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.
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.
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.
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.