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I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City  
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

My father suggested to me recently that I should take a few days off and make a trip up to Mexico City, though he also suggested Panama City as a choice, and this got me thinking right now. In Panama City, I'd have a rough idea of what I could do (e.g. visit the Canal, maybe do some shopping, and remembering the days when I visited Panama as a child, which was unfortunately during the Noriega regime), but I'm clueless as to what to do if I was to go to Mexico City for a weekend. The only things I know are that, as German citizen, I don't need a visa to enter Mexico City, and that I should get prepared for the altitude and possible pollution issues there.

So, anyone know what I can do in Mexico City during a possible 2 or 3 day stay there? I want to avoid tourist activities though, as I would be coming as a casual visitor to town, as we always do when visiting a place.

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User currently offlineDC10extender From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Wear a face mask, see the smog, and keep your money in your front pocket.


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

Quoting DC10extender (Reply 1):
Wear a face mask, see the smog, and keep your money in your front pocket.

Anything constructive to add?  Yeah sure


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

It's a bit old, a bit too museum-heavy, and things may very well have changed, but the 3 Perfect Days series in Hemispheres magazine had a guide for a 3-day weekend in Mexico City.

http://www.hemispheresmagazine.com/3pd/three/2000/mexicocity.htm

I'd confirm everything first, but it may give you some ideas to expand upon.



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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Thread starter):
My father suggested to me recently that I should take a few days off and make a trip up to Mexico City, though he also suggested Panama City as a choice,

Your father evidently wants you dead. While in Mexico City try to avoid being kidnapped if you can. Keep your bank card handy. In the past few years they have come up with express kidnapping. That is where they yank you off the the street and rather than keep you for days on end trying to score a big ransom, they drive you to a bank and you pay your own ransom by withdrawing as much as the machine will pay. Panama City was a rough place when I went there with a group of Army Rangers in the 70's. One of my fellow dispatchers visited there a couple of years ago and confirmed that it hasn't changed much.

I'd like to give you some constructive things to do but the most constructive thing I can think of is what a Mexican national told me a few years back when I suggested visiting the city, he said the best thing he could tell me was to "watch your back".


User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
Anything constructive to add?

I'd say that's plenty constructive, for a place like Mexico City. Here's another piece of advice - watch out for people trying to kidnap you.




-NWA742


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3838 times:

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 4):
Your father evidently wants you dead.

Doubtful, though sometimes he does behave like a maniac, especially with his case of roadrage, which had us rearend another car this morning (thankfully, it turned out to be just a bump, not a crash).  Wink He merely suggested it because he was once in Mexico City already, either in the 60's or 70's, he never said when exactly.

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 4):
Panama City was a rough place when I went there with a group of Army Rangers in the 70's. One of my fellow dispatchers visited there a couple of years ago and confirmed that it hasn't changed much.

As I said, I went to visit Panama when Noriega was still in power, and twice. It was in September 1987 and then about a month later. Once a guy mugged my father and he (the mugger) was armed with a stabbing knife. It happened at night and in the middle of the street, with me and my mother present.

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 4):
I'd like to give you some constructive things to do but the most constructive thing I can think of is what a Mexican national told me a few years back when I suggested visiting the city, he said the best thing he could tell me was to "watch your back".

I do admit that I didn't think about the kidnapping issue, which now worries me a bit. Maybe my father didn't know how bad it is or he knows but doesn't think it's dangerous enough to avoid Mexico City, hence his suggestion. But I do get what the guy meant when he told you to watch your back. Everyday I leave this house, I constantly have to watch my back after being mugged in plain daylight twice, also a ready why I try to avoid going to San José's City Centre like the plague, and why I'm uncomfortable walking at night in the country.

Maybe I should still confirm things first before going, as Westy suggested for the link he posted, but still thanks for your information.


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

Quoting DC10extender (Reply 1):
Wear a face mask, see the smog, and keep your money in your front pocket.



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 4):
Your father evidently wants you dead. While in Mexico City try to avoid being kidnapped if you can. Keep your bank card handy. In the past few years they have come up with express kidnapping. That is where they yank you off the the street and rather than keep you for days on end trying to score a big ransom, they drive you to a bank and you pay your own ransom by withdrawing as much as the machine will pay. Panama City was a rough place when I went there with a group of Army Rangers in the 70's. One of my fellow dispatchers visited there a couple of years ago and confirmed that it hasn't changed much.



Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
I'd say that's plenty constructive, for a place like Mexico City. Here's another piece of advice - watch out for people trying to kidnap you.

HUH?!?!?!?!?! I must admit I'm in shock after reading such terrible things about what people think about Mexico City. Too much Hollywood and CNN. Try travelling sometime.

1. No one kidnaps no body UNLESS you go to favela type neighborhood to which I REALLY doubt some of you have been to.
2. If your careful enough nobody steals you anything. There is more pickpocketing in Europe than there is here in Mexico.
3. I think all of you should come to Mexico City to see what it has to offer you. Which of course you won't enjoy because of all those prejudices you have in mind.

Turistic places are OF COURSE tourist friendly. You won't have a problem if you take the right cabs or if you are as cautious enough in the metro etc... Even if you always take the hotel taxis you will always be safe and they are "cheap" ( more expensive than common ones).

Mexico City has TONS AND TONS of museums going way beyond other European cities except Paris. LTU932 you can PM me and I can give you some advice and offer any help if you need one.

Please, I beg you not to follow the "Man of Fire or in fire I don't know the name" movie which of course puts Mexico City to the pair of a civil war in Somalia.

Crime does exist, but I think getting mugged in every corner and being kidnaped as you arrive goes way to fire and talks about obvious ignorance about the world they live in. Millions of US tourists come to Mexico City every year such as people from Europe. I can guarantee you only de 2% of the tourists do gets a bad impression ( and I recall: NO KIDNAPS) for X or Y reasons.

I promise you you won't regret a visit to my hometown city.

Cheers!

Alonso



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
HUH?!?!?!?!?! I must admit I'm in shock after reading such terrible things about what people think about Mexico City. Too much Hollywood and CNN. Try travelling sometime.

1. No one kidnaps no body UNLESS you go to favela type neighborhood to which I REALLY doubt some of you have been to.
2. If your careful enough nobody steals you anything. There is more pickpocketing in Europe than there is here in Mexico.
3. I think all of you should come to Mexico City to see what it has to offer you. Which of course you won't enjoy because of all those prejudices you have in mind.

Turistic places are OF COURSE tourist friendly. You won't have a problem if you take the right cabs or if you are as cautious enough in the metro etc... Even if you always take the hotel taxis you will always be safe and they are "cheap" ( more expensive than common ones).

Mexico City has TONS AND TONS of museums going way beyond other European cities except Paris. LTU932 you can PM me and I can give you some advice and offer any help if you need one.

Please, I beg you not to follow the "Man of Fire or in fire I don't know the name" movie which of course puts Mexico City to the pair of a civil war in Somalia.

Crime does exist, but I think getting mugged in every corner and being kidnaped as you arrive goes way to fire and talks about obvious ignorance about the world they live in. Millions of US tourists come to Mexico City every year such as people from Europe. I can guarantee you only de 2% of the tourists do gets a bad impression ( and I recall: NO KIDNAPS) for X or Y reasons.

I promise you you won't regret a visit to my hometown city.

Cheers!

Alonso

Great post, Mexico City is probably the most culturally vibrant city in the Americas. I think peope are equating Tijuana with Mexico City  no  . However, I'd prefer Guadalajara, simply for the Mariachi.

Enjoy your time there.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
Even if you always take the hotel taxis you will always be safe and they are "cheap" ( more expensive than common ones).

Do they still have Volkswagen Bugs (or Käfer as we call them) as taxis in DF? That'd be cool, because I never rode in a Bug before. Big grin

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
LTU932 you can PM me and I can give you some advice and offer any help if you need one.

Thanks! I'll keep it in mind.  thumbsup 


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
I can guarantee you only de 2% of the tourists do gets a bad impression

I can guarantee you about 100% of the flight crews I deal with have a much different impression. Again, it was a Mexican national that warned me about going to Mexico City.


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 9):
Do they still have Volkswagen Bugs (or Käfer as we call them) as taxis in DF? That'd be cool, because I never rode in a Bug before.

I think a good number of Cabs are. BTW, traffic is a mess in Mexico City tho. Its a giant sprawl, and not too much high-speed roads criscrossing DF.



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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 8):
think peope are equating Tijuana with Mexico City

Yeah I think you're right. Tijuana is a much different story than Mexico City is. That said, Tijuana receives thousands of Us visitors that want to party so...

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 9):
Do they still have Volkswagen Bugs (or Käfer as we call them) as taxis in DF? That'd be cool, because I never rode in a Bug before.

