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1. Posted by mattyspenc (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Hey Everyone!

Me and my girlfriend are traveling out to

I have had alot of worrying comments from people stating that we were crazy to spend time in Mexico City as it is so dangerous. I have been told that it would be safer to as soon as we land travel out of the city and see the rest of mexico. What are peoples opinions

We have three weeks in mexico and would also apriciate people informing us of the sights to see and the must see attractions

Please Reply ASAP,:)

Many Thanks,;)

Matt and Samantha

2. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

I don't think Mexico City is that dangerous if you stay in/ around the big zocalo (spell?)
and around zona rosa and really central places like that
we we're there about 4 years ago and didn't have any problems at all, actually really liked the city, its huge and we only saw a timy bit of it
went on a day trip to teotichuacan (again not sure of the spelling) which is a day trip out of the city and amazing.

use common sense and you'll be fine in Mexico City
enjoy the trip!

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3. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y

i stayed at the Maria Christina across the street from the Zona Rosa.

Address: Lerma No. 31
Phone: 566-96-88 (I don't know what the country code is)

it was a comfortable stay and and convenient to the Zocalo and Chapultepec Park (both are must sees); also i pretty much used the bus system to major destinations during the day. at night i hung out in the zona rosa and walked back (1am) to my hotel without any trouble.

the hotel like most "decent" hotels have contractors with drivers who will shuttle you around for a fair price. Do not hesitate to strike up a conversation with these guys and they are legit. You'll know them because they will be driving new large sedans and wearing suits, and parked in front of the hotel -- very friendly guys.

also, ask the hotel clerk if they have any tour guides to show you around mexico city, they are not to overt as in the USA with tour guide services.

not so convenient, but consider very safe since the wealthy live here is San Angel http://www.mexicocity.com.mx/map1.html

also, do not miss Teotihuacán -- another must see. and if you can make it to Xochimilco.

finally, keep your pesos in the smallest denominations for bus rides, tips, charity, etc. As far as the rest of Mexico, Guadalajara i hear is great, and Cancun has the best beaches in the Caribean.
http://www.geographia.com/mexico/mexicocity/explorations.htm

4. Posted by tp3813 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Dont listen to all these scare stories Mexico City is no more dangerous than any other big City-just be sensible and you'll be fine!

5. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Matt and Samantha,

While I have never traveled to Mexico City, one of my best friends was born there and lived there for most of his life. First and most important suggestion....do not hail a taxi off of the street...there are certain taxis that you can call and they will meet you wherever you tell them to...they will give you the number of the taxi coming and everything. While I do not think that you are in danger of anything major....Mexico is a huge city and there is a lot of poverty there....so petty crimes are pretty common. Second...try not to flash anything too expensive around...do not wear really ostentatious jewelry or carry really expensive photography equipment. Again...you should not have any problems, but from someone who has been robbed on vacation...it puts a damper on the trip...at least for a couple of hours.
Other than that I have heard that Mexico City and the surrounding area are very cool places to see...good luck with your trip ..hope its a blast.

-Grace Marie

6. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

There are lots of green buggy taxis which are cool to take - we didn't have any problems at all with them and they are everywhere.

7. Posted by mattyspenc (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Hey,

Thanx for all the replys,

I personally can't wait to get to mexico as this was one of my first choices for travel. However my girlfriend is very catious and is worried about mexico city!

Because of this we may spend very little time in the capital and may spend more time traveling around!

If anyone has suggestions of how to get around the country etc.

Matt

8. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

By bus, cheap and comfortable!

Btw, your girlfirend will prob feel so much better when you're there, in Mexico City - she'll see that most people there are just like any other people ;) I found people generally to be very friendly when we were there, even protective sometimes.
There is a lot of poverty tho, which really got to me

Don't miss the huge park Chapultepec on a Sunday, it's great, lots of people, parties, picnics and so on

9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

I belong to a hospitality project, non profit, that has members in Mexico, if you are only 1 or 2 persons, join and stay with locals in places like Mexico City and other parts of the country, you reciprocate if members ever come to your city and country, most often on free time, hosts are proud to show their guests around and of course, know their way around, you avoid looking for hotels, getting lost and taxi drivers in many places. In Latin America if your Spanish is not good never ask a taxi driver for 'help' in finding a 'hotel' as they get good commisions from 3 and 4 star hotels (even worse are taxistas who speak a little English, smile at you and drive you into the most expensive place)always bring a guide book. The Mexico city Metro (Underground) runs until Midnight almost everywhere in the city, take it after you've deposited your luggage and valuables in your hotel or homestay, 8,000,000 passengers a day, a few whom are excellent pickpockets. Zona Rosa blasts till 3AM weekends, Coyoacan great on Sundays, lots to see and do, of course take Taxis back to your destination late nights, the air pollution is severe all year round and especially in dry season Dec. to April, if you ge tired around 1PM or so take a Siesta, remember you are over 2600 Meters or 7500 Feet above Sea Level, in Dec. to Feb. Temps can go below 0C or 32F early mornings, normal daytime high about 25F or 75F. Lunch is 2-4PM officially. Everything is fast..the "New York City" of Latin America....love it. Here's a good bi lingual guide to the City http://www.mexicocity.com.mx/mexcity.html

10. Posted by Reverend (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

if going to mexico too, thanks for the info ;)
anyone stayed at the hostel 'Catedral'. im thinking about booking a room there.
whats the best (cheapest) way to get into the city from the airport?