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General Information

General Information

General Information

Welcome to Mexico City

The greater Mexico City metropolitan area is one of the world’s largest metropolis with an estimated 26 million people living in the region.  Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with 16 boroughs and more than 300 neighbourhoods, it might seem a bit overwhelming to the first-time visitor, though it doesn’t have to be. Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitucion or Zocalo, the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park. A few blocks north of the Palace of Fine Arts, Plaza Garibaldi is one of the best places in Mexico City to hear live mariachi music.

Located west of the historic center, the Plaza de la Republica is home to the newly refurbished Revolution Monument and National Museum. Chapultepec Park, the largest in Mexico City, is divided into three sections and home to several of capital’s top tourist attractions, including Chapultepec Castle, the Modern Art Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology. Keep in mind that, with a few exceptions, most museums and archaeological sites in Mexico City are closed on Mondays.

Further south, the University City campus of Mexico’s National Autonomous University is known for its modern architecture and impressive murals that are the work of some of Mexico’s top artists. The University Cultural Center hosts a variety of events and performances.

Travel & Transportation

Most international travellers arrive in Mexico City by air, to the Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA: MEX), located in the eastern part of the city, around 5 km (3.1 mi) from Downtown Mexico City. The airport offers a service of licensed and secure taxis known as “Sitios”. These may be a bit more expensive, but they are well worth the expense.

Course Language

The official course language is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.


Mexico City has a mild temperate climate with dry winters and warm summers. The month of February is characterized by temperatures between 20°C to 25°C during the day and cold 08°C to 12°C at night. On average, the coolest month is January.

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time Zone

Central Standard Time: CST UTC/GMT – 6 hours

Weights and Measures

Electricity: 127 volts 60 Hz
Measures: Metric and Kilo System

Health Care

Vaccinations are not required for entry into Mexico but an individual travel- and health insurance is highly recommended.


ICRS and the course organizers cannot accept any liability for the acts of any suppliers to this meeting nor of the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. All participants are strongly advised to carry proper travel- & health insurance.

Cancellation of the Course by the Organizer

Course fees can only be reimbursed if the course is cancelled for any other reasons than war, warlike events, and acts of terrorism or sickness epidemics (force majeure). In the latter circumstances only a portion of the course fee would be refundable.