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1. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 9y

I really want to go to Mexico city for "the day of the dead" /Halloween.
Ive heard many good things about Mexico City, but many bad things aswell.
Is it worth going there for a week? Is it a place I really should visit during my stay in Mexico
Have anyone been in Mexico city during "the day of the dead"?
Many questions
Hope to get some help
- Kine -

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I haven't been there on "the day of the dead" that sounds a bit freaky to me! I did go there last year which was at a bit of a crappy time due to the main square being filled with tents etc due to some stupid political protest that was getting no where. It was only on the last day I was there (their national day) that I got to see the city without lots of annoying mess up but then all night fireworks were exploding all across the whole area including right outside the airport terminal building which I was camping in all night.

I'd say a week is probably a bit long, but it is definitely worth a visit. Going on a tour to the pyramids that are on the outskirts of the city was really good. You can climb to the top of them unlike the ones in Egypt. Mexico city is a very interesting city especially for the architecture, history and culture.

Mexico City is meant to be quite dangerous, but the only times I felt unsafe was in the main square on the last night when the fireworks were going off and also on the bus from Mexico City-Palenque. I'd heard horror stories about that bus route and thought I'd risk it to get an interesting experience to Guatemala. On the bus not long after departing Mexico City, I looked down at what the guy sitting next to me was reading and was shocked to see him reading an AK47 Assault rifle instruction manual. That got the heart pumping a bit faster! Thankfully the guy got off after about 2 hours later so I could actually close my eyes to at least attempt to get some sleep for the overnight journey.

Just be careful not to stand out too much and withdraw money from an indoor ATM where possible and you should be fine.

3. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 9y

Thank you :)

4. Posted by 81 (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

Mexico City is a definit must!!! its a really nice city. i like it a lot. as for Day of the Dead i dont no. neva been there. but id say y not? Dead of the Dead i think wuld be very fun!! if u can id say DO IT!!
the bad thing bout D. F. is the Traffic! its caos!! very terrible other than that its pretty safe as anywhere in Mxico!

Good Luck

Pura Vida

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Mexico City is nice, but way overcrowded (15 million +). As a result, I'd only plan to spend about 4 days here and then, depending on your interests, fly to one of the beach resorts (Acapulco is the closest, Puerto Vallarta is also good) or visit the other interesting cities in the area (Taxco and Cuenavaca) or fly to either San Luis Potosi (the cultural capital of Mexico) or Guadalajara--the other interesting very large town in Mexico.

If you do go to Acapulco, go see the cliff divers on the west side of town (be sure to get a reservation for the restaurant at the hotel there--it's the only way to get a good view). If you are traveling with a romantic other, consider staying at the Westin Las Brisas in Acapulco--it's very expensive, but the only hotel I know of where almost every room has its own personal swimming pool--some of which are half indoors, half outdoors. It also has two natural pools at the hotel's beach area.

Since you've seen Coba, you've already stayed at a Mexican resort--so only you can decide which route you want to take--beach resort or cultural journey--or a little of both.


[ Edit: Edited on Oct 8, 2007, at 10:57 PM by Calcruzer ]