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Mexico travel advice

Practical Information

We specialize in tailor-made, cultural and natural Mexico rather than the all-inclusive package holidays that parts of the country are well-known for.

Indeed, avoiding mass tourism is a key part of our ethos in Mexico. Where possible we use smaller, more authentic accommodations, and aim to get you to the main sites before the crowds arrive.

Guides and getting around in Mexico

Our guides’ knowledge is unsurpassed and our specialists have researched the best routes to travel around the country. We suggest a chauffeur-guide rather than self-drive as Mexican roads can be hazardous and because of its sheer size we often suggest internal flights where appropriate.

Ideas and suggestions by our specialists

We recommend you do not try to cover the whole country in one visit but rather focus on a few areas, taking the time to absorb the culture and atmosphere.


The visitor infrastructure in parts of the country is well-developed with good service, first class road networks and high accommodations standards but in other areas the opposite is true.


Mexico's official language is Spanish. English is spoken in much of the tourist industry but having a few choice phrases of Spanish will always be useful especially in more rural areas. In some of the highland areas and on the Yucatán Peninsula you will also hear the indigenous languages spoken.

Food and drink

Mexico is world renowned for its cuisine so make the most of it while you are over there! You will find that the food varies greatly from region to region; the food from Puebla 'comida poblana' is particularly recommended and in particular its 'mole' or chocolate and chili sauce. Most meals are served with tortillas, frijoles (fried beans) and a range of salsas. Try some of Mexico's national beers, tequilas and of course its coffee which is tasty but often served weak.

Social etiquette

Many of the indigenous population, especially in the high land areas do not like having their photos taken so please be sensitive to this.


Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. It is common to be expected to tip the service you receive whilst eating in a restaurant also. A tip of around 10% is acceptable for good service.


The currency in Mexico is the peso. The sign $' in Mexico generally refers to the peso so prices quoted in US dollars should be written US$5 to avoid confusion. Credit cards are accepted in most places but having a supply of local currency in more rural areas is a good idea. US dollars are the easiest currency to change once in Mexico.

Travel Advice

Our certified country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the State Department website.

When to go to Mexico

You'll find temperature and rainfall information, together with a month-by-month guide on visiting, on our guide for when to go to Mexico.

More Information

  • Flight Time
    4 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Cancun)

  • Time Zone
    UTC -6