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The Federal District Department provides several information services for visitors. The Centro Integral de Atención al Turista (CIAT; tel. 860/640-0597 in the U.S., or 01-800/006-8839, or simply 078, toll-free inside Mexico) offers information in English and Spanish, including maps, a wide selection of brochures, and access to information from the Mexico Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) website. The office sits in Polanco at Av. President Masaryk 172 (tel. 55/3002-6300), at the corner of Hegel. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

SECTUR, Mexico's Secretary of Tourism, developed a website to address safety concerns about travel to this city and other areas in Mexico. SECTUR's website www.sectur.gob.mx offers perhaps not-so-objective assessments of destinations, as well as travel safety tips and help with lodging reservations throughout Mexico.

Branches of the Mexico City Tourist Office are in the Zona Rosa at Paseo de la Reforma and Florencia (across from the Angel de la Independencia; tel. 55/5208-1030), at the TAPO bus terminal (tel. 55/5784-3077), and at the airport (tel. 55/5786-9002). They're generally open daily from 9am to 6pm. The Mexico City Secretary of Tourism website (www.mexicocity.gob.mx) includes details on things to do, special events, safety precautions, and tourist services.

The Mexico City Chamber of Commerce (tel. 55/5592-2665) maintains an information office with a very helpful staff that can sell you detailed maps of the city or country and answer questions. It's conveniently located at Reforma 42 -- look for the Cámara Nacional de Comercio de la Ciudad de México. It's open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 2pm and 3 to 6pm, Friday from 9am to 2pm and 3 to 5:30pm.

Day and night diversions are listed in the Spanish-language magazine Tiempo Libre, which is published each Thursday and is available at hotels and newsstands. It also has a website, www.tiempolibre.com.mx. Excellent English-language sources of visitor information are the Mexico File (www.mexicofile.com) and Solutions Abroad (www.solutionsabroad.com). Current-event information and visitor tips are offered on the excellent site www.mexicocity.gob.mx.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.