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5 reasons to travel to Mexico

Mexico is a bucket list destination. It's an attractive country where there's something for everyone.
  1. 1
    The heart of Maya culture
  2. 2
    Stunning colonial towns
  3. 3
    Some of the best beaches in the world
  4. 4
    Mexican food
  5. 5
    Mexico City, a culturally rich melting pot
1. The heart of Maya culture

From Teotihuacan near Mexico City, to Palenque's rainforest, not forgetting the impressive Chichén Itzá and Tulum, Mexico is awash with amazingly well-preserved Mayan ruins. For this reason alone Mexico is worth a visit. A wonderful, vibrant history 

2. Stunning colonial towns

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Campeche, Merida - the list is infinite. Each one as pretty as the next, they all have unique characters and stories to tell.

3. Some of the best beaches in the world

Cancun and Acapulco may be the best known tourist hubs, but you'll find plenty of other beautiful resorts along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. With fewer tourists, a 'Mexican' feel and cheaper prices than gringo hotspots, it's worth checking out places where mass tourism has not yet got a grip.

4. Mexican food

Do you remember your New Year's resolution? The one that involves healthy eating and weight loss? Well, you can throw that one out the window as soon as you start your trip to Mexico. The food here is famously delicious. Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, chilaquiles - you must try them all.

5. Mexico City, a culturally rich melting pot

Mexico City is a giant, expanding, all-consuming, multi-cultural hub...it's hard to put this city into words. Apart from being huge, Mexico City is also highly entertaining and you'll never get bored. From the Zocalo to quieter plazas, cathedrals, churches, colonial facades, museums...it's a capital packed full of interesting places to see.

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Why travel in Mexico

If you like your tacos and enchiladas and want to learn about pre-Hispanic culture, see traditional towns or laze on idyllic beaches, then a trip to Mexico is on the cards. Try to learn some Spanish beforehand. If you don't want to, then holiday north of the border.

You should go if...
  • You want to plunge yourself into Mexico City's buzz and culture
  • You love Mexican food
  • The Maya fascinate you and you want to visit their incredible sites.
  • You love idyllic, untouched beaches
  • You prefer modern resorts like Cancun or Acapulco
  • You like the charm of colonial towns
You shouldn't go if...
  • You're looking for a destination that's not too touristy
  • You've just started a diet
  • You don't (or don't want to) speak Spanish
  • You think that Mayan culture should stay in the past and pyramids are not your thing
  • You don't have at least three weeks available

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When to go in Mexico?

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The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season, from November to April. Between June and October the rains are frequent, short-lived and won't stop you from enjoying most regions. May is dry but really hot - not the best time of year to visit. You'll find that the climate varies according to altitude. Winters are cold and days short in mountainous regions, whilst the southern lowlands are hot all year round. Overall, if you're planning a trip to this Mayan homeland, choose the dry, pleasantly warm periods.
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What to see in Mexico?

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Prepare your trip in Mexico
It's time to Bamba! But before doing so, here's some useful information to note down.

What documents to travel with in Mexico?

UK citizens do not need a visa. You just need a current passport that is valid for the entirety of your stay. Keep your FMM on you; you'll also need it to leave the country. With it, you can spend up to 180 days on Mexican soil. Other nationalities need to check out the regulations.

Health advise

Vaccinations are not obligatory But vaccines against Typhoid and Hepatitis A are recommended. It may also be wise to have a Rabies shot.

Language

Spanish is the official language. English is taught in most Mexican schools, but take your dictionary nonetheless! And try to learn a few basic phrases before you start your Mexican journey.

Time difference

Mexico has 3 time zones. London (GMT) is +6hrs ahead of Mexico City. So if it's midday in London, it's 6am in Mexico City.

Phone and internet connection

International dialling code: +52

Internet access is available everywhere. WiFi is found in hotels, restaurants, bars or the innumerable internet cafes.

Electricity

Voltage is 110v. So you'll need an adaptor.

Mexican Embassy in the UK

16 St. George Street

London W1S 1FD

Tel: 0207 499 8586

Email: mexuk@sre.gob.mx

British Embassy in Mexico

Rio Lerma, No.71 Col. Cuauhtémoc,

CP. 06500

Mexico DF Mexico

Tel: +52 55 1670 3200

Email: ukinmexico@fco.gov.uk