Traveling to Mexico City in 2024?
Here’s all that you need to know

Packing list, safety tips, and our favorite hidden gems.

Mexico City, a bustling metropolis steeped in history and culture, offers a vibrant mix of ancient traditions and modern attractions. Whether you’re drawn to its rich cultural heritage, mouth-watering cuisine, or lively arts scene, Mexico City promises an unforgettable experience. To ensure your trip is as smooth and enjoyable as possible, we’ve compiled five essential tips covering the best neighborhoods, safety advice, packing essentials, mobility tips, and money matters.

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Running through Monumento a la Revolución during our 2023 experience.

Best Neighborhoods

 

Mexico City is a sprawling city with diverse neighborhoods, each offering unique experiences. Here are some of the best areas to explore:

 

1. Centro Histórico: The heart of Mexico City, home to iconic landmarks like the Zócalo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It’s perfect for history buffs and first-time visitors.


 

2. Roma and Condesa: These adjacent neighborhoods are known for their bohemian vibe, leafy streets, and excellent dining and nightlife. Ideal for younger travelers and those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere.


 

3. Polanco: An upscale area with luxury shopping, high-end restaurants, and cultural institutions like the Museo Soumaya. Great for travelers looking for a more refined experience.


 

4. Coyoacán: A charming, artsy neighborhood famous for its colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and the Frida Kahlo Museum. Perfect for art lovers and those wanting a taste of traditional Mexican life.


 

5. Santa María La Ribera:  This historic neighborhood is famous for its stunning architecture and cultural landmarks, such as the beautiful Moorish kiosk or the Geology Museum. It’s an ideal spot for those looking to explore a quieter, more authentic side of Mexico City.

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Visiting the Moorish kiosk during our 2023 running experience in Mexico City

Mexico City, a bustling metropolis steeped in history and culture, offers a vibrant mix of ancient traditions and modern attractions.

Safety Tips

 

While Mexico City is generally safe for tourists, it’s important to stay vigilant and follow these safety tips:

 

1. Stay in Well-Trodden Areas: Stick to popular tourist spots and avoid wandering into unfamiliar neighborhoods, especially at night.


 

2. Be Mindful of Your Belongings:Pickpocketing can be an issue in crowded areas. Keep your belongings secure, avoid displaying expensive items, and use a money belt or hidden pouch.


 

3. Use Trusted Transportation: Opt for registered taxis, rideshare services like Uber, or public transportation options recommended by your hotel.


 

4. Stay Informed: Keep up with local news and follow any travel advisories or warnings. Register with your embassy if possible.


 

5. Avoid Drinking Tap Water: Stick to bottled water to avoid any potential health issues.


 

 

Packing List Essentials

 

Packing smart can make your trip much more comfortable. Here are some essentials to include:

 

1. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Mexico City’s attractions often require a fair bit of walking. Choose supportive footwear.


 

2. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: The weather can vary, so pack layers. Bring a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.


 

3. Portable Charger: Keep your devices powered up as you explore the city.


 

4. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated, but fill up with bottled or filtered water.


 

5. Sunscreen and Hat: The sun can be strong, so protect your skin.

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Breakfast in a typical Xochimilco floating garden during our 2023 running experience in Mexico City

Mobility Advice

 

Navigating Mexico City can be daunting due to its size, but these tips can help:

 

1. Public Transportation: The metro is efficient and affordable. Learn the main lines and use a metro card for convenience.


 

2. Rideshare Apps: Services like Uber or Didi are widely available and often safer than hailing a street taxi.


 

3. Biking: EcoBici offers a bike-sharing program, which is a great way to explore the city at your own pace.


 

4. Walking: Many of the most interesting sights are within walking distance in central neighborhoods. Use Google Maps or a similar app to navigate.



5. Traffic Awareness: Be aware that traffic can be heavy. Plan your travel times accordingly to avoid rush hours.


 

 

Money Advice

 

Managing your money wisely will help you avoid unnecessary stress:


1. Currency: The local currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN). It’s advisable to have some cash on hand for small purchases, although credit cards are widely accepted.



2. ATMs: Use ATMs located in reputable locations such as banks or malls to withdraw cash.



3. Notify Your Bank: Inform your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with your cards.



4. Budgeting: Mexico City can be affordable, but costs can add up. Plan a daily budget to keep track of your expenses.



5. Tipping: Tipping is customary in restaurants, bars, and for service workers. Generally, 10-15% is appreciated.


 

Paso de Cortés hike during our 2022 Mexico City experience.

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Mexico City is also surrounded by outstanding natural wonders unknown to first-time visitors. These places make the already long bucket list for visiting the city even longer, but they are some of our favorite and most treasured spots. 


Chapultepec Park, one of the largest city parks in the world, stretches over 1,600 acres at the heart of the city. Desierto de los Leones, a national park on the outskirts, offers serene trails, historic ruins, and breathtaking views ideal for hiking and nature walks. Xochimilco, famous for its vibrant floating gardens and traditional trajinera boat rides, lets you experience the city’s waterways and wildlife. For those seeking a more challenging adventure, Paso de Cortés, situated between the iconic volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, provides dramatic landscapes and trekking opportunities. These hidden gems offer a less-known opportunity to delve into the adventurous side of Mexico City.


If you’re ready to discover the vibrant soul of Mexico City and its breathtaking natural wonders join us in our upcoming running experience:

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