Oh of course! We still have thousands of the green bugs although they are in a very slow process ( 10 years?) of dissappearing as there are more economical and cleaner cars this days.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 9):
Thanks! I'll keep it in mind.

Sure! Message me when you like.

Cheers!



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3810 times:

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 12):
Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 8):
think peope are equating Tijuana with Mexico City

Yeah I think you're right. Tijuana is a much different story than Mexico City is. That said, Tijuana receives thousands of Us visitors that want to party so...

While I am sure that Tijuana is not Paris, it is SURELY not Baghdad.. geez, I manage to get through life here every day without getting mugged or kidnapped...

And while Tijuana is not Paris.. Mexico City most certainly is one of the most charming and personality filled cities in North America.. nowhere else but New York (and to a much lesser extent Montreal), can you see such great examples of classic architecture and city planning in this part of the continent.


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3809 times:

Quoting SR117 (Reply 13):
can you see such great examples of classic architecture and city planning in this part of the continent

couldnt agree more, what a vibrant city, love it.



"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
User currently offlineMarioSPlane From Brazil, joined Mar 2007, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3781 times:

In front of the Polanco Park, in a very nice neighbourhood, you will find a fine Scandinavian restaurant named LÖX. If you like this kind of food, this is an absolute must. I can't remember the address, but your hotel concierge can take care of this.

Have a nice trip.

Regards


User currently onlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 9):
Do they still have Volkswagen Bugs (or Käfer as we call them) as taxis in DF? That'd be cool, because I never rode in a Bug before.

There are many still roaming the streets. Just try to avoid those with regular licence plates. Official taxi plates begin with "L" (libre) or "S"(sitio)

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 10):
I can guarantee you about 100% of the flight crews I deal with have a much different impression. Again, it was a Mexican national that warned me about going to Mexico City.

Probably not a Mexico City native. Those people tend to be afraid of big cities, just like some people in the US are intimidated by NYC.

There will be no problem whatsoever if you take the same precautions as you would when visiting any other big city.

Here's some advice for a two day visit:
Day 1 (Downtown)
- Torre Latinoamericana observatory. This would be Mexico City's Empire State Building... not the tallest, but traditional and beloved.
- Zócalo: National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Templo Mayor Aztec ruins.

Day 2 (Chapultepec and surroundings)
- Museo de Antropología. A must see for every visitor.
- Polanco (shopping district and somewhat expensive but nice restaurants)

You could attend concerts (pop or classical), football matches or even Lucha Libre the next time you visit the city for a few days.

We had some customers from Costa Rica visiting us last week and they were delighted.

Have fun


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3749 times:

Now I may have a different problem: while I'm a German citizen, I'm also a Costa Rican citizen, however I don't have a Costa Rican passport anymore, just the German one. My problem is that, even though I have Costa Rican identification, that immigration in Costa Rica could give me trouble or, even deport me. I don't want to apply for a Costa Rican passport, because I simply can't be bothered with all the bureaucracy and because I prefer to just keep my German one, to not appear suspicious in other countries, but the thing is still worrying me. I searched for something related to this matter in Costa Rican Immigration law, but found nothing.

Until that isn't sorted out, I'm not going anywhere.  no   Sad


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6592 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3728 times:
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Mexico City was a dangerous place a few years back, but the situation has changed. If you have common sense and avoid obvious dangerous places, just like in any other big city, you will have no problem regarding crime.

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 4):

I'd like to give you some constructive things to do but the most constructive thing I can think of is what a Mexican national told me a few years back when I suggested visiting the city, he said the best thing he could tell me was to "watch your back".

What a load of paranoic BS.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 18):
If you have common sense and avoid obvious dangerous places, just like in any other big city, you will have no problem regarding crime.

  

I've gone to MEX every year of my life at LEAST once, and 4 times on average. Not once in those 20 years did I feel in any real danger. On the other hand, I'm going on four years since living in PRC which is supposed to be your "cute little retiree-infested historic town" and I've already been threatened to be jumped by some wacko high on pcp or mushrooms, get harassed by dumbass rednecks in their trucks all the time swerving at me, and other stupid shit. And I was always minding my own business.

In Mexico city, and every city in the world for that matter, if you don't want trouble, don't go looking for it. Simple as that.

Anyways......

