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Weather in Mexico City
Situated on a high plateau, Mexico City enjoys mild, pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature in winter averages between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius (68 to 74° Fahrenheit), while summer temperatures average around 28 degrees Celsius (83° Fahrenheit).
October through May is the city's dry season, during which the city experiences very little rain. June through September is considered the "rainy season". During these months it rains almost daily, though rarely for longer than a few hours.
Considering a visit to Mexico City? Fast facts on the city’s climate:
Hot season/summer: April through October
Highest rainfall: June through September
Dry season: January through April
Warmest month (on average): August
Coolest month (on average): January
Wettest month (on average): September
Driest month (on average): January
In Case of Emergency
Police: 060 & 080 (Emergencies, traffic, fire, etc.)
To report a crime: 061
Fire Department: 5768-8261
Ambulance: 5557-5757 (Red Cross)
Federal Highway Police: 5684-2142
Consumer Affairs: 5568-8722
Medical Services (English-speaking)
Private Ambulance: 5705-0925
Hospital ABC: 5230-8000 (24 hours)
Clínica Londres: 5229-8400
Red Cross: 5557-5757
Dr. John F. Symth: 5250-0019
Dentist: Chas. Cornish 5540-2946
Great Britain: 5207-2089
English-speaking media in Mexico City
Newspaper: The News
Radio: Imagen Radio 90.5
Monday to Saturday: 5:30 am
Sunday and Monday: 11:00 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 pm
Survey: Perceptions of Mexico City
The Government of Mexico City conducted a telephone public opinion survey in the United States and Canada in late 2009 to measure perceptions of business and leisure travelers toward the destination. Because Mexico City receives more than 2 million visitors a year from these markets, the government was interested in learning how it could enhance their travel experience and explore ways to improve its North American tourism marketing. The slide show below summarizes the findings of the research project. (Note: Click the "Toggle full screen" icon in the bottom-right corner to view the slideshow full screen).
Mexico City to host FITA 2012 tourism fair
Mexico City will host the third annual international tourism fair of the Americas, FITA 2012, on September 20-23, 2012.
FITA 2012 will attract the travel’s industry’s most prominent professionals: wholesalers, tour operators, transportation companies, hotels, event planners, travel agencies, national tourism promotion agencies, convention marketing offices, travel media and general visitors.
FITA 2012 will take place in the modern ExpoBancomer center, located in the Santa Fe area in Mexico City.
Last year’s fair attracted more than 2,000 national and international buyers representing 55 countries around the world, 5,000 tourism professionals and 3,000 exhibitors. More than 25,000 people attended the 4-day event.
The first two days of FITA 2012 will be reserved for travel industry professionals and feature a program of live demonstrations, cultural events and presentations. The fair will be open to the general public during the final two days.
For more information, please visit: fitamx.com
The latest fashions and styles are easy to come by in Mexico City, where you will find the enormous modern shopping malls and small fashion boutiques to be among the best in the world.
Visitors can discover great value and unique gifts in apparel and clothing, home furnishings, jewelry and accessories, handicrafts, furniture and art. Mexico City shopping opportunities are sure to meet the interests of all shoppers.
Global luxury fashion, jewelry and automobile brands have established boutiques in Mexico City, catering to both the city's wealthy professional class as well as visitors.
Head to Polanco, and you may think you are strolling Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Here is where you can find some of the most exclusive boutiques and famous designer stores lining the cosmopolitan President Masaryk Avenue. Make sure to take a break from the shopping with lunch at a picturesque sidewalk café or an upscale restaurant.
Bazar del Sabado
Enjoy the Saturday market in San Angel, a charming colonial neighborhood just south of Mexico City. Browse high-quality handicrafts, antiques and woodwork, ceramics, and textiles from hundreds of vendors.
