Mexico City Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Mexico City

The best time to visit Mexico City is between March and May, even though the streets are pretty crowded this time of year. Your trade-off is beautiful weather, especially considering the city's winters can be chilly and the summers can be rainy. You'll want to prepare yourself for the high elevation – Mexico City sits about 7,382 feet above sea level – by drinking plenty of water, slathering on sunscreen and taking it easy (and limiting alcohol intake) your first few days. Another thing to keep in mind: Mexico City's air pollution is notoriously bad, so on days when the pollution is the worst you'll likely want to travel with a mask and relegate yourself to indoor activities.

Weather in Mexico City

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-February

Some of the best hotels offer can't-be-beat rates – less than $90 a night in some cases – but the weather is a trade-off. Mexico City's coldest months still offer daytime highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s, but lows drop to the 40s at night.  

Key Events:

  • Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Dec. 12)
  • Christmas Posadas (Dec. 15 to 24) 
  • Día de los Reyes (January 6) 
  • Feast of San Antonio Abad (January 17) 
  • Día de la Constitución (February 5) 
March-May

Hotel rates are reasonable, plus you'll be rewarded with the city's most idyllic weather. Average highs hover in the mid- to high 70s, and there's very little rain. This is one of the busiest times to visit however, so make your travel plans and secure a hotel early. The only exception: The Easter holiday sees locals exit the city, so the city experiences a rare calm period.

Key Events:

June-August

Visit Mexico City in the summer months, and you'll likely be faced with lots of rain. If you manage to get a break from the downpours, you can enjoy average highs in the mid- to high 70s. Since the rain can deter many travelers, hotels offer slightly lower rates during the summer months.

Key Events:

  • Fiesta del Virgen del Carmen (July)
September-November

Until the end of September, Mexico City is still experiencing its rainy season. But if you visit in the fall, you'll likely be in town for some of the city's best-known events, such as the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Unfortunately, hotel prices begin to climb. Pack layers – the weather will start to chill around November.

Key Events:

  • Día de la Independencia (Sept. 16)
  • Día de la Raza (Oct. 12) 
  • Día de los Muertos (Nov. 1)
  • Día de la Revolución (Nov. 20)
  • Fiesta de Santa Cecilia (Nov. 22)

Popular Times to Visit Mexico City

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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