CDMX, is a city that is located in a valley, surrounded by mountains and several volcanoes such as the Xitle, Tláloc or Ajusco, all these inactive, but very beautiful to observe. Also nearby is the legendary and impressive Popocatepetl volcano.
When you are deciding a travel destination, you must choose between a more urban, natural, rock, beach or cultural experience. You can rarely find a place that meets all these characteristics and is also suitable for all budgets. This is the particular magic of Mexico City or CD MX: it is a city full of infinite possibilities and that you can live from different angles. No matter what you are looking for on your trip, you can find it on CD MX.
Mexico City, next to the Federal District, known as the whole colloquially as DF, Although the Federal District is considered a separate entity, due to the fact that it is very small and surrounded by Mexico City they are considered as a only place.
Known for being the most cosmopolitan city in the country, with an extensive catalog of museums, monuments and historical palaces to admire. CDMX could be known as the city that never sleeps in Mexico, since there is always something to do, visit and eat.
Mexico City, being in the center of the country, is the door to all the beauty that the country can offer in tourism. And we do not only refer to those emblematic sites that every tourist should know, such as El Zócalo, museums such as Frida Khalo, the archaeological sites of Teotihuacán or Tula, the University City, the Historic Center among others, which are always full of people; but you can venture to make tours of less known areas and that can offer you a different, more authentic and original perspective.
The climate in the Valley of Mexico City (CDMX) is mild, but with palpable changes in temperature, by day the maximum heat can reach 27 C and at night it goes down to 2 C.
How to get?
By road you can arrive by the 57 D highways, which come from Querétaro, with an approximate price of $ 300, the 85D highway that comes from Pachuca and has a price of $ 52 pesos and the 150D that leaves Puebla, with an approximate price of $ 170 pesos.
You can arrive by bus routes throughout the country. The best transport brands to use are, ADO, the average or luxury transport of Turistar ETN, or a little cheaper but comfortable trips offered by Ómnibus México or Primera plus.
Getting to CDMX is the easiest. Being the capital has a large international airport within the urban area. If you travel in low season (mid-April to early June) you can find great discounts on plane flights. Try to use Uber to call a taxi from the airport and if you travel light luggage, you can use the public transport service either the subway or the buses.
You must remember that there are north and west entrances to Mexico City and you have to look carefully at which one you want to reach since it is currently one of the largest and most populous cities in the world.
Places to visit
The Palace of Fine Arts
The most beautiful and important precinct of culture of the nation, with an architecture of the art nouveau current, being hegemony in works of art, paintings, sculptures and a theater hall. It is located on the av. Juárez, central axis corner in the Historic Center of the CDMX. Check the billboard for the theater inside the Palace, the entrance to the museum is free for students, teachers or senior citizens, showing the relevant credentials. Schedule from Tuesday to Sunday opens the museum from 10 a.m. at 17 p.m., Monday is closed. The regular cost is $ 70 pesos and camera permits (take photo and video) is $ 30 pesos.
National Museum of Anthropology and History
Being the best and largest museum in Mexico, with a huge collection of historical artifacts and international events throughout the year. Located on av. Paseo de la reforma and Gandhi road, Col Chapultepec. Counting on temporary collections that the other museums of the world share with Mexico. With a cost of $ 80 pesos the entrance and free entry to children under 13, over 60 and Mexican students, with the relevant credentials, on Sundays the general admission is free for locals and foreigners. We recommend you spend 2 days to visit the museum, how much minimum, since it is a huge museum with hundreds of things to see. You can check the page https://palacio.inba.gob.mx/
Templo Mayor Museum
Where you will find the vestiges of the old Tenochtitlan and the archeology studies of Mexico City itself are carried out. It is located in Seminario 8, the historic center of Mexico City, it is recommended to arrive by train, via line 2 as parking is scarce. The entrance fee of $ 80 pesos, for children under 13, seniors, students and teachers, admission is free with their corresponding credentials. On Sundays, admission is free for locals and foreigners. You can check https://www.templomayor.inah.gob.mx/
Live Latino Festival
The massive concert of the best Latin American and Spanish-speaking bands is held at the Sol Forum. The Sol Forum is located at Av. River of piety, Iztacalco. The festival has been held every year since 1998, this year 2020 is no exception, it is usually held in March. This year the dates are March 14 and 15, with different bands, the billboard can be checked on the page, https://www.vivelatino.com.mx/
The mecca of Mexican wrestling, if you have not experienced wrestling, go meet and have fun in the show that has earned its place in Mexican culture. Thanks to the great popularity of Mexican wrestling, the old Model Arena was modified in the 40s and renamed in the Great Arena Mexico. Located in Dr. Lavista 189 and Cuauhtémoc. Currently, the Arena Mexico not only houses the “colossi of the Doctors” (the fighters), but also several shows, mainly concerts. Check the prices of events and the billboard at http://www.arenaciudaddemexico.com/site/index.php
Monument to Independence
Colloquially known as the Angel of Independence, it is the most emblematic monument in Mexico City, representing the victory of the insurgents over the Spanish kingdom. It began to be built in 1843 on September 15. As we know the Angel, as aspect was in 1910 commissioned by President Porfirio Díaz. Located in the gazebo of the Paseo de la Reforma. It is a hollow bronze statue in the shape of a female angel with the right arm extended with a laurel wreath, to crown the heroes of the war of independence, with a golden chest at the base of the gigantic pillar, where the first act is kept of independence of Mexico.
