6 Travel Tips for Mexico

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

travel tips for mexicoAre you or any friends of yours planning a trip to Mexico in the near future? There’s a whole host of things that will be good to know in order to get the best vacation you can.

If you’ve never been to Mexico, you might be wondering what activities you should do, or how much it will cost, or if it’s even a safe place to go. Here are a good array of travel tips that you should keep in mind when you are planning an amazing vacation with you and your family to Mexico…


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  1. Prepare your budget in pesos

Flag of Mexico waving in the wind

Flag of Mexico waving in the wind

It’s always a good idea, no matter what country you are traveling to, to make your vacation budget in the currency of the particular nation you are going to. In this case, you’ll want to make that budget in pesos (also known as MXN).

As of the time this article was being written, the conversion rate from U.S. dollars to pesos is about 1 USD being equal to 16 MXN. When you are making your budget, you’ll want to take into account very basic things like room and board. In Mexico, you can expect to spend roughly 900 pesos per night on a fairly nice 2-bedroom hotel room.

As for food, Mexico is a very cheap country when it comes to eating out. Expect to spend anywhere from 240 to 400 pesos a day per person for meals. Also, give yourself a little cushion in the budget for spontaneous adventures.

For more information about the peso, check out this incredibly helpful article here.

  1. Check out the interior

Most tourists heading to Mexico are going for the coastal cities and the beaches. While Mexico’s beaches are luscious and beautiful, and perhaps among the greatest in the world, you would be missing out if you never once went inland to the interior of Mexico.

Most major cities in Mexico, such as Mexico City, are in the interior of the country, and they typically have a higher standard of living for their citizens.

This makes those particular cities exceptionally vibrant and friendly. Also, traveling around inland in Mexico will generally make for a cheaper vacation, as prices tend to be higher on the coasts. Also, most of the wonderful culture that Mexico has to offer won’t be found on a beach, but on the inside of the country.

  1. Visit a Mayan or Aztec site

Castillo fortress at sunrise in the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, Mexico

Castillo fortress at sunrise in the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, Mexico

One of the most cultural attractions that can be found in Mexico is in the form of ancient Mayan or Aztec sites. There are many temples, pyramids, and even entire cities that can be found around the country that are remnants of these ancient empires.

Each one is full of incredibly interesting history, as these cultures were both advanced in terms of art and architecture, but also incredibly militaristic and violent, which leads to many fascinating stories. Each one of these structures is stunning when you are seeing them in real life.

It almost feels like you are on another world! A warning though: Before you do go to one of these sites, be sure to do some research about the rules while you are there, as you may be in violation of one that you didn’t even know about. For example: tripods on all archaeological sites in Mexico require a permit.

  1. Mexico isn’t really dangerous

There seems to be a general perception in some places, mostly the United States, that Mexico is rife with crime, making it an incredibly dangerous place to go. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Mexico is just like any other country in the world.

And just like other countries, there are certain places in cities that it isn’t safe to go. But the truth is that most of the country is incredibly friendly and welcoming. It’s true that there are some powerful cartels in Mexico, but the chances that you will see anything that has to do with them are probably the same as the airplane you are flying in crashing on its way into the country.

Just like anywhere else, get to know the locals and find out if there are any parts of the city that you shouldn’t go. Other than that, you will absolutely be fine.

  1. Check the facts on drinking

For many people, a vacation will come the general consumption that alcohol will be consumed. It is important, though, to do some research on the laws and culture of alcohol in the country that you are visiting.


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In Mexico, the legal drinking age is 18, although it isn’t very strict. Most of Mexico also allows the sale of alcohol 24 hours a day, although some places limit the hours that alcohol can be sold out of stores and restaurants. While some people may think otherwise, it is still illegal to drink on the street while in Mexico.

Usually police officers won’t care if you are just enjoying a cold beer outdoors, but being drunk in the streets is definitely illegal. Also, keep in mind that most of Mexico is at a higher altitude, which means that alcohol will effect you more.

  1. Mexico’s 911 is actually 066

Memorize that.


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