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It’s the seemingly endless sunshine, striking scenery and beautiful sandy beaches that make Mexico City an increasingly popular destination. The astonishingly rich cultural heritage of the city from the tantalising cuisine, to the vibrancy of the many bars along Avenida Álvaro Obregón in Roma. This is the second largest city in the world that encompasses so many unique adventures, you would need more than one visit to experience all of the wonder that this unique place has to offer.

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Why visit Mexico City?

  • Enjoy a day at the Mexican Riviera which lines the Gulf of Mexico offering some of the best landscape views and activities like snorkelling and jet-skiing, making for a day well spent!
  • Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture by visiting Mama Rumba Roma where you can experience live rumba performances while sipping on a Margarita!
  • Indulge in the various flavours of Mexico City-the tacos on the corner of Monterrey and Álvaro Obregón being the best part of your taste journey!
Mexican Peso ($)
Dialing Code:
00 + 52 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1ZAR:~1.24 MXM
Time Zone:
Standard time, UTC -6 (8 hours behind South Africa); summer, UTC -5 (daylight savings time, 7 hours behind South Africa).
Drives on the right
Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type A/ B (Frequency-60Hz: Voltage-127 V)

The best time to visit Mexico City would be between March and May. During this time the weather is pleasant making for perfect sight-seeing during your trip. This period is also considered to be a peak-season in the city, so expect attractions and beaches to become slightly crowded.

The most spoken language in Mexico is Spanish. Other languages that are also spoken in this city is Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, English and Mixtec.

  • The official name for Mexico is ‘’The United Mexican States”.
  • Mexico is home to over 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • There are 31 states in Mexico as well as the capital city Mexico City.

Apart from the rich culture that fills the streets of Mexico, there are plenty of magnificent attractions that make this destination so inviting. The place to start your sightseeing journey through Mexico would be Zócalo-the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) this is where the country’s first constitution was proclaimed in 1813.

. It is one of the world’s largest squares, today it is used for festivals, parades and demonstrations. Another sight worth the visit is probably the most important of its kind in the world-The National Museum of Anthropology which lies in Chapultepec Park. Last but definitely not least is one of Mexico’s most significant cultural landmarks, the Palace of Fine Arts, which is an architectural gem.

The many other attractions that add so much charm to this city include:

  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
  • The Frida Kahlo Museum
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • The Angel of Independence
  • Chapultepec Zoo
  • Six Flags México

Mexico City is a very safe destination to visit, but like any destination there are good and bad sides. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, and to not walk around the city at night with your valuables.

Mexican cuisine has many influences from European, Spanish, and Mediterranean. The staples include corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, and chilli peppers. Mexico City is filled with great food experiences tortillas found between Río Lerma and Río Panuco in Cuauhtémoc, to the best high-end restaurants like Pujol, there is something for everyone.

The best restaurants to try in Mexico City include:

  • Quintonil
  • Biko
  • Hacienda de Los Morales
  • Jaso
  • Dulce Patria
  • La Fonda del Recuerdo

The most followed religion in Mexico is Christianity with most classifying themselves as Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, and Jehovah’s Witness.

Mexico has allowed the freedom of religion since the mid-19th century. Mexican culture generally revolves around religious values and the church, as well as the concept of family and inclusiveness.

South African passport holders do need a visa to visit Mexico City, or anywhere else in Mexico. Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Address: Andres Bello 10 Forum Building, 9th Floor, Colonia Polanco, C.P. 11560, Mexico DF
Telephone: + 52 55 1100 4970
Fax : (+52) 55 5282 9259
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Item Cape Town Johannesburg Mexico City
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 64.67
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 16.17
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 27.24
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 6.47
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 38.00

Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (Code:MEX) is a commercial airport that serves Greater Mexico City.

Food and beverage: Starbucks, El Globo, and La Vieja Molienda.

Currency Exchange: Aerochange, Aerogolden, Aldalet, Anderungen Advisers, Antara, Cambios Extranjeros, Centro Cambiario, Centro de Cambio, Cibanco, Globo Cambio, Golden Money, JKM, Keffler Exchange, Manack, Maxi Dolar, Polar, Prodira, Remau, Tamibe, and Truah.

Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found offices are located in Mezzanine Office 102 in Terminal 1, and in the Ground Floor banking area in Terminal 2.

Airport Hotels: Hilton, Camino Real, Fiesta Inn and NH Hotel Aeropuerto T2 Mexico Venustiano Carranza.

Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Gold Car Rent, Hertz, National, Sictel, Sixt and Thrifty.

Airport Hub: Benito Juárez International Airport (code MEX) is a hub for Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters and Volaris, and is a focus city for Viva Aerobus.

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The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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