Mexico Travel Guide

Continent: North America

Mexico Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 10-14 days for exploring Mexico City, Cancún, and Playa del Carmen; 3 weeks for a broader exploration covering Oaxaca, Chiapas, and the Yucatán Peninsula

Currency: Mexican Pesos (MXN)

Best Time: December to April Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $5-15
Budget: $20-50
Mid-range: $70-120
Luxury: $150 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $5-15
Mid-range: $20-40

Visa Policy for Indians:
Visa required

Visa Policy for Other Nationals:
Visa required for many countries

Getting In Mexico:
Mexico City International Airport (MEX), Cancún International Airport (CUN) Read More

Getting Around Mexico:
Buses, metro (in Mexico City), taxis, rental cars Read More

"Cradle of civilizations"

Mexico Tourism

Mexico is a land of great cultural, ethnic and geographical diversity. Be it hiking in the rugged desert landscaped in the North or basking in the lush green tropical settings, the country has it all. From the historic ruins of the Mayans and Aztec in Chichn Itz and Teotihuacn to the beautifully preserved colonial cities of Puebla and Campeche, the country never ceases to amaze its visitors which flock from all over the world.

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Best time to visit Mexico

November to March is the best time to visit Mexico. These months fall during the dry season, and therefore the weather conditions are ideal and safe from the probability of any natural calamities such as massive thunderstorms and hurricanes. The temperature from November to March is low, around 20 t... (Read More)

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Mexico

What's Great about Travelling to Mexico?

Rich cultural heritage and history. The diversity of landscape, flora, and fauna. Exquisite beaches and resorts.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Mexico?

Drug trafficking and criminal activities in few areas.

Who should Travel to Mexico?

Heritage and culture enthusiasts. Nature and biodiversity lovers. People who love partying.

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Exchanging Money in Mexico

The best method for exchanging currency is via ATMs which can be easily found in the main cities throughout the country. Currency exchange centres or 'Casa de Cambio' can be found at airports and hotels and are often more convenient than getting currency exchanged in banks.

Nightlife in Mexico

Mexico is a dream destination for party lovers, be it in its major cities or its beaches. The vast multitude of nightlife options results in people from all age groups flocking to the bars and clubs after the sun goes down. The exuberance of Mexico city's nightlife has gained the city over more than a million visitors. The nightlife scenes are at its peak on weekends and start after eight, lasting until morning. Cancun which is known as spring breaker's paradise promises an unparalleled nightlife with a variety of bars, clubs and discos. Other cities promising an action filled nightlife scene in the country include Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Tijuana and Guadalajara.

Shopping in Mexico

Shopping in Mexico is often a delightful experience due to the warm and welcoming nature of its residents. Mexico City tops the list when it comes to the number of options available as it has everything to offer from local art and souvenirs to designer boutiques. Souvenirs are easily available in resort towns and are inexpensive. Taxco is famous for its silver jewellery, Talavera for its ceramics and the town of Guadalajara for its sophisticated decorative items. Haggling in markets is a common practice, and you must bargain when it comes to certain products to avoid being ripped off.

Festivals of Mexico

Mexican celebrations knows as 'Fiestas' are an experience worth cherishing. Marked by fireworks, parades, dances and food, these fiestas cannot be missed and leave the attendants full of joy. One of the main festivals of the country is Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe which is dedicated to the patron saint of country and celebrated on 12 December of every year. The Day of the Dead celebrated on 2nd November is an eccentric festival in a sense that it honours the dead. The Mexican independence day is celebrated on September 16 and is a public holiday.

Hygiene in Mexico

Visiting Mexico required travellers to adjust to its climate and cuisine. Traveller's Diarrhoea or Montezuma's Revenge is common and is mostly due to contamination of water. Thus it is strongly advised to go only for packaged drinking water. There are no mandatory vaccines as such, but getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid is recommended. Make sure that you carry a mosquito repellent as they might carry viruses in addition to Malaria and other diseases. Carry a small first aid kit and avoid contact with street animals as they might carry rabies.

Customs of Mexico

There are no specific dress codes as such to be followed in Mexico, however one should choose pants or jeans over shorts or not so fancy clothing to stand out as tourists which are often easy targets. Tipping is part of the Mexican culture much like America. Since most the people working there in the tourism industry earn modest wages, tips contribute significantly to their income. In restaurants, one should tip up to fifteen percent of the bill amount if they are happy with the service. Small gifts can be given as a tip to those working for room service. Mexicans are friendly and helpful people. However, its also a class-conscious society, so greet people formally by shaking hands or a low bow.

Tips for visiting Mexico

Avoid using ATMs at nights, especially those located on streets. Try paying in Mexican Pesos to get the best deals on products and services. Haggle in central markets, agree to pay half the quoted price. Carry clothes made from cotton and linen as Mexico has hot and humid weather throughout the year. Consider travelling by buses as they are safe, cheap and good for sightseeing. Avoid drinking tap water.

Food of Mexico

Mexican cuisine is amongst one of the spiciest cuisines in the world. The cuisine is characterised by the useÊof ingredients such as corn, wheat, peppers, tomatoes, red and white meats, potatoes, beans and rice. Even though there are minor variations in cuisine from region to region, the ingredients remain same throughout the country. Some of the most popular items which are common in both households and restaurants include Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tamales and pozole. Mexico is renowned for its Tequila and other beverages such as Horchata, Pulque and Tepache.

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FAQs on Mexico

How to reach Mexico from India?

Indian citizens can take a flight first to USA which is easily available from major Indian cities and via a number of air carriers. After reaching USA, one can take one of the many flights that connect to various destinations in and around Mexico.


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