Best time to visit Mexico City

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Mexico City

Best time of year to visit Mexico City

Mexico City has a mild climate year-round, which makes sightseeing and outdoor activities possible at any season. June, July, and August are the best time to visit Mexico City to enjoy lower prices, as the chance of thunderstorms is high, and an abundance of delicious foods and fruits. Summer is the season for mango, dragon fruit, pomegranates, guava, and rambutan. You can try such favourite street food as roasted grasshoppers and cactus ice cream. November is an excellent time to visit for Dia de Los Muertos celebrations and to taste atole, a hot savoury corn drink.

7 THINGS TO DO IN MEXICO CITY (DECEMBER 28 - JANUARY 06)

Bullfights

Bullfights

November–March • event

Mexico remains one of few countries where this traditional entertainment is still legal, but it feels like it's to be banned soon

Piñata

Piñata

late December–early January • activity

Would you break a colourful doll to get sweets hidden inside? This funny ritual is a part of many Mexican celebrations

Christmas (Navidad)

Christmas (Navidad)

December 16–February 2 • event

With las posadas, los pastorales, and other seasonal fun, Mexican Christmas is so much more than food and presents. It extends much further than New Years to Día de la Candelaria

Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes

December 25–January 6 • food

Slices of the sweet bread include baby figurines. If you get one, consider yourself lucky!

Atole

Atole

late October–December • food

A hot savoury corn drink with fruit, nuts, and chocolate flavours is of the favourites during holiday season

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

September–December • food

You might have heard some cacti yield edible fruit, but have you ever tried grilled cactus leaves?

Guayaba (Guava)

Guayaba (Guava)

August–April • food

This exotic fruit is eaten whole along with the skin and seeds, and its specific piquant flavour makes for refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails

18 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead

out of rangeOctober 31–November 2 (virtual event) • event

Painted faces in colorful Mexican clothes reunite with their dead loved ones through cemetery celebrations

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

out of rangeMay 5 • event

Concerts, lectures, day-long Puebla street parties, and a fearless Mexican army in their finest military uniforms highlight the festival

Nanacamilpa Firefly Forest

Nanacamilpa Firefly Forest

out of rangelate June–early August • nature

The enchanted forest, not far from Mexico City, is taken over by fireflies

Cactus Ice Cream

Cactus Ice Cream

out of rangeJune–August • food

Locals call it tuna ice-cream, which often confuses customers, yet tuna is a cactus flower and smells like a cucumber rather than fish

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

out of rangeJune–October • food

Insect invasion doesn't pose a threat to Mexico, as long as crispy grasshoppers are actually a local favourite snack

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

out of rangeJune–August • food

Besides tequila, expert Mexican brewers make perfect drinks from fermented corn dough, corn kernels, and pineapple skins

Granadas or Pomegranates

Granadas or Pomegranates

out of rangeAugust–September • food

Enjoy red juicy pomegranate seeds alone, or topped over chiles en nogata

Mango

Mango

out of rangeMay–September • food

The affordable price and abundance allow you to eat as many of these sweet fruits as you want. Also, try mango-based drinks, desserts, and salsas!

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

out of rangeSeptember 15–September 16 • event

A midnight cry for freedom, day-long reenactments, and at last the independence declaration—Mexico literally lives it over again and again

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

out of rangeMarch 13–17, 2021 (virtual) • event

An unusual place to celebrate the Irish National Holiday

Bahidorá

Bahidorá

out of rangeFebruary 19–21, 2021 • event

A boutique festival settled in the jungle near a turquoise river

Mole Poblano

Mole Poblano

out of rangeOctober 31–November 2 | December 25 • food

This spicy chocolate sauce made of over 20 ingredients is believed to have a divine origin

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

out of rangeMay–June • food

This watery and moderately sweet fruit is refreshing by itself and is a great ingredient for desserts

Huitlacoche or Corn Smut

Huitlacoche or Corn Smut

out of rangeMay–September • food

This fine name stands for dark-coloured fungus growing on corn, and added to many Mexican foods when in season

Tamales

Tamales

out of rangelate January–February 02 • food

A vast variety of stuffed cornmeal dumplings crown the feast of Candlemas

Lime Season

Lime Season

out of rangeJune–August • food

A lime complements every dish and beverage available in traditional Mexican menus, the only exception is coffee

Dia de la Raza

Dia de la Raza

out of rangeOctober 12 • event

The festival provides another occasion for flamboyant public parades and scholarly debates about Mexican roots

Rambutans

Rambutans

out of rangeJune–August • food

Good looking, nice tasting, easily peeled, and long-lasting in the sun—rambutans deserve the highest praise!

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