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.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0617.
The plateau is temperate and drier. The Pacific coast has a tropical climate and is hot and humid. The hot, wet season is May to October. December to February are the coolest months.
Mexicans celebrate more than 120 festivals every year. Some occasions are of religious significance, others secular, national or local. In nearly all instances, however, they are a time for music, dancing, processions and fireworks. The Day of the Dead is celebrated with enthusiastic fervour throughout the country on 1 November. It is especially dramatic on Lago de Pátzcuaro, where locals converge on the island of Janitizio in canoes, a solitary candle alight in each craft. Other major events include Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in the week before Easter. As in the rest of the Latin world, Carnaval in the week before Lent, is celebrated with costumes and dancing.
Each region has its own specialities. Moles are sauces based on several ingredients including chilli, tomato, nuts and chocolate. Guacamole, an avocado salsa, is a popular accompaniment. Mole poblano, is a chocolate sauce poured over turkey. Tortillas are corn pancakes eaten like bread, or filled with meat, cheese and vegetables, enchiladas are soft and tacos hard and crispy. Kahlúa, the coffee liqueur and tequila, are world famous. Hidalgo is a good white wine, while Calafia is an excellent red.
English is widely spoken in business circles, but a knowledge of Spanish will go a long way. At beach resorts, dress is very informal. Smoking is unrestricted, except where notified. Mexicans are very friendly and will make visitors feel like one of the family.
(And distances from the nearest city): Mexico City - Benito Juárez (MEX) 13 km, Guadalajara - Don Miguel Hidalgo (GDL) 20 km, Cancun (CUN) 14 km, Acapulco (ACA) 26 km, Monterrey (MTY) 24 km.
Domestic flights normally connect through the capital. Long distance buses are comfortable and fairly fast. There are also local buses and combis, colectivos and peseros (minibuses). Camionetas (pickups) and camiones (trucks) are at the bottom of the scale. Very few rail services, the Copper Canyon Railway is a highlight though. Main cities have an underground rail service. Taxis in towns and cities. Car hire available.
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.
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.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Mexico. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0617.
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