Mexico - Traveling
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
It is recommended to use public transportation, but the conditions of city buses are not too good and these are driven recklessly.
The subway, called Metro, circulates all over the city and it is very inexpensive.
Taxis are available in all major avenues, however, it is better to use authorized taxis (a directory can be found in: taxis ) which will guarantee a safe ride and rapid access at a fair price. Currently, there is also a suburban train which connects the main cities in the state of Mexico with the capital (D.F.), and in only 15 minutes travels 20 km.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
There are 57 international airports in the country which allow traveling in a short time. Fifteen companies manage the airlines market. They offer several itineraries and frequent flight connections in between the capital and the major cities. In the last few years, airlines companies called "low cost" have integrated the market, increasing the use of airplane transportation in the country. The fares can be high if the reservations are not booked in advance.
|Name||Type||Domestic flights||International flights|
|Aviacsa||Low Cost||Yes||Yes (Las Vegas)|
Traveling by yourself
International insurances are not valid, therefore it is necessary to obtain auto insurance in Mexico.
In Mexico City, an alternating traffic system has been established in order to fight environmental pollution (it is based on the vehicle plate's number). Vehicles with a foreign plate cannot circulate on Fridays.
Different forms of tourism
Health and safety
There is a high risk related to the geographical altitude and air pollution in the Mexico City area.
It is advised not to drink tap water. Avoid consuming ice creams and sherbets, as well as ice cubes.
In order to prevent gastrointestinal diseases, very common in tourists, it is advised to avoid consuming high risk foods, reheated meals, seafood and fish, undercooked meats and raw vegetables, as well as fruits with their peel.
Time difference and climate
In the north, the weather is extreme and dry ( -20ºC in winter, 45ºC in summer)
In the central zone, the temperature is fair, it can range from 10ºC up to 25ºC during the day.
In the southern area, the weather is humid and tropical with strong precipitations. The temperature can range in between 16ºC and 45ºC.
The best time to visit the country is from April to June.
Some typical dishes are:
-Guacamole: mashed avocados with tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers.
-Mole poblano: chicken and rice covered with a sauce prepared with a variety of peppers and chocolate.
-Tamales: Corn flour with chicken or vegetables, cooked inside plantain or corn leaves.
Mexicans usually accompany their meals with a beer or a "flavored water", based on fruit juice concentrates.