Mexico City

Destination Description

Mexico City is the country’s largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the world!

It is located in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large valley in the high plateaus at the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft.) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes that reach elevations of over 5,000 meters. Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate.

The average annual temperature varies from 12 to 16 °C (54 to 61 °F), depending on the altitude of the borough. The temperature is rarely below 3 °C (37 °F) or above 30 °C (86 °F).

October–May are the best months to visit. It can be chilly in December and January but you’ll enjoy blue skies and sunny days. From March/April the temperatures heat up, and in June the rains start to fall, continuing until October.

Mexico City is home to some of the best private hospitals in the country.

Mexico City is home to the largest population of U.S. Americans living outside the United States. Current estimates are as high as 700,000 U.S. Americans living in Mexico City, while in 1999 the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs estimated over 440,000 Americans lived in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area.

The majority (82%) of the residents in Mexico City are Roman Catholic, higher than the national percentage.

Mexico City is served by Mexico City International Airport. In order to come to Mexico, everyone worldwide needs a passport to enter. (please consult with the Mexican embassy in your country of origin for visa requirements).

Plan a day trip to the ancient Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacán, located 50km (31 miles) northeast of the city.