican hacienda.The place is open Mondays to Sundays from 11H to 20H.In the link on the left go to the outlet sayings TIENDAS and open it, you can then choose the type of store you are...

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  • shopping Liverpool

    the best shopping experience in a dept store in Mexico DF, been coming here since 1998. Can compare to any in Europe. dept stores mostly thus is clothing and foodies dept store prices but the variety and quality is often better

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Mexico City Local Customs

  • Pole dancers

    In front of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia there is a daily demonstration of Voladores, an ancient tradition of "flying" dance. The dancers hang from ropes that are wrapped around a pole then let go to send themselves flying around the pole until the ropes fully unwind.

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  • Leon Trotsky in Mexico

    Leon Trotsky was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army.Leon Trotsky lived in the Coyoacán area of Mexico City at the home (The Blue House) of the painter Diego Rivera and Rivera's wife and fellow painter, Frida Kahlo (with whom he had an affair). On 20 August 1940, Trotsky...

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  • "La Adelita"

    If you give to hear this melody to any Russian he will tell you that this melody is out of the famouse Soviet film-comedy.The music of "La Adelita" was adapted (without greater changes as a main theme of whole picture) by Izaak Osipovich Dunayewskiy, who wrote the songs for one of the best known soviet comedies "Vesolye rebiata" (1934). The soviet...

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Mexico City Warnings and Dangers

  • General Warning Info

    Just do not go to Mexico City at all, or Mexico, if you can help it. Before you think I am being judgmental, you should know that I am Hispanic, My family IS from Mexico, and I lived in Mexico City for two years, so it pains me very much to say this. Do not under any circumstances, take non-sitio cabs. I did, and only escaped a 6 hour kidnapping...

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  • Transportation

    Looks like there's a lot of info out there about the dangers associated with taxis in Mexico City and particularly those from the airport. In my experience it seems that passengers who have just arrived at the airport are viewed as 'fair game' by a lot of transport companies, I guess it's because often people are tired from long journies and...

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  • Food and Restaurants

    There's something else you should be careful with: food!! Our food is delicious, but it can be aggressive for foreigners, whose stomachs aren't used to hot stuff. So watch what you eat. This applies wherever you eat but especially when it comes to eating at the little street stands you'll find everywhere in town. Even though food is DELICIOUS...

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Mexico City Tourist Traps

  • Bazaar El Sabado at San Angel

    I had heard a lot about this bazar/market but had never taken the time to visit it, since it's very far away from where I live. I knew it had become popular among tourists and I thought it was mainly due to the fact that it's located in one of the nicest areas in town (there are some interesting museums not too far away from here; there are nice...

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  • Re: Tour to Teotihuacan

    There is a post in here about the tourist trap bus that takes you to Teotihuacan and asks if there's an alternative. The answer is YES! We avoided the tourist bus for exactly the reasons stated but instead rode the metro to Autobuses del Norte, a gleaming, modern bus station and bought two tickets to Piramides for about 35 pesos each (NOT $30 US...

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  • LUIS BARRAGAN MORFIN architect Mexico...

    THIS IS NOT A TRAP... this is amazing architect work and live.. LUIS BARRAGANgeneral francisco ramirez 12 col appliacion daniel garza 11840 mexico df 55154908convento de las capuchinas sacramentarias miguel hidalgo 43 tlalpan 55732395IGLESIA CORPUS CHRISTI arboledas edo mexBEBEDEROS arboledas edo mexMUSEO MAQUETAS arboledas edo de mexTORRES DE...

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Mexico City What to Pack

  • Clothing

    I brought a very small carry on travel backpack for my trip. If you are planning on taking the subway to and from your hotel this is all you will want to take because there are TONS of stairs and quite a bit of walking involved. From the Zoloco to the Airport you will need to change trains three times and each time involves walking up and down...

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  • Luggage and Bags

    An important aspect of good travel planning is deciding what items to take with you on your vacation. What you take will, of course, depend on such factors as the climate of your destination, the types of activities you propose to engage in while there and the duration of your trip. Sometimes short trips are the hardest to pack for because you...