Mercado Artesanal La Ciudadela
The Mercado Artesanal La Ciudadela is the place to find traditional Mexican crafts and the best bargains in Mexico City. The market is open every day and has more than 200 stalls for you to browse. Some stands will even ship your purchases internationally.
Centro Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Mall is one of the largest shopping complexes in Latin America. With something for everyone in the family, the mall houses department stores and an exclusive selection of high-quality shops, fine dining restaurants, movie theaters and more.
You are never far from the cultural and business capital of Mexico, and getting there has never been easier. More than 20 cities in the United States and Canada offer non-stop air travel to Mexico City. And with an average flying time of just four hours, a trip to Mexico City is a convenient, affordable and rewarding experience. view map
Mexico City, one of the world's greatest urban centers, welcomes more than 12 million visitors per year. Despite its size, it is easy to get around the city, especially with a modern subway system that links the hundreds of popular attractions.
Getting to Mexico City
Unlike a trip to Europe or beyond, Mexico City is just a few hours away. The city enjoys non-stop air service from many U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
There are many great options for getting around Mexico City. Hotels can arrange for private vehicles and taxis - an easy option since many drivers do not speak english. The city's modern subway system has 163 stations and runs late into the night. You can always get a cab — the city has over 100,000 taxis. And new dedicated traffic lanes make low-emission buses one of the faster modes of transportation. As the city expands its Green Plan, an increasing number of people get around by bike. Mayor Ebrard has encouraged bicycle use around the city with free bike loans and new and upgraded bike paths.
Mexico City launches bicycle sharing program
Mexico City has inaugurated a bicycle-sharing program, known as ECOBICI, to promote more environment-friendly methods of transport and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
Under the initial phase of ECOBICI, 1,114 bicycles at 85 stations are in place, with bikes available for 30-minute loans to members who pay a 300-peso ($23) annual fee. ECOBICI members will get an electronic card that allows them to borrow a bicycle, use it, and later return it to a station. The stations are located about 300 meters from each other, making bicycle transport ideal for citizens running errands and or making short trips through their neighborhoods.
"Just as in other cities, ECOBICI is a project that seeks to recover public spaces, improve people's quality of life and, of course, help protect the environment," Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said at a ceremony unveiling the program. The ECOBICI program is part of Mayor Ebrard’s comprehensive Green Plan designed to make Mexico City one of the most sustainable cities in the world.
At present, the ECOBICI stations are located in several neighborhoods. Stations are located at about 300 meters from each other, in Colonias Cuauhtémoc, Juárez, Roma Norte, Hipódromo Condesa and Condesa. It is projected that 24,000 people will make use of the system. More than 1,000 citizens have already signed up.
In addition, the Mexico City government plans to expand its dedicated bicycle lanes to build one along the Metrobus Line 3 route this year, with the goal to connect the metropolis with the neighboring cities of Toluca, Pachuca and Cuernavaca.
The goal of the ECOBICI is to reduce the number of vehicles that go through the city everyday, currently estimated at more than 5 million, while recovering public spaces, reducing air pollution, and improving the quality of life for city residents. Mexico City’s ECOBICI program is similar to those in place in Barcelona and Washington, D.C.
To learn more about Mexico City’s Green Plan, please click here.
Public Transportation in Mexico City
Officially called the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, Mexico City’s metro system is the second-largest in North America. Its twelfth line (Gold Line) was inaugurated in October 2012, and is expected to significantly reduce daily commuter time and improve the city’s air quality.
For more information and to download Metro Maps, visit http://mexicometro.org/.
The bus rapid transit (BRT) system runs on clean-burning, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and has four lines. Use Line 4 to travel between the International Airport and Downtown area in less than 30 minutes.
For more information and to download Metrobus Maps, visit http://mexicometro.org/.
