If you’re planning on travelling to Mexico for your next holiday or vacation, be sure to read up on these great tips from tripatlas.com/new to help you know what to expect, how to avoid hassles or getting sick so that you can have a fun, safe and enjoyable time when you visit Mexico!
More on Mexico? Discover the Colours of Mexico City or 10 Ways to Explore Puerto Vallarta: Where Mexico Comes to Life. For more information about visiting Mexico, go to: www.VisitMexico.com.
Tips for Travel Holidays and Vacations to Mexico
Getting In: Passports are now a major entry requirements for Mexico, including visitors from Canada. Be sure to get a tourist card from your airline on your flight to Mexico to fill out and keep safe until your departure time.
Take the Bus: Buses are an inexpensive and convenient way of getting around Mexico between cities. You can take a First Class bus with air conditioning, televisions, stewardesses or take a Second Class for your basic bus. Go to Ticketbus.com.mx for info, fares and schedules for city-to-city buses in Mexico.
Taking the Turibus in Mexico City is a great way to see city as well as experience what many Mexico locals do every day. Trains are a bit more expensive but offer sleeping compartments for overnight journeys.
When and Where to Visit: Each region of Mexico offers a different climate throughout the year. It can get cooler and rainy in central Mexico from June to September while on the west-coast or the Mexican Riviera, there’s tropical weather year-round.
Alcohol at High Altitudes: Some Mexican cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City are located at a higher altitude from sea level than most cities. When consuming alcohol in these cities, remember that alcohol will have a more of an effect in a shorter period of time than it would if you were in
Tipping in Mexico: Always keep loose change or small bills with you when travelling through Mexico because tips are expected and appreciated for good service. A general guide: is $1-2 for bags and concierge services, $1-5 for maids daily for services, 10-15% at spas, $1 for valet, 10-15% of cheque in restaurants, 10% in bars or cantinas and 5-10 pesos for a taxi driver.
Drinking & Using Water: Tap water is not safe for drinking, brushing your teeth, washing foods or for ice cubes in rinks. Most hotels and restaurants use purified water but be sure to check before using. Bottled water and other commercially produced drinks, wine, beer or spirits are perfectly safe. In fact, Mexico is one of the largest bottled water industries in the world.
Driving & Renting a Car in Mexico: To rent a car in Mexico, you have to be 25 years or older with a valid driver’s license and a major credit card. Otherwise, highway/freeway systems are similar to most big cities around the world except for a large number of toll booths so be sure to keep small bills and change to pay the tolls. Auto insurance is also necessary and most car rental agencies sell it as part of a package since foreign insurance policies are usually void.
Spending Money and Bargaining. The banks and ATM’s have become very reliable and offer good exchange rates while stores and restaurants offer a much higher conversion. Bargaining is half the fun when you’re shopping in Mexico’s markets and stalls, both buyers and vendors usually have a great time. If you don’t speak Spanish, get the vendor to show you in bills how much they’re asking for.
For more great tips and information on travelling to Mexico, go to: www.VisitMexico.com.