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    Mexico City: Culture, commerce and a cathedral

    Vast, fast and dynamic, Mexico City is one heck of a megalopolis. DF or Distrito Federal, as the city is known by locals, packs in Aztec ruins, grand colonial architecture and huge city parks. The mighty capital of Mexico, and its centre of culture, arts and commerce, is fairly safe compared to other

    regions of the country. It boasts some of the most incredible museums in Latin America and the world, as well as a thriving arts scene that dates back to the great muralists like Diego Rivera. Meanwhile, its innovative take on Mexican culinary traditions is not to be missed.

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    Diego Rivera designed this pump station for the Mexico City waterworks; the figure depicts the Aztec rain god Tlaloc

    Templo Mayor

    Semanario 8, Downtown
    06060 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-55/40 40 56 00
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700

    All that’s left of the mighty temple that lay at the heart of the Aztec Empire are these ruins, but they’re still worth visiting for a taste of the pre-Hispanic history buried just beneath modern-day Mexico City.

    Xochimilco

    Xochimilco
    Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Hire a traditional trajera boat for the afternoon and glide around the verdant waterways of Xochimilco, the last remnant of the great Aztec canal system, which the conquistadors drained.

    Palacio de Bellas Artes

    Av. Juárez Esq. Eje Central, Centro Histórico
    06050 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel.: +52-55/86 47 65 00

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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This stunning domed palace still puts on the city’s most important classical concerts and dances, but it’s worth entering just to see the incredible murals inside.

    Zócalo

    Plaza de la Constitución, Downtown
    06010 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Once home to an Aztec palace, the vast central plaza known as Zócalo now features two remarkable buildings: the imposing cathedral and the Palacio Nacional.

    Teotihuacán

    Zona Arqueologica de Teotihuacan, Carretera Ecatepec Pirámides km22 +600
    55800 Teotihuacán
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-59/49 56 02 76
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1600

    Around 50km from Mexico City is one of the most important archaeological sights in Latin America – the soaring pyramids and ancient city complex of Teotihuacán.

    National Museum of Anthropology

    Av Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi S/N
    Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo
    11560 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-55/40 40 53 00
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1900

    Lose yourself in one of the world’s most fascinating museums, taking you from before the Aztecs to the Spanish Conquest and beyond, with countless artefacts, and information about Mexico’s hundreds of ethnic groups.

    Frida Kahlo Museum

    Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán
    04100 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-55/55 54 59 99
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Thu-Sun 1000-1735, Wed 1100-1730

    The so-called blue house, Casa Azul, was the home of Frida Kahlo growing up. Apart from documenting her life and showing some of her work, it has a beautiful garden.

    MUNAL

    Tacuba 8, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc
    06010 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-55/86 47 54 30
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1730

    One of the most important art museums in Latin America, this legendary neoclassical masterpiece contains hundreds of works from Mexico and beyond.

    Bosque de Chapultepec

    Avenida Constituyentes, Chapultepec
    11850 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-55/52 12 21 71
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    If the traffic-clogged chaos and pollution of DF get too much, slip into this enormous park-cum-forest in the middle of the city, which also contains some important monuments.

    Basilica de Guadalupe

    Fray Juan de Zumárraga # 1
    Col. Villa Gustavo A. Madero
    Delegación Gustavo A. Madero.
    07050 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel: +52-55/51 18 05 00

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    Opening times of the museum:
    Tues – Sun 1000-1730

    This peculiar-looking church marks the spot where the Virgin appeared to an indigenous man, Juan Diego, in 1531, and is now visited by pilgrims from across Latin America.

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    Spicy as salsa roja, intoxicating as a shot of tequila, volatile as the volcanoes of the central sierra, surreal as a Frida Kahlo canvas,

    monumental as the pyramids of Teotihuacán and warm as its inhabitants, Mexico fills the senses, tweaks the intellect and nourishes the soul.

