Last Updated: 6th Mar 2014
Capital: Mexico City
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
Visas: Travel Visa Information
Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason – the art, culture, history, food, diversity, beaches, shopping and nightlife are just a little of what this diversity and culturally rich country has to offer.
From the sprawling metropolis that is Mexico city, (easily one of the biggest cities in the world) to the amazing azure blue of Caribbean at the beaches in Cancun and the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Mexico has a huge mix and variety of experiences with a little something special for everyone.
Manners and Customs
- Mexico is famous for the ‘siesta’ – a break taken after lunch for a rest and perhaps even a snooze. Businesses and services may not operate during siesta
- Most Mexicans attitude to time is very laid back and relaxed – you should be patient if things don’t happen exactly on time
- Most Mexicans are Roman Catholic and deeply religious. Shorts are okay but it’s best to remove hats when entering churches and also cover your shoulders and mid-section.
- Generally Mexicans are very polite when conversing with each other – please (por favor) and thank you (gracias) go a long way.
- Drinking bottled water is a must as microbes in Mexican water often do not agree with many visitors digestive systems. Drugs such as Imodium and stomach calming medicines should be a must for most people.
- Big parts of Mexico are desert environments and you should be prepared to be exposed to hot, dry desert conditions. Sun protection is a must and you should keep up your fluid levels to avoid dehydration. Evenings are also often cold.
- Mexico city is 2200 meters (7200 feet) above sea level so it is normal to be a little short of breath upon arrival – altitude sickness is very rare.
- US $ are accepted as currency in Mexico City and popular tourist destinations like Acapulco and Cancun, however, in smaller cities like Morelia, foreign currencies are not accepted.
- Be prepared for very cold evenings, particularly in desert areas
- Mexico’s reputation as being unsafe and corrupt comes mainly form it’s US border cities. As with most big cities in the world however, crime is ever-present and you should take particular caution in guarding your personal belongings and valuables, particularly in big cities and busy tourist areas.
- What to pack for your trip to Mexico.