MEXICO FACT SHEET

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Flights to Mexico City from Canada

The following airlines offer flights to Mexico City from major cities in Canada:

  • Air Canada - daily non-stop from Vancouver and Toronto
  • United
  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • Us Airways
  • Alaska Airways
  • AeroMexico - daily non-stop from Montreal

Entry Requirements

  • All Canadian citizens need a valid passport to enter Mexico. It is recommended you travel with a passport valid for six months after your arrival date.
  • Canadians travelling on regular Canadian passports do not require visas to enter Mexico if the purpose of their trip is tourism and the stay does not exceed 180 days.
  • A tourist card must be filled out; they are supplied either by the air carrier or at the point of entry.

Climate

  • Mexico City enjoys mild, pleasant weather nearly all year. October through May is the city's dry season, this period having very little rain, while June through September is considered the "rainy season.
  • Average temperature in May is mid-20’s and mid teens at night. Regardless of the season, remember to always carry a light sweater or jacket. On an average day, Mexico City has cool mornings and late evenings and warm afternoons.

Security

  • First-time visitors are often surprised by how safe and human it feels in the city. However a few precautions greatly reduce any dangers.
  • Mexico City has one of the highest police to resident ratios in the world.
  • Mexico City has seen a huge decrease in crime rates in recent years. It is said to now be safer than cities such as Moscow or Washington DC.
  • Exercise prudence and common sense as you would in any large city.

Transportation in Mexico City

  • Mexico City’s Metro is the largest in Latin America and the cheapest in the world.
  • More than 4-5 million people use the metro every day.
  • Taxis in Mexico City are as distinct as those found in New York, painted red and gold. They are plentiful and reasonably priced, whether you’re hailing one off the street or (more securely) getting the hotel bell service to call one.
  • Mexico City International Airport is Latin America’s largest and busiest airport.
  • Above ground, peseros (small buses, also called microbuses or micros), regular buses and electric-powered trolley buses move the city’s masses from points A to Z. The metrobus, a recent addition, plies its own lane along the city’s principal north–south artery, Av Insurgentes.

Population Facts about Mexico City

  • More than 20 million people live in Mexico City.
  • Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.
  • Over 600,000 U.S. Americans live in Mexico City; the largest concentration of Americans living outside of the USA.
  • Mexico City is the capital and a federal district divided into 16 “delegaciones” or boroughs, which in turn are divided into a total of 350 “colonias” or neighbourhoods.

History

  • Founded in 1325, Mexico City is the oldest city of the Americas. Its original name in the local indigenous language (nahuatl) was Tenochtitlan. It was the capital of the Aztec Empire which had approximately 300 thousand people, a larger population than any European city at that time. Tenochtitlan was located within a large fertile valley and sat on a series of lakes and canals of which only a few remain today.
  • Chapultepec Park is the largest urban park of Latin America. It is twice the size of New York’s Central Park.
  • Chapultepec Castle is the only real castle in the continent, as it was home of Spanish Viceroys and the Austrian Emperor, Maximilian of Habsburg.
  • The Alameda Central (situated near the Hilton Reforma hotel) is the first urban park in the continent.

Culture

  • Mexico City has the most museums in the world, with more than 160, almost all of which are free on Sundays!
  • The city also has over 100 art galleries, and 30 concert halls.
  • Mexico City has the fourth highest number of theatres in the world after New York, London and Toronto.
  • The city’s famous Zócalo (large square in the historic city center) turns into one of the world’s biggest artificial ice skating rinks every winter.
  • Mexico City has the most IMAX theatres in the world.
  • Mexico City has been the only city in Latin America to host the Olympic Games, with the Summer Olympics in 1968. (Brazil will take this title away from Mexico as it hosts the 2016 Olympic Games).
  • Mexico City is home to the oldest university in the Americas; the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The University is the largest university in the Americas.
  • UNAM is also the highest ranked Spanish-speaking University in the world.
  • Mexico City is the capital of the movie and media industry in Latin America.
  • Mexico City is best known worldwide for its hospitality and its people’s warmth. The “chilangos”, as the city’s inhabitants are commonly named, are funny, hard-working and kind people. They will certainly make you discover many other secrets of this city that you may have never imagined.