The Best Time to Go to Mexico City

Mexico City skyline
Mexico City

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Mexico City’s subtropical climate brings warm summers and mild winters. The city is located at an altitude of 2,250m above sea level, keeping temperatures cool and pleasant year-round. The year is split into two seasons: the dry season and the wet season, with the dry season being the most popular time to travel.

Sun over the Teotihuacan pyramids
Dry Season

October to May

The dry season receives little rain. The warmest temperatures occur in April and May when the mercury may hit 30°C, and the coolest in January, when it can drop to around 6 or 7°C. The chances of rain increase into May, but in general days are warm and sunny, perfect for exploring the city sights and enjoying the Pyramids at Teotihuacan.

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Dia de Muertos: at the start of November, the dead return to earth for the day, a fact that is celebrated with colourful parades featuring elaborate costumes, and skulls made from sugar and chocolate. This is one of Mexico’s most exciting festivals – don’t miss it!

New Year’s Eve: on December 31st, get down to the Zocalo to watch the fireworks and join the huge crowd counting down to midnight by eating 12 grapes – one for each time the clock chimes.

Gay Pride, Mexico City
Wet Season

June to September

The Wet Season experiences warm, sunny days, with temperatures hovering around the high twenties. The chances of rain are greater at this time of year, but showers usually last just an hour or two, and happen only once a day, even in July, the wettest month. If you are caught in the rain, there are over 150 museums to shelter in, or perhaps use it as the perfect excuse to stop for a margarita or two.

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Gay Pride: on the last Saturday in June, watch the parade, featuring elaborate and very colourful costumes, rainbow flags and music, as Mexico City celebrates its LGBT community.

Mexican Independence Day: join in the cries of “Viva Mexico!” and wave your Mexican flag with pride on 15th September, the anniversary of the Grito de Dolores, then watch the procession in the Zocalo the following day.

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