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  • Personal Hygeine

    make sure that your luggage is locked up and that the bags you bring to use on the streets are thin and can be kept close to you, or a small rucksack that you can wear on your front. check on the weather before you come, mexico city can be hot and stuffy and at some times of year it can be very cold ! Bring a good pair of comfortable shoes or...

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Mexico City Off The Beaten Path

  • Valle de Bravo

    Valle de Bravo is one of Mexicos "pueblos magicos", a trademark given by the tourist board for unique villages with special character or sights. Valle de Bravo is located a three hours-drive southwest from Mexico City and a popular daytrip destination. The location along the shore of Lake Avandaro makes Valle de Bravo a popular watersports...

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  • Teotihuacan

    Teotihuacan - about an hours drive north-east of Mexico City - is a spectacular archaeological site. This pre-columbian city ruled large parts of Central Mexico for hundreds of years before the Aztecs came, and was abandoned by its inhabitants in 650, also long before the arrival of their Aztec successors. What can be seen today are mainly...

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  • Piedra Herrada Butterfly Reservation

    About 3 hours west of Mexico City exists a not-so-well-known nature destination named Piedra Herrada Butterfly Reserve. The orange/black-coloured Monarch Butterflies migrate each year between Canada and Mexico (and back), spending the winter months in central Mexico until leaving for Canada in February. The Piedra Herrada Nature Reserve is...

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Mexico City Sports & Outdoors

  • Melia Mexico Reforma Pool&Gym

    Spa, gym, and indoor pool of Melia Mexico Reforma hotel let you enjoy true relaxation and rejuvenation. Located on the ninth floor, the Spa features six massage rooms, a relaxing living room, a sauna and steam bath, a full-service beauty parlor, as well as a state of the art gym overlooking the city.The Spa also has an elegant heated pool with an...

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  • Squash

    There is a fairly large number of squash clubs in Mexico City. A directory can be found on this Web site: http://www.squashespanol.com/juego/donde/dirdf.htmOne hour of play costs between Pesos $75 and Pesos $100 typically. No membership to a club is required although some of the nicest courts can be found in places like SportsWorld - private...

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  • Estudio Olympico de Ciudad Universitaria

    I actually didnt get down here we just saw it from the Turibus on our to and from Coyoacan. On the way passing the Stadium we had no problems we saw all the students coming out to protest something. There were alot of them. On the way back something happened. There were ambulance and police and we were sent on a detour through the entire Universty...

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Mexico City Favorites

  • Monuments

    The many layers of history accumulated plus the capital-city status have provided a large amount of statues and monuments to be found everywhere in the city. Paseo de la Reforma Avenue offers an historical stroll from the Centro Historico to Chapultepec park as the traffic circles commemorate historical events: The discovery of America in the...

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  • Zocalo

    If you like history, you must check out the Historic Center. You'll find the Aztec ruins of their main temple, the cathederal that Cortes built in the early 1500s on top of the main Aztec pyramid, the Presidential Palace. On top of all this, there's all the activity and people there to see.

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  • Around Town

    It never understood that driving in DF is difficult, the amount of cars is inmense, and the patient is needed. Having learned to drive in big cities I gotten very easy acclimated to driving here,and really all it takes is patient and time.... going around areas that show the everyday life of people doing their daily work away from tourists places.

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Mexico City

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Multiple VirtualTourist members recommended Marrakech's main square, Djemaa el Fna, as THE spot to find your street food snack while in Morocco. Located in the city's medina quarter (old city), the square contains close to a hundred food stalls serving a variety of Moroccan cuisine that can be eaten at nearby wooden tables on the square. The options range from the standard Moroccan fare of roasted lamb and couscous, to more exotic fare like sheep's testicle and escargots, and they change as the day goes on. In the morning, stalls serve fresh squeezed orange juice, followed by eggplant, kebabs, and brochettes in the afternoon. As evening rolls around, enjoy some snails or harira soup (tomato-based spcied chickpea soup) to start, followed by tangine chicken, shwarma, or lamb.

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