MEXICO, THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Have you ever been to a place that has everything? Mexico is the place that has architecture, history, culture, food and breath-taking beaches. It’s a country that you can visit all year round and enjoy whatever you are into. But before we let you have a look at a fairly complete itinerary that we have prepared for you, here are some useful facts and information before take-off.

GENERAL FACTS AND THE ESSENTIALS

Mexico, or also known as the United Mexican States, is a country located in the southern part of North America. It shares a border with the US to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the south. This stunning country has 32 states that offer a range of alternatives for visitors; in sport, culture, food tourism and the fantastic beach experience.

Northern states: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora and Tamaulipas, Zacatecas

Central states: Colima, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Mexico City, Morelos, Nayarit, Querétaro, Puebla, State of México (Méx. DF), Tlaxcala, Veracruz

Southern states: Campache, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Yucatán

Capital: Mexico City

Currency: Mexican Pesos (Currency code: MXN)

Official language: Spanish

Population: over 127 mil.

Telephone Code: +52

Telecommunications companies: Telcel, Movistar, Iusacell, Telmex, Axtel, Alestra, Maxcom, Marcatel, AT&T Mexico

Visa requirements

When you decide to visit a country you may not necessarily need to apply for a VISA in advance. If it’s a short stay (up to a certain number of days, usually 60 days), a valid passport is required (of course) but also an official entry immigration form, generally known as a tourist card, must be completed and presented on entry . Nowadays, not all commercial airlines hand out the form on board so to ease the process and cut down waiting times through immigration, it is rather easy to do it online. No worries, here it’s totally free!

We flew to Mexico with Edelweiss, a company that operates flights of SWISS Air to Cancún. This airline is one of those that actually does hand out tourist cards on board. It is split into 2 sections. You have to fill in both. The entry form section you hand in at arrival border-control, whereas the exit form section must be retained by you and presented to border-control  when you leave. In short,  at arrival the immigration officer takes the completed  entry form and  then stamps your exit form, which you must keep  throughout your entire stay (ideally with your passport).

CLIMATE

The sides of the country are lapped by the Pacific Ocean to the West and by the Mexican Gulf and the Caribbean Sea to the East, you can to go for a good swim and snorkel or scuba dive, or be slowly drifted on the waves in gentle warm tropical waters. Generally, climate varies from desert to tropical. In the desert parts, that are mostly the central states such as Mexico City, Durango or Zacatecas, annual average temperature reaches 18 °C but of course it might be higher or lower depending on the time of year.

On the other hand, tropical states such as Colima, Yucatán or Quintana Roo, the temperature is pleasant all year round which makes it a year around vacancy hot-spot. Usually during the summer months, which are the same as in Europe or anywhere in the northern hemisphere, brings very hot weather with average temperature between 28 and 45 °C. Whenever you decide to visit, bring enough sun screen with repellent. BUT make sure you buy it in Mexico if you come from places like Europe, as repellents made there may not protect you as effectively as those sold in Mexico.

CULTURE & POINTS OF INTEREST UNIQUE TO MEXICO

Every destination has something that is worth seeing or doing and Mexico is without a doubt one of them.

Mayan and Aztec ruins can be found all around the country and the Yucatán peninsula has thousands of spots that radiate that cultural heritage. Identity, uniqueness, the inception of one of the oldest civilization on Earth. The most famous archeological zones are San Juan Teotihuacán northeast of Mexico City, Monte Albán near Oaxaca and the famous Mayan site of Chichén Itzá near Valladolid.

Cenotes

Have you ever swam in a naturally formed pool with crystal clear waters, filtered by limestone? If not, let us tell you what it is and how it is even possible. They are called cenotes. It is a natural sinkhole, resulting from erosion through the limestone bedrock formations that expose fresh underground water.

Water is usually cool and refreshing (around 71 °F = 22 °C) and it is safe to swim in. Entry is usually the subject of entry fee, but the prices are reasonable and if you are not a good swimmer they supply life jackets. Just like the ancient ruins, the Yucatán peninsula gives you a great opportunity for a good swim in clear waters after a day of exploring.

FOOD AND CUISINE

Each country produces foods that make it popular. Traditional Mexican ingredients that you can find in any region are agave/cactus, black bean, avocado, coriander and corn. Look at some pics below to see what we are talking about. There is nothing quite like 400 Conejos Mezcal! A secret Mexican potion with very intense odour, strong flavour distilled in the heart of Oaxaca. Delicious!!!

HEALTH & SAFETY

Crime

Mexico is considered a safe destination to visit although there are areas that you should avoid. Make sure you travel with somebody or at least you are close to a place where people live so in case you need help you get it as quickly as possible. Drug trafficking and robbery are the most common issues but like we said it happens only in certain locations. Just keep an eye on your stuff and yourself and you will be fine. Mexico is a stunning destination.

Vaccinations and Repellents

The most common health-related problem is Malaria spread through a mosquito bite, usually in remote jungle areas with high humidity. Apart from that there is no serious risk involved because the probability of getting Malaria in Mexico is very low. Trust me, every day I found at least 2 more bites during our stay and I had no symptoms whatsoever during or afterwards!!!

TRANSPORT

The main form of long or short-distance transportation is definitely buses. The second most used is car and then a plane. Airlines that serve international flights to Cancun Airport are SWISS Air, Air Canada, Emirates and many others. For domestic flights within the country you can fly either with Viva Aerobus or Aeromexico.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Electricity & Voltage: 120 V; 60 Hz

Plug type

Water supply (drinking water)

Does visiting Mexico sound like a good idea? Then rather do not waste any more time, pack your back and hop on board to experience the most pleasurable culture shock!

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