Chihuahua - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Chihuahua

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Language

The official language is Spanish spoken by the majority of the inhabitants. Due to the many different ethnic groups, in Mexico City locals also speak the native Mexican languages such as: Nahuatl, Mixtec, Mazahua, Otomi and Zapotec.

Currency

Mexico’s currency is the Mexican Peso.

Best travel time

In Mexico City there are mild temperatures. The average temperature is between 15 and 25 ° C, whereas at night it gets cool quickly. The rainy season is between May and October and the last time it snowed in Mexico City was 1967.

Visa requirements

No Visa is required.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations other than the standard vaccinations are not needed.

Country and People

Country and People

Traditions and Culture

Customs / Culture / Traditions In 1325 the Aztecs found a city called Tenochtitlan on some islands of Lake Texcoco. In 1521 the Spanish invaded and destroyed the city. From 1522 they built „Mexico City" on the ruins of Tenochtitlan. In 1525 the new city became the administrative district of New Spain and had numerous churches and palaces. The city was hit several times by floods and earthquakes. Between 1847 and 1848 U.S. troops occupied the capital and between 1863 and 1867 French armies occupied it. During the civil war between 1910 and 1920, the city was occupied by different countries. In the 1950s they built the City University (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).In 1968 they hosted the Olympics.From the 50's onwards the population grew and started occupying many industrial areas.Mexico City was the first federal entity in Mexico which in 2006 recognized unions between the same gender. In 2007 it was also the first federal entity that legalized abortion before 12 weeks of pregnancy, which was criticized by the Catholic Church and conservative organizations.Most of the inhabitants of the city are mestizos (mixed European and indigenous). The “Nahua” are the largest ethnic group in Mexico City. Other native groups living in the Mexico City are the Mixtec, Otomi, Zapotec and Mazahua groups of Mayan origin.

Religion

Most of the inhabitants of Mexico City are Catholic, however Judeo-Christian and evangelical is also professed by some . In addition, there are communities of people who profess no religion.

Getting around

Getting around

By bus

Several highways connect Mexico City with the rest of the country. In addition, there are different means of public transport, for example, the Public Transport System - Metro which has 11 lines and 175 stations. The Metro is the cheapest public transport and extremely convenient to get everywhere. By subway you can also travel to and from the airport and reach most sights worth seeing. In addition, Mexico City has foreign buses. However, in the center of the city is better to walk.

By plane

Mexico city’s main airport is “Mexico City International Airport” (MEX) with a high traffic of international and domestic fights, therefore it is rather easy to travel to Mexico City from any airport worldwide.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Sights

In 1987 UNESCO gave the historic center of Mexico City the title "Patrimonoio de la huminidad". In the historic center the city's main square is “Zocalo”. Other attractions are: -“Santa Fe”, where there are modern office buildings -La Villa de Guadalupe (religious neighborhood) -the Cathedra l-National Palace -Plaza Santo Domingo -Alameda Parque -Palace of Fine Arts -National Museum of Fine Arts -Monument to the Revolution -City Theatre

Events

The Federal District is home to the main sites of the Mexican culture. Mexico City is also the first city to have museums and lots of theaters.One of the main and most important festivals is the celebration of Independence Day in “Zocalo”, which is celebrated on September 15. In addition, there are many religious festivals, such as the Representation of the Passion of Jesus in “Iztapalapa”.

Food

In Mexico City there are many restaurants dedicated to the Mexican food, however there are also several restaurants offering French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese cuisine.The local specialty of Mexico City is, "Antojitos Mexicanos", which are tapas similar to tacos served with various sauces such as “salsa Verde”, “salsa Mexicana”, “salsa Ranchera” and guacamole. “Tamales” (a spicy Mexican dish consisting of chopped meat wrapped in cornmeal dough) are very popular at parties and celebrations. They can be stuffed with meat, vegetables or fruit. A typical lunch is "chilaquiles" prepared with pieces of fried corn tortilla, dipped in green or red chili sauce.