Mexico Travel Guide

Mexico Travel Guide

If you’re looking for things to do while planning your trip to Mexico, we’ve got you covered!

Mexico is the home of tacos, tequila, sombreros and Aztecs. Not only that, it also offers an amazing mix of Mesoamerican cultures, contemporary arts and Spanish traditions. There’s a lot more that to discover in this country beyond the typical stereotypes.

Mexico Travel Guide Contents

Important Info|Best Time to Visit|Things to Do|What to Eat|Typical Budget

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Important Information about Mexico

Mexico at a Glance:从cactus-strewn沙漠和迷人的海滩,to Baja California’s blue coastline and Maya villages, Mexico has a lot to offer! You’ll also find here, giant pyramids, colonial churches, and delicious food.

Currency in Mexico:Mexican Peso | 2018 Conversion Rate: 100 MXN = $5.34 USD

Tipping in Mexico:In restaurants, it is customary to tip at least 10 to 20% of the total bill. In hotels, tip your porter around 10 to 20 pesos per bag. Tipping the taxi driver is not really necessary.

Language & Helpful Phrases:Mexican

  • Hello =Hola

  • Thank you =Gracias

  • Beer =Cerveza

  • Delicious =Delicioso

  • Bathroom =Baño

  • How much? =¿Cuánto cuesta?

  • Too expensive= Muy caro

  • Don’t want =No quiero

Religion and Culture:As much as 82% of Mexicans consider themselves to be Catholic while others incorporate themselves to the pre-Hispanic Mayan elements. The rest are of Christian denominations, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists.

Mexicans value family ties. They love to host parties and make every visitor feel comfortable.

Transportation around Mexico:The most convenient option on traveling from one place to another is via air. For long distance transportation, buses are mostly preferred. Taxis are also very common in Mexico. However, most people will recommend you to take the metro lines.

Mexico Travel Guide: El Chiflon Waterfall

Best Time To Visit Mexico

For an in-depth guide on the regional seasons, weather patterns and other factors, check out our complete guide to thebest time to visit Mexico. We’ve also listed out some of the basics below to give you a general idea.

Climate in Mexico

The climate differs depending on the place’s topography. However, the climate in this country is either dry or rainy season.

  • Dry season:November to May

  • Rainy season:June to October

Peak season for touristsis around December to April when the rain is very minimal. It can get crowded during this time and prices are higher. Especially during American spring break time, mid-March to mid-April.

Times to avoid traveling in Mexico

Avoid traveling from June to October. This is when the rainfall is heaviest.

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Major Festivals in Mexico

  • Son Jarocho Music Festival,early February: A lot of people go to Tlacotalpan to celebrate Candelaria which features an image of the Virgin floating down the river.

  • Festival de Mexico,mid-March: This is a music and Mexican themed food festival.

  • Festival Internacional Cervantino,October: The Festival Internacional Cervantino is one of the arts extravaganzas in Latin America.

  • Day of the Dead,November 1-2: Instead of mourning, the Mexicans celebrate death during this time. Very popular in thecity of Oaxaca.

Mexico Travel Guide: Palenque Ruins

Top Things to Do in Mexico

Trek Sierra Norte Mountains

If you love hiking more than going to beaches, Mexico’sSierra Norte Mountainsis a must visit. It’s the best ways to experience the “Pueblos Manucommunandos”. Hire a local guide and have a fantastic time.

Cheer on Lucha Libre wrestlers

In Mexico, Lucha Libre is bigger than the American WWE version, it’s a cultural obsession. Grab a few beers and prepare to be entertained. Here’s anarticleto help you DIY if you don’t want to join a tour group.

Take a Mexican Cooking Class

Every foodie knows that Mexico is one of the best places to be. One of the must do’s when in this city is to take a cooking class. Each region has its own flavor and style. We opted to take acooking class in Oaxaca, since this place is known to have the best foods in Mexico.

Swim in a Cenote (or two!)

Throughout the Yucatán Peninsula there are thousands of natural freshwater sinkholes known ascenotes. We put together an entire article that breaks down the details of all thebest cenotes in Mexicoby area so you can decide which ones to visit and what to expect.

Explore ancient ruins

Mexico has a lot of ancient archeological ruins to amaze you. Each one varies in popularity and size. Some of the must visits are Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Palenque and Mitla.

