How to travel Mexico 2024

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How to travel Mexico 2024

Travel Mexico and enjoy its extensive coastline of more than 10,000 kilometers includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. In addition to its pleasant and warm climate, Mexico offers unique cuisine, art, archaeology, pyramids, music, history, museums, haciendas, superb architecture, and modern cities. Mexico also offers a variety of weather, ranging from snowy mountains in the Sierras to rainy jungles in the Southeast and deserts in the Northwest.

History: What’s happening in Mexico?

Travel Mexico Teotihuacan Pyramid complex
Mexico Teotihuacan-Pyramid complex

Welcome to Mexico, a country with a rich and colorful history that stretches back thousands of years. Situated in North America, Mexico’s story begins with the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, who left behind remarkable archaeological wonders such as Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. In 1519, Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés arrived, leading to the Spanish colonization of Mexico for nearly 300 years.

This period left an indelible mark on the country, blending indigenous traditions with European influences. In 1810, Mexico embarked on a long and tumultuous journey to gain independence, which was finally achieved in 1821. Since then, Mexico has evolved into a diverse and vibrant nation, known for its unique culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality. Join us on a journey through Mexico’s captivating history as we explore its incredible landscapes, ancient ruins, and modern cities. ¡Vamos!

🛂 Visa to travel Mexico

If you are from any of these countries, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico

Argentina, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda (UK), Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao (The Netherlands), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guadalupe (France), Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary Iceland, Irlanda, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lichenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands,  Micronesia, Monaco, The Netherland Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, The United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands (USA), Uruguay.

Mexico US borders Tijuana
US borders in Tijuana

Regardless of if you need a visa or not, you will be obligated to pay exit tax when you leave Mexico.

✈️ How to get to Mexico

How to travel to Mexico by air

Cancun and Mexico City airports have the most convenient deals to fly into the country and most low cost airlines are flying there.

How to travel to Mexico by land

Mexico has open borders with the following countries:

Belize – The ADO bus is the top choice for travelers going from Belize City to Cancun.

Guatemala – The most convenient way is to use local minibuses from Flores to Palenque.

Cenotes in Mexico
Freshwater cenotes in Mexico are a popular spot for swimming and a refreshing escape from the heat.

Safety in Mexico

Mexico doesn’t have best global safety rating. Despite this fact, I entered the country in Tijuana and slowly traveled across the country towards Cancun without any major problems. Sometimes I also hitchhiked and it went well, even though I didn’t speak any Spanish.
From my experiences, Mexican people are very hospitable and warm hearted people. I only experienced one pickpocket incident on the metro in Mexico City, but it’s a situation that can happen anywhere in the world.

Generally, if you move along the Mexico city, usual rule is to not walk after midnight and trust your gut – if you feel that something is off, it probably is, so go away with a low profile would be the best solution.

There are discticts, which not even policemen visit very often. Locals know about them, so unless you are in touch with a helpful local, better is to trust your own instincts.

Couchsurfing works great in Mexico. If you want to meet new people, it’s an easy way to do it.

A way of transport on the outskirts of Mexico City
A way of transport on the outskirts of Mexico City

🎒 Independent travel in Mexico

Independent travel in Mexico is encouraged, as locals are very familiar with tourists, especially on the well-known tourist sites. Many people speak English in these places, and if you know some Spanish, you can navigate yourself and blend in easily.

⛅ Best time to visit Mexico

Travel to Mexiko in Spring (March to May):

Spring is an excellent time for backpacking in Mexico. The weather is generally pleasant, with mild temperatures and lower humidity in many regions. This season is perfect for exploring cities like Mexico City, Oaxaca, or Guanajuato, where you can immerse yourself in culture, history, and cuisine. Additionally, it’s a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring archaeological sites without the scorching heat of summer.

Summer trip to Mexico (June to August):

Summer in Mexico can be quite hot and humid, especially in coastal areas and the Yucatan Peninsula. However, if you don’t mind the heat, this is the perfect time to visit beach destinations like Cancún, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. You can also take advantage of lower travel costs during the off-peak season. Just be prepared for occasional rain showers, especially in the afternoons.

Sunny beach in Mexico
Sunny beach in Mexico

Travel Mexiko in the Fall (September to November):

Fall is a unique time to visit Mexico. The weather is still warm, but crowds thin out as the summer vacation season ends. You can explore popular tourist spots with fewer people, making it easier to connect with locals and enjoy a more authentic experience. Be aware that the latter part of this season may bring the risk of hurricanes in coastal areas.

How to travel to Mexico in the winter (December to February):

Winter is another popular time to visit Mexico, especially if you’re looking to escape colder climates. Mexico’s diverse geography offers various options for winter travelers. Coastal regions like the Riviera Maya and Baja California enjoy pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for beach activities. If you prefer a more cultural experience, explore the colonial cities or head to higher-altitude destinations like Mexico City, where you can enjoy cooler weather.

