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Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico

Mexicable Cable Car

Mexico's first public cable car soars over the congested streets outside Mexico City. 

In Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico City’s roughest and most populated suburb, most residents travel to work in the inner city. Navigating the notoriously congested traffic on the main road through the favela-like neighborhood takes at least an hour. But now there’s another option. Today, nearly 30,000 commuters every day soar above the rooftops of the one of the busiest areas of Mexico.

In 2016 Mexico launched its first public cable car service, the Mexicable, a suspended urban gondola. As you swiftly drift in one of the Mexicable’s colorful cabins (which can hold around 10 people each) a 3-mile journey through the ropeway’s seven stations can take as little 17 minutes and costs just 6 pesos, around 30 cents.

This novelty has also brought more security to the crime-riddled community. The colorful houses dotting the metropolitan area are now covered in fascinating street art created by famous local and international artists thanks to the Mexicable project. Many of the murals are painted on the rooftops, enlivening the already exciting omnipresent view passengers get from the cable car. 

The government’s investment of more than 1,500 million pesos into the public infrastructure project also contributes to the constant battle with pollution in large cities, as the gondola line uses solar energy to operate. This is the first cable car in Mexico to serve as public transportation and follows the example of other heavily populated Latin American cities like Medellin and Rio de Janeiro. It’s worth making the trip to Ecatepec to escape the bustle of Mexico City and glimpse an exceptional view of this fascinating area.  

Know Before You Go

Take the free Mexicable bus from the outside of Indios Verdes metro station—this will leave you right in front of the station 1. Open hours from Mondays to Saturdays are 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Purchase an electronic card from one of the windows inside the cable car stations which can be used by any amount of people at the same time as it uses the touch and enter system.