Think about contracting travel insurance, planning
a budget, consulting the weather forecast and getting maps.
It is recommended that you obtain a travel-insurance
policy. It will cover you in case of cancellation of the trip, lost
or robbed luggage, medical fees and eventually an emergency flight
home. Check the detail of your policy with your insurance company.
You could have some surprises ! Check also with your car or home
insurance about an eventual travel extension of the policy. Some
air companies and travel agencies provide insurance packages when
you buy your tickets. Same possibility with your credit card.
Double-check all your coverage :
The medical fees for minor problems are cheap in Mexico
but it could be really expensive for a serious problem, especially
if you need a medical evacuation. You need to remember that your
usual coverage might not cover you abroad.
We advise you to write down all the insurance information and keep
it a part from your other documents.
Some helpful sites :
(The travel Insurance Comparison Site)
is a cheap country in spite of inflation. There is a multiple choice
of places to stay : choice of comfort as well as financial choice.
There is something for everyone : You need to add some fees to the
prices : 2% IVA (Valor Agregado) taxes and 15-16% hotel
taxes (10% in Cancun)
and also 15% over every restaurant, shop and excursion bills. You
could ask if this tax is included or not (Es incluido el impuesto?).
Go log onto the web site www.xe.com
to find the exchange rate. Think about 200 to 700 mxn $ for a room
for 2. Prices are 30-50% higher during vacations and holidays. Book
In autobus, the average price to ride 100 km is 80 mxn$ in second
class (segunda), 120 mxn$ en first class (primera)
and 140 mxn$ en deluxe class (deluxe). The second-class autobuses
stop whenever you ask and are slower but useful if you want to visit
some remote villages or sites. The first class autobuses are very
efficient, fast and comfortable. Because of the computerization
more than 2 billion annual trips are done throughout the country.
There are so many departures that you could go the bus station (terminal)
just before the departure time except during the holidays when it
is better to make a reservation ahead.
Car rentals : It is quite expensive
: about 900 to 1100 mxn $/day with insurance. Check the policy. It
is highly recommended to take the full coverage insurance in order
not to have trouble. Any way, many rental car companies will make
you take the full coverage. Unleaded gas price: about 9 mxn $/liter
About the restaurants, you could count on a meal
between 90 mxn $ (standard restaurant) and 350 mxn $ (upgrade restaurant)
with extra 10-15% for tip. In some areas and depending on the time
of the year, the prices could rise.
You’ll find free cities and regional maps
in tourist centers, or you can buy them in specific bookstores and
newspaper stands in Mexico. The INEGI (Instituto
nacional de estadística geográfica e informática)
is located :
Centro de Consulta y Comercialización Aeropuerto - Local
C11 - Col. Peñón de los Baños, CP 15621
(55) 5786-0212 - 7days/7days - 8AM-8PM
Biblioteca Gilberto Loyo - Balderas # 71 - Centro CP 06040 -
(55) 5130-7900 Ext 7502 y 7503 ext. 7502 - 7503
Fax: 7504 - Monday to Friday - 9AM-4PM -
The INEGI gets an information center in each state; log on to
to know more.
For the owners of the AAA card, you could obtain free maps at the
“Association Mexicana Automobilista de Mexico" office
located on Avenue Chaputelpec
(Metro Insurgentes), Avenida Orizaba #7, in Mexico
(55) 52 42 02 22, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are six other offices in the country (Cuernavaca,
Tampico, Tijuana and Veracruz). The AMA or AAA card gives you discounts
for some activities (visit of parks, etc...), www.ama.com.mx.
For free telephone information outside Mexico
01 800 911 0262 for sales and
01 800 010 7100 for assistance, and
for Mexico City 5242 0222 for sales
for Mexico City 5242 0262, Monday-Friday
from 9AM to 8PM.
In your country, you could find maps in bookstores specialized
You could purchase maps in the following web sites :
is possible to travel to Mexico at any time of
the year. There is always a place where it is nice. The average
temperature is 18°C above 2000 mètres (Mexico),
24°C under this altitude, 25-30°C on the Coasts, in the
Northern part, cold winter (10°C) and hot summer (30°C).
If you were looking for beaches and sun, you wouldn’t go to
the Sierra Tarahumara
and Baja California between December and February.
Rains are unevenly distributed. There is a lot of rain along Mexican
Golf, with an average of more than 1000mm/year. Between 300 and
600 mm in the Northern States and between 600 and 1000 mm in the
most populated areas from the Southern High Southern Plateau (Guadalajara
and Mexico City ). Don’t forget that
the hurricane time is from August to October in Mexican Golf and
Yucatán. Mexican Golf and
Yucatán are more exposed
than the Pacific Coast.
In general there are two seasons : the rainy season from June to
October (often it is only late afternoon showers that last about
half an hour and make the sky and nature more beautiful) and the
dry season from November to May.
Bring light and comfortable clothes for tropical climates along
with a sweater because of the eventual chilly evenings in high elevation
(more than 50% of the land is over 1500 m). Comfortable walking
shoes are necessary for hiking, visiting archeological sites and
walking the cobblestone streets.
log on to the Geography chapter
for more details
Consult the site :
Meteo of Holbox and Cozumel Islands :
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