About Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and the financial centre in the Americas, with a renowned arts and culture scene (an entire district was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site) and some of the best cuisines in the Western Hemisphere. Even better, Mexico City is affordable – and safer than you might expect.  

The New Directions Latin America 2019 venue is the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) which is located in one of the business districts in western Mexico City.

Weather

Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate. The average annual temperature varies from 16 to 22 °C (54 to 61 °F), depending on the altitude of the borough. The temperature is rarely below 3 °C (37 °F) or above 30 °C (86 °F). During the week of the New Directions Conference, spring arrives, and we are expecting a temperature from 15 to 24 °C. 

Currency

The Mexican peso (MXN) is the official currency of Mexico. Cash machines will accept international credit/debit cards.

Voltage

In Mexico the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 127 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

You can use your electric appliances in Mexico, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 110 - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries). 

If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), you may need a voltage converter in Mexico. Some reports suggest you can carefully try to use your appliances in Mexico without a converter. They most likely won't be damaged but may not function optimally. If you don't want to take any chances, use a converter. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.

Health and Safety

It is recommended that you ensure you have adequate medical insurance to cover the period of your stay in Mexico City. 

Foreigners don’t have access to public health services and private hospitals charge for all services at a premium rate. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. 

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 from a mobile and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Insurance

Insurance cover is the responsibility of each individual attendee.

Restaurant and Entertainment

Mexico City is a country of diverse cultures and traditions; its cuisine is just as varied. There is a huge variety of food available each varying in price depending on what establishment you eat in and the location. 

Street food is widely available throughout Mexico and is the best way to experience local cuisine. Most shopping centres have large food courts with similar offerings. 

For a list of restaurants and food outlets.

Places of interest

For sightseeing attractions in Mexico City and around the central region.

Travel information

Airport

Mexico City International Airport, officially named Benito Juárez International Airport, is the main airport serving the greater Mexico City

Transportation

Mexico City Airport has several means of transportation available for passengers to and from the airport. See below more information:

Taxi / Cabs

Get to Santa Fe, Mexico City within 40 minutes by taxi.

Taxi companies are located outside both terminals at the designated ranks. The cost of a trip to Santa Fe is around $250.00 - $300.00 pesos. Opening hours: 24 hours.

About the venue – Universidad Iberoamericana

Universidad  Iberoamericana (IBERO) Mexico City Campus is acknowledged as one of Mexico’s top private educational institutions, widely known both in Mexico and abroad for the high quality of its study programs.

IBERO's underlying aim is to safeguard, disseminate and improve higher education by training the professionals, teachers, researchers and technicians our society needs. At present it offers:

  • 34 bachelor’s-degree and 39 graduate-degree programs (27 master degrees, 10 doctorates and 2 specializations)
  • most of these programs are certified either in Mexico or abroad, including several granted by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) 
  • over 200 diplomas and other courses that provide training to companies, government institutions and individuals.

IBERO is located in Santa Fe, one of the business districts in the western Mexico City.

Address: Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma 880, Lomas de Santa Fe, Mexico City.

Accommodation Options

In Santa Fe:

Hotel Camino Real Santa Fe

Comfort Inn Santa Fe

Reforma Avenue:

Sheraton Maria Isabel Mexico City

NH Hotel Reforma

Marriot Reforma