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In this page: Accommodation | Eating Out | Getting Around | Time and Time Difference | Climate | Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems | Paying | Speaking | Emergency Numbers | Communications

 

Accommodation

Hotel reservation websites
Visit Mexico

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Eating Out

Rules For Eating Out
A tip of 15% is recommeneded unless the service was dreadful.
 
Food Specialties
Recognised all over the world for its cultural wealth and its flavour blending, Mexican cuisine draws upon indigenous and European culinary traditions. The large size of the country and the rich diversity of regional culinary styles ensures a great range of food options. Two staples include chili peppers and corn, which are utilised in a variety of ways throughout the country. Corn products such as tortillas, tamales, sopes and chiles can be found at nearly every meal.

Some typical dishes are:
- Tacos: tortillas with a filling of choice, typically served with cilantro, onions, lime wedges and a variety of salsas. Taco fillings vary considerably by region and range from pork to beef tongue.
- Mole poblano: known as the national dish of Mexico, mole poblano is a sauce containing 20 or so ingredients (including chiles and chocolate).
- Tamales: corn flour filled with chicken or vegetables, cooked inside plantain or corn leaves.

Drinks
Aguas frescas are popular non-alcoholic drinks that consist of fruit, cereals, flowers or seeds and water and sugar. These drinks are staples of street vendors, with some examples including horchata, melon and tamarind. Typical Mexican alcoholic beverages include tequila, mezcal and pulque, all of which are based on agave. Meals are usually accompanied with beer.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
Table Manners
In Mexico relationships are based on respect and gratitude not only to table companions but also to restaurant personnel. If you are invited to a home, thank your host and compliment the hostess on the meal.

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Getting Around

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Urban transport services
Passenger transportation agencies directory
Find an Itinerary
Turista.com.mx
 

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Mexico City Intl (MEX) 12 km / 7 miles USD 17-25 / 45 min USD 0.20 / 40 min - Available
Guadalajara (GDL) 17 km / 12 miles USD 12-18 USD 10 / 35 min - Available
 

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
Ferromex
 

Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aeromexico Major Yes Yes
Volaris Low Cost Yes No
Aeromar Major Yes No
Aviacsa Low Cost Yes Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 
 
 

Travelling By Yourself

Car rental agencies
Avis
Real-time traffic conditions
Traffic alert - El Universal

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Time and Time Difference

Current Local Time
It is %T:%M %A In Mexico City
It is %T:%M %A In Culiacán
It is %T:%M %A In Tijuana
Summer Time
Summer season is from April to October.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

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Climate

 
Type of Climate
Mexico is a very large state and thus presents a wide diversity in climate. In the north, the weather is extreme and dry (-20ºC in winter, 45ºC in summer). In the central zone, the temperature is fair, it can range from 10ºC up to 25ºC during the day. In the southern area, weather is humid and tropical with strong precipitations and temperature that can range from 16ºC and 45ºC. The best time to visit the country is from April to June.
Hotel reservation websites
National Meteorological Service
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

 

Climate

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Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems

System of Measurement Used
Metric decimal system
Unit of Measurement of Temperature
Centigrade degrees
 

Use our service Measurement converter.

 
Electricity
 
  • Voltage
127 volts
  • Frequency
60 Hz
Type of Electric Socket
A & B
Type of Telephone Socket
US RJ-11
DVD Zoning
Zone 4

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Mexican Peso
ISO Code
MXN
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency is the Mexican peso which is issued in 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 peso bills. You can obtain Mexican pesos at exchange desks in international airports or through your bank.
Possible Means of Payment
Though the national currency is the Mexican peso, U.S. dollars and euros are often accepted as a means of payment in shops in tourist areas. Credit cards are frequently used (Visa, MasterCard) throughout the country.
 

To Find a Cash Machine Where You Need, Use the ATM locator

 

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Speaking

Official Language
Spanish
Other Languages Spoken
Many Mexicans also speak English. Indigenous languages are also spoken throughout the country by hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Business Language
Spanish and English

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Emergency Numbers

Emergencies (Police, Fire Department, Ambulances, Civil Protection) 066
Fire Department 068
Mexican Red Cross 065
Tourist Assistance 3002-6300

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Communications

Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Mexico, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Mexico, Dial +52
Mobile Telephone Standards
GSM, TDMA, CDMA, 3G, Trunking Services (Nextel)
National Mobile Phone Operators
Telcel, Telefonica Movistar, Iusacell, Unefon and Nextel
 

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
.mx
National Internet Access Providers
Telcel, Telmex, Terra, Iusacell and Cablevision.

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