It is the cultural space, with the intention of mixing nature and cultural, sports and entertainment experiences for the welfare of society. Located on av. May 5, 290, Miguel Hidalgo col. Founded in 2007, to replace the old oil refineries that closed in 1991. From a contaminated area to a city lung. The different events that you can check on your billboard https://parquebicentenario.com.mx/eventos/.
It is the cultural center dedicated to the storage and exhibition of national and world cinematography. Updating and appreciating the seventh art, extolling its creation and inviting the population of Mexico to enjoy it. Located on av. Mexico Coyoacán 389, col Xoco del Benito Juárez. Check the billboard at https://parquebicentenario.com.mx/eventos/. Entrance fees are $ 50 pesos general, $ 30 pesos admission for students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials. The discount does not apply to Forum events, Film shows and emerging talent.
It is the archeological zone near Mexico City, belonging to the Mexican culture, although there are archaeological signs that belonged to an unknown ancestor culture, which is generically named Teotihuacan. We recommend you go to the guided tours and take the transport from Mexico City. Do not go in the spring equinox, because the place is full and it is not pleasant to travel it.
Mexico City (CDMX), hosts a huge amount of cultural events, music festivals and staging of all kinds. Accompanied by a rich history and with places for all kinds of tastes, CDMX is the capital, not only of the country, but also of everything the country can offer the world.
What to eat in CDMX?
Do not be afraid to bring to your palate the taste of a Tamale cake, it will sound weird, but it is a typical Mexican cuisine. It is one of the most popular CDMX meals, regularly parodied by the concept of bread dough. However, it is one of the most delicious and economical meals that you can find in CDMX, it has the ease of being able to find them almost anywhere in the city, in hundreds of street stalls and even some simple restaurants and restaurants. Those of us who live in the “provinces”, we know as tamale cakes.
Which is a large and thick tortilla folded in half and fried, stuffed with beans, cheese or something else, garnished with lettuce, cream and cheese. It is a typical appetizer of the region, we recommend 2 very famous places to taste them, Tlacoyotitlan, Salvador Díaz Mirón 84 and Tlacoyos Lucy, located in spring 59 in the famous col. sta. Faith.
Is chicken with a thick sauce, formed by achiote, spices, chili, chocolate and aromatic herbs. To try this delicious dish, you can look at the restaurants in the city center, but go for sure in our recommendations, Restaurante Angelopolitano located in Puebla 371, in the Colonia Roma Norte and La Poblanita Casa de Tacubaya, located in Governor Luis G Vieyra 12, in col, San Miguel Chapultepec.
You can taste tacos throughout the republic, but definitely in the capital of Mexico is where the variety of forms and flavors is king. You should keep in mind that in CDMX, the quesadillas are the folded taquitos, stuffed with various things and the tacos are the tortillas spread with the ingredients on them. We give you the recommendations of El Vilsito, av. University, Navarrete Poniente, col. Benito Juárez and Tacos el Huequito located at City Hall 21 col. Center.
Tap water is not potable. Buy bottled water and drink only that one. You will avoid stomach upset.
Don’t forget to visit a traditional Mexican bakery. They have the best sweet and savory breads you will taste in your life.
There are those who affirm that it is impossible to eat badly in Mexico City, because there is a great variety of restaurants, taquerías and street stalls full of appetizing food. Of course, take care of the appearance and cleanliness of the places where you decide to eat so that you are not a victim of the so-called Moctezuma Revenge, which is nothing more than the gastrointestinal disease that usually attacks unsuspecting tourists.
