Mexico City

Mexico City

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A vibrant capital city where good times can always be found. 

Mexico City is one of the largest cosmopolitan centers in the world. It’s also Mexico’s capital of arts, culture, history, and arguably, good times.

This bustling metropolis may seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, before long you’ll be comfortably wandering the streets of the city center, where most of the popular attractions are concentrated. A few of our favorite VIVA Travel sites include:

  • Plaza de la Constitución
  • The National Palace
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Alameda Park
  • Plaza Garibaldi, one of the best places in Mexico for live Mariachi music!

Mexico City is also home to some of the world’s finest museums, including Mexico’s National Museum, the city’s acclaimed Modern Art Museum, and the fascinating National Museum of Anthropology.

Let VIVA Travel show you the city’s artistic side with a tour through the trendy neighborhoods of Zona Rosa, Condesa, Coyoacán and San Angel. Home to lovely parks, quaint café, busy markets and charming shops, exploring these streets is a day of carefree fun. Later on, hit the fashionable restaurants and chic nightspots of Polanco, one of Mexico City’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

The Aztec City of Tenochtitlán  

A mighty Aztec city once stood on the very site of today’s bustling capital. The Aztec City of Tenochtitlán  is one of the most fascinating and popular attractions among VIVA travelers. Destroyed after Spanish arrival in 1519, the remains of the city can still be explored in the southern neighborhood of Xochimilco.

Viva Travel will put together the ultimate Aztec experience. Board a traditional wooden boat and glide down an intricate network of canals that once carried the ancient Aztecs through the city of Tenochtitlan.

For even more archeological adventure, include a guided exploration of the Aztec ruins at Teotihuacán located just 31 miles outside the city.

VIVA Travel takes you there!

Climate: 

Temperatures range from 62ºF (16ºC) to 92ºF (33ºC). 

Time Zone: 

Eastern Standard Time, EST, in Cancun; Central Standard Time, CST, in Puerto Vallarta.

Language: 

Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, many locals are fluent in English. 

Currency: 

Mexican Peso (MXP) and US Dollars (USD) Denominations of $10 USD or less are more convenient.

Electricity: 

110 volts. Most hotels offer converters for 220-volt devices. Many sockets will not accept polarized or three-prong plugs; packing an adapter is recommended. 

Tipping Customs: 

Always check your bill before tipping, as a gratuity is often included. The average restaurant tip is 10-15%. Tip baggage handlers a few dollars per suitcase. 

Safety: 

The hotel zone and city tourist destinations are relatively safe. Be sure to monitor inspections of your luggage at the airport. Still, we recommend exercising caution when traveling off of resort property.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is available at many hotels and there are numerous hotspots for all your electronic devices. If you wish to use your personal cell phone in Mexico, contact your provider before departing. The cheapest way to call home is with a prepaid card; direct calls from a hotel room are costly.

Smoking: 

Smoking indoors, including in hotel rooms, is prohibited. Smoking in open-air restaurants is sometimes tolerated.

Travel Documentation: 

Visitors from the US do not need a passport to enter Mexico. You may use a birth certificate, voter registration card, citizenship card, or certificate of naturalization. A valid-official photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or identification Issued by a state or official agency) is also required.

Canadian citizens, including those with dual nationality, will be required to present a valid passport in order to enter Mexico. 

Airport: 

Cancun Aeropuerto Internacional (CUN); Ordaz Airport (PVR)

Car Rental: 

Car rental is available at the airports.  Parking is scarce in Puerto Vallarta.  Roads outside the city are often unpaved.

Public Transportation: 

Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around. A bus leaves every hour from Cancun Airport to downtown. From the downtown Cancun Bus Terminal, you’ll find regular service to all parts of Mexico.

Taxi service is also available. However, make sure you check the fare before you get in the cab. A list of common fares can usually be found in hotel lobbies. If not, ask the hotel concierge.