LOCATION & HISTORY
Mexico is a Constitutional Republic in North America bordered to the north by the USA and the south-east by the Caribbean Sea. It is the largest country in the Americas, occupying over 760,000 square miles and is the 13th largest independent nation in the world. It has a population of approximately 113 million people and it is a Federation comprising 31 States and a Federal District. Mexico is a colourful and vibrant country with a variety of offerings, also with 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is one of the world’s most visited destinations.
Mexico has extended banking hours which includes Saturdays and there are numerous cash machines throughout Mexico – however, visitors are warned to use only those in secure locations as ‘card cloning’ is common.
Approximately 90% of Mexico’s population is Catholic, the remainder is made up of Evangelists, Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mexico has one of the world’s most diverse weather systems, with climates ranging from 16°C to 50°C, depending on location.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
The official currency of Mexico is the Peso – denoted by the ‘M$’ sign. The US$ are the most easily exchangeable currency and is also accepted in some tourist areas and Mexican cities along the US border. Credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants and car rental companies.
UK Citizens require a valid passport and return or onward ticket. It is also advisable to check with the local Mexican Embassy for changes and updates.
From the UK British Airways flies to several Mexican Cities – check with SN Travel for dates and destinations in Mexico.
Almost a third of Mexicans speak Spanish and it is the world’s the large Spanish-speaking population. 364 varieties of indigenous languages are also recognised in Mexico.
There are a number of hospitals and private medical facilities throughout Mexico. A number of vaccines are recommended for a visit to Mexico – check with your health provider for further information.
Mexico uses three separate time zones – check SN Travel for details on the area of Mexico that you are visiting.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Mexico is a very diverse country with a range of things to see and do and many exciting cities and interesting areas to visit, including many world-renowned destinations such as:- Acapulco, Campeche, Cancun, Cozumel, Emerald Coast, Guadalajara, La Paz, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Rivera Maya, Sonora, etc. Each city is colourful and exciting and it is well worth exploring different cities on your visit to Mexico.
Mexico boasts the largest cultural tourism in the world with archaeological sites, heritage sites, arts & crafts, museums, etc., all waiting to be explored.
Soft Adventure activities include visiting the wine regions, exploring the towns via ATV or bike, beach, river and forest adventures, diving and a range of water sports.
Each city in Mexico has a range of annual festivals, regional fairs, art festivals, events and fiestas including many religious festivals.
Mexico is also very popular for Shopping, Wedding & Honeymoon and luxury Spa Hotels and Resorts. Mexico is also famous for Sports Tourism and, most notably, football.