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Mexico is part of the American continent. The country has a total land area of 1, 964, 375 sq km and is bordered by Guatemala and Belize on the South and the United States in the North.  The country is also located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.  The country has 32 states and is divided into six tourist regions: Northern Mexico, Central Mexico, Southern and the Gulf of Mexico, The Yucatan Peninsula, the Pacific Coast, and the Baja California Peninsula.

The official language of Mexico is Spanish. There are also 62 recognized indigenous languages in Mexico. 

The country has warm weather between the months of May to September and rainy and cold weather from October to April.

For more information on Mexico, visit: http://www.visitmexico.com

 

Accommodation

Because Mexico is a very popular tourist destination, there are plenty of inns, hotels, resorts and other forms of accommodations in the country. Prices of the accommodations vary depending on the type and features. Be sure to thoroughly discuss the type of accommodation you require with your travel agent. There are also many of websites that feature rates and features of various accommodations in Mexico.

 

Airport Tax

There is an airport tax and a departure tax that are usually included in the cost of the airline ticket. Airport tax is at US $ 8.50 while the departure tax is at US $ 13. 

 

Arrival and Departure

There are twenty-one International Airports in Mexico and they are located in various regions of the country.  The airport in Mexico City is called the Benito Juarez International Airport (also known as the Mexico City International Airport. The other airports are: Abelardo L. Rodr’guez Intl., Ensenada Airport, Manual Marquez de Leon Intl. aka La Paz Intl., La Paz International Airport, San Jose del Cabo International Airport, Playa de Oro Intl aka Manzanillo International Airport, Colima Airport, Juan Alvarez International Airport (ACA) in Acapulco, Ixtapa International Airport, Zihuatanejo International Airport, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Intl. aka Guadalajara International Airport, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Intl. aka Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Tepic Airport, Bahias de Huatulco Airport, Xoxocotlan Intl aka Oaxaca Intl. (OAX), Puerto Escondido International Airport, Culiacan International Airport, Valle del Fuerte Intl. aka Los Mochis International Airport, General Rafael Buelna Intl. aka Mazatlan International Airport, and the General Ignacio P. Garcia Intl. aka Hermosillo International Airport (HMO).

 

Currency

The National currency of  Mexico is the Mexican Peso. The US Dollar can be changed in various money changing outlets in the country.  Other currencies such as the Euro and the Canadian dollars can also be changed.

 

Money Changers

You can change your money in the bank or other currency changers in the various cities and towns in Mexico. You can also change your money in the airport and at hotels.

 

Banking

The largest banks in Mexico are owned by international firms. This is why most of the banking practices are the same as in the United States.   You can exchange you US dollars in the bank or you can use your debit / credit card to draw money from ATMs.

 

Credit/ Charge Cards

Major credit and debit cards are accepted in many commercial places in Mexico from restaurants, shops to other service providers.  Transactions are charged in Peso and will be converted by the issuing bank to the equivalent in your currency.  The bank may make charge a “foreign exchange charge” of up to 2.75% of the transaction value. Verify the foreign exchange charge policy of with your credit card’s issuing bank.

 

Food  

Since Mexican food is pretty popular even in the United States, visitors won’t have a hard time finding delectable food to feast on in the country.  Because the kind of Mexican food you will experience in the country is authentic, you will definitely find the food enjoyable. If you are not too adventurous when it comes to food, just stick with the basic food such as tortillas, chilies, tacos and other Mexican foods.  If you want a taste of the familiar, there are fast foods such as McDonald’s and Taco Bell in the region.

 

Drinking Water

To stay safe when traveling, always drink bottled water available from stores and supermarkets. 

 

Electricity

Mexico has the same electricity system as the United States: 120 V; 60 Hz.  The most common sockets used are for two flat-prong plugs.  If you have equipment that has a third circular prong in the middle, make sure to bring an adapter so that you can easily find a socket to use. 

 

What to Wear

It’s acceptable to wear casual clothes such as shorts, flip-flops and other comfortable outfits to tourist areas and other places in Mexico.  Dressing up is expected in churches, cultural sites and upscale restaurants as what is expected in most countries.

 

Mobile Phones

It is easy to purchase a prepaid mobile phone SIM in Mexico.  You can use your own mobile phone provided it is not locked to a specific mobile phone service provider. All incoming calls are free, only outgoing calls are charged.

 

Payphone Services

There are payphones in commercial areas and around major cities. When visiting small towns it is best to have a mobile phone with a SIM from a Mexico mobile phone services company. 

 

Postal Services

As in many other countries around the world, the farther a town is from the major cities, the longer it takes for mail to arrive in that area. Postal service is relatively cheap in Mexico and there are postal offices in every town.

 

Transport

Mexico has a pretty efficient bus transport system and there are bus companies that have ticket offices in major cities. For your convenience choose premiere bus lines that have good services and buses. You can save money on cheaper bus lines but buses from these companies usually pick up passengers from the road so it will take you a longer time to reach your destination. There are also taxis in Mexican cities so travelers can enjoy the convenience offered by traveling by cab.

 

Visa and Entry Facilities

The citizens of the following countries do not need visa to enter Mexico: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay or Venezuela.

 

Country Code

The country code for Mexico is 52. The area code varies for every city/ town.

 

Useful Telephone Numbers

Police              :                       060 & 080 (Emergencies, traffic, fire etc.) 
Fire Dept         :                       5768-8261 
Ambulance      :                       5557-5757 (Red Cross)
Federal Highway Police:         5684-2142 
Consumer Affairs:                  5568-8722

American Embassy: 5209-9100
Canadian Embassy: 5724-7900
Great Britain Consular Office: 5207-2089 

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