This past week, I was in Mexico City for 18 hours as part of my Mexico City and Santiago mileage run vacation. Here are some things I learned from being in Mexico City for 18 hours:
1) When I arrived at Mexico City Airport, I said screw the 280 MXN (~$21 USD) taxi and took the subway from the airport instead. The subway from Mexico City Airport to the city-center only cost 3 pesos ~ $0.23 USD with unlimited transfers.
2) Never buy anything from roaming vendors in Teotihucan. It’s always more expensive and haggling doesn’t always get you the best prices.
The prices are much cheaper in the vendor stalls. You can find many souvenirs for less than 10 and 5 pesos.
3) It’s illegal for vendors to sell things on the street in Mexico City without a permit. There is a lookout man who whistles to warn the illegal street vendors that cops are approaching. As you can see, the street vendor’s merchandise is laid out on the floor, but what’s it laying under? It’s a large bag which takes them 2 seconds to scoop up, and move along to a new location to set up shop.
4) 7 peso (~$0.53 USD) tacos are amazing. I had the taco al pastor with salsa verde which was delicious.
5) Police presence is everywhere. Mexico City is very safe and I even wrote about it here.