No other country can boast more ancient ziggurats, mysterious temples and sacred ruins, as Mexico.
It was once the ancient Mayan capital, and now the two-thousand year old monuments make Mexico otherworldly. Driving through colonial towns such as San Cristobal de las Casas and the beautifully preserved Campeche will take you through to sites of ancient ruins and wonder. There’s Teotihuacan, with its Avenue of the Dead, a landing strip-sized passage through looming pyramids. And then there’s Chichen Itza, a still-intact city replete with temples, courts and a sinkhole used for human sacrifice. These are just some of the many cultural treasures Mexico has to offer.
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Good basics help turn a trip into a happy experience - so when you do your research well in advance and understanding around responsible travelling and cultural differences; and understand how and why tipping is used, then it will be a great adventure and a happy group experience.
Mexico travel highlights
Taste the flavours of Mexico City
Dig into Mexican style tomales, chilli and grasshoppers. Mexican cuisine is quite a feast for the senses.
Relax and enjoy the pictures in Oaxaca
Oaxaca is known for it’s lively artistic culture. Markets sell everything from colourful blankets to eye-catching beaded jewellery.
Enjoy the falls at Palenque
Misol-Ha and Agua Azul are two of the most stunning waterfalls in this country of lush jungle and tropical escapes.
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- Australia: Not required
- Belgium: Not required
- Canada: Not required
- Germany: Not required
- Ireland: Not required
- Netherlands: Not required
- New Zealand: Not required
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: Not required
- United Kingdom: Not required
- USA: Not required
Tipping in commonplace in Mexico so it’s a good idea to add 5-10% to your restaurant bill. Some restaurants include a surcharge, in which case there is no need to tip extra. Also remember to leave some extra pesos for services from potters, drivers and guides.
You’ll be able to get internet without any trouble in major cities and urban areas, but internet service is hard to come by in rural and remote places.
Mobile coverage is good in cities and towns but unreliable outside of these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Mexico has both Western-style and squat toilets, in cities and rural areas respectivelly. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Short trip on public transport = 3 pesos
- Street food snack = 10-15 pesos
- Bottle of beer = 20-25 pesos
- Meal in mid-range restaurant = 50-100 pesos
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Mexico. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card in major cities and towns, for services like large hotels and shopping centres. However, be prepared to pay cash when making purchases from many local businesses.
Mexico has plenty of ATMs in its big cities but they are harder to find in rural and remote areas.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Mexico/public-holidays