Mexico Travel Guide: Tacos


There is so much more to traditional Mexican cuisine than just tacos and burritos. The number of delicious foods to eat in Mexico makes it hard to know where to start.

To help you decide, we have listed here some of our favorites:

  • Chilaquiles:This is a popular traditional breakfast food that has some fried corn tortillas and red or green salsa. Fried or scrambled eggs, cream and cheese are often added.

  • Tostadas:When translated, tostadas mean toasted. It has fried corn tortillas topped with frijoles, cheese, ceviche, seafood, cooked meat, and cheese.

  • Elote:This make look like a simple corn on cob but lime, butter, chilli powder, salt, cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise are added.

  • Tacos al pastor:This is one of the popular taco varieties that originated from the 1920s to 1930s. It is one of the must try dishes when in Mexico.

  • Guacamole:As one of the most popular dishes in Mexico, Guacamole boasts of a traditional sauce that originates from the time of the Aztecs.

  • Pozole:This is a pre-Hispanic soup that was once used in ritual sacrifices. Now, it has pork, chicken, and vegetarian versions.

Psst! We created an entire article about thefood in Mexico, broken down by region, to help you sort out exactly what it is you should be tasting on your travels!

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Typical Travel Budget for Mexico

Mexico is an affordable place to visit. However, Yucatan’s location and popularity makes it a bit more expensive than other parts of this country.

Good to know:US dollars are available for withdrawal from some ATMs and are widely accepted, especially in the Yucatan. However, it is better to have your money converted to Mexican Pesos or get them out of the ATM since the conversion rate is lower.

How Much to Budget in Mexico Per Day

Budget traveler:If you are on a tight budget and watch your spending closely, $30 – $40 could be a sufficient budget.

Mid-range traveler:If you want to have a few splurges and stay in nicer accommodation, plan to budget $40 – $80 per day.

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Dorm bed = $4-$17

Budget room = $30-$40

Mid-range = $100-$200

Luxury hotel = $200+

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Street food = $0.5-$2

Mid-range restaurant = $5-$8

Local beer = $1-$2

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Horseback riding in Chiapas = $10

National Art Museum = $3

Chapultepec Castle = $3.25

Frida Kahlo House = $10.80

Ecobici Bikes = $5.29

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Taxis = $1-$2

Subway or Metrobus = $0.25

Nice buses (6 hours) = $15-$30

Mexico Travel Guide: Blue Tile Wall Mexico City

Responsible Travel Tips in Mexico

We are passionate about sharing tips anyone can use totravel more responsibly. Here are some easy ways you can travel better in Mexico.

1. Don’t litter

Try carrying your very own shopping bag to avoid contributing plastic.

2. Reduce energy consumption

Turn off the lights when not in use. And that goes for the A/C too!

3. Always ask before taking photos

If you want to take a photo of the locals, always ask. If they say no, respect their wishes.

4. Support the local economy

Eat at local restaurants and buy from locally made souvenirs. Simply enjoy the place’s local culture!

Oaxaca Santa Domingo Church

What to Pack for Mexico

It is much easier to travel around when you have a lighter luggage. Always pack light. This will save you a lot of hassle.

Here are some Mexico-specific items we’d recommend packing:

Be sure to download ourcomplete packing list for Mexico!It’s packed with good suggestions andinsider tipsto help plan your Mexico vacation. And it’s completelyFREE, so why not!?

Mexico Articles

Mexico has quickly made it’s way near the top of our favorite countries to visit. There are so many things to do in Mexico. You can visit ancient ruins, hike through the mountains, dance the night away, stroll through colorful colonial cities, and try delicious Mexican food… OMG the FOOD! We know we will travel back to Mexico soon.

Renting a Car in Mexico: ULTIMATE Guide + Tips

In this guide, we go over all the details of renting a car in Mexico—from the cost of insurance to money-saving tips—so you know exactly what to expect and only need to worry about having the best, stress-free experience on the road....

Best Time to Visit Mexico: When to Go & When to Avoid!

由于其变化t mild overall climate, there is no absolute best time to visit Mexico — it’s always a good time to go! However, there are still some variables you’ll want to keep in mind depending on where you plan to visit and what you want to...

Cenote Azul, Playa del Carmen: ULTIMATE Guide + Tips

An open air swimming hole near Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Cenote Azul is a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. We put together this guide for what to expect when visiting Cenote Azul from our personal experience. ...

