When you are planning a trip to Mexico, the first thing that you should do is to make sure that it is safe and enjoyable. If you are visiting the country for the first time, then it is important that you know certain tips, tricks and rules so that your vacay gets comfier. With the right knowledge about the country, you will be able to plan your Mexico itinerary without missing out on the best of cities, culture and nature. In this article, we have put together 10 important things to know before visiting Mexico.
It is a huge country
Your itinerary for Mexico should be planned while keeping in mind that it is a vast country. You shouldn’t underestimate the time it will take to travel long distances to see various attractions of the country. It would be difficult and time-consuming to cover all of the tourist destinations in one trip, so you may choose to prioritize a couple of locations, rather than trying to have it all and ending up with none.
Cenote hopping is a must
You may not have known about cenotes before, but once you visit one of the cave-like sinkholes, you’ll be obsessed. You can find many of these diverse natural swimming holes on your ride across the Yucatan peninsula. An interesting thing about cenotes is that they is believed by the Mayas to be the sacred portals to the underworld.
Always pay in Pesos
You will be able to pay in USD at some of the tourist hotspots in Mexico, but it is always a much better deal to pay in Pesos. You should choose to get your Pesos out of the ATM rather than any exchange bureaus. Keep enough Pesos in your wallet throughout your travel across the country.
Don’t miss out Mexican cuisine
For most travelers, food would be on the top of the list while visiting Mexico. You will get to experience the authentic Mexican taste of some foods that you may have already tried at home, but let’s not underestimate real Mexican flavors.. You will never get sick of having simple and delicious Mexican cuisine.
Food can be spicier than you think
While trying out the large range of sauces offered with tacos, you should be aware that some of them can be really spicy. In Mexico, spicy food is not something that just gets your eyes watery, but can even make you regret it the next morning. Expect almost everything you eat to have a heat that is nothing short of delicious, but also leaves your system shocked.
Visit Oaxaca for some amazing tequilas
If you already have a taste for tequila, then you must visit Oaxaca, which is home to Mezcal, a drink similar to tequila but with a signature smoky flavor. Mezcal can be your best choice for margaritas with a deep, smoky flavor. The town of Oaxaca is a UNESCO World Heritage site with scenic views, so wandering around seems like a great chance.
Tipping is expected
It would be because of the country’s proximity to the United States that you will always be expected to tip at restaurants, cafes, bars, tour operators and taxis. While looking for the price on a menu, always keep in mind that you will be expected to tip at least 10% of the charges.
Domestic flights are fantastic value
Being a vast country spanning a long distance from one side to the other, you can choose flights over bus rides that can be both time-consuming and tiresome. You will find quite affordable domestic flights even a day or two in advance. You will also find the flight services to be of good value with pleasant staff and on-time performance.
Don’t expect a pleasant weather
Due to its vast geographical expanse, you should be ready for constant weather changes as you move from one place to another. The time between December and April is the best for visiting Mexico, but you should also bring your jacket because it can get cold during the night and early morning as it nears winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Don’t carry your drone
Perhaps you want to get some crazy-good shots on your trip to Mexico. But you should not pack your drone for your trip, as the authority can seize it on your arrival or departure at the airport. Only drones registered by Mexican citizens are allowed to fly in the country. It is also strictly prohibited to fly drones on archaeological sites like Chichen Itza or Uxmal.
So now you know the 10 important things to keep in mind while visiting Mexico the first time Do you think that there are some other Mexico travel tips that we missed? Please let us know in the comments below!
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