Your first stop!!
In Mexico, we are strongly committed to offering all our
visitors all our help in making your visit to our country
a pleasant experience. For this reason, enclosed is some
advice that may prove to be helpful.
We do not mean to
impose our criteria on how to dress when you go on
vacation. However, keeping in mind the following may help
you enjoy your stay even more.
you visit a church, try not to wear shorts. For
women, avoid plunging necklines.
are places where you have to do a lot of walking,
due to long distances, because there are several
places to visit in one spot or because the
terrain is hard to walk on. Therefore, try to
wear tennis shoes or any other comfortable shoes.
is important that you check the weather report
before you leave home. It may be necessary for
you to bring along heavy clothing during the
winter or if the weather is cold. Or, light
clothing if the weather is hot. For hot weather,
do not forget to bring a hat to protect your face
from the sun.
you suffer from any ailment or illness, do not
forget to bring your medication.
change in your eating habits can cause problems
in your digestive system, particularly when you
travel to a foreign country. To avoid
uncomfortable situation, you should bring along a
stomach remedy you can trust.
have to protect yourself from the sunshine.
Choose a good-quality sunscreen, appropriate for
your skin type.
should always get a travel guide. Choose one that
contains all the information you need to make
your visit more comfortable. If you cannot find
one in your hometown, request one at any of the
tourist information centers at your destination.
most important items that you should keep in your
baggage are your video or photo camera and film.
is imperative that you keep all your personal
documents, as well as your money, in a safe
of the country uses Mexico's Central Time most of
the year. The only exceptions are the States of
Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa,
Sonora, Chihuahua and Nayarit, which Pacific
the entire Mexican territory, we use daylight
savings time (from April to October) as well as
standard time (November to March).
hours for most Mexican banks are Monday through
Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Some branches
open on weekends. However, you can find automatic
teller machines (ATM) in most streets in Mexico.
currency is the Mexican Peso, available in coins
and bills in several denominations. The most
common bills are $20, 50, 100, and 500. Coins are
50 cents, $1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos.
foreign currencies can be exchanged for Mexican
pesos at any money exchange places, which
generally offer more flexible business hours and
offer the least favorable exchange rate, while
the best rate is available at money exchange
places. Traveler checks can be cashed at a
slightly lower rate than currency.
Dollars are widely accepted in most Mexican
tourist centers, we advice you to use Mexican
Pesos during your visit.
most common credit cards in Mexico are Visa,
MasterCard, and American Express. When you
register in a hotel, they will request a credit
card and you will have to sign a voucher. This is
standard procedure, do not worry.
are two basic types of taxes in Mexico: Airport
Tax (DUA) and IVA (sales tax).
is a US $11.65 charge (exchange rate varies) and
it must be paid in Mexico.
is the sales tax paid when you buy most products.
It is usually included in the price.
Mexico you should give a 15% tip in restaurants
or bars. It is also common to tip bellboys and
is an extra charge for service for each
long-distance call that you make from your hotel
suggest that you call "collect" or from
a payphone, using an international phone card.
avoid any charges, ask the hotel operator about
any applicable charges and/or rates before
local calls, we suggest that you purchase a
"Ladatel" local calling card, which can
be used all over Mexico and can be purchased in
you plan your trip, we recommend that you book
your hotel in advance from your own hometown.
States have started charging an additional tax on
in Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja
California Sur, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua,
Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Nuevo
Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa,
and Mexico City.
in Coahuila and Durango.
you go on vacation, your eating habits can go up
and down. To choose the perfect place for eating,
use the same criteria you would when choosing a
place to eat in your hometown. Remember that more
expensive does not always mean the best.
wise when buying food from street vendors. Most
of them offer good food at low prices. However,
you should be cautious.
not drink tap water or from public drinking
fountains. Always bring along purified bottled
usually take a longer time in Mexico, since we
like to enjoy long, relaxed meals. The check is
brought to you only after you request it.
Mexico, bus transportation is widely available to
most every town in the country. Bus rates are
very low and the service is good, with frequent
are very frequently used in Mexico. However, we
recommend that you ask the taxi driver about the
charge before boarding it. Rates are usually
inexpensive, particularly in non-beach areas.
State authorities regulate taxi rates.
big cities, you should board only authorized
taxis, that is, those that are outside hotels or
at "sitios", which you can request by
|- Car Rentals
can also rent a car from any authorized agency.
You can do it if you are over 21 years old, have
a current driver license and a credit card.
rental rates are usually expensive and car
availability may be limited. Weekly or monthly
rates are less expensive. You should make car
rental reservations well in advance.
cars are usually covered by insurance in case of
accident or theft. However, you must pay the
you need to gas up, look for a Pemex sign. There
are two types of unleaded gasoline: Magna and
Premium. In Mexico, you should tip the person who
helps you at the gas station. A $5 pesos tip
would be fine.
Mexico's roads and highways, there is a free
tourist road service offered by specialized
trucks, called "Angeles Verdes" (green
angels). These trucks can handle any type of
emergency and can be reached from any road in
Mexico by calling 01-800-903-9200.
every State there is also collective public
transportation that can take you from one place
to another within the town.
order to plan your trip, you can get information
from the travel agency at your hotel. Plan your
tours keeping in mind all the places you may want
to visit. Or, if you prefer, you will find many
travel alternatives in this Web site.
check your car condition and have it serviced
before departing. It is a good idea to bring
along a lantern, first aid kit, fire
extinguisher, jack and all the necessary car
you see a forest fire, report it immediately to
the nearest Fire Department. Keep in mind that
you could stop the fire from spreading and
provoking an ecological catastrophe.
you smoke, always use an ashtray; don't throw lit
cigarettes or matches on the road. Do not throw
away glass objects because the glass with the
sunlight can cause accidents.
big cities and main tourist centers of the
country, you will find luxury shops and boutiques
inside modern shopping centers.
highly recommend that you visit the traditional
Mexican markets, where you can purchase all kinds
of products. These markets are a perfect example
of everyday life in Mexico. There is at least one
in every town.
markets, as well as with beach and street
vendors, it is common practice to argue regarding
the price of the item, commonly known as
"regateo" (bargaining). However, this
is not common practice in shops and department
you have any problem with the Mexican Law, you
should act wisely, according to the situation.
may vary from State to State. However, you can
only be kept in custody for a total of 72 hours
before being charged.
Laws give foreigners the right to file a
complaint before a Mexican Judge just as any
Mexican citizen can.
you paid for something and it turned out to be
defective, or the service you received was poor,
you can call the "Procuraduria Federal del
Consumidor" -Profeco- (Federal Consumer
Affairs) by calling 5588-3881. For foreign legal
assistance, call 5761-4371.
fact, tourists may be victims of criminal acts
just as much as anyone else. Therefore, we highly
recommend that you be cautious and use common
sense: use safe deposit boxes in your hotel,
board only regulated taxis, lock your hotel room,
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