Know Before You Go: Mexico

Created by Servantrip - September 29, 2017
Blog >> Know Before You Go: Mexico

Mexico may be famous for their sandy, Caribbean beaches, but the country has so much more to offer than a few days in the sun! In Mexico you can find everything from incredible cuisine to UNESCO World Heritage Sights. Plus, the locals are world-famous for being friendly and inviting! Before you book your flight and pack your bags, read our guide of need to know information and customs of Mexico. Buen viaje!!

Basic Information:

Language: Spanish

Currency: Mexican Pesos

  • If you bring small denominations of US Dollars ($1, $5, $10’s), they are commonly accepted throughout the country. They are especially great for tipping! If your purchase is more than 100 pesos, we recommend paying in pesos (especially so you don’t overpay!)
  • Tip 10% in restaurants and bars (those $1 US Dollars you take with you are great for this!)

Population: 122.3 Million

Biggest Cities:

  • Mexico City (21 Million)
  • Guadalajara (5 Million)
  • Monterrey (4.5 Million)
  • Puebla (2.9 Million)

Religion:

Since the country is almost three-quarters Roman Catholic, know that many Mexicans are quite religious. It is not uncommon to see locals cross themselves when they pass a church or to build altars on the roadside. Be respectful of religion unless you are sure of the views of our company.

Getting around:

Buses in Mexico - both in the cities and in between cities are safe, clean and usually on time! Mosts buses that will take you to different cities are air-conditioned, offer reclining seats and show movies.

Health Safety

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Don’t drink the water: While it is safe in some cities, you’d rather be safe than sorry! Buy bottled water, be wary of ice in restaurants and even use bottled water for brushing your teeth.

Socializing Tips:

  • Let your guard down. Mexicans are known for being friendly, funny and generous! So, don’t be shy and get to know some locals! The warmth and hospitality you’ll feel will be authentic and exciting!
  • Salud! It’s customary for only men to propose toasts in social settings. But Mexicans are friendly and will want to share a drink with their guests - so enjoy!
  • Family is the center of social structure in Mexico (this includes extended family). This drives the entire culture’s communal habits, which should make you feel even more welcome right from the beginning! Don’t be surprised to hear about and be introduced to several family members when you befriend a local.
  • Even if your Spanish isn’t perfect, Mexicans think it is a sign of respect when you try to communicate in their language. Brush up on your basics and give it a try!

Try the food! Mexican food is delicious and has tons of variety. But, beware, they like their spice! If you would like something to be less spicy, learn how to say “no picante, por favor”.

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