Located in the southern portion of North America, Mexico is a destination that has it all. The country boasts and incredible history and culture, diverse landscapes, mouth watering cuisine and warm locals that will help with whatever you need.
Why Visit Mexico
Mexico has at least nine different ecosystems, offering and incredible and diverse variety of landscapes and nature. From stunning beaches, lush jungles, and rugged mountains to rumbling volcanoes and dry deserts, there is always something else to see.
CULTURE & HISTORY
Mexican culture is a mix of influences from the mesoamerican, the indigenous tribes and the Spanish. Its history covers a period of more than three millennia, and nowadays there are still many archaeological sites along the country, including Teotihuacán, Chichén Itzá and the pyramids of Guachimontones. Some of the languages and dialects of these tribes are still in use today, as the country has 69 official languages, 68 indigenous and Spanish.
Mexicans are extremely warm and welcoming. Even if they don’t speak your language, they will go out of their way to help you or invite you a Tequila shot.
Mexican food is very, very tasty. And yes, there is more to it than tacos. Mexican cuisine is a complex and ancient, with techniques and skills developed over thousands of years of history. Corn, chilis and avocado are just some of their native ingredients. Quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas and much more to indulge.
Mexico is pretty affordable in comparison to most countries, especially developed countries. Although prices might be higher at tourist destinations (especially all-included hotels), you could survive with a budget of $30/$40 a day if you are traveling on a budget.
What to expect
Many different languages are spoken in Mexico, being Spanish (92.7%) the official language in combination with other 68 indigenous languages. The origin of many of these indigenous languages is in Mesoamerican, with linguistic data dating back to around 5,000 years ago. However, English is also widely spoken, especially in the border states and tourist attractions.
In Mexico the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
The Peso is the official currency in Mexico. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, however, it’s likely that you will be charged more than if you paid in pesos. Credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels and restaurant, but small merchants will only take cash. It is encouraged to exchange it in a bank or withdraw it directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 23.99 mexican pesos.
Mexico is safe depending on where you are going. Unfortunately, both violent and non-violent crime are somewhat common throughout the country. The majority of violent crime tend to be related to cartel activities, and therefore is not usual in tourist attractions / areas, however, petty crime would still occur. Exercise caution at all times.
Nationals of the following 69 countries and jurisdictions holding normal passports do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists, visitors in transit or business visitors: All European Union citizens, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, US, Uruguay and Venezuela.
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