My Top 3 experiences in Mexico

1. Explore Mexico city

travel Mexico indigenous people performing in the city center of Mexico City
Mexico indigenous people performing in the city center of Mexico City

2. Hike & enjoy the Mexican nature

Mexico Popocatepetl Volcano Hike
Mexico Popocatepetl Volcano hike

3. Explore ancient places

Mexico Teotihuacan Pyramid of sun
Teotihuacan complex close to Mexico city. This is Pyramid of Sun

💵 Prices, budget and costs in Mexico

Mexico use Mexican Peso (MXN).

$1 is approximately 17 MXN

Where to exchange money

In Mexico City, I changed money at the airport. It’s usually not the best place to change money, but it’s the most advisable and you’ll get the best rate.

ATMs in Mexico

You can use ATMs throughout the country. The exchange rate and commission depends on your bank, but it’s usually 0 on the Mexican side.

How much does it cost to travel around Mexico?

Mexico used to be a cheap country, and compared to the US, it is still cheap. However, after covid in 2021, the prices of accommodation and other travelers needs rises astronomically. Here is a current overview of what to expect:

How much does it cost to eat and drink in Mexico?

  • Breakfast in small local restaurant – 150 MXN
  • Local meal at a restaurant – 250-350 MXN
  • Dining in a mid-range restaurant – 600 MXN

What is the cost of transportation in Mexico?

  • Taxi within cities – 20 MXN per km for short taxi rides
  • Local bus within the city – 10.00 MXN per ride
  • Car rent – 927 MXN per day

What is the cost of accommodation in Mexico?

  • Hostel prices can range from 250MXN per night.
  • 1 star hotel starts from 500 MXN per night
Mexico Monte Alban Oaxaca
Mexico Monte Alban Oaxaca

🚌 Getting around in Mexiko: transportation

Embarking on a bus trip across Mexico is an exciting journey through a diversity of scenery and cultures. From busy cities to pleasant rural towns, the easily accessible bus system provides a practical and authentic approach to experiencing this lively country.

Travel around Mexico by bus

I traveled around Mexico using a combination of hitchhiking and buses. Mexico has a vast bus network with many companies available, making it effortless to travel anywhere. Most of the time though, I had to go to the station and purchase the ticket in person because the online options were broken or unreliable.

Hitchhiking in Mexico

Hitchhiking in Mexico can be an adventurous way to explore the country’s diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. With its warm and welcoming people, you’ll often find friendly drivers willing to offer you a ride.

My experiences we’re always positive, despite I don’t speak Spanish. Still, if you decide for such a way of travel, use common hitchhikers safety practices, like don’t hitchhike at night, avoid remote areas and use your intuition when choosing a place to wait or car to sit on.

ℹ Information about the country, the Mexicans and their culture

Mexican people are known for their warm and welcoming hospitality, making it a fantastic destination for travelers. Mexico has a diverse and captivating culture, blending indigenous customs with Spanish influences. Travelers can fully submerge themselves in a variety of lively festivals, delectable gastronomy, and breathtaking archaeological sites, such as Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. However, it is crucial for travelers to prioritize safety when traveling in Mexico. Be careful in unfamiliar places, don’t show expensive things, and learn about local customs and safety advice. By respecting the culture and being watchful, travelers can have a memorable and safe experience exploring the beauty and warmth of Mexico.

Mexico small town city centre
Mexico small town city centre

🍲 Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine is a tantalizing journey for the taste buds that takes you through a vibrant tapestry of flavors and traditions. From the sizzling street tacos of Mexico City to the rich mole sauces of Oaxaca, every region offers a unique culinary experience. The combination of fresh ingredients like cilantro, lime, and chilies creates a symphony of taste that dances on your palate. Don’t miss out on the mouthwatering tamales, enchiladas, and of course, the world-famous guacamole. Whether you’re indulging in the fiery heat of a salsa verde or savoring the sweetness of churros, Mexican cuisine is a delightful adventure that’s sure to leave you craving for more. ¡Buen provecho!

💻 Internet in Mexico

For digital nomads seeking a blend of work and wanderlust, Mexico has become an enticing destination. With an increasingly robust internet infrastructure, many cities and coastal towns now offer reliable high-speed connections. Whether you’re perched in a beachside cafe in Tulum, exploring the colonial charm of San Miguel de Allende, or bustling through the thriving tech hubs of Mexico City, you’ll find Wi-Fi readily available. The country’s diverse landscapes, affordable cost of living, and vibrant culture make it an ideal base for remote work

Mexico Dzibilchaltun Merida Yucatan
Mexico Dzibilchaltun Merida Yucatan

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