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Mexico City Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Mexico City, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Capital Mexico City
Language Spanish
Time Difference -6 hours
Currency Mexican Peso
Voltage 127V

As the country’s capital, Mexico City is perfect to explore the heritage and beauty of this vibrant country. Reflecting the shifting landscapes built by Aztecs, influenced by Spanish and transformed with its own revolution- Mexico City celebrates its storied history with many museums and celebrations that take place throughout the year.

Renowned for exquisite cuisine, exclusive boutiques and markets, and a thriving art scene, Mexico City is equally as cosmopolitan as it is historic. Step back in time around the colonial architecture and Aztec ruins, then return to the trendy neighbourhoods in the evening for an authentic experience of modern day Mexico.

Highlights+
Xochimilco Canals

Mexico City’s second UNESCO heritage site, the picturesque ‘Venice of Mexico’ offers a tranquil escape from the hustle of the city centre. A beautiful network of canals, this spot is famous for its floating gardens, where reed rafts rooted to become islands, with fruits and flowers growing on the waters. This is the only example of traditional pre-Hispanic land use of lagoons remaining in Mexico City. Hop on one of the many colourful gondolas to enjoy the calming waterways, dotted with birdlife.

Centro Historico

Constructed over the ruins of ancient Aztec structures, this UNESCO Heritage Site is famous for the beautiful museums, cathedrals and temples which reveal Mexico City’s fascinating and storied past. For stunning views, head to the terrace of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which plays host to the cities most important cultural events. Palacio Nacional is a grand colonial palace and is home to the offices of Mexico’s President, where spectacular murals by Diego Rivera depict Mexico’s history. One of Mexico City’s most iconic landmarks: Catedral Metropolitana, displays a catalogue of architectural styles.

Museo Nacional de Antropologia

There are over 150 museums and galleries in Mexico City, but the largest and most visited is the world-famous Museum of Anthropology. Regarded as the finest museum dedicated to anthropology in the world, this vast museum pays tribute to the indigenous people of Mexico, aiming to safeguard their legacy. Its 12 ground floor halls are dedicated to the civilisations of pre-Hispanic Mexico, whilst the upper floor showcases how indigenous descendants live today. The superb displays are translated into English, whilst there are 4 free English-speaking tours of the museum daily- ideal to make sense of Mexico’s rich and fascinating history. Gather in a clearing in front of the museum to watch the extraordinary Totonac ‘voladores’ rite- ‘flying’ from a 20-meter-high pole.

Templo Mayor

In a haunting tribute to pre-Hispanic Mexico, the ruins of Templo Mayor were only rediscovered in 1978- beginning an excavation which is ongoing today. This is thought to be the exact spot where Aztec’s saw what is now the symbol of Mexico: an eagle perched on a cactus, with a snake in its beak- believed by the Aztec’s to mean this is the centre of the universe. Visitors to this astonishing site can view the pyramids and complex main temples, whilst the on-site museum houses a model of Tenochtitlan- the Aztec city which became Mexico City- along with some of the incredible artefacts uncovered on this site. Continually intriguing with more being discovered every day, this is a must-visit to understand the wonder of the ancient civilisations of Mesoamerica.

Teotihuacan

50km north of Mexico City, a complex of magnificent pyramids and temples line the Avenue of the Dead on this ancient archaeological site. Stretched across the valley in geometric patterns, this is an incredible example of the Aztec technology and city planning that has inspired subsequent cultures. With the towering structures representing only 10 percent of the total surface, this is a testament to the largest cultural centre in Mesoamerica. Clamber up the 248 uneven steps of the Piramide de Sol- the world’s third largest pyramid- for an awe-inspiring view of this ancient city. For a day trip away from the busy modern city, Teotihuacan is a must-add to your Mexico City itinerary.

Bosque de Chapultepec

At more than 1600 acres, Mexico City’s largest park offers an oasis in the middle of the busy city. Home to several historical sites, this huge expanse is dotted with dozens of fountains and monuments to discover. Climbing up to the top of the hill, Chapultepec castle houses the fascinating natural history museum, whilst other attractions include the botanical gardens, with the Museo Nacional de Antropologia nestled in this sprawling park.

Climate+

The climate of Mexico City is subtropical and pleasantly warm in the day, whilst evenings range from cool in summer to cold in winter. Rainfall is concentrated during the summer months, whilst there is a long dry season from November to April. The warmest and driest periods are around the spring, making this the most desirable time to visit.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mexico City.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January139
February147
March1611
April1823
May1854
June18110
July17124
August18119
September17102
October1652
November148
December136

Getting There+

Fly from London Heathrow Airport directly to Mexico City International Aiport with British Airways (11 hour 55 minute flight)

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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