Spend Quoted in: MXN / GBP / USD
Length of Stay – 15 days / 14 nights
Amount Spent – Mex$16,431 / £687.49 / $842.62
Average per Day (For 2 People) – Mex$1,095 / £45.83 / $56.17
Exchange Rate at Time of Visit – £1 : Mex$23.9 / $1 : Mex$19.5
Dates – 01/03/2017 – 15/03/2017
Accommodation – Mex$8,843 / £370 / $453.49, (Mex$632 / £26.43 / $32.39 per night) – 53.8%
After a month of hostels with varying standards we were relieved to be back in an Air B n B apartment. Back to having our own space and home cooked meals. It was an interesting mezzanine apartment which seemed like a good idea at the time but proved to be a frustrating design after a 2 week stay. The gas heater was also a bit dodgy with the ignition not lighting 80% of the time causing gas to flood the bathroom. On our last night this caused a minor explosion in the bathroom when the ignition wasn’t working whilst Jak washed the dishes.
Transport – Mex$717 / £30 / $36.77 – 4.4%
Getting around Mexico city was unbelievably cheap costing just 21p for one journey on the metro. We avoided rush hour at all costs after our experiences being squashed in Santiago and Medellin. We also learnt the hard way how fast the doors closed after I was left on the platform whilst Jak was en route to our destination, I headed for the spacious women only carriages on the next train. Access to Uber made going to and from the airport easy and cheap.
Activities – Mex$1,593 / £66.65 / $81.69 – 9.7%
For a capital city it is pretty cheap. We watched Ballet Folklorico de Mexico for $15 each inside the beautiful Palacio de Bella Artes and got great seats for Lucha Libre for $8 each. An hour away from Mexico City we visited Teotihuacán (Mesoamerican Pyramids) for $3.50 each. We came across an open bus tour for $7 each which was a great way to see some of this huge city. There were tons of museums but we must admit we get bored quite easily in them, we visited 2, the National Museum of Anthropology and Templo Mayor.
Eating Out – Mex$1,891 / £79.12 / $96.97 – 11.5%
The food was one of the things we were looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. There were street food stalls everywhere and everything we tried tasted great, it was also dirt cheap. On our first night we ate tacos for only 7 pesos (29p) per taco, it was cheaper to eat street food than to cook. We tried a variety of dishes from street food stalls and ate very well during our stay.
Cafes, Snacks & Treats – Mex$893 / £37.36 / $45.79 – 5.4%
After Jak discovered how cheap the bakery was, a daily trip slipped into our routine along with a coffee off one of the street merchants. We also stumbled across our favourite ice cream shop we frequented in Colombia and couldn’t resist temptation.
Groceries – Mex$1,275 / £53.33 / $65.36 – 7.8%
We had a few home cooked meals to add some vegetables into our diet.
Alcohol – Mex$140 / £5.86 / $7.18 – 0.9%
Wondering through Condesa we found the same restaurant we frequented in Madrid for cheap sandwiches and glasses of tinto de verano. It was just as cheap here and we had a couple of glasses whilst we reminisced about the start of the trip. During Lucha Libre we shared a big cup of beer.
Miscellaneous – Mex$1,079 / £45.17 / $55.36 – 6.6%
Now that we are nearing the end of our trip we can start buying some souvenirs. We bought a skull, wrestling mask and a tiger ornament that growls when you blow through it. At the supermarket everyone tips the bag packers, we followed suit.