    Geography

    Mexico is at the southern extremity of North America and is bordered to the north by the USA, northwest by the Gulf of California, west by the Pacific, south by Guatemala and Belize, and east by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

    Mexico’s geographical features range from swamp to desert, and from tropical lowland jungle to high alpine vegetation.

    Over half the country is at an altitude greater than 1,000m (3,300ft). The central land mass is a plateau flanked by ranges of mountains to the east and west that lie roughly parallel to the coast. The northern area of this plateau is arid and thinly populated, and occupies 40% of the total area of Mexico.

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    Key facts

    Population: 124 Million (estimate 2017)

    Capital: Mexico City.

    Language

    Spanish is the official language.

    Currency

    Mexican Peso (MXN; symbol M$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of M$1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of M$10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 and 20 centavos.

    Note: The M$1,000 and M$500 notes can be difficult to change and are sometimes not accepted.

    Electricity

    110 volts AC, 60Hz. American two-pin (flat) plugs are usual, but most sockets cannot accept a US-style three-pin plug.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.

    2018

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): 5 February 2018
    Natalicio de Benito Juárez (Birthday Benito Juárez): 19 and 21 March 2018
    Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday): 25 March 2018
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): 29 March 2018
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): 30 March 2018
    Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday): 1 April 2018
    Primero de Mayo (May Day): 1 May 2018
    Batalla de Puebla (Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla): 5 May 2018
    Día de la Independencia (Independence Day): 16 September 2018
    Día de la Raza (Columbus Day): 12 October 2018
    Día de los Muertos (All Souls’ Day): 2 November 2018
    Aniversario de la Revolución (Revolution Day): 19 and 20 November 2018
    Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe): 12 December 2018
    Día de Navidad (Christmas Day): 25 December 2018

    2019

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): 4 and 5 February 2019
    Natalicio de Benito Juárez (Birthday Benito Juárez): 17 and 18 March 2019
    Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday): 14 April 2019
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): 18 April 2019
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): 19 April 2019
    Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Primero de Mayo (May Day): 1 May 2019
    Batalla de Puebla (Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla): 5 May 2019
    Día de la Independencia (Independence Day): 16 September 2019
    Día de la Raza (Columbus Day): 12 October 2019
    Día de los Muertos (All Souls’ Day): 2 November 2019
    Aniversario de la Revolución (Revolution Day): 17 and 18 November 2019
    Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe): 12 December 2019
    Día de Navidad (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    24 hours in Mexico City

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    Not 20 years ago, the center was still one of Mexico City’s shadier districts – but not anymore. Now the streets are crowded till late into the night with people making their way from upmarket restaurants to trendy bars, listening to street musicians after an evening at the theater or heading to clubs to dance the night away. By day, too, some of the best the metropolis has to offer can be found in the colonial center with its many inviting cafés, its pedestrian zones –

    havens of peace between pulsating traffic arteries – and venerable buildings recalling the city’s long history. For the Aztecs, it was the very heart of their kingdom; it was here that the Spanish conquistadors built their government palaces. Nothing could convey more vividly or concisely Mexico’s past and present than a short tour of discovery through the Mexican capital’s centro histórico.

    9 a.m. – Coffee above the Zócalo

    Balcón de Zócalo
    Av. 5 de Mayo 61
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel.: +52-55/5130 5134
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    A cathedral dating from colonial times, a pre-Columbian pyramid and a gigantic flag of the Republic of Mexico: At the Balcón del Zócalo, you can enjoy breakfast within sight of the scenes of the most important moments in the country’s history. The restaurant boasts the best view of one of the largest squares in the world and serves tropical fruit juices, sweet filled pastries and other Mexican specialties. To locals, the Zócalo is the heart of their city. Events are held here almost daily, and tens of thousands of fans regularly make their way here to see world-famous musicians, such as Roger Waters and Manu Chao. Tip: Definitely pick a table on the terrace!

    10:30 a.m. – Diego’s blaze of color

    Palacio Nacional
    Plaza de la Constitución S/N
    06066 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Stroll across the Zócalo and you find yourself right outside the national palace, the seat of the federal executive branch of Mexico’s government. This magnificent building dating from the Spanish colonial era is particularly worth a visit for the murals that artist Diego Rivera created here in the 1930s, impressively portraying social life in the various phases of the country’s history: the hustle and bustle of an Aztec market, the turmoils of the Mexican revolution, and the decadent feasts of the colonial upper class.

    12 noon – A snack with Popocatépetl

    Torre Latinoamericana
    Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    After a leisurely, 15-minute stroll from the Zócalo through the busy shopping street Francisco 1 Madero, aka Madero Street, it’s worth climbing the 140 meters to the observation platform of the Torre Latinoamericana tower for a panoramic view that lets you grasp the city’s true dimensions: the endless ocean of buildings, the cul-de-sacs, and the mountains circling Mexico City. On a clear day, you can see as far as the still active volcano Popcatépetl in the west and its neighbor, Iztaccíhuatl. Snacks and copious meals are always to be had here, at what was once the highest skyscraper in all of Latin America.

    1:30 p.m. – Pay a visit to the fine arts

    Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Av. Juárez / Esquina Eje Central
    06050 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel.: +52-55/8647 6500
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    How about some marble? Just a few meters away from Torre Latinoamericana, there’s the Palacio Bellas Artes, or Palace of Fine Arts, a building constructed almost entirely from the precious stone. It is the most famous opera and ballet theater and concert hall in Mexico, but it also offers quite a lot more during the day. Don’t miss, for instance, the mosaic stage “curtain” made in 1912 by Tiffany Studios in New York; the million crystals making up the leaded glass panel refract the light in a literally brilliant depiction of the Valley of Mexico. The contemporary exhibitions at the National Museum of Architecture within the Palace of Fine Arts and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance facing it are always worth a visit.

    3 p.m. – Chill time in the park

    Alameda-Park
    Parque Alameda
    Av. Juárez
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    High time for a relaxing break, and a great place to chill is Alameda Park right next door to the Bellas Artes, a couple of square meters of green in this city of people of streets. Sit on a park bench and watch a shoeshine at work or children playing by the Venus Fountain, or simply close your eyes and take in the sounds of one of the largest cities in the world all around you. Take the time for a short detour to the monument honoring President Benito Juárez. Juárez reformed the country in the 19th century and is highly revered by Mexicans.

    4 p.m. – Lunch courtesy of Mexico’s head chef

    Azul Histórico
    Isabel la Católica 30
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel.: +52-55/55101316
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    The best time for lunch and the Azul Histórico is the ideal restaurant for it. Turkey in chocolate chili sauce, mushroom soup and handmade tortillas are just some of the dishes on this restaurant’s menu, which features only the best in Mexican specialties – and that’s no coincidence given that head chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita is also known as the “anthropologist of Mexican cooking” for his efforts to preserve the traditional culinary specialties of the country with his research and in books. Diners interested in indulging in a little shopping after their meal in the cozy courtyard of the Azul Histórico restaurant will find a number of small shops upstairs, selling ceramics, textiles and chocolate.

    7 p.m. – A cool beer beckons

    Salón Corona
    Calle de Bolívar 24
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel.: +52-55/55125725
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    In 1928, Don José Iglesias, Don Pepe for short, opened a bar with great panache, where he served meat-filled tortillas and fresh draft beer. Today, Salón Corona is one of the most-frequented cantinas, as the traditionally popular Mexican bars are called. Whether you spend an entire evening here or just drop by for a swift beer, a visit to the bustling Salón Corona is always an unforgettable experience. And if you’re feeling hungry again, we can certainly recommend a portion of Tacos al Pastor.

    9 p.m. – A breath of world weariness

    Plaza Garibaldi
    Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Sentimental’s your thing? Then you are sure to love the atmosphere on Plaza Garibaldi square, where mariachi musicians dressed in their traditional vests and large sombreros gather every night to play for visitors. It’s not rare to see tears falling as romantic couples, holidaymakers and lone men listen to the mariachis sing to their trumpets, violins and guitars. The volume on Plaza Garibaldi and in the nearby bars is turned up until late into the night. If you find yourself flagging after the long day, you’ll find vendors selling a somewhat unusual option for recharging your inner batteries: toques – weak, battery-powered electric shocks.

    11 p.m. – Dance behind the cathedral

    Centro Cultural de España
    República de Guatemala 18
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
    Tel.: +52-55/5521 1925
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    The terrace of the Centro Cultural de España is the place where night owls should end the evening. DJs play electro, indie, jazz and rock here till late into the night and live bands regularly perform here. So you can get a taste of the city’s nightlife and enjoy a drink on the center’s balcony right behind the cathedral here at the heart of Mexico City. The project, sponsored by the Spanish Embassy among others, places great emphasis on cultural diversity, hence the many contemporary exhibitions, film festivals, seminars and children’s theater events that also take place here.

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    The Witchcraft Market

    Services for every conceivable spiritual need are on offer at Sonora Market (mercadosonora.com.mx), including soul purification, exorcism and calling up distant loved ones. Helpful artifacts can also be had here, among them fetishes, luck-bringing powders and Santa Muerte – Day of the Dead – figures. Worldly goods, such as textiles and ceramic tableware are also sold here.

    Fray Servando Teresa de Mier 419
    Merced Balbuena
    15810 Mexico City

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    Mexican food is world famous. But while it’s essential to visit taco stands and restaurants while here, there’s plenty more to try –

    from zesty Oaxaca broths to rich stews conjuring ancient flavours. There are also some excellent Japanese and Argentine joints.

    Los Girasoles

    Tacuba 8-10, Plaza Manuel Tolsá, Downtown
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Price: Luxurious

    With outdoor tables looking out to Bellas Artes and Aztec-inspired dishes, this is one of the city’s finest restaurants.

    San Angel Inn

    Diego Rivera 50, San Angel
    01060 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Price: Luxurious

    A 17th-century hacienda hosts this classy restaurant that was once a Carmelite monastery.

    Alekzander

    Álvaro Obregón 130, La Roma
    06700 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Price: Moderate

    For international cuisine in a buzzy setting, head to this handsome joint in La Roma.

    El Faraón Taquería

    Oaxaca 92-93, Condesa
    06700 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Price: Budget

    Quite possibly the best taquería in DF, this place is popular with Condesa locals at night; try the grilled cactus.

    La Casa de Toño

    Sabino 166, Santa María La Ribera
    06400 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Price: Budget

    Head to this local legend for pozole (fiery meat broth) cooked with motherly love.

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    Tourists often make the mistake of staying Downtown, but while the historical centre is fascinating during the day, it can be a little sketchy at night.

    Better to stay in hip Condesa, full of stylish boutique hotels, or the lively Zona Rosa.

    Condesa DF

    Avenida Veracruz 102, Condesa
    06700 Mexico City
    Mexico ‎
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    Category: Luxurious

    This spectacular wedge of a building has been the trendiest place to stay in DF since opening in 2005.

    Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

    Avenida 16 de Septiembre 82
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico ‎

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    Category: Luxurious

    This opulent five-star hotel on the city’s main square, Plaza de la Constitución, really lives up to its name. Occupying an Art Nouveau building fittingly furnished with Tiffany leaded glass elements and crystal chandeliers, this hotel naturally offers every modern comfort and convenience.

    Imperial Reforma

    Paseo de la Reforma 64, Júarez
    06600 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Category: Moderate

    Built in 1904, this old boutique favourite is located on the important Paseo de Reforma.

