Solo travel is a trend that has been around for as long as traveling itself, yet it’s currently growing in popularity among travelers of all ages and backgrounds.
More women are taking solo trips, as are younger travelers, older travelers, and people from all walks of life who are embracing the trend of traveling alone.
Speaking of trending, one destination that has been exploding in popularity recently is Mexico’s vibrant and sprawling capital.
What was once an overlooked city, stopped at only to transfer to any of Mexico’s numerous other great vacation options, has now become a favorite destination in its own right.
Mexico City is a great choice for solo travelers for many reasons, from affordability, and endless activities, to a large expat population, and there has never been a better time to explore this city on your own.
Here Are 7 Reasons Why Mexico City Is One Of The Top Destinations For Solo Travelers:
1. Location Location Location
Like any major city, there are nice areas to stick to as a tourist, and there are areas that you would not and should not venture into on your own.
Luckily, Mexico City’s tourist and expat neighborhoods are easily within reach of each other and offer endless eating and drinking options and great accommodation at every price point.
The most popular tourist areas to stay in are Roma Norte and Roma Sur, Centro Historico, Zona Rosa, and Condesa, each offering a unique vibe and safe and welcoming environment.
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2. Getting Around
The metro in Mexico City is surprisingly clean, efficient, and safe for the most part.
While sticking to the main stations during the daytime is the best idea, jumping on the cheap and convenient metro is a great way to get across town without having to deal with the city’s infamous traffic jams.
For most travelers though, Uber will be the best way to get around town. Cheap, easy, and safe, Uber in Mexico City has made visitors’ experiences much more seamless, allowing you to comfortably visit more places alone with ease.
3. Never Boring
There is so much to see, do, taste, drink, buy, etc., in Mexico City; it’s literally impossible to cover it all in one trip.
Many of the city’s top tourist sites are quite close to each other and therefore walkable; the Zócalo, Ruins of Templo Mayor, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and much more all lie easily near to each other.
Grab a cab and head to the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology or to the colorful and cool Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Or you can get out of town and take a day trip to the epic ruins of Teotihuacán or perhaps enjoy a ride on the colorful canal boats at Xochimilco.
4. Endless Group Tours
With tours for everything from an evening at Lucha Libre to exploring the vibrant local food markets and rooftop bars, if you are in the market to meet up with others and make new friends joining a tour is a surefire way to do this.
From mezcal and mole tastings to painting classes, street art tours, and anything else you can think of, it’s likely that there is something to book for this, and you are more than guaranteed to make friends while doing it.
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5. It’s Affordable
For being such a large cosmopolitan capital city, Mexico City is surprisingly affordable. From transportation to accommodation, and not to mention the street food, you can easily visit here and stick to a budget.
While tours and entrance tickets to attractions will add up, you can save money by eating at the countless food stalls, and you are pretty much guaranteed to have some of the best food of your life as well.
If it looks like your street has no food stalls, just wait till late afternoon and check again, you might be surprised to see it transformed into endless pop-ups, most offering a meal for under two dollars.
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6. Friendly Locals
While sticking to the tourist areas might not seem the best way to meet actual local people of Mexico City, the friendly faces that run the tacos carts, the shops, and everyone else that you encounter will likely welcome you with a smile.
You could also take a more authentic off-the-beaten-path tour, opening your eyes to some more under-explored areas of the city.
While doing something like this on your own might not really be advised, when on a tour, it becomes safe, not to mention a surefire way to interact with the real-life people of the area going about their daily lives.
7. A Multicultural Melting Pot
You will see people from all walks of life going about their daily business in Mexico City, some local, and many who have moved here from other countries.
This is a city full of expats who live alongside the locals, and a diverse and multicultural population means that you won’t stick out as a visitor, and being a solo traveler won’t mean everyone is looking at you as an outsider.
There is nothing worse than everyone staring at you as you try to enjoy your solo meal in peace, and solo dining is considered quite normal in a busy city like this.
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