Purchasing your TDF card
The Distrito Federal Card (TDF) can be used for both the Metro and the Metrobus. Cards can be purchased at card vending machines and cost around 10 pesos. Insert only the amount you wish to put on the card. The regular fare is 3 pesos for the Metro and 5 pesos for the Metrobus.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 5 am – 12 am
Saturdays: 6 am – 12 am
Sundays and holidays: 7 am – 12 am
Monday-Friday: 4:30am – 12 am
Saturdays: 5 am – 12 am
Sundays and holidays: 5 am – 12 am
Note: Hours for individual stations may vary. For more information, visit http://www.metrobus.df.gob.mx/rutas.html.
Mexico City is a safe place to visit, and public safety is one of the highest priorities for the city's leadership. As in any large metropolitan area, visitors should take common-sense precautions to ensure their well-being. Mexico City has an experienced, well-trained police force of more than 80,000 professionals.
Mexico City is currently installing a network of 8,000 video cameras in high-traffic locations to aid in crime prevention – the first 2,100 cameras were installed in December 2009. The video surveillance system will be the most modern in the world, with each camera system containing a loudspeaker for public announcements during times of crisis, a fire alarm and a "panic button" for citizens. The video system will be integrated with the city's five command, control and communications centers, with two mobile CCC units soon to be deployed. The city's video surveillance network will represent an investment of nearly $500 million.
Mexico City's leadership has sought extensive police and security advice from officials in London, Paris, Israel and Singapore, among other cities, as is developing and implementing crime prevention programs based on some of the best practices of each of these jurisdictions.
Mexico City is one of the world's most important centers of archeology and urban architecture, with 31 different archeological or historic sites. The city's historic center is a UNESCO-designated district, featuring many important, well-preserved Pre-Colombian archeological sites and historic colonial era buildings. The city is home to beautiful churches, authentic colonial neighborhoods, and one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the world. Foreign Policy magazine ranked Mexico City as one of the world's Top 10 cultural destinations.
Even as Mexico City has become a modern, cosmopolitan city, it continues to invest in its past. More than 83,000 sq. meters of the city's historic center are being renovated during 2009. As one of the largest and most unique examples of colonial architecture in the world, the city is working to improve transportation flows in the historic center, create pedestrian walkways, and support renovations in many of the magnificent buildings and public spaces located throughout the historic city center.
The Centro Histórico, or Historic Center, features numerous archeological sites and historic colonial buildings. The heart of the historic center is the Plaza de la Constitución, known locally as the Zócalo, one of the world’s largest urban squares. The Zócalo has been the prime gathering point for Mexico City residents over many decades, and it is bordered by the National Palace, the Aztec ruins of the Templo Mayor, the Metropolitan Cathedral (Latin America’s largest Catholic Church) and important government offices, including Mexico City’s City Hall.
Make sure to visit the National Palace, once the seat of the Mexican Government and the home of the president of Mexico. Built on the grounds of Montezuma's home, it features murals by Diego Rivera depicting Mexican history. In addition to many famous sites, the historic center also features charming cafes and restaurants, boutiques and handicraft shops, museums and churches.
Few cities in the world can rival Mexico City's collection of over 150 museums, including the National Anthropology Museum, home to the largest collection of ancient Mexican pieces in the world, and the Museum of Modern Art, which features permanent exhibitions of painters and sculptors from the modern Mexican art movement.
Make time to visit Chapultepec Park, one of the largest city parks in the world and home to the Chapultepec Castle, the former residence of Mexican Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota. The park also features the country's largest zoo, botanical gardens, lakes for paddleboat rides, an aquatic park with water slides, and miles of walkways and jogging paths. There are three museums contained in the park, including the hands-on Papalote Children's Museum with an IMAX big-screen theater.
Paseo de la Reforma
The Paseo de la Reforma is Mexico City’s major avenue. It bisects the city from east to west, and features numerous traffic circles, fountains and historic monuments, including the Independence Column, where El Ángel – the monument to Mexico’s independence –sits atop a 36–meter column. Cultural fairs and expositions are frequently organized along La Reforma’s broad sidewalks and promenades. Hotels, office towers, government buildings, banks and historic buildings are situated along La Reforma.
