COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD : MEXICO

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Travel Information Mexico


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General Information

  • FLAG 🇲🇽
  • CAPITAL Mexico City (Distrito Federal) 
  • GOVERNMENT federal presidential constitutional republic 
  • CURRENCY Mexican peso (MXN) 
  • POPULATION 118,395,054(2013 estimate) 
  • TOTAL AREA 1,964,375km² (water: 20 430km² land: 1,943,945km²)
  • LANGUAGES Spanish is the most commonly spoken language various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages
  • DECIMAL SYSTEM Mexico uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
  • TIME ZONE Time zone is from UTC-08:00 to UTC-06:00 with daylight saving time
  • LOCATION Located in Northern America

Most popular cities in Mexico

  • Mexico City – capital of the Republic, one of the three largest cities in the world, and a sophisticated urban hub with a 700-year history. In this city, you will find everything from parks, Aztec ruins, colonial architecture, museums, to nightlife and shopping
  • Acapulco – a sophisticated urban beach setting known for its top-notch nightlife, elegant dining, and nightmarish traffic
  • Cancun – one of the worlds most popular and famous beaches, known for its clear Caribbean waters, its lively party atmosphere, and its wealth of recreational facilities
  • Guadalajara – traditional city, capital of Jalisco state, and the home of mariachi music and tequila and blessed with perpetual spring weather and a graceful and sophisticated colonial downtown
  • Mazatlan – lively Pacific beach resort, transport hub and popular Spring Break destination with the oldest Carnival in Mexico and one of the largest in the world
  • Monterrey – large modern city that’s the commercial and industrial hub of Northern Mexico and enjoying a dry, mountainous setting
  • San Luis Potosi – central Mexico, colonial city that was once an important silver produce
  • Taxco – nice steep mountain town now has a strong place in the trade of decorative silver, from cheap fittings to the most elegant jewellery and elaborate castings
  • Tijuana – Mexico’s busiest border crossing for pedestrians and private vehicles, and a long-time bargain Mecca for southern Californians due to its proximity with San Diego
  • Puebla
  • Ciudad Juarez

Sockets & Plugs

Mexico uses 127V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.

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Money

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Currency

Mexico uses the Mexican peso (symbol: $), code MXN.

Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 peso. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pesos and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centavo.

ATM’S

Common

Automatic teller machines (local name: cajero automático or caja permanente) are common. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

Expected to tip

Tipping is expected in Mexico since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge.

Communication

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Internet

Internet speed in Mexico is on average 5.9 Mbps.

WiFi coverage in Mexico is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.

Mobile phone

You can buy a SIM card for about 331.15 MXN, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Iusacell, Nextel, Movistar or Telcel.

Mobile phones

Mexico uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1900.

Roaming

If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Mexico upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Dial code

+52

To call Mexico, dial +, then 52 (the country code for Mexico), then the area code (without the initial 01) and the local number.

Crime

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Moderate crime rate

The country has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.

Pickpocketing/theft

It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.

Transport

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Road rules

Drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 30-70 km/h (18-43 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on undivided highways.

Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.

Rent a car

In order to rent a car:

  • you must be over 25
  • must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
  • almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)

Alcohol, drugs & prostitution

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Alcohol

Legal

Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.

Prostitution

Legal

Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.

Drugs

Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized

Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.

Other

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Emergency numbers

  • Police 066
  • Ambulance 066
  • Fire department 066
  • Police 080
  • Ambulance 065
  • Fire 068
  • Information about emergencies 060

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter this country

No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid fever

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

  • Rabies

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SOURCE & MORE INFORMATION: thebasetrip.com

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