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I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:38 am

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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Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:11 am

Wear a face mask, see the smog, and keep your money in your front pocket.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:19 am

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
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:23 am

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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Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:58 am

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".
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:11 am

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.




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Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:21 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:26 am

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.

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Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:33 am

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!

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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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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:34 am

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

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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 
 
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Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:36 am

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.
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Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:37 am

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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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:40 am

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.

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Thanks! I'll keep it in mind.

Sure! Message me when you like.

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:10 am

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.
 
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Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:17 am

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.
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Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:56 pm

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.

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:12 pm

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.

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Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:59 pm

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
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:54 am

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.
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:56 am

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. 

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:09 am

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.
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:15 am

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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Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:32 am

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
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:48 am

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?
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:46 am

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
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:44 pm

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 24):
In other words, technically your cédula de identidad would suffice when coming back into the country.

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 German, I'm also a Costa Rican and have a right to enter?

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 24):
Panamá City's skyline has changed sooo much since.

So I can imagine. I mean, last time I was there was 20 years ago, so obviously things will have changed (and hopefully for the better since Noriega left).

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 24):
No. The current exchange rate is $10.71 MXN for US$1.00

At least it's an easy to calculate exchange rate, not like in Costa Rica, where you need a calculator all the time.  Wink
 
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What to do in Mexico City???

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Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:17 pm

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 City.

It's a nice place...I am actually going tomorrow night for a long weekend after working in the DFW area...cheap Mexicana flights led to that last minute decision. It's much safer than it used to be...pollution is still the biggest problem, but this time of year is a lot better than July or August for sure. People are, for the most part, VERY nice. The scariest people you'll run into are panhandlers, and they aren't scary at all! Just use street smarts...don't do anything in Mexico City that you wouldn't do in New York, Cape Town, Paris, Frankfurt, or any other big city.

Have fun! Enjoy the food, too.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:16 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 25):
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 German, I'm also a Costa Rican and have a right to enter?

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 with your Reisepass upon entering the country. They'll put an entry stamp on the latter and allow you back in.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:20 pm

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 28):
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 with your Reisepass upon entering the country. They'll put an entry stamp on the latter and allow you back in.

What about passport control when exiting Costa Rica? Would I also have to show my Costa Rican Cédula along with the Reisepass?
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:32 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 29):
What about passport control when exiting Costa Rica? Would I also have to show my Costa Rican Cédula along with the Reisepass?

Not unless you're asked to. Do let the airline counter staff know that you are a dual national, though.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:39 pm

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 30):
Not unless you're asked to. Do let the airline counter staff know that you are a dual national, though.

I shall keep that in mind. Thanks, Alessandro!
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:44 pm

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
1. No one kidnaps no body UNLESS you go to favela type neighborhood to which I REALLY doubt some of you have been to.

Oh I see. Just don't go to those particular neighborhoods and you won't get kidnapped. Gee, that's just great.

Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 26):
What to do in Mexico City???

Leave..

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:07 pm

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.

Fully agree

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 7):
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.

Fully agree as well. This from a European-American. Mexico City is vibrant, beautiful buildings and attractions for tourists and museum buffs alike. The food is fantastic, and I cannot wait to go back.

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:25 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 22):
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.

Pretty good provided you avoid the peak hours 7-9:30AM and 6-8PM in the main lines (1,2,3 and 9)

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 23):
Also, is the Mexican peso pegged to the US dollar?

No. It floats.

Plus you could get to see the downtown free of street vendors for the first time in years.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:11 pm

Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 26):
What to do in Mexico City???

Leave..

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 much Hollywood and Tijuana.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:29 am

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 19):
What a load of paranoic BS.

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, and it is often violent, especially in Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Acapulco, and the state of Sinaloa. Other metropolitan areas have lower, but still serious, levels of crime. Low apprehension and conviction rates of criminals contribute to the high crime rate. U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico are encouraged to report the incident to the nearest police headquarters and to the nearest U.S. consular office.

As my Mexican friend said, "watch your back".
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:44 am

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 36):
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, and it is often violent, especially in Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Acapulco, and the state of Sinaloa. Other metropolitan areas have lower, but still serious, levels of crime. Low apprehension and conviction rates of criminals contribute to the high crime rate. U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico are encouraged to report the incident to the nearest police headquarters and to the nearest U.S. consular office.

As my Mexican friend said, "watch your back".

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 Department may get some really bad press that they don't need. Keep in mind, they also have a Travel Warning out for Israel...Israel is perfectly safe.

That being said, I can't wait to go back to Mexico City tomorrow. I'll let you guys know if I get mugged or murdered.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:26 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 23):
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?

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 Mexico City downtown is more historic rather than skyscrapers, etc... like in the US. But this area in particular has everything a tourist needs.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 22):
You know, the only reason I was thinking of Xochimilco

Xochimilco is a beautiful place! All foreign students from my college love it there ( to party I mean...lol)

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 22):
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.

