Discover the history, culture and charm of Mexico firsthand. Here’s our guide to help you out.
Bask on beautiful beaches
The beaches of Mexico are prized the world over for their sparkling waters and sundrenched sands. The Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán is home to Mexico’s most popular sands, including the likes of Playa del Carmen and Cancún. Fans of surfing and sea kayaking should head to the opposite coast of Baja California, whilst the shores of Cozumel offer some of the world’s best snorkeling and scuba diving.
Discover Mexico’s history and culture
Dating back centuries, the history of Mexico is a fascinating one and wherever you look, you’ll find stunning Mayan ruins and plenty of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Head to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, which was recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, or the majestic Coba set around two tranquil lagoons. Pay a visit to the pyramids of Teotihuacan or the intricate paintings of Palenque.
Indulge in delicious food
Of course, Mexican cuisine is renowned for its tastiness across the world, so there’s nowhere better to try it firsthand than in Mexico! You’ll soon find that the food here differs by region, from the meaty dishes in the north to the abundance of seafood along the coast and the spicy flavors of the south. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask for the platillo tipico of wherever you are, and you’ll be given the local specialty that you won’t find anywhere else.
Currency in Mexico
The currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso, which is subdivided into 100 centavos.
One US dollar is currently worth pesos.
Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Mexico, although it will vary from city to city. Prices are in US dollars:
|Inexpensive meal for one – $4||Bottle of water – $0.50||0.5 litre beer – $1.20|
|Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $10||Cappuccino – $2||Local bus ticket – $0.40|
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Traveling around Mexico
Mexico is a huge country and the distances between cities can be long. A good way to get around if you’d like to save time is by taking internal flights – there are more than 50 airports across Mexico. Try Aeroméxico, Interjet or Volaris.
The bus network across Mexico is extremely well developed and buses are plentiful, but be prepared for some long journeys! Long distance buses are known as camiones and you can choose from first class (primera) or second (segunda). It’s worth buying tickets in advance tor reserve seating – try ticketbus.com.mx or Boletotal.
Most cities have an extensive network of public travel and you’ll be able to get around easily and cheaply. Mexico City has a great metro system and both Guadalajara and Monterrey have smaller metros. In other cities, there are a plethora of buses and you’ll usually pay a flat fare of M$6.