Mexico is a North American country bordered on the north by the US, and the Pacific Ocean on the south and west. It is the fifth largest country in America with an estimated land area of 2,000,000 square kilometers. At a population count of 113 million, there are only ten other countries in the world with more population than Mexico. Travel to Mexico is popular especially with famous tourist destinations like Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Acapulco.
The major source of economy in Mexico is oil. In fact, the country is tenth in the world when it comes to oil production. It is also the largest producer of silver in the world. It also gained recognition as the first Latin country to become a member of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. Mexico follows the federal form of governance.
Among the top tourist attractions in Mexico include the pre-Hispanic city of Veracruz, Riviera Maya, Chichen Itza, Cabo San Lucas, and Acapulco, among others.
Currency: The official currency of Mexico is Mexican Peso.
Official Language: There are several language used in Mexico. However, Spanish is the language spoken by the large majority in the country. A huge percentage of Mexicans are mono-lingual Spanish speakers.
WiFi Availability: There is a wide availability of wireless internet connection in Mexico although it varies on where you are getting your internet connection from. Understandably, the quality of WiFi connection on touristy areas is very high. Most hotels also have free wifi although the quality is not very reliable.
Airports: The Mexico City International Airport (also known as Benito Juarez International Airport) is the main and busiest airport serving flights that travel to Mexico City. Other major airports include Cancun International Airport and Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport.
Visa Required: Mexico employs visa exemption on 65 countries. If you are a foreign tourist who do not belong or come from any of these countries, then you need to acquire a visa before you can travel to Mexico. Those who travel to Mexico for leisure or business purposes, you have a maximum of 180 days’ stay in Mexico.
Driving: When in Mexico, you will be driving on the right hand side of the road.
International Driver’s License Accepted? Most American and European driver’s licenses are honored in Mexico. However, you might need to obtain an international driving permit and have it translated to Spanish.
Crime: There are no existing travel advisories in Mexico. However, foreign citizens traveling to Mexico are warned about the risk of traveling to certain places in the country for threats to safety and security due to the increasing crime rate in Mexico, mostly organized by crime groups.
Electrical Adapters: Mexico has the same electrical outlets as in US and Canada. Hence, if you are a tourist from North America, there is no need to bring an electrical adapter. For those traveling from somewhere else, it might be best to bring an electrical adapter.
Trivia: The US-Mexican border is the second largest and longest border in the world, next only to the US-Canada border.
Online Mexico Resources
- Places you need to see in Mexico
- Cancun Travel Website
- Health Information for Visitors to Mexico
- Mexico for Kids
Traveling To and From Mexico
Top airlines with flights that travel to Mexico include the following: