Mexico

Mexico

Welcome to Mexico

Mexico is sugar and spice – the sweet, sultry appeal of the sandy beaches meeting the rough-around-the-edges, cultural hotspots of Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Whether you’re visiting for the tropical appeal, the archaeological sites, the nature or the cuisine, you’ll find it in Mexico, from Los Cabos to the Isla Holbox. Hike through the mountain cloud forests of Oaxaca, stirring up an appetite for the region’s best food and drink, from mole to mezcal. Snorkel in the Caribbean and surf in the Pacific. Visit the towering pyramids of Teotihuacán or Yucatan’s Chichén Itzá.

Learn about Mexico’s history and culture in the pueblos mágicos, villages recognized for their architecture, natural wonders or cuisine. Wander along El Malecón, the seaside boardwalks around which local life is centered – the best are in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cozumel.

And be sure to swim in a Yucatecan cenote, considered sacred by the Mayan people and the perfect finishing touch to your Mexico holiday.

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Unique Facts

  • Keep an ear out for the 68 indigenous languages that are recognized by the Mexican government as official languages.
  • Mexico is home to 10 to 12 percent of the world’s biodiversity. There are more than 200,000 different species here! Look for volcano rabbits, axolotls and ocelots, to name a few.
  • Artists in Mexico can pay taxes by donating their art to the government. This public collection now totals over 7,000 paintings, sculptures, graphics and more. See many of them in the national heritage collection at Mexico City’s Museo Nacional del Arte. (While you’re there, consider visiting one of the city’s other 159 fascinating museums.)
  • Glimpse Mexico’s famous monarch butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve between November and March each year, when the winged beauties migrate to the warmth of Mexico from the United States and Canada.
  • Surprisingly not soccer, given Mexico’s love of the sport, the country’s national sport is the rodeo-style Check out one of the lively events to see lassoing and other cowboy tricks.

Language

Mexico recognizes 68 indigenous languages as the country’s national languages. Spanish is the most widely spoken language.

When To Go

The best time to go to Mexico is during the dry season, from December to April. There is virtually no rain during that time. The coolest months are December, January and February. In the south, the wet season starts in May and lasts until October.

Airports

Mexico City International Airport
Cancun International Airport
Guadalajara International Airport
Monterrey International Airport
Tijuana International Airport
Puerto Vallarta International Airport
Los Cabos International Airport
Mérida International Airport
Culiacán International Airport
Hermosillo International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid and presented in addition to an entry permit issued by the Instituto Nacional de Migración.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Mexico: Hepatitis A, Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Malaria vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: type A and B. Standard voltage: 127V. Frequency: 60Hz.

Currency

Official currency: Mexican Peso

Getting Around

Long-distance public bus service is available, ranging from modern coaches to old school buses. Taxi service is common throughout the country; some run on a meter, while for others, you should negotiate a rate in advance. Take an authorized taxi when arriving at one of the international airports. Mexico City boasts the second-largest metro system in North America, as well as a public bus line. Metro systems are also found in Guadalajara and Monterrey. You may also get around via colectivo, a car, van or truck that operates as a shared taxi and charges per person.

Driver’s License

Valid driver’s license from country of origin is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtemoc
06500 Ciudad de Mexico
Mexico
Tel: +52-55-5080-2000
acsmexicocity@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Mexico City Central Tourist Office
Avenida Nuevo Leon 56. Col. Hipodromo Condesa
06100 Mexico DF
Tel: (55) 5212 0257

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

General Emergency: 911

Safety and Security

Both violent and non-violent crime are common throughout Mexico. Use caution in areas outside of popular tourist areas. Petty crime occurs frequently in tourist areas.

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