10 Tips for Visiting Mexico City
Even though it's Mexico, leave your shorts & flip flops at home. Even in the summer, locals wear slacks or jeans and more conservative tops.
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To convert currency, I recommend using an ATM instead of the casas de cambio (money exchange). You'll pay a fee, but you'll get a better exchange rate
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Let's talk food! Mexico City is known for its world class cuisine, but some of their most famous restaurants require a 6 month in advance reservation.
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While I’m always a big fan of stumbling upon good food, if you’re a foodie you’ll want to do your research to make sure you can get a table.
Always travel with duplicates of your passport (and keep a photo on your phone), and go around the city with a license or a passport card.
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For the best deal when getting around, call a taxi de sitio rather than a normal taxi. Or if you have data, calling an Uber is th best option!
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Don’t drink unfiltered water in Mexico City. Always drink/order bottled water at restaurants and never order ice.
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Most people will know English, but learning a few key phrases in Spanish will go a long way.
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The exchange rate makes things like silver and gold significantly cheaper in Mexico. These make for great gifts or souvenirs!
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Teotihuacan, which translates to ‘the place where the gods were created,’ is worth the hour trip from Mexico City for a bit of history.
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You either book a tour bus, take public transportation or an Uber to get to Teotihuacan. Either way, I recommend booking a tour guide for the site.
If you're interested in visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum, I recommend doing it with a tour that takes care of everything from transportation to tickets
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The museum is in the neighborhood of Coyoacán. It is quite cute and you could easily spend all day here as well!
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