A large country with friendly people and a diverse landscape from the volcanoes in the highlands to its wonderful white sand beaches.
Mexico offers a superb variety of restaurants especially in Mexico City where the most fashionable restaurants and hippest bars can be found in the Polanco district. A range of international cuisine can be found as well as local specialities including delicious tortillas, tacos and enchiladas.
A great choice of hotels is available from privately owned boutique hotels and traditional colonial haciendas to international hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Mexico City is 2240 metres above sea level and the altitude can affect visitors by causing initial breathlessness or a minor headache. This is usually relieved by resting on arrival and ensuring you drink plenty of water.
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Where to go in Mexico
Capital: Mexico City
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
Time zone: GMT −5 to -7 hours
International dialling code: +52
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The capital, one of the world's most fascinating and diverse cities with its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritages.
Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula
From ruins to riches, Cancún has it all, offering an exotic, tropical setting, with Mayan ruins and silky smooth, sugar-white sand beaches, lapped by the turquoise and emerald waters of the Caribbean.
Take an all-inclusive beach holiday and relax on the beaches of the laid-back Caribbean Riviera Maya.
Oaxaca & Day of the Dead
Oaxaca is often referred to as the heart and soul of Mexico. From the stunning mountain vistas to the dazzling array of arts and crafts, from the fine cuisine to the historic architecture, Oaxaca offers something for everyone.
Nowhere else in the world is the Day of the Dead observed as in Oaxaca. Spirits of the departed are welcomed back by the living, as a celebration of mystery and magic enfolds.
Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta & The Pacific Coast
Acapulco is the largest and most spectacular resort on the Mexican Pacific, with stunning scenery, a vibrant nightlife and the world-renowned cliff divers who dive from 136 foot cliffs into the crashing surf.
Overlooking one of the world’s largest bays - Bahia de Banderas - on the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is known for its superb beaches, golf, whale watching and eco tourism.
Boasting a very green and lush landscape, the Pacific Coast is the meeting place for artists, surfers, golfers and fishermen. The beaches in Riviera Nayarit are perfect for nature lovers looking to get away from it all.
Mayan Archaeological Sites
We recommend Teotihuacan, close to Mexico City, Chichen Itza, for the most famous and best restored Mayan Sites, and Palenque in the Yucatan peninsula between Cancun and Merida, with more than 500 buildings spread over 15 sq km.
Take a journey on one of the world’s most spectacular train rides on board the “El Chepe”, which connects Chihuahua with the Pacific Ocean passing through the stunning Copper Canyon. The scenery is just breathtaking, crossing bridges, tunnels, rivers, waterfalls, cliffs, canyons, and desert plains.
When to go
Two seasons can generally be found in Mexico: the dry season from November to June and the rainy season from June to November.
The Pacific coast and the Caribbean coast and Yucatan peninsula offer lovely warm weather all year round with temperatures between 20° to 35°C. The Yucatan peninsula is particularly humid from June to November and there is the possibility of hurricanes in October.
The climate is drier and milder in Mexico City with temperatures ranging between 9° to 25°C.
Where to go next
Explore the Mayan route from Mexico to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras in Central America.
A particularly nice combination is Guatemala and Mexico’s Riviera Maya where you can visit the colonial and Mayan highlights of Guatemala before being transferred overland to the Riviera Maya for a wonderful Caribbean beach holiday with the opportunity to visit the Mayan sites of Chichen-Itza and Tulum situated right by the turquoise water of the Caribbean.
Map of Mexico
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