    Zócalo Central Hotel

    Avenida 5 de Mayo 61
    Centro Histórico
    06000 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Category: Moderate

    It doesn’t get much more central than this: Right next door to the cathedral on the Zócalo, this luxuriously appointed hotel housed in a truly magnificent building offers guests every modern convenience. Tip: The hotel restaurant has one of the best roof terraces in town.

    Hotel Isabel

    Isabel la Catolica 63
    06000 Mexiko-Stadt
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    Category: Budget

    This charming hotel is very popular with low-budget travelers. Located on a narrow side street close to the Zócalo and the Metro station Isabel la Católica. The rooms and bathrooms are functional and delightfully old-fashioned rather than luxurious – and the price is unbeatable.

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    Nightlife in Mexico City

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    Thumping nightclubs, cracking live music venues and stylish hipster hangouts all rub shoulders in DF. Kick your evening off with a round of tequilas and botanas (appetisers) in a

    traditional cantina. Remember you’re at altitude – drinks are likely to go to your head more quickly than you might be used to.

    El Imperial

    Av. Álvaro Obregón 293, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Norte
    06700 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    For cutting-edge bands and club nights with rock music, head to this hip venue.

    Sala Nezahualcoyotl

    Insurgentes Sur 3000, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán
    04510 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Opened in the 1970s in the city’s huge university, UNAM, this is a spectacular venue for classical concerts.

    Las Musas del Papa Sibarita

    Orizaba 218 A, Cuauhtémoc
    06700 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    A poky, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it joint specialising in live jazz, the Papa is full of charm.

    Pata Negra

    Tamaulipas 30, Condesa
    06140 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    Perhaps the most popular nightspot in Condesa, this trendy bar-club always offers a late-night party.

    Felix

    Álvaro Obregón 64, La Roma
    06700 Mexico City
    Mexico
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    A hip little bar in the heart of La Roma, this is the ideal place to try mescal, the cactus juice that’s outdoing tequila.

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    Calendar of events

    Electric Daisy Carnival

    February 2019
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    Venue: Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez

    Electric Daisy Carnivals are in the US, India – and now in Mexico. On two days, high-profile DJs and an energetic audience will do their best.

    Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    11 – 21 April 2019

    Venue: Centro Histórico

    Crowds swell for this powerful re-enactment of the crucifixion when hooded penitents hobble on bloodied knees flagellating themselves.

    Fall of Tenochtitlán

    13 August 2019

    Venue: Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco

    On August 13, 1521, Tenochtitlan fell to the Spanish conquerors. Tenthousands of Aztecs were killed. Every year on the 13th of August the siege and the battle are being remembered near the monument of Cuauhtémoc, last of the aztec rulers.

    Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Angels) and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

    1 – 2 November 2018

    Venues: Zócalo and suburb of Mixquic

    Families build extravagant altars decorated with candles, flowers and skull-shaped candy and bread to honour their dead relatives with a feast of their favourite food and drink.

    Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe)

    12 December 2018

    Venues: Basílica de Guadalupe, Mexico City

    One of the many religious celebrations honouring the Virgin Mary. On the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, pilgrims from around the country converge at the famous basilica in Mexico City to pay their respects. The devotees come to the church to see the revered shroud which holds the image of Mary, which is on display here. Celebrations are also held in Puerto Vallarta and San Cristobal las Casas where Tzotzil and Tzeltal Indians dress in traditional costumes to pay their respects to the Virgin. The celebrations include special masses, fireworks, processions, parades and live music.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +52

    Telephone

    Long-distance calls are very expensive.

    Mobile Telephone

    Cell phones (teléfono celular)  can be purchased inexpensively, and credit can be added by prepaid card. Of the major providers, Telcel (telcel.com) has the most thorough coverage. Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies but is pricey.

