Spanish. English is common in tourist areas, but less so further afield.
Mexican Peso (MXN). Cash is preferred, but credit cards are accepted in tourist areas at large stores.
Capital: Mexico City
Largest City: Mexico City
Population: 128.6 million
Best Known For:
Tacos, tequila, Mayan temples, endless beaches, mariachi bands.
Varied, with distinct dry and wet seasons. Drier in the north and wetter in the south, but overall generally warm.
Tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, guacamole, pico de gallo, mole sauce.
More About Mexico
If there’s one thing that you absolutely must do while in Mexico, it is eat! Mexico has one of the world’s most fantastic food and drink cultures. Foods such as tacos, tortillas, tostadas, enchiladas, empanadas, mole, guacamole, and so much more call Mexico home. The best part about the food culture in Mexico is that it is extremely affordable and available everywhere, a traveler’s dream. And we didn’t forget about the drinks: tequila, margaritas, cervezas, mezcal, and horchata are all popular and abundant.
If you thought Mexico was only about food, you’d be forgiven, but there is so much more to explore. Mexico has a wonderfully warm climate, perfect for beach escapes on the west coast to Baja California and the Pacific Coast towns, or to the east coast and the Yucatan Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico.
Outside of Mexico’s beach towns and cities lies lush jungles and rugged mountains in the central areas of the country. Ancient Mayan temples are dotted amongst the landscape, and well worth a visit, as are the numerous cenotes. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed through erosion in the limestone bedrock. If you can visit Mexico during the Day of the Dead festival in November, you will experience one of the most fantastic celebrations in the world.
Mexico, and Mexicans, are incredibly warm and welcoming and you will no doubt want to go back to Mexico again and again.
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