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Mexico

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From Indiana Jones style ruins of the Yucatan, to turquoise Caribbean waters, and from some of the most Instagrammable art in the world in Mexico City, to exotic wildlife at every turn, Mexico offers travellers far more than just the food it's (rightfully) famous for. Heading here soon? Expect blissful chill-out time and more culture than a the hungriest of vultures could take! Basically, massive Mexico has something for everyone, from the chilled out beach bums, to the non-stop adventurers, which is precicely why we love it! 

Mexico: Fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Mexico is Spanish.

Mexican currency

Currency

Name: Mexican peso

Code: MXN

Symbol: $

$100 MXN is apporoximately £4.40

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Time Zone

Baja California uses Pacific Timezone (UTC -08:00). Baja California Sur and Chihuahua use Mountain Timezone (UTC - 07:00).

The majority of Mexico, including Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Cristobal and most of the Yucatan use Central Timezone (UTC-06:00). 



Cancun, Tulum and Isla Mujeres use Eastern Timezone (UTC -05:00). 

Highlights of Mexico

the Yucatan

Chichen Itza &

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Tulum, Cancun &

the Riviera Maya

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Mexico City

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San Cristobal de las Casas

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Mexico travel costs

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Beers

The typical cost of a Mexican  beer from a local shop or store can be as little as $25 MXN a bottle (£1). Expect to pay up to double in resorts such as Tulum or Cancun.

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Meals

Mexican street food is some of the best in the world, and a taco or plate of cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork in a crispy corn tortilla) can cost under £2. For a two or three course meal in sit down restaurant in Cancun or Tulum, expect to pay between £7-10 per person.

Taxi Ride

Looking to catch a taxi? A normal taxi tariff starts at around $6 MXN (approx 20p), with an extra $20 MXN (80p) for every mile. 

Public Transport

A four hour journey on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach will set you back between $180 MXN (£7.80) and $300 MXN (£13) depending on the time of day. Public busses around towns and cities are crowded but cost pennies.

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Hostels

Looking for a cheap stay? Hostels in Mexico are cosy and fun. Costing as little as £2.50 per night, they're perfect for budget travellers. Expect to pay more (usually around £5 per night) for dorm accommodation in Cancun, Tulum and across the Yucatan.

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Hotels

You can stay in a range of accommodation options in Mexico, from budget to high end - a midrange hotel room for two people with en-suite facilities and breakfast will cost you around £30-40. 

Getting to Mexico

Direct flights between the UK and Mexico City make this a great option for access to the area. If you are solely focussing on Yucatán and eastern coast of Mexico (Cancun, Tulum and Chichen Itza), there are direct options to Cancún. Once in the area, hop-on-hop-off passes are a great choice if you want to travel through the rest of Central America.
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Mexico Adventure Tours!

Tulum
Mayan Sun - Playa del Carmen to Antigua | 16 days
Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatan sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day Central American adventure. Speckled with Mayan ruins, this part of the world has plenty of intrigue packed in (not to mention some pretty epic backdrops for photos), plus a good few beaches to boot. 
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Mexico: Cities, Cuisines & Ruins | 15 days
From modern yet magical Mexico City to the ruins at Chichen Itza, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. Perfect for money-strapped travellers who don't want to cut back on the wow-factor. You'll dip into the deep blue sinkholes, trawl markets and savour the spicy flavours of this tantalising region. 
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Mexico Grande tour
Mexico Grande | 10 days
This high-energy tour is exclusively for 18-35's and includes some awesome activities and hotels. Starting in Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast, go tequila tasting in Tequila, explore historic Guadalajara before embracing the craziness of Mexico City. You'll finally head to the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun, where you can soak up the sun and party at Coco Bongos. 
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Mexico travel: your questions answered

What's the best way of getting around Mexico?

Although Mexico is a mammoth country, the roads are in good condition, so long-distance overland travel is relable... and cheap. ADO operate a regular (air-conditioned!) coach service between all major towns and cities and you can book online easily. A four hour journey on one will set you back between $180 MXN (£7.80) and $300 MXN (£13) depending on the time of day.

For longer distances, we recommend you book a domestic flight, which you can often find for under £100. The best way to experience everything Mexico has to offer is on one of our overland tours or small group adventures. See the full list here.

When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Mexico is a giant, and the climate can vary between regions. The best time to go, whether you plan on travelling or just relaxing on the beaches of the Riviera Maya, is between late-November and March, when the weather isn't too hot and there's little chance of rain. May sees heat build in the run up to the hurricane season, which falls from June to October. 

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

No. British nationals can enter the country to travel for a period of up to six months. Think of all of the tacos you could eat in that time!

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