Mexico is a paradise for sunbathers, shopaholics and people fascinated by history. The country has something to offer for everyone and has a good mix of cultural, historical and religious attractions. The nightlife is excellent and most clubs and bars are open until late in the morning with people dancing all night. If you don’t know how to dance Latin American style you will definitely learn during your visit. The Mexican cuisine is known all over the world, so take the chance to taste a real fajita or enchiladas and of course, the local tequila.
The climate is hot all the year round but keep in mind that the wet season probably isn’t the best time for a visit. Heavy rainfalls are likely to occur during four months, from 06/until 09/, with an increasing amount of rain in 07/and August. The temperature along the coastline is often higher and more humid while it’s the opposite in the inlands.
Hurricane season is from 06/until November, with an increasing risk in August. In general the climate is warmer in the south and cooler in the north, so pack clothes with the destination and season in mind.
Sightseeing and Touring Suggestions
Mexico is a great country for travellers due to its many interesting cities and holiday destinations. Below are a few key places we recommend to visit:
- Mexico City: The lively capital attracts tourists from all over the world and it’s a hub for travellers. Visit Plaza de la Constitucion, the worlds second largest square, go for a stroll in Centro Historico and enjoy the nightlife in the area of Zona Rosa. The shopping is excellent and relatively inexpensive, especially at the many markets around the city.
- Acapulco: Also called “America’s Paradise”. ”The Pacific Pearl”, is one of Mexico’s most famous holiday destinations. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife and partying from sunset to sunrise. Don’t forget to watch the high altitude divers when they jump from the cliffs into the ocean.
- Cancun: The most popular destination for tourists along the Mayan Riviera. Cancun offers both relaxing days at beautiful white beaches with swaying palms and a range of activities such as golf, snorkelling, scuba diving and shopping. Don’t expect to have a relaxing holiday in March when American teenagers occupy the town during spring break.
- Cenotes: The word means sacred or a supply for water. In this case it’s a name for several caves. The caves are popular destinations for tourists admiring the beautiful creations of limestone. There are still thousands of unexplored caves all over the country but the most famous ones are near Valladolid and are definitely worth a visit.
- Chichén Itzá and Teotihuacán: Mexico is known for its archaeological sites. The most visited near Cancun derives from the Mayan civilization and are located in Yucatan Peninsula. Chichén Itzá was recently selected as one of the Worlds’ Seven Wonders and has status of a World Heritage site. We suggest you go visit Teotihuacán, ”The city of Gods”. These magnificant and remarkable pyramids and ruins will simple take you breath away.
Culture and Religion
Christianity is the main religion, and approximately 80% of the population is Catholic. The Mexicans are known to be open-minded and welcome tourists as long as you´re respectful to their traditions and culture. The importance of the family can’t be missed, as Mexicans love big family dinners with good food and dancing.
It doesn’t matter if your Spanish is poor, Mexicans appreciate when you try to speak their language. During Siesta (nap), between 2 pm and 5 pm, everything will be closed so don’t expect to do any shopping during this time.
Embassy and Emergency Info
The Australian Embassy is situated in Mexico City.
Ruben Dario 55, Col. Polanco, Mexico City 11580.
Telephone: (+52 55) 1101 2200 – Fax: 1101 2201
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
Emergency number 066 for police, 065 for medical, 068 for fire
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any emergency
The electricity supply in Mexico is 127 V and 60 Hz. You have to bring an adapter since they use another plug than Australia.
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