Definitely go to the Zocalo, the Auditorio Nacional if something good is playing, there's PLENTY of night life in the whole Zona Rosa/Insurgentes area, the Santa Fe area is pretty nice, Xochimilco is ok, Teotihuacan is cool if you're into archeology. And for food, just ask any cab driver and they'll point you to either the best mom and pop shop or a nice fancy restaurant.

O by the way, IMO, the best cabs when arriving into MEX are the "Sitio 300" (yellow) cabs, they use late model cars, are safe, and are really courteous and pretty reasonably priced. I wasn't even out the door when a guy picked up my baggage and grabbed my ticket and sent me on my way. They are located on the far west corner of the national terminal, so its a long walk from the international terminal, but they're worth it. I Highly recommend them.

There's soooo much to do, I've done a lot but It's so much I honestly don't remember. 

[Edited 2007-11-07 23:00:00]

User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6924 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Quoting DC10extender (Reply 1):
Wear a face mask, see the smog, and keep your money in your front pocket.

LOL! True on all counts, but MEX does have some very good points as well.

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 8):
Great post, Mexico City is probably the most culturally vibrant city in the Americas. I think peope are equating Tijuana with Mexico City

I wouldn't go that far personally, but understand you POV there. BTW, TJ has come a long way in the more than a decade since I've been there.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 17):
Now I may have a different problem: while I'm a German citizen, I'm also a Costa Rican citizen, however I don't have a Costa Rican passport anymore, just the German one. My problem is that, even though I have Costa Rican identification, that immigration in Costa Rica could give me trouble or, even deport me. I don't want to apply for a Costa Rican passport, because I simply can't be bothered with all the bureaucracy and because I prefer to just keep my German one, to not appear suspicious in other countries, but the thing is still worrying me. I searched for something related to this matter in Costa Rican Immigration law, but found nothing.

Until that isn't sorted out, I'm not going anywhere.

Yeah, that dual citizenship is a real burden.


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Quoting Slider (Reply 20):
I wouldn't go that far personally, but understand you POV there

Well considering the fact that Mexico City has a 500 year history as the capital of the New Spain, I doubt any city rivals that in any part of the Americas. Philadelphia and Boston in comparison are quite historical but not to the extent of Mexico City. Just wondering tho, what do you consider to be the most culturally vibrant city in the Americas?  scratchchin  certainly not Houston  duck 



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

Quoting Slider (Reply 20):
Yeah, that dual citizenship is a real burden.

Yeah, and now I've been suggested the following after asking around non-official sources: I should use the Costa Rican passport for leaving and entering Costa Rica, and then my German passport when entering the other country. I'm a bit wary about this suggestion, especially if by some chance I'd have to go to the United States from Costa Rica (with my Costa Rican passport, I'd have no visa waiver priviledges, while I have visa waiver with my German passport). It would have probably been easier for me to give up the Costa Rican citizenship in favour of the German one, but the constitution in Costa Rica doesn't allow it.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
You won't have a problem if you take the right cabs or if you are as cautious enough in the metro etc

How's Mexico City's metro system? I haven't ridden a metro since the last time I was on an U-Bahn in Hamburg. Those metros are a real life saver for avoiding traffic jams.

Quoting AM744 (Reply 16):
There are many still roaming the streets. Just try to avoid those with regular licence plates. Official taxi plates begin with "L" (libre) or "S"(sitio)

Got it. Here in Costa Rica, we have the same problem with so-called Taxis that don't have official taxi plates (like TSJ, TH, TA, AP (for airport taxis), etc.).

Quoting AM744 (Reply 16):
Day 1 (Downtown)
- Torre Latinoamericana observatory. This would be Mexico City's Empire State Building... not the tallest, but traditional and beloved.
- Zócalo: National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Templo Mayor Aztec ruins.

Day 2 (Chapultepec and surroundings)
- Museo de Antropología. A must see for every visitor.
- Polanco (shopping district and somewhat expensive but nice restaurants)

Shopping would be nice. I was thinking of picking up one or two football jerseys on the way (as long as they aren't jerseys from Chivas  Wink ), like the new Adidas jersey of the Mexican National Team or, if I can find it, a retro jersey from América.

Quoting AM744 (Reply 16):
You could attend concerts (pop or classical), football matches or even Lucha Libre the next time you visit the city for a few days.

