Mexico

Country Information

Located at the very bottom tip of North America, on the cusp of Central America, Mexico is so much more than meets the eye. From its rich decades long history to its booming resort scene, Mexico has so much variety to offer tourists. From its small villages, to its large bustling cities there is an adventure around every corner.

Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas, covering almost 2 million square kilometers. It also has the 11th largest population in the world, with 109 million people. Bordered by North America, Guatemala, Belize, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, Mexico has a varied landscape and diverse culture. From the original native inhabitants, to the outside invaders, the culture in Mexico reveals influences from the world over.

Language

In Mexico the primary language spoken is Spanish with more than 97% of the country speaking it. Other languages spoken in Mexico would include the languages of the Kickapoo and Guatemalan refugees, Nahuati, Lacandon, Venetian, Plautdietsch, German, Romani and French. Additionally, many in the country also speak English as a second language. 

Religion

Mexico has no official religion. However, 95% of the population is Christian with most following the Roman Catholic faith. There are also large minority groups that are Protestant, Pentecostal, Seventh-day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. There are also small Jewish, Buddhist and Islamic followings. 

Climate

The climate in Mexico is divided into temperate and tropical because of The Tropic of Cancer. The northern part of the country has cooler temperatures in the winter and warmer weather in the summer. The southern half of the country has consistent temperatures year round with the average temperature around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clothing

Most of the time Mexico is pretty warm, so lightweight clothing is best. However, if you’re traveling in the North during winter you may want to pack a combination of lightweight and medium weight clothing. Don’t forget sandals for the beach and sneakers for sightseeing.    

Mobile Phones

The international access code for Mexico is 52. A few international cellphone companies have roaming agreements in Mexico. Coverage varies depending upon location. Cellphones can be rented by tourists, or calling cards can be purchased to offset the expense of international calls.

Getting Online & Checking E-mail

There are many Internet cafes in the cities in Mexico along with the tourist areas. Additionally, many hotels and resorts offer Internet access to their guests.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Your Personal Assistant's phone number will be provided upon arrival in Mexico

  • Police Station: 066
  • Ambulance: 066
  • U.S. Embassy in Mexico:  5080-2000

Activities in Mexico

Advisory

Please be advised that you may not be able to participate in certain activities after receiving your medical treatment. For instance, you may be advised to water sports, hiking or rock climbing while in Mexico. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropriate activities in which you can participate.

Mexico Excitement

The tourism industry in Mexico is extremely healthy and draws a lot of revenue for the country each year. Visitors have wide choice of both cultural and physical activities available. Plus, the country has a variety of beaches with different crowds and attractions.

Mexico is filled with ancient historical sites for tourists to visit. Many enjoy a trip to the Column of Life in the prehistoric city of Mitla. Legend has it the Column of Life can tell visitors when they will die. Additionally, the National Museum of Anthropology is another popular draw. The museum covers 20,000 years of human life and displays priceless art like the 3,000 year old Tlatico Acrobat.

Many people also enjoy cultural activities like a trip to a Mexican Rodeo in Guadalajara. Guadalajara is also the place where the Mexican Hat Dance was created. The Ballet Folklorico in Mexico City is another popular cultural draw for tourists. On Wednesday and Saturday the dancers perform ancient rituals and traditions in full costume.

One-Day Tours

If you are looking for a day trip in Mexico you must consider a trip to see some of the ancient ruins. You could go to Teotihuacan, otherwise known as the city where the Gods are born. The ruins there are quite impressive, particularly the Pyramid of the Sun, which is the fourth largest pyramid in the world. Many also enjoy a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Convent of the Nativity. The site dates back from 1580 and can be found in the town of Tepozlan.

The Sacred City is another favorite among tourists. This prehistoric city was the center of the Zapotec culture more than 2,000 year early. In the Sacred City many visitors enjoy the sunset over Monte Alban and exploring the Central Plaza, Ball Court and Tombs.

If you are looking to explore Mayan cities take a day trip to Tulum and Chichen-Itza. Tulum has gorgeous beach front ruins. Chichen-Itza was a ceremonial city built more than 1,000 years ago.

Shopping

Mexico is well-known for its magnificent shopping opportunities. With bustling markets and upscale boutiques, shoppers have no shortage of goods to buy. Traditional indigenous crafts are popular finds for many tourists. Many enjoy buying the rugs, baskets, ceramics, pottery, woven blankets, colored scarves, huarache sandals and embroidered hats. Additionally, certain areas are known for specific crafts. Taxco is known for fine silverware and jewelry and Oaxaca is known for making delicious chocolate and gold. In Guadalajara visitors enjoy buying items made from some of the world’s best woodworkers.

 Nightlife and the Arts

Mexico has many nightclubs, bars, discos and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. Entertainment is common at these places. Visitors can expect to be entertained by flamenco dancers, mariachi bands and Aztec reenactments. Mexico City has one of the world’s best ballet companies, along with a world renowned orchestra company.

  Spas

In Mexico spas are available in most major hotels and resorts. Spas of note would include the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat and Spa in Cabo San Lucas, the Spa Marquis in Mexico City and Spa Cocoyoc in San Angel.