Mexico Travel Guide

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Mexico (officially Estados Unidos Mexicanos or United Mexican States) forms the southwestern part of North America.  It is a land of beauty and surprises, from the world-famous, beautiful beach resorts to historical cities from the times of the Spanish colonies.  There is plenty to see and do, with the many archeological sites of ancient civilizations including the Maya, Olmec and Aztec as well as beautiful desert national parks, mountains, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and sophisticated modern cities.


Mexico borders the United States to the north (Arizona, California and Texas), Guatemala and Belize to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea to the east. The approx. 800-mile long Baja Peninsula lies along the Pacific Ocean to the west, with the Gulf of California on the eastern side. The central area of Mexico is comprised of mostly high plateau, with the Sierra Madre mountains to the west and east, open land to the north, and Sierra Madre del Sur range to the south.


Spanish is the dominant language in Mexico, along with other indigenous and regional dialects and languages. However, English is widely spoken, especially along the border areas. The majority of the population is Amerindian-Spanish (Mestizo).  Roman Catholic is the dominant religion.


Mexico has become a major tourist destination, especially for its almost 6,000 miles (10,000 km) of beaches and popular coastal resorts such as Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Cabo S. Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.  Mexico also has many dormant and active volcanoes, with Volcan Orizaba being the third highest mountain in N. America.  The Yucatan Peninsula is an area of tropical jungle, bordering with Central American countries.  There are more than one hundred rivers, but the largest, the Rio Grande, runs from Colorado all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Yucatan peninsula is known for its Mayan culture and roots and lovely weather.  Some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world is to be found in Cozumel and Cancun on the Riviera Maya, as well as fantastic weather.

The Baja Peninsula is a popular destination, especially among Americans on the west coast where access by air takes just a short flight.  Be warned that the popular beach resorts in Mexico are highly popular with partying U.S. college students during Spring Break (varies between February-April).

Those seeking an active holiday will find that Mexico has plenty to offer, with all types of water sports, great scuba diving, sailing, excellent golf courses, and lots of mountains for hiking.


Visitors to Mexico are advised to check the latest travel advisories before travelling to Mexico.  At the time of writing (March 2009) the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) have issued a caution to visitors, especially those with plans to cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico.  Drug-related crime is becoming an increasing problem, especially in the border areas.  There were thousands of drug-related deaths in Mexico during 2008, and although tourists are not a particular target, they should avoid displaying wealth and stay in the busy tourist resorts and areas.  The problems with drug-related crime are believed to be compounded by the existence of bribery and corruption affecting government officials.  Visitors should use common sense and take precautions such as leaving their travel itinerary with family or friends and check that their mobile phone roaming function will operate in Mexico.



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