Mexico City Travel

Mexico is always a good idea!

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I lived in Mexico City for about a year… and now I’m here to help you live your best CDMX travel life!

North America’s biggest (and dare I say, coolest!) city. From hip neighborhoods, to Aztec history, to street art, and of course, delicious tacos, there’s nowhere on Earth quite like Mexico City.

 

colorful trajineras, gondola-style boats, at Xochimilco.

In Mexico City, everyday is Taco Tuesday…

Mexico City FAQs…

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What everyone wants to know:

Is Mexico City safe for 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 made my own safety a 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.

When is 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.
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico City?

Realistically, you can visit Mexico City and not speak Spanish at all. If you stick to the more touristic parts of the city, like Roma, Condesa and Polanco, most people will know at least basic English — especially those who work in the service industry.

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.

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.

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico City?

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.

Is Mexico safe for travel?

I wish this question had an officially official answer, but it doesn’t. What I can definitively tell you is that I have been safe as a solo female traveler & so have countless other women! Check out my blog Mexico Solo Travel: How to be Safe and Crush It to see how I did it.

Mexico City Blogs

Mexico City travel podcasts

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