Mexico City is both the largest metropolis in North America and the capital of Mexico. Famed for its nightlife, along with its shopping and, of course, its history, this vast city is made up of several districts, each with their own places of interest and individual charm. With around 20 million inhabitants, Mexico City is home to a diverse range of nationalities and a large expat community. Some of the world’s most famous landmarks are to be found here, including the city’s main square known as the Zocalo. With such an enormous array attractions on offer, visitors to this magnificent city will never be short of something to see or do.
Mexico City experiences high levels of congestion and is far from the most easily navigable of cities. With this in mind, visitors are advised to opt for a small, fuel efficient car which will allow them to negotiate tight spaces and turns with greater ease.
Driving in Mexico City
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Important things to note
With around 3.5 million vehicles in the city, traffic jams are commonplace, particularly during peak times.
Whilst parking is relatively hard to come by, the city does offer cheap secure parking which will set you back £3 at most.
Mexico City operates a programme to combat traffic and pollution entitles ‘Hoy No Cicular’ (No drive days). This means drivers are forbidden from using their vehicle on certain days dependent on the final digit on their number plate.
Highlights & Hotspots
Boasting a range of artefacts across a number of rooms, not to mention stunning architecture, the National Anthropology Museum is well worth paying a visit to when in Mexico City. This family friendly offers free entry on Sundays and is so extensive that spending the entire day there is possible.
Open since the 1920s, Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec is a family friendly attraction boasting an array of animals including rare species such as pandas, all of which are very well cared for. The main exhibitions are free of charge, however if you wish to gain access to the areas where reptiles and insect are housed, the park charges a small additional fee to enter.
If you fancy some respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city, pay a visit to the Lago del Bosque de Chapultpec. The lake is set in idyllic surroundings and is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll, feed the ducks, or even hire a rowing boat.
Benito Ju√°rez International Airport is the city‚Äôs main airport and is located to the east of the city. Served by many international airlines, it offers direct flights to most of the world‚Äôs major cities on a regular basis.
The airport is connected to the city by both a bus and rail service, the latter being the quickest way to travel between the two. By road, it is close to the city‚Äôs inner ring road.