Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, perched at an altitude of 2,200 m in its valley and in the centre of the country, is one of the mythical cities that convey a strong image. Founded at the beginning of the 14th century by the Aztecs on an island on Lake Texcoco, this pre-Columbian city then named Tenochtitlan was destroyed by the Spanish conquerors when the Aztec empire fell in 1521 to build the first large European-style city on the new continent. Memory of the dry lake, the canals that criss-cross Xochimilco, one of the 16 delegations of the city. Among the must-see visits: the Frida Khalo Museum, the floating gardens of Xochimilco, the immense Palace of Fine Arts, a masterpiece of neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture, the National Museum of Anthropology which houses Mesoamerican treasures including the famous Sunstone where the Aztec calendar is engraved, etc. But it is by strolling around the neighbourhoods on foot, stopping by a coffee shop for a juice or a tequila shot, testing the street food, walking in a park, attending a fight of Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling), in short living like a Mexican that you will enjoy the best of the destination. You will make an archaeological excursion to discover the pre-Columbian pyramids of Teotihuacan and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, protector of Mexico City, Mexico and Latin America, one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. For the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, on December 12, 15 to 20 million pilgrims flock to Mexico City. Don't forget to bring your favorite tour guide.

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When to go to Mexico City? The year is divided into three periods in Mexico City. The best period, ideal to benefit from preferential rates, is from April to June and then from September to November. The intermediate period is due to the school holidays in July and August. The tourist boom period extends from December to March or April, depending on the dates of Holy Week. A high number of visitors means higher prices and necessary reservations, but also a wider choice of activities for tourists. Mexico City is a festive city. Many religious and popular festivals take place throughout the year. For the National Independence Day, September 15-16, throughout the country, the scene where Miguel Hidalgo called for an uprising in 1810 is repeated. For the Feast of the Dead, on November 1st and 2nd, all families celebrate their deceased; nothing to do with All Saints' Day, it is a joyful and colourful celebration. Very, very large crowds also on December 12, for the pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Mexico is a huge country and it is impossible to discover it in one trip. Tour operators mainly offer ten-day stays based on a theme (Mayan culture, Aztec sites, etc.) or a region (the Pacific, Yucatán, Chiapas, the capital and its surroundings).

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Well served, Mexico is a generally safe country for solo travellers. The wave of violence linked to drug cartels and social repression generally spares tourists; neither criminals nor the state wants to attract too much publicity. However, tourists can be easy prey, especially in the subway, taxi or street at nightfall. The ordinary rules of caution should be observed: do not display your camera, "banana" or wallet.

It is very easy to travel by plane in the country, most cities being equipped with an airport. There is also a very good long-distance bus network at low prices. However, depending on the route, to save time and avoid long hours on the bus, flying is often more interesting. Note: with the emergence of low-cost airlines on some routes, air and bus fares are sometimes identical.

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When to go to Mexico City? The year is divided into three periods in Mexico City. The best period, ideal to benefit f...
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Although located in the tropical zone, Mexico City has a temperate climate at high altitude. The average temperature...
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Budget

Although much more expensive than Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico remains a relatively cheap country despite inflation...
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Formalities

EU nationals do not need a visa to travel to Mexico and therefore to Mexico City. The only formality to enter Mexican...
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Health

To go to Mexico City and Mexico City, it is recommended to get vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and hepa...
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How to travel by yourself?

Well served, Mexico is a generally safe country for solo travellers. The wave of violence linked to drug cartels and...
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How to get organized?

Mexico is a huge country and it is impossible to discover it in one trip. Tour operators mainly offer ten-day stays b...
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Getting around

It is very easy to travel by plane in the country, most cities being equipped with an airport. There is also a very g...
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