Mexico holidays tailor-made

Mexico is a truly diverse destination. From the stark, striking deserts and mountains of the north to the lapping shores of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Mexico will amaze you with distinctive natural, cultural and historical highlights.

Discover colonial charm in Mexico City, Oaxaca, and San Cristobal de las Casas and Mayan mysteries among the pyramids and ruins in Merida, Palenque and any number of other important archeological sites spread throughout the country.

Savour the tempting flavours of fiery Mexican cuisine on a culinary tour through the central heartland or escape to the beautiful Baja California Peninsula to soak up year-round sun and irresistible views over the Sea of Cortez.

The tempting Yucatan Peninsula is rich with ancient Mayan treasures - especially the enigmatic Chichen Itza - and blessed with the beautiful blonde-sand beaches and blue-eyed waters of the Riviera Maya, best enjoyed at any number of leading resorts.

Wexas Travel brochure for Mexico

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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.

When to go

The climate of Mexico is mostly warm and tropical, with rainfall lower in the arid and semiarid regions further north. Temperatures are typically lower in the mountainous central spine than on the coast.

Mexico's location in mid latitudes means that the seasonal cycles are not so pronounced as they are in temperate zones, although the Northern Hemisphere's summer is aligned to the Mexican rainy season, and with November to February comes a drier, cooler season. Peak holiday times come from July to August, and around the Christmas period.


Practical Information

Capital - Mexico City

Size - 1.9 million sq km

Language - Spanish is the official language, spoken by upwards of 98% of Mexicans. Many indigenous languages are still spoken, of which the most prominent are Nahuatl, Mayan, Mixtec and Zapotec. There are also significant communities of German and Venetian speakers.

Population - 117.4 million (2013)

Religion - Mexicans are predominantly Roman Catholic (82.7%), with other Christians making up a further 9.7%. 4.7% are non-religious, while the remainder belong to minority religions, including Judaism and indigenous Mesoamerican beliefs.

Currency - 1 Mexican Peso = £0.05

Time zone - GMT -8 - 6

Flight time - BA & Iberia fly indirect on a codeshare from Heathrow to Mexico City via Madrid, with a total air time of around 12 hours.


February - Candelaria, Tlacotalpan, a religious event in the World Heritage colonial town accompanied by a three day Son Jarocho festival celebrating Veracruz's local sound.

March - Carnaval de Veracruz, the country's largest version of Catholicism's subversive pre-lent partying lasts for nine days.

March - Festival de México, Mexico City, a huge music and arts festival taking place across 50 venues over two weeks.

July - Guelaguetza Festival, Oaxaca, massive celebration of regional folklore and dance.

August - La Morisma, Zacatecas, a tradition carried all the way from Spain sees mock battles erupt in the streets in a homage to the Spanish-Moorish battles of the Middle Ages.

October - Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, named after the father of the novel, Miguel de Cervantes, this literary and arts event makes the most of its World Heritage site setting.

October - Morelia International Film Festival, showcasing contemporary Mexican cinema.

October - Fiestas de Octubre, Guadalajara, contemporary music and arts festival.

November - Día de Muertos, Pátzcuaro, in the tradition of Halloween the whole of Mexico parties for the Day of the Dead, especially in Pátzcuaro.

November 22 - Fiesta de Santa Cecilia, Mexico City, mariachis descend on Plaza Garibaldi for an open air concert in honour of the patron saint of musicians.


Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.

Passport requirements

Passports must be valid for the full duration of your stay. If you are visiting another country or countries en route to or from Mexico, be sure to check any further entry requirements.


The Mexican currency is the Mexican Peso, stylised as MX$. A peso is made up of 100 centavos, and MX$1 is worth £0.05.

The Peso is most frequently seen in the form of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 notes. Coins are also used, worth 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos, and 5, 10, 20 and 50 centavos.

ATMs are widespread across Mexico and will accept foreign cards. Often foreign cards are charged a small fee per transaction.

Regions [9]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Mexico, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0617.

Itinerary ideas [16]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Mexico. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0617.

Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail

From £999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Watch thousands of monarch butterflies surround you, tread off the beaten path on horseback to small towns, set your sights on impressive architecture in …

La Ruta Maya

From £2,599 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

Explore ruins, rainforest, villages and beaches in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

Journey to the Sea of Cortez - Grey whale & Whale shark departure

From £2,649 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Wildlife

Eight days spent exploring the Sea of Cortez and enjoying its abundant marine wildlife, with a full day in the Grey whale birthing lagoon and a chance to …

Yucatan Panorama

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Soak up true Mexican culture, marvel at the beauty of Palenque, relax on world-class beaches

Mayan Discovery

From £849 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore Mayan temples, spot monkeys in the jungle, chill out on a Belizean island, stare out into the Caribbean blue from a Mayan Riviera beach

Central American Journey

From £1,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, meet some local friends at …

Mayan Sun–Southbound

From £779 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Relax on white-sand beaches, bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, experience a local homestay, explore gorgeous colonial Antigua and its colourful …

Best of Central America

From £1,649 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and …

Cycling in Mexico

From £1,899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

An active cycling holiday on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Mayan Trail

From £799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore the ruins of Chichén Itzá and Palenque, get lost wandering colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua, marvel at Agua Azul and Misol-Ha …

Beyond the Mayan World

From £2,269 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Food & wine

Explore lost civilisations in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

Places to stay [8]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Mexico. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Mexico, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0617.

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