Bacalar, Mexico: ULTIMATE Guide + 20 Can’t-Miss Things to Do

With shockingly blue waters and lots of fun things to do, Bacalar Lagoon is well worth a spot on your Yucatan itinerary. In this guide to Bacalar, Mexico, we’re sharing all sorts of tips, where to eat, what tours to take & what you should absolutely NOT do. ...

Cancun to Holbox: How to Get There + Tips

If you’re visiting the Yucatan Peninsula and you enjoy getting off the beaten path, there’s an excellent chance Isla Holbox is on your radar. Reaching the blissful island takes some effort and planning, so we created this guide detailing how to travel from Cancun to Holbox. ...

Isla Holbox: 27 Fun Things to Do on Mexico’s Island Oasis

Isla Holbox may just be Mexico’s best kept secret. With pristine beaches, a laid back vibe and just enough fun things to do, the island of Holbox is hard not to love. Before you pack your swimsuit, we’re sharing some essential things to know about Isla Holbox as well as...

Sian Ka’an Bio Reserve: How to Visit Without a Tour

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is teeming with wildlife, and makes for an unforgettable day trip adventure. The diverse jungle ecosystem reserve offers one of the most unique experiences in the region. Here's everything you need to know on how to visit Sian Ka'an without a tour....

ADO Bus Service: The BEST Way to Get Around Mexico

The ADO bus service is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways for getting around Mexico. In this detailed guide, we give you the exact steps for riding with ADO Mexico including how to book and what to expect....

Cancun to Playa del Carmen: How to Get There + Tips

Getting from Cancun to Playa del Carmen requires road travel and involves some planning and logistics. There are several options to get there, so we’ve put together this guide with our suggestions....

20 Best Places to Visit in Mexico (from popular to underrated!)

There’s no shortage of hidden gems and new places to discover in this diverse Latin American country. Whether it’s culture, nature or beaches you’re looking for, we’ve rounded up our favorite underrated and off the beaten path destinations in this list of best places to visit in Mexico. ...

35 Incredible Things to Do in Mexico (that aren’t beaches!)

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17 Delicious Foods in Mexico You Must-Try

There is so much more to traditional Mexican cuisine than just tacos and burritos. In this article, we’re taking you through the basics of Mexican cuisine; staple ingredients, must-try dishes and of course where to find the best food in Mexico....

25 Exciting Things to Do in Mexico City

This city completely exceeded our expectations and for good reason; there are actually tons of really exciting things to do in Mexico City! We’ve rounded up the top adventures, sights to see and culinary experiences so you can plan your time in CDMX according to what you want to do...

Perfect 3-Day Mexico City Itinerary

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Cenotes in Mexico: 20 Hidden Gems & Must-Visit Spots

In this article we’re giving you the details for all the best cenotes in Mexico, organized by area so you can decide which ones to visit and what to expect. Because this natural phenomenon is so common here, you won’t want to miss the chance to explore one (or more!)...

7 Adventurous Things to Do in Chiapas, Mexico

With endless outdoor adventures and a rich cultural heritage, Chiapas is a place in Mexico that we consider a hidden gem among tourists. After visiting this unique corner of Mexico, we put together a list of the best things to do in Chiapas. In this article, you’ll find all sorts...

13 Fun Things to Do in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

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21 Fun Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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17 Best Airbnbs in Mexico for Every Type of Traveler

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15 Fun Things to Do in Mérida, Mexico

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Experiencing a Temazcal Ceremony in Mexico

We did little to no research before signing up for our first Temazcal ceremony, so what happened next was a big surprise. This ancient practice is essentially Mexico’s version of a “sweat lodge” with a few extra body cleansing rituals and interesting massages....

How to Go to El Chiflon Waterfalls Without a Tour

The El Chiflon waterfalls are stunning and well worth the day trip from San Cristobal. However, after talking to others who did the tour, they wish they had more time at the waterfalls. We decided to visit El Chiflon on our own without a tour, and it was so easy....

Hiking in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte Indigenous Villages

If you’re looking for an off the beaten path experience in Mexico, we’ve got just the adventure for you! Strap on some hiking shoes and head to Oaxaca’s little-known Sierra Norte region for a trek through nature and 8 unique communities that you won’t soon forget! We’ve put together a...

14 Things to Do in Oaxaca That You Can’t Miss

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Traditional Mexican Food Tour in Mexico City

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Lucha Libre in Mexico City Without a Tour

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