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Holiday facts and information about Mexico

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Mexico is situated in North America and is six times as large as Germany. The north, of Mexico boarders to the United States, the south and west to the Pacific Ocean, the southeast boarders Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, and the east boarders the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the large land area, there are three different time zones and a diverse climate ranging from subtropical to alpine weather conditions to hot dry desert climate. For anyone planning a vacation to Mexico they need a valid passport and a tourist card which is stamped upon arrival and departure. The card will be obtained from the airlines during the flight. There are no mandatory vaccinations for Mexico, but you should have standard vaccinations against hepatitis A, tetanus and diphtheria. Before you travel you should in advance order Mexican Pesos (MXN) at the bank. 1 MXN is about 0.059 € and the price standards for accommodation, transportation and meals is a lot lower than in Europe. You will require an adapter with an American polarized plug. You can take your mobile phone with you as there are no reception problems. Despite the 62 indigenous languages ​​spoken in Mexico, the main language spoken there is Spanish. Due to the different climate zones, there is no best time to go to Mexico, however in most regions between May to September it tends to get very hot with plenty of rainfall.

General information

As the safest and cheapest manner of transport within the country, the Metro is recommendable in big cities like Mexico City and Guadalajara, as well as long-distance buses to travel through the country. Tickets can be bought at any bus terminal and it is recommended to travel first class. Those who prefer to travel individually can rent a car, however you need to be at least 25 years old and need to own a credit card. The prices for rental cars are much higher than in Europe.

Country and People

Country and People

Traditions and Culture

Due to the Spanish colonial period in the 16th Century, over 80 percent of Mexicans are Catholic, and the density of churches in a Spanish-style across the country is very high. Almost 60 percent of the inhabitants are mestizos, and 30 percent indigenous people, which links to the former Aztec empire. The influence of the diverse cultures of the Aztecs and Mayans are still felt today however, are mixed with the introduced Spanish traditions.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and enjoy

Due to the dimensions of the country, prior to arriving in Mexico you should plan which regions you want to explore in depth with the help of a tour guide. There are few tourist resorts which makes Mexico especially appealing for individual travelers. There are many sights worth seeing in Mexico which are also spread all over the country. The main attractions worth seeing are the cultural capitals Mexico City and Guadalajara, the ancient city Teotihuacan due to its pyramids, Cancun on the Caribbean coast and the second most visited archeological site of Mexico Chichen Ilza.It is not possible to give enough tips concerning Mexican culinary: The Traditional cuisine includes: chili, tacos, tortillas, Buritos, churros, and of course the legendary Mexican tequila.