Mexico City is a vibrant city with friendly and welcoming locals, tasty cuisine and plenty of attractions to keep you occupied away from the track. Here’s your travel guide for the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix on 24-27 October.
- Visas: citizens from more than 60 countries (including the USA, European Union, Australia, Canada & NZ) don’t need a visa to enter Mexico. More information here.
- Currency: Mexican Peso ($MXN). At current exchange rates, $1 USD = $19.8 MXN. You can pay with a card in most places across Mexico City, but it’s always a good idea to carry a little cash. ATMs are widely available.
- Language: Spanish. Knowing a few words and phrases in Spanish is beneficial for travel in Mexico City, but English is also widely spoken by young people and in upmarket areas of the city. Use the Google Translate app to translate restaurant menus and signs using your smartphone camera.
- Time Zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours
- In an Emergency: dial 911 for police, fire & ambulance.
- Power Sockets: Type A and B, the same as the USA.
- Weather: the Mexican Grand Prix takes place in late October, between the rainy and dry seasons. It can be warm during the day, but temperatures drop quickly at night. Rain and storms are not uncommon, so pack some waterproof clothing. Temperatures average a high of 23°C (73°F) and a low of 11°C (52°F).
- Good to Know: the tap water is not safe for consumption in Mexico City; drink bottled water instead. Mexico City is situated at an altitude of 2250m (7380 feet). Arrive at least one or two days before the race weekend begins if possible, and take it easy while your body adjusts to the higher altitude; drink lots of water, stay out of the sun and limit your alcohol intake.
Arrival & Getting Around
A new airport is due to open in Mexico City next year, but until then you’ll need to use Mexico City International Airport (MEX), which has daily direct flights to major cities in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. The best way to get from the airport to the city centre is via a licensed airport taxi (buy ticket in advance from a counter in arrivals). Uber is also convenient in Mexico City or you can take the Metro. Speaking of the Metro, this is also the best way to get to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. More information: 2019 Mexican Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide
Where to Stay
To get the most out of your weekend in Mexico City, we recommend staying downtown, though anywhere with access to the Metro means you can get to the circuit without too many issues. The best central areas to stay in Mexico City include the Centro Historico for history and culture, the hipster enclaves of Roma and Condesa for the best nightlife and restaurants, and Polanco and Zona Rosa for a more upmarket vibe. Add a Mexico City hotel to your Official Ticket Package today!
Best Things to do in Mexico City
Here are some of the best places to visit and things to do in Mexico City during your trip to the 2019 Mexico Grand Prix:
- Try some street food: it’s hard to ignore the street food in Mexico City, especially when you can smell it on almost every street corner in the city! One of the best ways to experience this food mecca is to eat lots of small meals throughout the day as you explore the city. Real Mexican tacos should be first on your list; available with a seemingly endless choice of fillings (meat, seafood, cheese, salad) and mild to very hot sauces, they are extremely cheap and very tasty. Other popular street foods include quesadilla (a grilled tortilla filled with cheese), pambazo (potato and chorizo filled bread, dipped in red pepper sauce) and tamale (seasoned meat and maize flour, steamed or baked in maize husks). Horchata is a sweet rice milk that’s great for cooling your mouth off when you have overdone the chili.
- Visit Centro Histórico: filled with historic buildings and landmarks, the almost 700-year old centre of Mexico City is not to be missed. Head to the main plaza, known as the Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitucion, for the baroque Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the world, the Palacio Nacional, the seat of national government, and the ruins of Templo Mayor from the Aztec period. You can also join the crowds on the pedestrianised Madero Street to marvel at the contrast between Mexico City’s historic and modern architecture, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes cultural centre and the 44-story Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper..
- Go shopping (and dining) in Polanco: one of Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Polanco is ground zero for the biggest names in fashion. The main shopping thoroughfare is Avenida Presidente Masaryk, which is lined with designer boutiques, art galleries and other retail outlets catering to the city’s elite. You’ll also find some of Mexico City’s finest restaurants on the pretty tree-lined streets of Polanco, including Pujol, which is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the world and offers a six-course degustation menu of Mexican haute cuisine by Chef Enrique Olvera.
- Explore Roma & Condesa: looking for your hipster fix of quirky restaurants, bars, cafés and shops? Head to the adjacent inner-city neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa, which have been rapidly gentrifying in recent years. Perfect for a lazy stroll at any time of the day, the tree-lined streets hide gems at almost every street corner, from the El Pendulo bookstore café to Mercado Roma, a covered market featuring food stalls from various city restaurants.
- Get lost in Bosque de Chapultepec: spread over 647 hectares, Chapultepec Park (Bosque de Chapultepec) is a massive city park in the heart of Mexico City. Some of the city’s most interesting landmarks can be found here, including Chapultepec Castle, a former imperial palace and presidential residence that now houses the National Museum of History. Other highlights include Chapultepec Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Anthropology. You’ll also find miles of walking paths, forested areas, lakes and an amusement park
- Experience Día de los Muertos: the “Day of the Dead” is an important Mexican public holiday in which families gather to remember and pray for relatives and friends who have died. Although it falls just after Grand Prix weekend this year (1-2 November), you’ll still be able to experience some of the colourful, festive atmosphere related to the event, which takes over the whole city. Look out for altar displays decorated with skulls and candles, especially in the Centro Histórico, or visit one of the city’s massive cemeteries for the full Día de los Muertos experience.
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