To experience the Venice of Mexico City, spend an afternoon at the floating gardens of Xochimilco (pronounced so-she-MIL-co). Mariachi musicians serenade visitors as they ride colorful gondolas through city's only remaining canals.
Spend a few hours in the picturesque colonial-era neighborhood of Coyoacán, a bohemian enclave with a colorful weekend market that spills into the streets surrounding the main square of Hidalgo Plaza. Stop by the former home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, which is now a museum called The Blue House. Or Marxist theorist Leon Trotsky's house, also a museum.
One hour northeast of the capital sits Teotihuacan, the most-visited archeological site in the country, which dates back to 300 B.C. The Pyramid of the Sun, one of Teotihuacan's two pyramids, is the third largest pyramid in the world. No one knows who built them — by the time the Aztecs discovered them, they were already ancient ruins. Often included in this trip to the pyramids is a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most visited churches in the world.
Two hours southeast of Mexico City is the city of Puebla, famed for its tile-embellished colonial-era buildings and its cuisine. Tlaxcala, another colonial city, and the nearby ruins of Cacaxtla (A.D. 650-900) and Xochitecatl (dating from 1000 B.C.) are also only two hours east of the capital.
Entertainment, Nightlife & Recreation
Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind cultural experience or simply a night out on the town, Mexico City has virtually unlimited options to keep you entertained during your stay.
Throughout the year, the city is home to numerous art exhibitions and film festivals, continuing the country's rich tradition of artistic expression. Some of those exhibitions can be found in the more than 100 art galleries that call Mexico City home.
For those more inclined toward the performing arts, the city's 30 theaters and concert venues provide a wealth of entertainment. Here visitors can expect plays, musicals, and dance, as well as every genre of music imaginable.
A world-class orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, has its own performing space in the Sala Silvestre Revueltas. Mexico City also welcomes a range of international superstars each year to its modern music venues, and traditional mariachi performances can be found across the city.
The young or young-at-heart can enjoy lounges and nightclubs throughout the city. For trendy cocktails and celebrity sightings, try the Polanco or Condesa neighborhoods. For the adventurous, try a night out in the Roma district.
Mexico City is an important sports center. The city hosted the 1968 Summer Olympic Games and the finals of the FIFA World Cup in 1970 and 1986. It has twice hosted the Pan American Games. Popular sports include soccer, baseball, basketball, bullfighting, and auto racing (Mexico City has hosted NASCAR and Formula 1 races). In 2005, Mexico City was the first city outside the United States to host a National Football League game, attended by 103,000 fans. It has also hosted NBA pre-season exhibition games.
Visitors are often surprised by the level of culinary sophistication to be found in Mexico City, but they shouldn't be: Forbes Magazine rated Mexico City the world's fourth-best culinary destination, behind only Paris, Rome and Tokyo. Chefs can prepare dishes from any cuisine and are no strangers to creativity.
Gastronomic Melting Pot
No matter your tastes, you will be able to find something to satiate your hunger in Mexico City. A true gastronomic melting pot, it offers a global range of both traditional and modern cuisines. Visitors can expect delicious meals, perhaps served in one of Mexico City's restored haciendas, and some of the most recognizable international names associated with quality food are available if you want something familiar.
Mexico City features cuisine from every part of the world — it has adopted not only each of Mexico's regional cuisines but the finest dishes from the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Greece, Thailand and China, to name a few. Many restaurants feature organic foods, fusion cuisines and unique interpretations of both Mexican and international dishes.
Traditional Mexican Fare
The colonial atmosphere of the downtown Historic Center is a good place to find traditional Mexican and Spanish food. Many restaurants feature food from the Mayan culture, including the Yucatecan staple "sopa de lima," which is chicken, lime and tortilla soup. If you are in a rush, you can always pick up delicious tacos on the go, a staple Mexican fast food.