The biggest possibility, barring the settlement of my immigration issues due to my dual citizenship, would be for me to go between 26-30th of December, so I doubt there will be a football match at that time. Do they at least have tours of the Estadio Azteca? I'd still love to visit that beautiful stadium. Lucha Libre is also a possibility for me.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 19):
Definitely go to the Zocalo, the Auditorio Nacional if something good is playing, there's PLENTY of night life in the whole Zona Rosa/Insurgentes area, the Santa Fe area is pretty nice, Xochimilco is ok, Teotihuacan is cool if you're into archeology. And for food, just ask any cab driver and they'll point you to either the best mom and pop shop or a nice fancy restaurant.

You know, the only reason I was thinking of Xochimilco was because I heard about it on Sexo Urbano. I know, I'm watching too much TV, especially too much HBO.  Confused


User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5808 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

Anyone any city centre hotel recommendations? Nothing extravagant, just somewhere to bed down overnight which is close to the main railway station or bus terminus.

Also, is the Mexican peso pegged to the US dollar?


User currently offlineViaggiare From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2007, 2143 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3672 times:

Quoting AM744 (Reply 16):
Here's some advice for a two day visit:
Day 1 (Downtown)
- Torre Latinoamericana observatory. This would be Mexico City's Empire State Building... not the tallest, but traditional and beloved.
- Zócalo: National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Templo Mayor Aztec ruins.

Day 2 (Chapultepec and surroundings)
- Museo de Antropología. A must see for every visitor.
- Polanco (shopping district and somewhat expensive but nice restaurants)

This is a good plan, Richie. I'd have to agree that the Museo Nacional de Antropología is a must, and so is the Zócalo. Do some walking in its immediate vicinity and you'll eventually go past the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which is a very beautiful building. The pyramids at Teotihuacán are an hour drive away, but also worth checking out if you can work out the logistics. The city is pretty fascinating, and on the approach you might get a glimpse as to how massive it actually is.

All the locals I talked to on the street were extremely friendly and happy to provide directions or take your picture. Pack a sweater, as overnight lows are usually in the single digits Celsius this time of year.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 17):
immigration in Costa Rica could give me trouble or, even deport me.

Constitución Política de la República de Costa Rica (Artículo 22): Todo costarricense puede trasladarse y permanecer encualquier punto de la República o fuera de ella, siempre que se encuentre libre de responsabilidad, y volver cuando él convenga. No se podrá exigir a los costarricenses requisitos que impidan su ingreso al país.

In other words, technically your cédula de identidad would suffice when coming back into the country.

Quoting LTU932 (Thread starter):
and remembering the days when I visited Panama as a child

Panamá City's skyline has changed sooo much since.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 23):

Also, is the Mexican peso pegged to the US dollar?

