Mexico, the third-largest country in Latin America, is a country in the southern portion of North America bordering to the North by the United States; to the South and West by the Pacific Ocean; to the South-east by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the East by the Gulf of Mexico.
Home of Tacos, Tequila, Sombreros and Aztecs, Mexico offers a fantastic mix of Mesoamerican cultures, contemporary arts and Spanish traditions, colonial architecture, vibrant colours, and plenty of history. You will also find Mexicans are the friendliest people, eager to share their wealth of history and abundance; they are genuinely a warmhearted culture.
Food is a massive part of Mexican culture. As you walk the streets, you’ll inhale the tantalizing scents and aromas of Mexican dishes, from street food to the more classic comfort dishes.
Below are some of our favourites:
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
Between November and May, the dry season is the best time to visit Mexico when there is no rain. December and February are the coolest months.
The climate in Mexico is tropical and either dry or rainy.
In winter, December to March, the average temperature is between 20°C and 24°C, but avoid travelling from June to October, when it’s the heaviest rainfall. The hurricane season can affect the Caribbean coast from June to November, and be prepared for mosquitos which can be annoying.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official language is Spanish.
Indian languages of the Aztecs, Mayans, and other tribes are still spoken throughout the country.
Currency: Mexican Peso (Mex$)
Tipping: It is customary to tip at least 10 to 20% of the total bill in restaurants, and at hotels, you can tip the porters around 10 to 20 pesos per bag.
Language & Helpful Phrases: Mexican
Banks & ATMs: BBVA Bancomer is the largest bank in Mexico. ATMs are common and US dollars are readily available to withdraw.
Plugs and Sockets:
There are two associated plug types, A and B.
Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins
Plug type B is the plug that has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. Mexico operates on a 127V supply voltage and 60Hz.
Mexico is known for many violent crimes, such as murder, robberies, sexual assault and kidnapping, so use caution outside popular tourist areas. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing do occur in the tourist areas, so again be vigilant of your surroundings.
Aeroméxico is Mexico’s national carrier for Mexico.
Here are some of the following international airlines that fly into Mexico:
American Airlines, United, Aeromexico, Volaris, Delta, Air Canada, British Airways and Qatar Airways.