It’s a cheap jumping-off point for more of Latin America
As Interjet and Volaris changed the game for flying from the US to Mexico, regional airlines like VivaAerobús are revolutionizing domestic travel. When you’ve seen some of Mexico City and feel ready to move on to the next place (which may be never, honestly), you can book a one-way ticket to hippie beach town Puerto Escondido for $35, or even Costa Rica’s capital San Jose for $130.
Make sure to carefully look through all of the drop-downs when booking your ticket through VivaAerobús, as they contain an almost comical number of pre-selected options that tack on additional costs. Also bear in mind that there’s an unavoidable $10 or so added onto the alleged total.
And some final tips to make your visit muy suave:
ATMs can be few and far between, so if you see one without a line, grab some cash. More places than you’d expect take plastic but, like a taqueria bathroom stall, it’s a huge pain to get caught without paper where you really need it. A Charles Schwab checking account and debit card doesn't charge for international transactions, and will reimburse you for foreign ATM fees.
When dining out, wait staff come to your table with portable gadgets to charge your credit cards. You’ll be asked at that point if you’d like to add a tip; your answer should be yes, and 15% is advisable.
Speaking Spanish is an obvious advantage, but non-speakers: Fear not. Tons of people in Mexico City are bilingual, or at the minimum on their way to being so. Your lingua franca will get you 90% of the way. For the last 10%, the Google Translate app is your friend.
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