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CICU Spanish School is located in Cuernavaca only 1 hour and 40 minutes from Mexico City’s International Airport, named "Benito Juarez". You can take the shuttle by yourself to Cuernavaca outside International Exit at Terminal 1 or 2. The bus company "Pullman de Morelos" goes straight to our city to the "Casino de la Selva" bus terminal. The cost per person is approx. $12 USD dollars. Or, if you prefer a private taxi you can hire our driver for $100 US dollars (one way, maximum two people,) it will be necessary to make an online tentative reservation.
Entering to Mexico. Check your passport is updated. It is not necessary to obtain a student visa only the "visitor card." The personnel from your airline will distribute applications. After landing, be sure to give your application to an Immigration Officer in order to get sealed and obtain enough time to stay in Mexico. If you are a minor, you need a notarized permission signed by both parents.
Customs. Once you get luggage and pass through customs area, press the red button on the light pole to get "green light". Otherwise you will be required to open your suitcases for security purposes.
Sightseeing in Mexico City
Mexico has an ancient past and a rich colonial history, which provides both city and country sightseeing opportunities.
While Mexico City may be one of the largest and most polluted cities in all of South America it does have a very rich cultural history, which dates back to its colonial past. In the capital you will find museums, cathedrals, art galleries and historical buildings as well as bustling markets, live music and bars. Here are some of the top attractions in Mexico City.
Places to Visit in Mexico
The Plaza de la Constitución
A trip to Mexico City is not complete without visiting the historic center. The city center is home to one of the largest public squares in the world. Locally the square is called Zocalo and it hosts cultural events, live music, festivals and protests. It is possibly the best place to start a visit to the city,
Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)
Mexico’s grand cathedral is sited on the north side of the Zocalo. It took 250 years to build and as a result has a mixture of architectural styles.
Palacio Nacional (National Palace)
The National Palace is now home to the government and is sited on the Zocalo, on the east side of the square. Both the federal treasury and national archives are held within the National Palace. Within the building you will find Diego Rivera’s famed murals that depict thousands of years of Mexican history.
The Templo Mayor is at the heard to Mexico City. It was the main temple of the Aztecs. The area was unearthed by chance in 1978 and an entire city block was demolished to make way for the Templo Mayor archaeological site and museum.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace) was built to commemorate 100 years of Mexican independence in 1910; however, it was not completed until 1934. The building is used as a theater and art gallery and contains magnificent murals by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
If you are interested in Mexico’s ancient past you must visit the National Anthropology museum in Chapultepec Park. The museum houses the best collection of Mesoamerican artifacts in the world. It includes an Aztec Sun Stone (also known as the calendar stone).
Teotihuacan is also known as "city of the gods" and is about 25 miles from Mexico City. It was a huge city with a population of around 200,000 people between 200 BC and 800 AD. The city includes the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Avenue of the Dead and two pyramids; the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. If you plan a visit to Teotihuacan it is advisable to check out cheap rental cars, as to hire a car for the trip makes life much easier.
Cancun in Quintana Roo
Further afield from Mexico City is the beach destination Cancun in southeastern Mexico. The city is on the Caribbean Sea. As well as fantastic beaches the area has a rich history. You can find Yamil Lu'um (Temple of the Scorpion) and the El Meco archaeological zone that contains El Castillo, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid.