8 Things NOT to Do When You’re a Tourist in Mexico City

Plenty of people are having the time of their lives staying in luxury villa rentals in Mexico. This country is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the world, as it just surpassed Turkey, ranking 8th most popular travel destination worldwide.

However, it is also true that your behavior should suit where you are. That’s especially true if you’re vacationing in Mexico City, which is not the same as spending your holidays in Cancun. So if you’re in the nation’s capital, here are some don’ts you need to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t Bring Your Passport and Visa with You While Exploring the City

This is actually a rule that applies to anywhere you go while you’re on vacation. Just carry along a color photocopy of your documents just in case. Losing your real papers here can get you hopelessly entangled in Mexican bureaucracy, and you may even get fined if you lose your paper tourist visa. Just leave them in a safe place in your villa or hotel room.

  1. Don’t Drink in the Streets

While this is the kind of behavior that’s not uncommon in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, it’s actually illegal in the whole country. In Mexico City, public drunkenness won’t be tolerated by local police even if you’re a tourist. Just think of it as like being in NYC or LA, where it’s not allowed either.

  1. Don’t Dine Before 9PM

In many Latin countries, dinner time is comparatively later compared to other countries. That’s also true here in Mexico City. If you enter a restaurant at 6PM for dinner, you may find yourself in the lonely position of dining alone.

  1. Don’t Eat by the Main Tourist Spots

Yes, it is true that compared to many of the other Western cities the cost of living here in Mexico City is more affordable. But you should try to avoid the exorbitant prices of the dining establishments near places like the Bellas Artes and the Zocalo. Just walk a bit further where the restaurants charge more reasonable fees.

On the other hand, it may be worthwhile to pay the high prices charged by the café above the Sears right in front of the Bellas Artes. The same goes for the Torre Latinoamericana. That’s because the views they offer are so fantastic they can be the highlight of your entire visit.

  1. Don’t Just Drink Corona

Come on, be adventurous. Sure it’s a popular beer in Mexico, and it’s the beer of choice of Vince Diesel’s character in the Fast and Furious franchise. But you need to expand your beer horizons. Try a Bohemia, Leon, or a basic Victoria. Mexican craft ales are great as well.

  1. Don’t Just Get Rid of Your Loose Change

These are important in Mexico City, especially in buses which may only accept the exact fare amount. You’ll also need them for corner shops and tacos for snacks. Don’t just leave them in your villa when you go out.

  1. Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands First before Trying the Street Food

When you suffer from stomach pains after trying Mexican street food, it’s not usually because of the food itself. It’s more likely that you forgot to wash your hands properly before eating. Hands can get very dirty in any major city, so mind your hygiene.

  1. Don’t Just Speak English

It’s true that here in Mexico City plenty of people speak English. But it won’t hurt you to learn a few basic phrases in Spanish. It’s a beautiful and melodic language, and making an effort to speak it makes you more friends in the country.

¡Que te diviertas con tus amigos!