About Mexico City

Mexico City is a vibrant city with lots of attractions. A couple of trips (a full-day and half-day option) are being planned for Saturday May 6th, 2017.

Safety Recommendations:

To ensure a safe a pleasurable stay in Mexico City, please obey these safety recommendations:

– Avoid walking in the streets after 8 pm; when walking in the streets at other times, avoid lonely areas and try to walk in groups.
– Do not flag taxis in the streets. Safe cabs can be called for you from Cinvestav or your hotel.
– Avoid withdrawals at ATMs (if this is absolutely necessary, try an ATM located at the airport or inside a shopping mall).
– Remove your conference badge when leaving Cinvestav (as it suggests that you are a visitor).
– Do not carry your passport or a lot of cash with you (If you want to carry an ID with you, a photocopy of your passport or ID suffices).
– The local currency is the Mexican peso (MXP), currently 1 USD = 19 MXP approximately. It is a good idea to exchange some cash at the airport to carry with you.
– It is not always a good idea to eat food prepared in the streets (‘puestos’). Also, avoid drinking water from the tap; we recommend ordering bottled water even in restaurants.
– In case of an emergency, call 911.

Cultural highlights

If you are visiting Mexico City for the first time and you are only here for the duration of the conference, we recommend 3 activities. These activities are NOT part of the activities of the conference and you participate at your own cost and risk.

Downtown Mexico City
(Tuesday evening)

Mexico City’s downtown area is a must of any visit to Mexico City. It is about 20 minutes from Cinvestav by taxi. Once there, you can enjoy the architecture and visit the main square (Zócalo), Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Cathedral, and dozens of museums. If you are there only for a few hours, we recommend you to hop on the Turibus that will guide you through the main attractions. If you want to have dinner in a nice neighborhood and experience the local culture, try Turibus stop #3: Condesa


Anthropology Museum
(Saturday, half or full day)

Perhaps Mexico’s best know museum, the National Anthropology Museum is one of the most precious jewels of the City. Home of one of the most complete collection of archeological pieces of the Pre-Hispanic history, you can spend half or all Saturday exploring the temporal and permanent exhibits.


Tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids
(Saturday, full day)

If you want to experience a local archeological site, one of your best options is the Teotihuacan Archeological Area, home of the famous pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. We recommend you to take an organized tour that includes round-trip transportation and lunch. If you are interested in going with a group with other conferees, sign your name at the LatAmSysBio registration desk. Note: If you are departing from Mexico City on Saturday earlier than 8 pm, this option is not recommended.


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