Mexico City's metro system is EXCELLENT. Takes you almost everywhere you want to go in the central area of the city. Although you'll find the same jams and smells as in Paris lol.

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 32):
Oh I see. Just don't go to those particular neighborhoods and you won't get kidnapped. Gee, that's just great.

Yeah, it's great.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 37):
That being said, I can't wait to go back to Mexico City tomorrow. I'll let you guys know if I get
mugged or murdered.

LOL. Don't forget drug cartels can start shootings anywhere...anytime...( sarcasm ...just in case someone here really believes it)

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:50 am

Just stay away from Neza and Tepito, dont trust the cops, and you should be ok.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:48 am

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 38):
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 accommodation. In Mexico City downtown is more historic rather than skyscrapers, etc... like in the US. But this area in particular has everything a tourist needs.

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 talking about hotels, taxis, tours, etc.

The way the dollar is going it looks like it would make sense to bring travellers' cheques in euro rather than dollars.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:28 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 40):
One more question: is the US dollar accepted as a preferred currency in the country, the way it is in some? I'm talking about hotels, taxis, tours, etc.

No. Its pesos my friend.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:01 am

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 biggest city in the world for a long time. The metro is excellent. Awesome nightlife and a real good place to visit.

best thing of course is finding a local contact and get shown around. there are some people here on a.net Big grin

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:57 pm

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 38):
Quoting NWA742 (Reply 32):
Oh I see. Just don't go to those particular neighborhoods and you won't get kidnapped. Gee, that's just great.

Yeah, it's great.

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:23 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 40):
One more question: is the US dollar accepted as a preferred currency in the country, the way it is in some? I'm talking about hotels, taxis, tours, etc.

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.

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 32):
Oh I see. Just don't go to those particular neighborhoods and you won't get kidnapped. Gee, that's just great.

There are places that are to be avoided in nearly every city, specially if you don't know your way around. I'm sure you are aware of that.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:42 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 40):
One more question: is the US dollar accepted as a preferred currency in the country, the way it is in some? I'm talking about hotels, taxis, tours, etc.

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 carry pesos with you. If you're here for 3 or 4 days you'll be fine changing 200USD = 2200 MXN for taxis, eating, just for the sake of having cash with you... But you can pay with the credit card of your preference at good restaurants, etc...

Quoting Frequentflyer (Reply 43):
Welcome to my RU list, Love your humor!

haha thanks alot!

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 40):
The way the dollar is going it looks like it would make sense to bring travellers' cheques in euro rather than dollars

Oh yeah of course! The USD is giving you 10.4 pesos right now and the Euro is giving you around 16... so Euros is THE currency. You can exchange euros at the airport or at every bank.
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:10 pm

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 guidebooks and some of the posters on here. Granted, we only had three days, but it's very easy to pick up good or bad vibes in a place within that timeframe, and NOWHERE in the city did we feel any way uneasy or under threat. Okay, we confined ourselves to the city centre, but that's a big area and we walked around, sometimes together, sometimes on our own, sometimes at night, and late at night at that, and had NO hassle or trouble at all. And as for smog, what smog? We had two beautiful, clear sunny days out of three.

And it is really a magnificent city: from the old baroque churches to the plazas, parks, monuments and tree-lined avenues. We were all agreed we could easily have spent a week or more in the city. The people are exceptionally friendly, and there's a great buzz about the place at night. There is something fore everyone in Mexico City, and I COULD NOT RECOMMEND IT HIGHER as a travel destination.

And last, but not least. our stay in Mexico City was made all the more enjoyable by KLM685, the sweetest, friendliest Mexican you could meet, who is also a great Irish dancer and superb tour guide!

Muchas gracias Alonso

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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:42 am



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 46):
and NOWHERE in the city did we feel any way uneasy or under threat.

I hope all the naysayers read that  Yeah sure

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 46):
And as for smog, what smog? We had two beautiful, clear sunny days out of three.

The whole smog situation has improved a lot in the 20 years I've been going there. Even a slight breeze will be enough to clear it out.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:56 am

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 there, and probably the best. The place seems to get safer, cleaner, and more fun each time I go.
 
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RE: I Need To Know What To Do In Mexico City

Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:30 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 47):
I hope all the naysayers read that

Yep, I also read,

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 46):
And last, but not least. our stay in Mexico City was made all the more enjoyable by KLM685, the sweetest, friendliest Mexican you could meet, who is also a great Irish dancer and superb tour guide!

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 opportunity.

When we were in Kiev last summer and Judith was with us things went much easier since she knew the language and could read the writing. You could tell that peoples target radar went offline after they realized she knew what they were saying in their own language. After she left things got more difficult simply because we lost our translator. Fortunately the others had been in town for few days and we didn't wander far from places we already knew were safe. It makes a big difference to have someone who speaks the language and knows the lay of the land.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 48):
This was my 3rd time there, and probably the best.

By the third time there I would expect you know be getting a feel of where your comfort zone is.

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