In the pre-Hispanic era, right on Lake Texcoco, stood the impressive city of Tenochtitlan, capital of the Mexican Empire, known as Aztecs by the Spanish conquerors and neighboring towns. The settlement was one of the largest cities of its time, with walkways around its walls and where there were beautiful pyramids and structures of indigenous architecture.
Upon the arrival of Hernán Cortés and his campaign to conquer new Spain, the city of Tenochtitlan was involved in the war of conquest, where its rivals the Tlaxcaltecas, among other indigenous peoples, allied themselves with the Spaniards and attacked the city. On August 13, 1521 the city of Tenochtitlan fell before the enemies.
After the fall of Tenochtitlan, Cortes decided to build there the capital of New Spain, he remained in charge until the arrival of Viceroy Antonio De Mendoza. With this he became the First Audience of Mexico.
Mexico City was already well known during the colony. After a long period of war that began with the insurgency of Dolores Guanajuato on September 15, 1810, the trigarant army entered triumphant on September 27, 1821, led by Agustín de Iturbide, ending the Mexican war of independence.
There is the use of bicycles and electric skateboard, there are quite a few places where these services are located. It’s very simple, download an application, pay and go, you can buy one of these devices for as long as you want to know the city. The city has routes for cyclists and there are many places where it is better to access in this way, you will surely enjoy visiting Mexico City with electric skateboards at a low cost.
In Mexico City, it is advisable to always move by truck, train or macrobus, since traffic is tremendous in the capital.
Eat whenever you can in the street stalls, it is much cheaper and we assure you that the taste has no comparison.
Stay whenever you can in the area near Bellas Artes, in the downtown area, which is the one since the area is safer and opens comfortably to any part of the city. The Massiosare Hostel or the Metropol Hotel, which are just a few blocks from fine arts, being very clean and safe.
Take into account that it is the tenth most populous city in the world.
Don’t be afraid to put together your own tours for the main attractions. They are easily accessible and you will save a lot of money, in addition you will go at your own pace.
Find information to reach the archaeological zone Teotihuacán on your own. It is easy to do it by public transport. Although it is outside the city, it is worth the trip.
Don’t forget to visit the Historic Center. Go by day and walk through its buildings, museums and historical places.
If you stay at the Insurgentes metro station you will find the Zona Rosa, from where you can reach Paseo de la Reforma and then towards Chapultepec Castle.
Do you want a romantic and unforgettable walk? Since you are on the Paseo de la Reforma, you can write a letter to the delegation and ask permission to go up to the Angel. There are 200 steps, but when you reach the top you will have a spectacular view of the city, it is worth it! The best? Is free.
The Frida Kahlo Museum is usually crowded. To avoid rows of hours we recommend purchasing tickets on the website, https://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/es/el-museo/ is a bit more expensive but it is worth skipping that row. Go early, half an hour before they open, and you can explore the museum more calmly. It is better to go during the week.
If you want to ride a trajinera (long boats, traditionally decorated, where they have small parties on the route) without having to go to Xochimilco, you can visit the Tláhuac jetty, a delegation located on the shore of the Lake of the Aztec Kings, very near the city.
Do you want some wonderful photos of Fine Arts? No viewpoint is needed, just visit the Sears stores in the area. The view is spectacular.
On Sundays the entrance to the museums is free, although they are usually very crowded.
If you are a teacher or student, take your credential or identification with you because this guarantees you very good discounts on tickets to museums and monuments.
Do not be afraid to talk to the inhabitants of Mexico City, Mexicans are very ambitious and talkative, you can find new places, form new friends and have good advice.
CDMX is a fairly safe city, although the precautions do not hurt if you travel by subway through some areas or when you go out at night. Ask people who live in the city if you have any questions about the area you will visit or the tourist guide posts that are scattered in the city.
Remember not to have jewelry, electronic equipment, cash and other similar. It is better to keep a low profile.
Avoid paying with dollars, as they will offer you an unfavorable exchange rate. It is better to withdraw money from ATMs with a card from your bank that serves abroad or exchange your currencies. At the airport they do not usually give very good rates, so it is better to ask at the hotel or find out online a safe place to do so.
The best thing about the capital is to celebrate Mexico’s national dates, such as the anniversary of the start of the Mexican independence war or the anniversary of the revolution on November 20 and of course chasing the great musical events that take place in the city, since artists from all over the world usually visit CDMX with some regularity.