Beaches, tequila, Tacos! Mexico, a country between the U.S. and Central America offers so much more beyond its hot and spicy surface. Visiting here will allow for a full itinerary visiting many points of interests, ancient sites, stunning beaches and a diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Tourism is a key contributor to Mexico’s economy with visitors arriving from various countries to taste Mexico’s cultural diversity and natural environment at rather low prices.
The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States) with its’ border between the United States awarding the second largest border in the world. Let the daydreaming of images of white sand beaches, clear, blue water, and continuous sunny weather become a reality and visit the place where the Chihuahua, the world’s smallest dog get its name after one of the 31 Mexican states. Tourism is a major contributor to Mexico’s economy. Tourists from various countries including the U.S. flock to the country to taste Mexico’s cultural diversity and natural environment at relatively low prices.
Important dates in Mexico
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 6 Day of the Holy Kings
Feb 5 Constitution Day
Mar 20 Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial
Mar 21 Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial
Apr 9 Palm Sunday
Apr 13 Maundy Thursday
Apr 14 Good Friday
May 1 Labor Day / May Day
Sep 16 Independence Day
Nov 20 Revolution Day Memorial
Dec 12 Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Dec 25 Christmas Day
- The official name of for Mexico is the United Mexican States.
- Mexico is the 11th most populated country in the world with around 117 million people (as of July 2012).
- Mexico is the 14th largest country by land area.
- There are 31 states in Mexico as well as the capital city (Mexico City).
Good to know
Travel to Mexico requires a passport. Entry is allowed for 180 days, but beyond a work visa must be obtained. Visit here for further information.
Always do your research before visiting Mexico. Like a lot of countries, it is very important to exercise caution and common sense. Stick to bottled H2O – and plenty of it. You need to stay hydrated in this hot climate. Bottled water is cheap and everywhere, so stock up and swig frequently. Vacationers in holiday mode often throw good judgement out the window and over-indulge in food and drinks here. Stomach bugs and upset bellies are common when visiting, so try to keep the portion sizes regulated.
In restaurants and bars, tip 10%.
The most important tip for all travel etiquette is – a little mindfulness goes a long way. Take time to learn the most important Spanish words, you’ll use them every day and the locals will appreciate it.
Culture and Etiquette in Mexico
Remember you are coming to their home, so always treat it as if it were your own. Pack any trash you bring, be mindful to not create a disturbance, spread kindness wherever you can.
Mexico has a relaxed approach when it comes to dress. Feel free to wear what you like! Ladies, remember that to avoid unwanted attention, modesty is always a good idea, but you should feel comfortable in shorts and dresses and when at the beach or swimming, in bikinis.
When meeting for the first time, women usually pat eachother on the forearms or shoulders, while men shake hands. Kisses on the cheeks are also suitable.