Like all major capitals on the planet, Mexico City has lights and shadows in terms of treating tourists or business travelers.
While it is true that spending a few days in the Aztec capital is the most fun and interesting, due to its great offer of museums and typical places to visit and discover its great culture, it is also true that it is always necessary to be vigilant to avoid that someone takes advantage of us and intends to overload us or that we are exposed to walk, without knowing it, in dangerous places where we can suffer the theft of our money or our goods.
As Mexico City is one of the largest in the world, the distances to be traveled are generally very long, so you have to use a means of transport, and you have to make sure that it is safe, efficient, and that it does not not too expensive.
The tips we can share start upon arrival at the airport where there are a wide range of brands of taxi companies offering to transport us to our hotel; they are very reliable transfers from a security point of view and, in terms of cost, most offer similar prices, but it is suggested to ask the price to compare before deciding.
It should be noted that a good option is to request service on the Uber app, which in Mexico City has many units that offer reliable and safe service. If requested at the airport, you must ensure that you give the correct information of the gate where you wish to be picked up and always activate the location option which presents the platform display. The driver almost certainly doesn’t speak English, but that doesn’t matter as all the necessary information is at your fingertips in the app.
Once you arrive at the hotel and are heading somewhere, always use Uber service or taxis checked at the hotel entrance. Keep in mind that these taxis are much more expensive, sometimes ridiculously expensive, although they are very safe and the driver speaks a little more English. What is completely unthinkable is to take a taxi to those who pass freely on the street because they do not guarantee any security for the client. This type of transport is to be avoided at all costs, even if it represents significant savings.
For example, if you want to visit the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, one of the most important in the country, a must for anyone who wants to know more about the culture of this magnificent country, a safe and fun option is to do- on board the Turibus, a double-decker bus that offers several routes throughout the city with free hop-on hop-off and a fixed fare during the day. For example, the user descends on a site, visits a place somewhere nearby and, with the same ticket, can re-board and continue the visit.
This service contains information in English, among other languages, on the points of interest traveled along the route and offers an information brochure on the restaurants and bars located in the various transit areas. Although it is a very safe service for the visitor, it should be noted that you should never lose sight of your wallets and personal belongings. Don’t be too confident even if you feel very safe.
If you prefer to do walking tours and enjoy the city’s attractions or go to shopping areas and restaurants, the recommendation is to do it during the day. Always avoid walking at night, even if the distance you plan to walk is short. For example, when you go out for dinner at night, you never have to venture on foot even if your hotel is a few blocks away. Always do it in a controlled taxi or with a transport app.
These are some of the tips to take into account to enjoy the great attractions that Mexico City offers its visitors. Avoid a bad experience due to overconfidence. Always remember that it is better to overdo the precautions and not suffer unpleasant consequences.
If needed, the U.S. Embassy is always available to assist citizens by calling 844-528-6611 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding U.S. and Mexican holidays) and to after-hours emergencies. : 1-844-528-6611.
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