Travel Planning
Mexico City
Travel Planning
Mexico City

Mexico City at a Glance

As the seat of Mexican government and a bastion of cultural life, Mexico City has art, architecture and history to temp tourists.

Spend a morning strolling through the colonial-era villas or visit the National Palace and the government center of Mexico City Diego Riviera's murals adorn the walls here and they shouldn't be missed. For an afternoon spent in the shade of indoors, visit Frida Kahlo's home and art museum. The tempestuous painter spent her entire life living in this home and it has been carefully maintained. Frieda's artwork, as well as the art that decorated her home remain on display.

In the evening, catch dinner at a trendy new restaurant, or dig into a simple meal from a street stall. As the clock approaches midnight, a crowd pulses inside a discotheque and the music, drinking and dancing will go on until early in the morning.

What to Expect
High Season
November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Mexico City International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Metro-Bus
      • Bus Mexico City Bus System
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Mexico City is in a hot area, but the city's high altitude moderates temperatures. Take care to stay hydrated in the heat. 

      Safety Concerns Travelers to Mexico City need to watch out for pickpockets and protect their valuables. Keep your belongings on your person at all times and avoid flashing cash. Stick to crowded and well-lit areas at night. Trust your instincts; if an area feels unsafe, head somewhere you feel more comfortable.

      Health Concerns Mexico City's air-quality can be quite poor and will affect sensitive populations. Visitors to Mexico should drink only bottled water if they are unfamiliar with the country's water.