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Mexico Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Mexican Peso ($)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = $18.36
💬Language Spanish
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Mexico City
👥Population 126.2 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs A, B
🕑Time Central Standard Time (UTC-6:00)
🍽️Must-Try Tacos al Pastor, Chiles en Nogada, Mole Poblano

Backpacker Budget: US$32 ($ 588)

Hostel Dorm US$10 ($ 184)
Takeaway Meal US$5 ($ 92)
Public transport US$1 ($ 18)
Long-distance bus US$20 ($ 367)
Entrance Fee US$10 ($ 184)
Beer US$2 ($ 37)

When to go?

January - April High season. The weather is warm and dry, perfect for exploring the cities and relaxing on the beaches.
May - August Low season. It is the rainy season, but there are fewer tourists, making it a good time to visit archaeological sites and museums.
September - December High season. The weather becomes cooler and the country celebrates various festivals and holidays.

What's unique?

Welcome to Mexico, a country rich in vibrant culture, incredible history, and breathtaking landscapes. From the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan to the stunning beaches of Cancun, Mexico offers diverse experiences for every traveler.

Immerse yourself in Mexican culture by exploring its bustling markets and savoring the delicious street food. Indulge in traditional dishes like tacos al pastor and mole poblano while enjoying the lively atmosphere of local cantinas. Don't forget to try authentic tequila or mezcal for a true taste of Mexico.

Mexico's archaeological wonders will transport you back in time. Visit Chichen Itza to marvel at the iconic El Castillo pyramid or explore Palenque's mysterious Mayan ruins hidden within lush jungles. For art enthusiasts, Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico City is a must-see, offering insight into the life and work of this renowned painter.

Nature lovers will be captivated by Mexico's natural beauty. Swim with gentle giants at Isla Holbox or discover the underwater wonders of Cozumel's coral reefs through snorkeling or diving. Explore Copper Canyon's rugged terrain on a scenic train ride or hike through Oaxaca's stunning Sierra Norte mountains.

With its warm hospitality and vibrant celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo, Mexico invites you on an unforgettable journey filled with colorful traditions and incredible adventures.

San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende

Classic Mexico
(10 days)

  1. 1
    Mexico City

    The vibrant capital of Mexico with rich history and culture.

  2. 2
    Teotihuacan

    Boasting two of the largest ancient pyramids in the world, Teotihuacan is a must-visit site.

  3. 3
    Guanajuato

    A beautiful colonial city famous for its colorful buildings and underground tunnels.

  4. 4
    Palenque

    Home to the archaeological site of Palenque, known for its ancient Maya ruins.

  5. 5
    Chichen Itza

    An ancient Mayan city and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  6. 6
    Cancun

    Famous for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife.

Colonial Church in Valladolid
Colonial Church in Valladolid

Fun Fact

Mexico is the 11th most populous country in the world.

FAQ

Is Mexico safe for tourists?

While Mexico has some areas with high crime rates, the majority of tourist destinations are safe to visit. It is recommended to take common safety precautions and avoid any areas with travel advisories.

What are the top tourist destinations in Mexico?

Some of the top tourist destinations in Mexico include Mexico City, Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Guanajuato.

What are some essential phrases in Spanish?

Some essential phrases in Spanish for tourists in Mexico include: - Hola (Hello) - Gracias (Thank you) - ¿Dónde está el baño? (Where is the bathroom?) - Quisiera una cerveza, por favor (I would like a beer, please) - ¿Cuánto cuesta? (How much does it cost?)

What is the best way to get around in Mexico?

The best way to get around in Mexico is by using a combination of public transportation, such as buses and taxis, and walking. In larger cities, there is also the option of using ride-sharing services like Uber.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees All ATMs charge fees
  • Do try the local cuisine and appreciate the flavors.
  • Do dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Do learn a few basic Spanish phrases to communicate with locals.
  • Don't drink tap water. Stick to bottled water.
  • Don't wear revealing clothing in public places.
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Cover: View from Koba Pyramid, Yucatan; Photo Credits: Jezael Melgoza, Filip Gielda

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