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The home of tacos, Aztecs, sombreros and tequila – not to mention Pancho Villa, Salma Hayek and Frida Kahlo – almost everyone on the planet knows something about Mexico. Yet there’s a lot more to this country beyond the stereotypes. One of the world’s great civilizations, Mexico offers a tantalizing blend of Mesoamerican cultures, Spanish traditions and contemporary arts. Its landscapes range from the shimmering blue coastline of Baja California and the iconic cactus-strewn deserts of the north, to the Maya villages and gorgeous palm-smothered beaches of the south. You can climb volcanoes, watch whales and tour agave farms. And sprinkled throughout you’ll find richly adorned colonial churches, giant pyramids and a sophisticated cuisine.

The 122 million people of Mexico reflect this variety, too. Communities of full-blooded indígenas represent around ten percent of the population, with the Nahua, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Otomí and Totonac the largest groups. There are also a few Mexicans of pure Spanish or European descent, invariably forming the ranks of the mega rich, even if billionaire Carlos Slim is actually of Lebanese ancestry. The great majority of the population (over eighty percent), though, is mestizo, combining in themselves European and indigenous traditions with, to a greater or lesser extent, a veneer of urban sophistication. Add in a multitude of distinct regional identities, from the cowboy culture of the northern deserts to the Mesoamerican traditions of the south, and you have a thrilling, constantly surprising place to travel.

Despite the inevitable influence of the US, looming to the north, and close links with the rest of the Spanish-speaking world (an avid audience for Mexican pop and soap operas), the country remains resolutely individual. The music that fills the plazas in the evenings, the buildings that circle around them, even the smells emanating from a row of taco carts: they all leave you without any doubt about where you are.

Many first-time visitors are surprised to find that Mexico is far from being a “developing” nation: the country has a robust economy, the world’s fifteenth largest, a remarkably thorough and efficient internal transport system and a vibrant contemporary arts and music scene. Indeed, in the last twenty years or so Mexico has finally become a middle-class society, perhaps the country’s greatest achievement since Independence. Mexico has the highest GDP in Latin America after Brazil, reduced inflation, interest rates at record lows and increased per capita income, despite huge inequalities of wealth.

It’s certainly not all suburbs and SUVs quite yet though; adventure can still be found through happening upon a village fiesta, complete with a muddy bullfight and rowdy dancing, or hopping on a rural bus, packed with farmers all carrying machetes half their height and curious about how you’ve wound up going their way. It’s also true that Mexico is not always an easy place to travel around. The power may go off, the water may not be drinkable. Occasionally it can seem that there’s incessant, inescapable noise and dirt. And although the mañana mentality is largely an outsiders’ myth, rural Mexico is still a land where timetables are not always to be entirely trusted, where anything that can break down will break down (when it’s most needed) and where any attempt to do things in a hurry is liable to be frustrated.

More deeply disturbing are the extremes of ostentatious wealth and grim poverty that still exist, most poignantly in the big cities, where unemployment is high and living conditions beyond crowded, as well as the ongoing drug wars that provide a seemingly non-stop stream of sensational, often gruesome, headlines. While the violence is very real in some parts of the country, the danger for tourists is absolutely minimal – for the most part, you’ll find this is a friendly, fabulously varied and enormously enjoyable place in which to travel.


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Mexico, officially called the United Mexican States, is a country located in North America south of the United States and north of Belize and Guatemala. It has coastline along the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, and it is considered the 13th largest country in the world based on area.


Public Transportation – Public buses (also known as camiones) are the most common way to get around in cities and towns (and nearby villages),. ...

Bus – Most of Mexico is served by buses. ...

Fly – For very long journeys, consider flying. ...

Train – There is no rail network in Mexico.

Languages Spoken

At the regional level, Mexicans speak Spanish and English throughout Mexico. In eastern Mexico, Otomi and Totonac are the official languages. In central Mexico, Nahuatl is the official language while people from southeastern Mexico speak Mayan languages. Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Mexico.


Mexico uses the Mexican peso (MXN). Some resort cities may accept U.S. dollars; however, it's likely that you will be charged more than if you paid in pesos. Although the exchange rate from dollar to peso is constantly fluctuating, you should know what a peso will get you in Mexico.


If you are a citizen in the Schengen Area, UK, USA, Canada or Japan or if you have a permanent residence permit or a valid visa for any of those countries, you DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA to visit Mexico under the following conditions:

The purpose of your visit is tourism, studies or business.

The duration of your stay does not exceed 180 days.

You will not receive any remuneration at all from Mexico.


Electricity -- The electrical system in Mexico is 110 volts AC (60 cycles), as in the United States and Canada. ... Many older hotels still have electrical outlets for flat two-prong plugs; you'll need an adapter for any plug with an enlarged end on one prong or with three prongs.


There are no vaccinations required for entry to Mexico but short-term travellers are recommended to receive vaccination cover for Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food and water-borne) and Hepatitis A (food & water borne) For those undertaking a trekking holiday (or those who will live in the region for some months) vaccinations for Mexico may include cover against Rabies (animal bites), Meningococcal Meningitis (air borne) and Hepatitis B (accidents) may need to be considered.

Emergency Calls

U.S. Embassy in Mexico: In the case of an emergency directly affecting a U.S. citizen in Mexico, you can contact the embassy for assistance. In Mexico City, dial 5080-2000. For elsewhere in Mexico, dial the area code first, so you would dial 01-55-5080-2000. From the United States, dial 011-52-55-5080-2000.

When to visit
Best time to visit the destination

The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season between December and April, when there is virtually no rain. The coolest months are between December and February, although temperatures can still reach averages of 28℃ during the dry season. The wet season begins in the south in May and lasts until October. 

What to do?
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Visit the Laguna del Carpintero

Amazing experience with Crocodiles and Iguanas

Amazing nature where you can see wildlife! Crocodiles and also Iguanas. Nice for a walk on a sunny Sunday!

This is an amazing sight to see. Very beautiful at night as well as in the day time. This is a family attraction not tobe missed.

This place is beautiful, there is a lot of things to do here, you can take a boat, go to crocodiles observation deck, or maybe just bring ypur food and make a picnic.

Wander through Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec is one of the largest city parks in the world, encompassing the Mexico City Zoo, La Feria amusement park, and the Museum of Anthropology. The museum houses a vast collection of sculptures, jewels, and artifacts from ancient Mexican civilizations, and is open daily (except Mondays) from 9am-7pm. It costs 70 MXN ($3.55 USD) to visit.

Explore Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución)

The Zócalo plaza is in the heart of Mexico City and dates back to Aztec times, encompassing both the Templo Mayor (an ancient Aztec temple) and the Palacio Nacional (a colonial palace with offices of Mexico’s president). Situated just off the Zócalo is La Catedral Metropolitana, a magnificent cathedral with a gold altar. It’s a perfect example of Spanish colonial architecture.

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FAQs about México

How far is Tampico from Mexico City?

Distance from Mexico City to Tampico is approximately 340 kilometers.

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