    Internet

    Internet is available in all regions. Most hotels in the mid-range and above categories provide computer terminals and/or wireless access. There are also many inexpensive cyber-cafés in cities and towns throughout Mexico. Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Mexico City

    Key Areas

    Zona Rosa can satisfy most shopping needs with countless clothing stores and more, but well-heeled shoppers might seek out Polanco, where the city’s most expensive shops lie. Meanwhile, various antiques and vintage shops are opening in the trendy Condesa and La Roma neighbourhoods.

    Markets

    If you’ve the stomach for trawling through an endless maze of stalls, there are some great finds to be had at the Mercado Artesanal de Ciudadela (Avenida Balderas and Plaza de la Ciudadela), including cheap clothes, colourful crafts and flamboyant sombreros.

    Shopping Centres

    The Centro Comercial Santa Fe (centrosantafe.com.mx) is an impressive shopping center. But for one of the oldest shopping centres in the New World, visit Portales de los Mercaderes, which specialises in Taxco silver, next to the Zócalo.

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    Climate & best time to visit Mexico

    Mexico is a great destination to visit throughout the year. Temperatures drop, though, from November to February when it’s best to pack a sweater or jacket. In general, altitude is a determining factor, with cooler temperatures at higher elevations (Mexico City, Puebla, San Cristóbal de las Casas) and warmer weather as you descend (Guadalajara, Cuernavaca, Oaxaca).

    October and November is perhaps the best time to visit, after the rains have ended and everything is still green. Early spring tends to be hotter and dustier.

    Along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, winters are comfortable, summers very hot and humid, though resorts like Cabo San Lucas benefit from a sea breeze. Late summer months bring heavy rains and the occasional hurricane.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan27 °C-9 °C21 °C6 °C54 %9 mm26.7 h
    Feb29 °C-4 °C22 °C7 °C48 %9 mm27.5 h
    Mar31 °C-4 °C25 °C9 °C44 %13 mm37.4 h
    Apr33 °C0 °C26 °C11 °C45 %27 mm67.0 h
    May33 °C1 °C26 °C12 °C53 %58 mm136.4 h
    Jun32 °C4 °C24 °C12 °C64 %157 mm175.1 h
    Jul30 °C5 °C23 °C11 °C70 %183 mm214.7 h
    Aug28 °C6 °C23 °C11 °C72 %173 mm185.1 h
    Sep27 °C1 °C22 °C11 °C72 %144 mm154.6 h
    Oct27 °C0 °C22 °C10 °C66 %61 mm85.7 h
    Nov29 °C-3 °C22 °C8 °C61 %6 mm36.6 h
    Dec25 °C-3 °C21 °C7 °C58 %8 mm26.0 h
    year33 °C-9 °C23 °C10 °C58 %848 mm1106.1 h

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking is the most common form of greeting. Casual wear is acceptable during the day throughout Mexico. At beach resorts, clothing is very informal for men and women. In Mexico City, however, appearance tends to be smart in elegant restaurants and hotel dining rooms.

    Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, punishable by stiff fines and even a jail sentence – although smoking in bars and restaurants is permitted if they have separate rooms or outdoor areas.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Water in bottles or marked ‘drinking/sterilised water’ can be drunk without precautions. All other water for drinking, brushing teeth or ice should be boiled or sterilised. Milk in major cities, hotels and resorts is pasteurised; otherwise, it should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, cooked vegetables and peeled fruit.

    Other Risks

    Diarrhoea and sunburn affect some travellers. Outbreaks of dengue fever have occurred, chiefly in the southeast states of Chiapas and Veracruz and the northern border states of Chihuahua and Tamaulipas. Rabies is present. If bitten, seek medical advice without delay. Owing to the high altitude and level of smog in Mexico City, visitors may take some time to acclimatise.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Reimers Hauser, Armin
    Vito Allessio Robles 117-104
    Col. Florida
    C.P. 01050
    Mexico
    D.F.
    Tel. +52-5661-9023

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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