MEXICO CITY

The 2019 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings will be held at the
Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel from 04 – 11 April 2019.

BUYER BEWARE
Neither ILAC or IAF has asked any housing management companies to solicit members – if you receive a call/email from someone offering to reserve your bedroom for the IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings – do not accept. This is generally a scam. Delegates should book their own accommodations.

TEN INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MEXICO CITY

1. It’s the most populated city in North America.
Mexico City was once the second most populated city in the world, after Tokyo.

2. The main square is huge.
The central square of the city, commonly known as “Zocalo” by the locals, the Plaza de la Constitución is the second largest on the planet. The plaza currently measures 11.5 acres.

3. There are more than 150 museums.
Mexico City has the largest number of museums in the Americas and the second largest amount in the world, after London. It has 186 officially recognized museums. It has more museums than Madrid, New York or Paris.

4. It has a sprawling public transport system.
The citizens from this metropolis mostly get around on subway, bus, car or bike – 25% of the population uses the subway every day. Mexico City’s system is the largest in Latin America and the least expensive in the world. Another popular mode of transportation is the bicycle. The city has a public bike service available in 42 suburbs in three boroughs out of the sixteen that make up the capital.

5. It is popular with foodies.
No collection of facts would be complete without a mention of the city’s famous cuisine – it is amongst the world’s greatest food cities! You’ll find scrumptious street food, market stalls brimming with delicious treats as well as the freshest ingredients, mid-range restaurants that serve up excellent local and international fare, as well as some gourmet restaurants that rank among the world’s best.

6. You can climb nearby volcanos
Ixtaccihuatl, a dormant volcano situated on the México-Puebla state line in central Mexico, lies 40 miles southeast of Mexico City and offers some of the best hiking in Mexico. Iztaccíhuatl (from the Nahuatl for “white woman”) has three snow-covered summits that resemble the head, body, and feet of a reclining woman.

7. The monarch butterfly migration happens locally
The Monarch butterfly migrates to Mexico every year – usually by the millions – from the U.S. and Canada.

8. The are many historical neighborhoods
If you need a break from the bustle, it takes only a short subway ride in to reach places where you’ll feel like you stepped back in time. Neighborhoods such as San Angel and Coyoacan (where artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo made their home) have cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings and quaint cafes that will give you a chance to catch your breath. And exploring these areas should be a priority when visiting Mexico City.

9. There are many music festivals
On November 22, every year, a very special gathering takes place in Mexico City’s famed mariachi square to pay homage to St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. Mariachi’s, along with regional musicians from northern Mexico and the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, descend on Plaza Garibaldi for a tribute concert and an open-air party that usually involves dance, drink and song. This is one of the most unique and special events in the Mexican holidays and festivals calendar.

10. The city was established by the Spanish
The city was established by Spanish conquerors in the early 1500’s. And as a result, the city center has more than 1,500 gorgeous historic buildings, churches, cathedrals and plazas that are classified as historic or artist monuments. The historic center is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

WEATHER

April is a very pleasant time to visit Mexico City. The temperature varies between a low of 12C and a high of 26C. The climate is generally dry at this time of year.

CURRENCY
Mexico’s currency is the Mexican Peso. There are one hundred Mexican cents (centavos) to every peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $. To distinguish this from the Dollar, you sometimes see it presented as MX$ or the value with the letters “MN” after it, e.g. $100 MN. At the time of writing (Jan 2019), you will receive approximately 19 Mexican pesos for each US dollar.

LANGUAGE
The dominant language in Mexico City is Spanish.

TIPPING
Tipping is appreciated, but not necessary. Some restaurants and hotels automatically add a 10-15 percent service charge to your bill, especially if you are dining in a group.

DRINKING WATER
It is generally best to drink bottled water in Mexico City.

ELECTRICITY
In Mexico the standard voltage is 127 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Mexico, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 110 – 127 V (same voltage as the USA, Canada and most South American countries).

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
Police / Ambulance / Fire – 911

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Please be advised that IAF and/or ILAC cannot be held liable for any unforeseen circumstances such as travel delay, loss of luggage or medical expenses incurred whilst at the IAF-ILAC Joint Annual Meetings. We strongly recommend that you obtain travel insurance before traveling.

SMOKING
Smoking is not permitted in most public places and enclosed areas in Mexico City. Most areas of the Hilton Mexico City Reforma are also non-smoking.