About a month ago, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do during Memorial Weekend. I know that I did not want to be in Miami that weekend. After talking with my traveling buddy, she suggested México City. I immediately said “YES” and put on my travel agent hat. I found a phenomenal bundle deal for 4 days/3 nights which included airfare (JetBlue) and hotel (JW Marriott) for $550 per person. You can’t beat that deal and stay at the JW!
It was time to take off and enjoy the 3-hour flight to México City.
Welcome to México City (Bienvenido a Ciudad de México)
The Essentials (Lo Escencial)
- Country: México
- Language: Spanish
- Plug: 110 Volt
- Population: 8.851 million (2010)
- Weather: Temperatures tend to be between 70°F to 85°F (20°C to 30°C).
The currency is Mexican pesos. The current conversion is One US Dollar = 19 Mexican Pesos.
Easy (not so easy) math is to divide by 19 the Colombian Pesos to find out how much you are paying in U.S. dollars.
Getting Around (Moverse)
Allow me to be brutally honest — México City has the worst traffic. The equivalent is Miami + New York + Los Angeles + Chicago = México City. We arrived on a Friday and our hotel is about 30 minutes from the airport. It took us an hour. Then we planned to do the walking tour in the city center and it took almost another hour to get there. We then went to Wrestlemania and it took another hour.
We finally asked salmonellae this traffic was normal and we were told yes. Traffic is from 6 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday. So if you arrive on a weekday, be patient.
Enough about the traffic, how about getting around? We took the cab. The cost was around 200 Mexican pesos ($10). We warned not to take the subway and metro unless you wanted to get cozy with the people.
We stayed at the JW Marriott which is a 4-star hotel in Mexico City and ideal location of Polanco district. Within walking distance to international restaurants, concert halls, museums, and so much more.
The Food (La Comida)
We were told that Mexicans can handle the 1 million salmonella but not us. So don’t eat from the street vendor. I will tell you the food does smell good.
Anywho, we did find some delicious food that I probably never eat tacos or drink margaritas in the States lol.
The Sites (Los Sitios)
Mexico City is such a beautiful city and it has so much history. Hopefully, you will visit and find out for yourself.
Hasta la vista!