No. The current exchange rate is $10.71 MXN for US$1.00



Entre le fort et le faible c’est la liberté qui opprime et la loi qui affranchit.
25 Post contains images LTU932 : Yes, but only technically. So even if I travel only with my German passport, I'd just need my Costa Rican ID to prove that, while I'm travelling as a
26 Airlinelover : What to do in Mexico City??? Leave.. Chris
27 SW733 : People have a bad view of Mexico City, but it's usually people who have never been there, and still believe the things they heard about 1985 Mexico Ci
28 Viaggiare : Exactly. I just spoke with an immigration officer based at the airport, and he confirmed that you would simply show your Cédula de Identidad along w
29 LTU932 : What about passport control when exiting Costa Rica? Would I also have to show my Costa Rican Cédula along with the Reisepass?
30 Viaggiare : Not unless you're asked to. Do let the airline counter staff know that you are a dual national, though.
31 LTU932 : I shall keep that in mind. Thanks, Alessandro!
32 Post contains images NWA742 : Oh I see. Just don't go to those particular neighborhoods and you won't get kidnapped. Gee, that's just great. -NWA742
33 Frequentflyer : Fully agree Fully agree as well. This from a European-American. Mexico City is vibrant, beautiful buildings and attractions for tourists and museum b
34 AM744 : Pretty good provided you avoid the peak hours 7-9:30AM and 6-8PM in the main lines (1,2,3 and 9) No. It floats. Plus you could get to see the downtow
35 LAXspotter : You ever been there? Its disconcerting to hear these kind of comments, without an understanding of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Too m
36 Post contains links RJdxer : Guess the Sate Department is paranoid too. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html CRIME: Crime in Mexico continues at high levels,
37 SW733 : The State Department tends to be smart, and cover their asses, otherwise if someone got in trouble, and was the victim of a bad crime, the State Depa
38 KLM685 : Well the best hotels to say in are in the Polanco-Reforma-Condesa area. It's centric and you kind find every type of hotel for your acommodations. In
39 Ual777 : Just stay away from Neza and Tepito, dont trust the cops, and you should be ok.
40 Braybuddy : Great. Thanks for that KLM685. One more question: is the US dollar accepted as a preferred currency in the country, the way it is in some? I'm talkin
41 UAL777 : No. Its pesos my friend.
42 Post contains images Macc : Mexico City is just great! I was extremely surprised about te cleanliness of the central areas. I was expecting something different, given it was the
43 Post contains images Frequentflyer : Welcome to my RU list, Love your humor!
44 AM744 : Not really, maybe only in Cancun and Los Cabos. Cash in pesos is also helpful for public transport and small venues that do not take credit cards. Th
45 KLM685 : In Mexico City the USD is not as accepted as in Cancun or other beaches. It is of course accepted in hotels and tours. Although is much easier to car
46 Braybuddy : I have to say, after spending three days in Mexico City, we were completely bowled over: it was NOTHING like what we'd been led to believe by the guid
47 Post contains images FLY2HMO : I hope all the naysayers read that The whole smog situation has improved a lot in the 20 years I've been going there. Even a slight breeze will be en
48 SW733 : Just a heads up that I am back from MEX, alive, and had a lovely time. At no point did I feel threatened, and I had a blast. This was my 3rd time ther
49 RJdxer : Yep, I also read, It always helps to have a native to help guide you and it also gives the bad guys an excuse to look for an easier target of opportu
50 SW733 : Yes...and what about the first time I went there? Remember I said that each time it's getting safer each time, and yet I said earlier that everytime
51 RJdxer : I'm sure the people who boarded Flight 93 felt relatively safe as well. Just because you feel safe does not mean that you actually are. Perhaps you w
52 Captaink : Like any Mega City, it can be dangerous depending primarily on where you go, what time you go, and with whom. Picture it, you walking along on a dark
53 LAXspotter : no kidding, but for some of these people here who fail to see anything positive outside of their own countries, refuse to give up that fact that Mexi
54 Braybuddy : We were two days on our own, finding our own way around the city, before meeting KLM685, and never felt uneasy at all. You have to remember that Mexi
55 Post contains images SW733 : Looks like I am smarter than your Mexican friends since I stick to the safe parts
56 Post contains images KLM685 : That's right. I must live terrified and paranoic. Yup, crime free. Just like New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Madrid, Paris, Lon
57 Post contains images AR385 : Another place you have to definitely see is: Coyoacan It used to be a separate part of Mexico City for centuries until it was overtaken. The architect
58 AM744 : Complementing AR385s post. If any of you is into classical music, theater or cinema don't skip the opportunity to go to the Centro Cultural Universita
59 Captaink : The contrasts in Mexico City is great. After visiting Coyocan, go up the Angel on Paseo de La Reforma, you know up but Zona Rosa, and take look at th
60 KLM685 : I know! Everytime I go to Reforma, Downtown and Santa Fe I'm amazed by the huge contrats the city has. Going from a very Colonial Spain zone to a ver
61 Dw9115 : Get a bodyguard Mexico City is a extremely dangerous place for westerners. Violence towards westerners (and anyone else for that fact) has gotten ext
62 Captaink : Man stop talking craziness. Didn't you just read this thread. I and many many other foreigners get along just well in Mexico City. Yes like any big c
63 Dw9115 : I I dont remeber taking people ransom and then killing them even if you get paid as being a large in NYC like it is in Mexico City. No goverment has i
64 AR385 : Please refer to reply 37
65 Post contains images Captaink : Dude just visit Mexico City and put everything in perspective. I am not going to argue with you and the State Department they can put what they want
66 AM744 : DW9115: While most of that comments have been true, particularly 3-5 years ago, the kidnapping problem has been controled to some extent. Nowadays it'
67 KLM685 : Duh Of course! I'm glad you have the patience to illustrate and teach common sense to people that think Man on Fire is Mexico City, Koalas is Austral
68 Post contains images SW733 : Well THAT one is true
69 AR385 : Another thing you can't miss, is El Mercado de Sonora. You will find there not only the normal foodstuffs, but also a a lot of culture. Cleansings, Sa
70 LAXspotter : atleast it has vibrant culture compared to the shitholes of the people degrading Mexico City.
71 Braybuddy : Well, we can only speak about our own experience of Mexico City, and it was wholly positive. I read what the US State Department has to say in your o
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