Though Mexico City will sweep you up at any time of the year, the holiday periods of Semana Santa and Christmas to New Year are particularly jovial, busy times to visit. October may be the pick of the months: the rains of summer have abated, everything is still green, smog is at its lowest levels, and the Day of the Dead provides a real highlight. Many Mexicans do their holidaying in July or August.
In Mexico City, the weather is temperate and warm all year, and mainly dry. It can be cool on winter nights, and afternoon showers are common from June to September. Winters never really dip much below 10°C (50°F), while even May, the hottest month, doesn't get much above 27°C (81°F).
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This well-appointed hotel is centrally located on Paseo de la Reforma overlooking the famous Angel of Independence.
Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (www.aicm.com.mx), 6km (4mi) east of the Zócalo, is Mexico City's only passenger airport and the largest airport in Latin America. Flights go to the US, Canada and Europe.
Mexico City has an inexpensive, easy-to-use metro, and an equally cheap and practical bus system plying all the main routes.
There are at least 25 airlines providing direct service from US and Canadian cities to Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (www.aicm.com.mx), and many others provide one-stop connecting services. There are an ever-increasing numbers of nonstop flights to Mexico from Europe; US airlines require a plane change in the USA.
The metro system offers the quickest way to get around Mexico City. Ridden by about 4.6 million passengers on an average weekday, it has 175 stations and more than 200km of track on 11 lines. Trains arrive every two to three minutes during rush hours.
Citizens of many countries - including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Chile and virtually all western European countries - do not require visas to enter Mexico as tourists. This list occasionally changes, so it's always wise to check current regulations with your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate.
A Mexican tourist card (tarjeta de turista) is a document that you must fill out and get stamped when you pass through Mexican immigration. You should keep it in your passport until you leave Mexico. This tourist card is free and good for up to 90-180 days, depending on your nationality.
Practical information to assist you before and during your trip.
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