Welcome to the UN/CEFACT Forum in Mexico
7-11 April 2008


Mexico City Information


Located in Mexico’s central region in a valley with a magnificent backdrop of two volcanoes: Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. The Nation’s capital has a pleasant climate with an average year-round temperature of 22º C (72º F).

Known as the City of Palaces, the Federal District has two areas that were declared World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. The first one is the Historic Center, where you can admire beautiful religious and historic buildings like the Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio de Bellas Artes. In this city you’ll see diverse colonial and modern architecture. The other site is Xochimilco Ecological Park, often referred to as the Venice of Mexico due to its beautiful canals. You can tour the canals on a trajinera (a wooden boat adorned with painted flowers). North of Mexico City, you can visit the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited basilicas in the world and a must-see for those who want to learn more about Mexico’s customs and traditions.

Like most cosmopolitan cities, Mexico City offers a wide variety of cultural events, shopping areas and tourist attractions. During your stay, visit the museums to see some amazing collections that depict the evolution of Mexico’s art and history, from the Pre-Hispanic Era to present day. If shopping is your thing, the city has numerous bazaars, plazas, malls and exclusive boutiques where you’ll find crafts, brand-name clothes and jewelry. In the neighborhoods of Coyoacan and San Angel, you can enjoy a bohemian atmosphere, while in Santa Fe and Polanco you’ll experience the glamour of the boutiques and modern hotels.

Weather: Weather in April is usually warm with an average daily temperature of 20°C/ 72°F and at night of 18°C. Rains occasionally.

Electricity: 110 volts as in the USA

Time difference: Mexico central time is GMT – 6 hours. Same time as in Chicago.

For more tourist information about the country, visit http://www.visitmexico.com/wb2/

For more information about Mexico city, visit http://www.mexicocity.gob.mx/

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