Last Updated: 6th Mar 2014

<p><strong>Capital:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mexico-city">Mexico City</a></p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> Mexican Peso (<span class="caps">MXN</span>)</p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> Spanish</p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visa-requirements-mexico">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cancun">Cancun</a> and the ancient Mayan ruins of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/chichen-itza">Chichen Itza</a>, Mexico has a huge mix and variety of experiences with a little something special for everyone.</p> <h2>Manners and Customs</h2> <ul> <li>Mexico is famous for the &#8216;siesta&#8217; – a break taken after lunch for a rest and perhaps even a snooze. Businesses and services may not operate during siesta</li> <li>Most Mexicans attitude to time is very laid back and relaxed – you should be patient if things don&#8217;t happen exactly on time</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Generally Mexicans are very polite when conversing with each other – please (por favor) and thank you (gracias) go a long way.</li> </ul> <h2>Other Concerns</h2> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Be prepared for very cold evenings, particularly in desert areas</li> <li>Mexico&#8217;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.</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/suggested-packing-list-mexico">What to pack</a> for your trip to Mexico.</li> </ul> <h2>Places Contiki Visits in Mexico</h2> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/mexico-city">Mexico City</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/morelia">Morelia</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/ixtapa">Ixtapa</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/acapulco">Acapulco</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/merida">Merida</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/playa-del-carmen">Playa del Carmen</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/chichen-itza">Chichen Itza</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/isla-mujeres">Isla Mujeres</a></li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/cancun">Cancun</a></li> </ul>