Trip to Mexico – Useful information

Traveling to Mexico as soon as possible?

In this post a collection of general information to organize your next trip to this splendid and enormous country that offers sea, mountains, culture, history and lots and lots of Mezcal!

Climate in Mexico

Mexico is such a large country that the weather varies by region and season – anywhere in the country once will be at its best.

In general, the best time of year to visit is between November and Aprilthat is, during the dry season.
The coldest months are between December and February, when high northern regions such as Copper Canyon can be severely disrupted by snow.
The rainy season begins in the south in May and ends in October. While it can be warmer and more humid this time of year, it usually only rains for a couple of hours before the skies then clear up again.
The Caribbean coast can be affected by hurricanes, a season that generally begins in June and lasts until November.

Average seasonal temperatures in the main Moroccan cities and some useful information

Cancun

  • Rainy season: June, July, August, September and October
  • The warmest month is August
  • The coolest month is January
    September is the rainiest month
  • March the driest month
no temperature year
no temperature year

Merida

  • Rainy season: from April to November
  • The hottest month is July
  • The coolest month is December
  • October is the rainiest month
  • January is the driest
Merida average temperature
Merida average temperature

Chetumal

  • Rainy season: June to October
  • The hottest month is August
  • The coolest month January
  • September is the rainiest month
  • March the driest month
Chetuamal temperature medie
Chetuamal temperature medie

Palenque

  • Rainy season: June to October
  • The hottest month is August
  • The coolest month January
  • September is the rainiest month
  • March the driest month
palenque

San Cristóbal de las Casas

  • Rainy season: from May to October
  • The warmest month is April
  • The coolest month January
  • April the warmest month
San Cristobal

For screenshots and weather information: worldweatheronline.com e weather-and-climate.com

Clothing for a trip to Mexico

In Mexico, unlike what you might believe, it is not always hot, you just have to set foot in Chiapas to realize it. Before packing your suitcase, make sure you understand what temperatures there will also be in Chiapas, if you plan to, and be prepared to add some sneakers, jeans, sweatshirts and windbreakers to the array of bikinis and sarongs.
In general, easy and sporty clothing is ideal for the sea and is not what you will need.

Languages ​​spoken in Mexico

The official language of Mexico is obviously Spanish although in the most tourist centers English is widely spoken.

Documents and Visas

To enter Mexico you do not need a visa but you do need a valid passport and no payment is required upon arrival at the airport. A visa is not required for stays of less than three months.
For more information this is the link toMexican Embassy in Rome:

Health and vaccinations

Travelers to Mexico should primarily protect themselves against food and mosquito-borne diseases. In addition to getting the appropriate vaccinations it is important to bring good insect repellent and watch what you eat and drink.
Private hospitals generally provide better care than public ones, but are more expensive and travel insurance is still recommended.

Recommended vaccinations
No vaccination is mandatory, but it is recommended to do as a precaution:
Hepatitis A for all travelers (except children under one year of age).
Hepatitis B for long-term travelers and who will spend a lot of time in close contact with the local population (requires three doses over a six-month period).
Rabies For travelers who may come into contact with animals
Typhus

Malaria & Dengue

Dengue
Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which usually bite during the day. The symptoms are those of a devastating flu and bone pain. There is no vaccine nor are there treatments (you recover after about 3 days), but to avoid mosquito bites it is advisable to always apply repellent.

****Avoid taking aspirin, dengue is a bleeding disease and aspirin is not the right medicine. If you are in an area affected by dengue and feel the first flu symptoms, go to hospital immediately, but do not take tachipirina.

Malaria
Malaria is caught through mosquito bites, which usually bite between dusk and dawn.
The main symptom is high trace fever.
Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Chiapas or rural areas in Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Nayarit and parts of Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango states. The malaria pill of choice is chloroquine. Protecting yourself against mosquito bites is just as important as taking pills.
For more information Click here.

Safety

Mexico is not a dangerous country if you take the right precautions, like all countries in the world after all, especially those in Latin America.
Therefore, although there is street crime on the other side, if you travel to Mexico by following small precautions, your stay in this country will be fantastic.
Pay attention to wallets and backpacks with valuables, especially at markets, stations, public transport (buses and metro) and the most touristy squares and streets.
Avoid walking in underpasses that seem empty or with few people.
It is also advisable not to go around the city with your credit cards, all your cash and your passport, but always carry a copy with you. If you are robbed, do not resist and give what you have, hence the importance of never have too much on you except when necessary.
Pay attention to traffic, especially in Mexico City and when traveling on long bus routes, always keep your backpack with valuables with you and keep it between your feet (locked with a padlock) or on you but NEVER in the compartments above your head.

For more information about safety in Mexico: Travel Safely in Mexico.

Currency/Exchange

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The official currency of Mexico is the Peso, the exchange rate today is 16 pesos for 1 euro.

Internet in Mexico

Internet is practically everywhere, all hostels and hotels offer it and it is free. I admit that the only place where I had problems was the Bacalar Lagoon, but I believe that today, almost 3 years later, things have improved from this point of view too.

Travel costs in Mexico

Services Budget Half
Dorm bed €9 ////
Double room in budget hotel €20/25 €30
Lunch in a cheap restaurant €3/4 €9/15
250km in autobus €12 €12
Trekking, rafting o mountainbike gita €40/80 €40/80

The use of debit and credit cards is possible, with the Visa, MasterCard and American Express circuits, which are accepted for payment by most airlines and car rental companies, hotels, restaurants and shops.
It may happen that you have to pay a supplement for paying by card, or a discount for paying in cash. Purchasing with a credit card normally guarantees an exchange rate similar to ATM withdrawals, but for this information it is always a good idea to ask your bank for more information.

It is also recommended to always have a few hundred US dollars in cash with you for emergencies.

Means of transport

Mexico is a very large country, but public transport connections between the main destinations are convenient and frequent.
For traveling on long routes, buses are quite comfortable, for short routes you usually travel with collectivos (mini buses that leave when they are full) or private taxis.
For those who want to travel Mexico independently, renting a car is recommended. Rentalcars which brings together the main rental operators in the world, offers machines of all types at some of the lowest prices on the market while offering customer service in Italian.

Mance

Many of the people who work in the service sector receive rather low wages, therefore tips are a great help and a good incentive to continue working well, this is the case of possible and possible guides.
In fact, American tourism is king, therefore the exported model is that of the USA where tips are practically always left.

In restaurants, tips are between 10% and 15%.
In hotels (optional) between 5% and 10% of the room costs for those who keep it clean and tidy.
Taxi drivers do not expect tips unless optional and additional services are requested
Airport porters and hotel doormen usually receive around M$50 to M$100 (M$ stands for Mexican pesos)
Parking wardens around M$5 or M$10.

Mexican cuisine

Mexican cuisine

Traditional Mexican cuisine is spicy and colorful.
The dishes not to be missed are Chilaquiles, a full-bodied breakfast with corn tortillas, Pozole soup, from pre-Hispanic traditions, Tacos al pastor and Tostadas, tortillas fried and then covered with whatever you want, including beans (beans), cheese, meat, seafood and ceviche, the Enchillada and of course the well known Guacamole.

How to go to Mexico low cost

Unless you have time and want to make an ocean crossing by boat, you can arrive in Mexico by plane.
The main airports are Cancun and Mexico City (DF).

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