Visit Mexico’s vibrant capital city — CDMX!
I lived in Mexico City for about a year, and now I’m here to serve as your virtual tour guide and help you live your best CDMX travel life!
This is North America’s biggest (and dare I say, coolest!) city: from hip neighborhoods and Aztec history, to Xochimilco‘s colorful boats and the amazing Teotihuacan UNESCO World Heritage Site, and of course, delicious tacos, there’s nowhere on Earth quite like Mexico City.
In Mexico City, everyday is Taco Tuesday
Mexico City Travel FAQs
Is Mexico City safe for solo travel?
For the most part, Mexico City is quite safe. I lived there as a solo woman for almost a year, and encountered zero issues.
However, I will say that I made my own safety my highest priority — and you should too!
Check out Ep. 04 of my podcast, Janine’s Take On Solo Female Travel Safety in Mexico, where I spoke to a fellow solo female traveler about her take on Mexico travel safety.
What areas in Mexico City should I avoid?
While I consider Mexico City generally quite safe, even as a solo female traveler, the Tepito and Doctores neighborhood should be avoided!
Now, the Doctores neighborhood is where all the big Lucha Libre (masked Mexican wrestling) matches take place; but if you aren’t headed to Lucha, you should avoid Doctores.
I did go to a Lucha Libre match here once, and felt safe. However, this might be a good place to consider having a local with you — especially if your Spanish isn’t so great.
Don’t know a local? No worries! Book the Lucha Libre/Street Taco Tour, because Lucha Libre + Street Tacos + Safety = the best of all worlds!
What are Mexico City's best things to do?
Oh man! Where do I begin?!
I lived in the city for almost a year, and never got bored. There’s so much to see & do… and eat!
Truthfully, I get asked for Mexico City travel planning advice a lotttt, so I made this blog which serves as a great planning aid! Head to 150 Best Things to Do, See & Eat in Mexico City blog to get all my insider intel.
What's the best time of year to visit Mexico City?
- Weather-wise, Mexico City has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cool. The rainy season is from April-September.
- The prettiest time of year in CDMX is from (about) mid-February to the end of March, when the bright purple jacaranda trees are in bloom!
- This also coincides with the monarch butterfly migration in the neighboring state of Michoacan, which takes place March-June.
- The city hosts the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festivities during the last week in October.
- If you want the city all to yourself, come during Semana Santa (Holy Week) when many Mexicans leave the city and head to the beach. The dates fluctuate, but Semana Santa takes place in late-March to early-April each year.
Will I need a tourist visa to visit Mexico?
You don’t need a visa! When you go through Customs/Immigration at the airport, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Visa at no charge. Be sure to keep track of this visa, as you’ll have give it back when you’re leaving the country. Check out my blog 5 Reasons Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more reasons Mexico is such a great option for U.S. visitors.
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?
Many people visit Mexico and never utter a word of Spanish! However, as a general rule, you should know at least a few words of Spanish. Download my free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list here! Pro Tip: Save it on your phone as an image, so you can have it handy even if you’re off-WiFi.
As far as Mexico City goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) won’t speak any English.
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