Mexico City is an underrated travel destination, at least for Americans. As such, I get a lot of questions about my trip. So to answer these, I’ve set up a quick Frequently Asked Questions/FAQ about Mexico City.
Did we feel safe?
Yes. It felt no less safe than, say, Istanbul. The downtown area was very nice, though that’s probably partially because of tourists. You’ll know if you’re in a rough area because they’re bad, especially in contrast with the other cleaner parts of the city. For example, the area around Plaza Garibaldi wasn’t some place that we needed to walk through. It has a bunch of run-down bars, drunks, and people who live on the street, but we knew as soon as we walked in that it was bad.
Was it cheap?
Incredibly. One Peso ($MX) was about $.05 USD when we went, and a torta on the street costs about $35 MX (about $1.35 USD). When we went to a nice sit-down restaurant, we paid about $20 USD for two people, otherwise we ate for about $2 USD while walking around. Our hotel was $22 USD a night (AirBnB) and I bought a sweater at a market for $8USD.
Was the air quality bad?
It was visible, yes. It was more apparent when we went to Teotihuacan. You could see the smog cloud permeating from the direction of the city and as you can see in the picture above, the mountains were a little obscured. Neither of us had any issues breathing the air, but if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, I can see how it’d cause issues.
What was the food like?
It was very carb-y and slathered in sauces, but it was all delicious. The tamales were top-notch, I tell you.
The people were all very nice. Sure, we paid a tourist tax a few times, and our Spanish combined was only passable, but people were really welcoming and patient of our making an effort to speak Spanish. More than a few times, people gave us directions without asking because we just looked like lost gringos.
Would I go again?
In a heartbeat.