Wine and Spirits
You might not commonly drink Mexican wine at home, but a trip to Mexico City could open your palate to some award-winning wineries located south of the U.S. border. For spirits, try the tequila or mezcal, which are made from the agave plant.
Luxury hotels abound in Mexico City with all the amenities of the finest high-end resorts around the world. There are also a growing number of smaller, boutique properties characterized by their unique design and highly-personalized service.
Not only can guests expect world-class restaurants, full-service spas and breathtaking views of the Valley of Mexico, but many hotels also offer their own English-speaking tours of the city's numerous art galleries and private archeological expeditions to ancient Aztec and pre-Aztec sites. Guests can arrange for a private car with an English-speaking guide and cultural expert to take them around.
New Luxury Hotels Open in Mexico City
Mexico City’s new Downtown hotel is
located in the heart of the UNESCO-
designated historic center.
Business and leisure travelers to Mexico City have several exciting new luxury hotel options, as leading global hospitality brands continue to invest in Mexico’s most dynamic political, business and cultural capital.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mexico City Airport Area is accepting reservations for arrivals beginning on November 3. The hotel is just 15 minutes away from the international terminal at Benito Juarez Mexico City Airport. It features a large fitness center, 24-hour shuttle services to the airport, a business center and 7,500 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space.
Le Méridien opens a 160-suite hotel on November 1, located on Paseo de la Reforma in the heart of the city’s business and financial district, and close to several cultural attractions. The Starwood property will feature a pool and fitness center, business and sightseeing services, meeting rooms and dining experiences.
Two recent hotels have opened in Mexico City’s Santa Fe district, where many multinational and Mexican companies have established headquarters. The JW Marriott Santa Fe opened in June, with 205 rooms, 15 suites and three concierge floors. Also in Santa Fe is the new Presidente Santa Fe, an InterContinental property. The 27-story tower is the tallest building in Santa Fe, with spectacular views of the Mexico City valley and surrounding mountains. The hotel features six international restaurants, full-service business, spa and fitness centers, and meeting space for 300 persons. Both hotels are near the Expo Bancomer convention center and Centro Santa Fe, one of Latin America’s largest shopping malls.
Located in the heart of Mexico City’s historic center is Downtown, the latest property from Grupo Habita, a highly-acclaimed Mexican boutique hotel developer. Downtown combines a raw industrial age design with 18th century colonial architecture to create a spectacular 17-suite bohemian-chic property in the heart of Mexico City’s UNESCO-designated historic district. The property features a pool terrace and rooftop lobby overlooking the surrounding colonial neighborhood.
Earlier this year, Hyatt Regency acquired the Hotel Nikko property in the Polanco section. The hotel’s 756 rooms feature views of either Chaptultapec Park or the trendy Polanco shopping and dining district. The property features four restaurants, 28,000 square feet of meeting space, concierge floors, and full-service business, spa and fitness centers. Over the next three years, $40 million in renovations are planned.
Looking ahead, Starwood Hotel & Resorts will open its second W Hotel in Mexico City in 2014 in the Santa Fe district, which will feature 132 rooms, a bar and restaurant, pool deck, fitness space and 8,000 square feet of meeting space.
With so many new luxury hotel options for visitors, no wonder Forbes magazine recently called Mexico City “Latin America’s hottest city.”
The Polanco neighborhood, often called the Beverly Hills of Mexico, is home to many of the city's best upscale hotels, including the same international shopping luxury chains that you can find in New York, London, and Paris. Polanco is also home to chic restaurants and sweeping mansions alongside Chapultepec Park, one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the world.
Consider the tree-lined Condesa neighborhood, which features Art Deco houses, cafes and boutique hotels that provide a relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Mexico City has an abundance of four-star and three-star hotels that have the capacity to host large business conferences and congresses. These hotels are able to provide business travelers with all the amenities needed for a large or small scale conference.