Mexico is a dazzling land with an extensive cultural heritage that spans many centuries - an urban miracle where native markets thrive amidst a backdrop of colonial churches and sophisticated buildings.
Mexico is one of the most popular tourist countries on the planet and beckons with a truly astounding range of travel options, from the cultural and historic to the adventurous and scenic. The intrepid traveller is well advised to try a little of each. Soak in sun and sand, dance through a Mexican fiesta, drool over turkey mole. Or simply float through Gothic churches and marvel at the splendours of Indian architecture that has survived the ravages of centuries. Whether rambling through ancient Mayan ruins or musing through Spanish churches, you are infused with the charm of this land, its native Indian culture and its glorious colonial heritage. Much of the tourist industry revolves around the beach resorts as well as the altiplano in the central part of the country. Visiting the northern interior allows visitors to get off the beaten path a bit.
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MEXICO QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
- Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
- Area: 1,964,375 km²
- Population: 126,2 million (2018)
- Language: Spanish is the most commonly spoken language various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages
- Religion: Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%
- Electricity: 127V, 60Hz (US type A plug)
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MEXICO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 January, New Year’s Day
- 1st Monday in February, Anniversary of the Constitution
- 3rd Monday in March, Benito Juárez Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 16 September, Independence Day
- 3rd Monday in November, Anniversary of the Revolution
The week before Lent is Carnival. Also, Semana Santa (Holy Week) from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
MEXICO WEATHER SYNOPSIS
The climate in Mexico varies, largely by altitude, with some areas experiencing desert-like conditions and others experiencing a more tropical climate. The northern part of the country experiences cooler temperatures and peak rainfall during the winter months. The southeast of the country experiences a tropical rainy climate that ranges from no dry season to a short dry season. El Nino events typically bring cool, wet conditions to northern Mexico (in winter), and La Nina bring warmer, drier conditions during this same period.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN MEXICO
If you're looking for snow, you can visit Bosques de Monterreal, Mexico’s only year round ski centre, although the longest run is only 230m, with a pitch of 20 degrees
HIKING & CYCLING IN MEXICO
The best time for outdoor activities in Mexico is from October to May when the weather is dry and temperatures moderate.
BEACH OPTIONS IN MEXICO
The most pleasant time to visit the beaches of Mexico is from October to May. The months of June to September are hurricane season and can be very hot and humid.
SURFING IN MEXICO
Mexico is a year round surfing destination, with the best time to go surfing from June to September.
KITESURF IN MEXICO
The best season to go kitesurfing in Mexico is from November to May. Some places, like Punta Abreojos and Punta San Carlos, have wind all year round.
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HEALTH RISKS IN MEXICO
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
LGBTQ IN MEXICO
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Mexico have expanded in recent years, in keeping with worldwide legal trends. On 18 December 2019, the ruling party, introduced a constitutional amendment that would legalise same-sex marriage in Mexico at the federal level, upgrade civil unions to marriage, and require all states to adjust their laws correspondingly within three months of passage.
Tolerance of sexual diversity in certain indigenous cultures is becoming widespread and attitudes are slowly changing. This is most marked in the largest metropolitan areas, such as Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana. Change is slower in the hinterlands, however, and even in large cities discomfort with change often leads to backlashes. Even though visible and well-attended LGBT marches and pride parades have occurred in Mexico City since 1979 and in Guadalajara since 1996, there is still not an overwhelming majority of public acceptance towards sexual diversity. That being said, Mexico City Gay Pride is one of the largest, wildest, most fun Gay Pride events in Latin America.