IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT THEIR INCREDIBLE HISTORY AND STUNNING LANDSCAPES BUT THE KINDNESS OF ITS LOCALS
General aspects of Mexico
The official language in Mexico is Spanish. Here you have some words in Spanish.
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
The capital: Mexico city
Population: 129,2 million
Main religion: Catholicism
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Mexico is the number 140 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: it is not safe to travel to Mexico as a female traveler. Avoid solo traveling to Mexico and take all the precautions needed. The most dangerous place in Mexico is the City of Mexico. This data does not mean that you can no travel to Mexico but travel with all the safety measures.
The climate in Mexico is moderate during the whole year. The big difference between seasons is the number of rainy days per month. From June to September. Temperatures remain stable during the whole year more or less.
- The colder months in Mexico are January, November, and December. The colder it could be is 9ºC ( 48ºF).
- The hotter months are from April to September, with maximum temperatures of 35 ºC (95 ºF).
Therefore, the best months to visit Mexico is during the dry season: from December to April.
Accommodation in Mexico is cheap, but it could vary depending on the area you are located in:
- In Ciudad de Mexico, the economic city of the country, backpackers traveling on a budget could find accommodation in a good location and good quality facilities from 7 $. If you would like to have some privacy in your own room, prices will be a minimum of 15 aproxximatelly$.
- If you are traveling to other touristic cities such as Cancun or Valladolid to admire the Cenotes, prices would ascend to 10 $ for budget accommodation. For every typology of accommodation, prices will increase by 4 $ to 5 $ per night.
Most important international airports in Mexico are:
- Benito Juárez de la Ciudad de México International airport
- Cancun international airport
- International Guadalajara “Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla” airport
Flying between these airports to move around the country is cheap, so it sounds like a great option to optimize your transportation timings during your journey in Mexico
By public transport
Public buses are the mean of transport that is used the most to travel between cities in Mexico. The bus gets almost to every part of Mexico. Make sure you get “directo” or direct buses to travel long distances as they do fewer stops than the non-direct. For a 15-hour bus journey the prices are around 75 $ and for a 5-hour bus journey, it is 25 approximately. Some of the most reliable and biggest bus companies are: ADO, Primera Plus. Estrella de Oro and Omnibuses de Mexico.
Due to the usual amount of traffic in the Mexican roads, traveling by car in Mexico could be a little bit dangerous and especially could take long hours. Before hiring a car and deciding to travel by car in Mexico, I advise you to consider the option of traveling by public bus. It will make your journey much rested.
One of the most famous typical foods in the world is the Mexican spicy food and here you will find a recap about the tastier dishes Mexico has:
- Tacos: With a base of a corn or wheat tortilla, and usually filled with different ingredients and different sauces (usually spicy). The most typical ones are Carnitas tacos filled with candied meat in butter and orange and “Al pastor” Tacos made with pork meat and a delicious sauce and pineapple, coriander, onion, and lemon.
- Cochinita Pibil: Traditional stew from the Yukatan peninsula made with marinated pork wrapped in plantain leaves. It is a must to try while your journey in Mexico, it has an incredible taste.
- Enchiladas: Get ready for a spicy but incredible taste, with a base of corn tortilla and bathed on chilly could be filled with meat or cheese.
As an accompaniment, they usually make homemade Guacamole! This thick sauce makes of avocado gives most of the foods and incredible taste.
Do not miss any of these dishes!! An incredible mix of flavors! Also…it is not everything about food, do not forget trying their incredible variety of Tequilas!
5 things to do in Mexico
Visit the City of Mexico
Crowded city but still worth a visit, the capital of the country has a lot of special things to offer. Starting with the markets of Sorona or La Merced and ending shortly before the Zocalo. There is not a better way of learning about a country’s culture and people than its markets. that is why it is a must to visit for me every time I visit a new country. Sorona and La Merced are 2 very special markets where you will be able to buy these traditional ingredients to prepare the amazing Tradicional food of Mexico such as local chilly and spices.
San Cristobal de las Casas
In my opinion, the most beautiful city in Mexico and a must-to-see. This bohemian city is known as the magic town due to its bohemian environment and colonial buildings. Perfect to spend 2 to 3 days resting and enjoying their special city life!
Here is the place if you are planning to see the most special and unique cenotes in Rivera Maya. Another reason why I love this place is that is not as full of a tourist than other touristic places in Mexico. Do not wait more and start planning your journey to the least crowded cenotes in Valladolid!
I assume you’ve probably heard already of the Mayas and Aztecs, 2 of the most known civilizations who lived on the Yukatan peninsula 3000 years ago. Their history and remain architecture and stories are incredible and learning about them is the best way to start understanding all their traditions and way of living. Probably the most well conserved architectonical areas are Teotihuacán and Chichén Itzá, really amazing!
Located Rivera Maya, is one of the most visited places in Mexico. There are two main parts that make this 2 to 3-hour visit incredible. First of all the ancient Maya city with its iconic castle in the middle is impressive. Moreover, the beach of the ruins is incredible! It may be crowded some times and especially in high season. Try to go very early in the morning or rather late in the afternoon to avoid crowds.