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Mexico Travel Guide

From ruins of the Yucatan to turquoise Caribbean waters Mexico offers travellers far more than just the food it's (rightfully) famous for. With some of the most Instagrammable art in the world in Mexico City and exotic wildlife at every turn, there's something for everyone.

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

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

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


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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 can cost under £2, but expect to pay between £7-10pp for a 2-3 course meal in Tulum or Cancun.

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, perfect for budget travellers. Costing as little as £2.50 per night. Expect to pay more (usually around £5 per night) for a dorm in Cancun, Tulum and 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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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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Yucatán Experience | 11 days

Touch down in Cancun to explore the Caribbean sea, from snorkelling to island boat trips. Get a dose of culture an ancient sites like Chichen Itza, cool off in cenotes and take on tequila tasting sessions. It's the complete Yucatán fiesta!

Mexico FAQs

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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