Escape from Charlotte to Mexico City on a budget

Escape from Charlotte to Mexico City on a budget
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By Hoodline - Published on July 22, 2019.

Looking for an adventure in one of the world’s great megacities, but without the hassle of flying halfway around the world? Mexico City is North America’s largest, at over 8 million people (and more than twice that number in the greater metro area).

It's the oldest capital city in the Americas, rich in history and culture, and a major economic center in the region today. In addition to Aztec ruins, the city has the world’s largest single-metropolitan concentration of museums, plus extensive art galleries, concert halls and theaters. And the city’s 16 boroughs and many colorful neighborhoods offer an abundance of shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Charlotte and Mexico City in the next few months, including some top-rated hotel options and favorite local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Mexico City flights

The cheapest flights between Charlotte and Mexico City are if you leave on Jan. 15 and return from Mexico on Jan. 19. Volaris currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $276.

There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Charlotte on Oct. 23 and return from Mexico City on Oct. 27, Volaris can get you there and back for $277 roundtrip.

Top Mexico City hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Mexico City’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, which we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The St. Regis Mexico City (Paseo de la Reforma 439)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The St. Regis Mexico City. The hotel has a five-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $255.

The centrally located hotel features a 15th floor gym, pool and spa — all with panoramic views of the city.

The Four Seasons Mexico City (Paseo de la Reforma 500 Colonia Juárez)

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There's also the 4.9-star rated The Four Seasons Mexico City. Rooms are currently set at $179/night.

Set in the heart of Mexico City on the busy Paseo de la Reforma, this luxury hotel is close to the Monumento a los Ninos Heroes and Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

The Condesa DF (Avenida Veracruz 102 Colonia Condesa)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, there's The Condesa DF. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $265/night.

This 40-room luxury hotel is located in Mexico City's Condesa district, close to many restaurants, bars and cafes.

Featured Mexico City restaurants

Don't miss Mexico City's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

El Moro (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, 42)

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One of Mexico City's most popular restaurants is El Moro, with 4.8 stars from 17 reviews.

"This 1930s-era churrería is a standout and must-visit," wrote reviewer Harold. "The lines can be long, but they move quickly. A highlight of our visit to the D.F."

Panaderia Rosetta (Colima 179)

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Also worth considering is Panaderia Rosetta.

"This is the sister bakery to Rosetta," wrote Leila. "It's a very cozy breakfast spot with only a few bar stools for seating. Get there early to get your hands on the good pastries."

Restaurante El Cardenal (Calle de la Palma, 23)

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Finally, there's Restaurante El Cardenal.

"The food was super fantastic here," wrote Frank. "The wait is pretty long, but I can see why. Much bigger than I thought. There are three floors of dining. The eggs for breakfast were perfect."

What to see and do in Mexico City

Not sure what to do in Mexico City, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Av. Juárez)

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First up is The Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Inaugurated in 1934, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City is a major cultural center where you can attend poetry readings, operas, dance recitals, art shows and more. From outside, marvel at the building's white-marble beauty and symbolic sculptures, which include an eagle eating a snake. Inside, find spectacular murals by renowned artists such as Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera.

"The place in itself is a beauty," wrote visitor Analu. "The lobby feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The museum is well worth the visit."

El Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución S/N)

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Then, there's El Zócalo, the main plaza in the middle of downtown.

This site has strong historic significance to the local people. Zocalo has been used as a central gathering place since the rule of the Aztecs.

"This is one of my favorite squares, one of those places that is part of me as well as Campo di Fiori in Rome, it's just unique, the beauty of this open space where you can see the facades of the most important building of the Mexican government: the Palacio National," wrote visitor Gianfi. "There is also the amazing Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México et the Museo del Estanquillo."

Kiosco Morisco de Santa María la Ribera (Calle Salvador Díaz Mirón S/N)

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Finally, spend some time at Kiosco Morisco de Santa María la Ribera, an elaborately designed steel kiosk. 

"The kiosk of Santa María la Ribera is a benchmark of ancient Mexico. ... On weekends it is always full of children and families around and travelers taking pictures. Do not lose detail of its dome and the eagle that gives the final touch at the tip," wrote visitor Maru. 

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