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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visas for foreigners
Diplomatic Representations
List of Mexican Embassies
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Traffic circulation in Mexico City is very heavy as well as in the other major cities, especially in the downtown areas.  There is a lot of road work as well.  The use of seat belts is mandatory.
It is recommended to use public transportation, but the conditions of city buses are not too good and these are driven recklessly.
The subway, called Metro, circulates all over the city and it is very inexpensive.
Taxis are available in all major avenues, however, it is better to use authorized taxis (a directory can be found in:  taxis ) which will guarantee a safe ride and rapid access at a fair price.  Currently, there is also a suburban train which connects the main cities in the state of Mexico with the capital (D.F.), and in only 15 minutes travels 20 km.
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Mexico City Intl (MEX) 12 km / 7 miles USD 17-25 / 45 min USD 0.20 / 40 min - Available
Guadalajara (GDL) 17 km / 12 miles USD 12-18 USD 10 / 35 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The bus is the most popular type of transportation to travel around the Mexican territory.  Prices are inexpensive and the conditions are, in general, good.

There are 57 international airports in the country which allow traveling in a short time.  Fifteen companies manage the airlines market.  They offer several itineraries and frequent  flight connections in between the capital and the major cities.  In the last few years, airlines companies called  "low cost" have integrated the market, increasing the use of airplane transportation in the country.  The fares can be high if the reservations are not booked in advance.

Rail Companies

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aeromexico Major Yes Yes
Volaris Low Cost Yes No
Aeromar Major Yes No
Aviacsa Low Cost Yes Yes (Las Vegas)

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Roads are asphalted, well kept and functional in most parts of the country.  The toll highways guarantee safety.
International insurances are not valid, therefore it is necessary to obtain auto insurance in Mexico.
In Mexico City, an alternating traffic system has been established in order to fight environmental pollution (it is based on the vehicle plate's number).  Vehicles with a foreign plate cannot circulate on Fridays.
Road Maps
Guide to Roji-Mexico, Guadalajara and Monterrey
Travel by Mexico - Road maps
Road map - Ministry of Tourism
Find an Itinerary

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Different Forms of Tourism

In Mexico City and its surroundings: The Templo Mayor, the historic city center district,& The Museum of Anthropology and History, the pyramids of Teotihuacán, Taxco, Morelia, Tula. In the center of the country: Guanajuato, Guadalajara,San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro In the south of Mexico: Palenque and Chichen Itzá, la Riviera Maya.
The Metropolitan Cathedral, Coyoacán, Xochimilco, Craftsmanship in Morelia, Gastronomy in Puebla, Ruta del Tequila en Jalisco, Festival of the Guelaguetza, Oaxaca, Contemporary architecture in Tijuana.
La Peña de Bernal, Querétaro;; El Chico National Park, Hidalgo; , Michoacán; Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl Volcanoes, The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Michoacán; Ecotourism, Yucatán, Kayak, Veracruz.
The Metropolitan Cathedral, The Basilica of Oulr Lady of Guadalupe, The Sanctuary of Christ the King, Cerro del Cubilete.
Baja California, HidalgoChihuahua.
Mexico has many beaches on the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans' coasts. For further information, visit the website of the Mexican Ministry of Tourism.
Winter Sports
No tourist activities have been developed for this type of sport.
Outdoor Activities
Diving, camping, canoeing, fishing, surfing... Mexico offers an endless list of activities. Consult the website VISIT MEXICO
In the Mexican state capitals, there are shopping centers, markets and stores where one can obtain  folkloric and odd articles.
Tourism Organizations
Ministry of Tourism

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers aged six months or older if they are arriving from an infected area.
There is a high risk related to the  geographical altitude and air pollution in the Mexico City area.
It is advised not to drink tap water.  Avoid consuming ice creams and sherbets, as well as ice cubes.
In order to prevent gastrointestinal diseases, very common in tourists, it is advised to avoid consuming high risk foods, reheated meals, seafood and fish, undercooked meats and raw vegetables, as well as fruits with their peel.
International Hospitals
Centro Médico ABC    Hospital Angeles   Clínica Londres  Médica Sur



For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Enjoy Mexico
Center for control and prevention of diseases
Health and prevention information from the WHO
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Information about Mexico - US Department of State

Emergency Numbers

Emergencies: police, fire department, ambulances, civil protection 066
Fire Department 068
Mexican Red Cross 065
Tourist Assistance 3002-6300

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Mexico City (GMT-6 in winter, GMT-5 in summer)
It is %T:%M %A In Culiacán (GMT-7 in winter, GMT-6 in summer)
It is %T:%M %A In Tijuana (GMT-8 in winter, GMT-7 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer season is  from April to October.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Considering that the Mexican territory is very vast, it presents a wide diversity in its climate.
In the north, the weather is extreme and dry ( -20ºC in winter, 45ºC in summer)
In the central zone, the temperature is fair, it can range from 10ºC up to 25ºC during the day.
In the southern area, the weather is humid and tropical with strong precipitations.  The temperature can range in between 16ºC and 45ºC.
The best time to visit the country is from April to June.
For Further Information
National Meteorological Service

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Recognized all over the world for its cultural wealth and its flavor blending,  Mexican cuisine varies as much as the ingredients that compose it.
Some typical dishes are:
-Guacamole: mashed avocados with tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers.
-Mole poblano: chicken and rice covered with a sauce prepared with a variety of  peppers and chocolate.
-Tamales: Corn flour with chicken or vegetables, cooked inside plantain or corn leaves.
Typical Mexican alcoholic drinks are tequila, mescal and pulque.
Mexicans usually accompany their  meals with a beer or a "flavored water", based on fruit juice concentrates.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.

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Domestic Currency
Mexican Peso
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency is the Mexican peso; it is issued in bills of 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 pesos. You can obtain Mexican pesos at the exchange desks at the international airports.
Possible Means of Payment
Dollars and euros are accepted as a means of payment in shops in tourist areas. Credit cards are frequently used (Visa, MasterCard).

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Many Mexicans also speak English. In some rural areas, native dialects are spoken.
Business Language
Spanish and English
Getting Some Knowledge
Use the Spanicity service.
Free Translation Tools
Systran : Free English-Spanish-English translation of texts and web pages

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation

Mexican Hotels
Mexican Hotels
Hoteles Resorts en México
Time Sharing
Visit Mexico
To Find an Apartment
Apartment Sharing
Mexico Real Estate for Sale & Rentals

To Find a Job
Mexican Job Offers
Infojobs Mexico (in Spanish)
Monster Mexico

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