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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Estados Unidos Mexicanos ( United Mexican States)
Country Name in other languages: Dutch: Mexico, Finnish: Meksiko, French: Mexique, Italian: Messico, Hindi: Maxico.
Capital: Mexico City (Mexico Distrito Federal or D.F. in Spanish)
Population: 108,700,000 hab(2006 estimate)
Telephone Code: +52
Time Zone: GMT-06:00 (Most of Mexico is on Central Standard Time in Winter) GMT -7 (Sonora, Baja California Sur and several other states in the northwest are on Mountain Time), GMT/UTC -8 (Baja California Norte is on Pacific Standard Time)
Area: 1.964.382 sq km
Language(s): Spanish, and about 50 Prehispanic Languages such as Nahuatl, Mayan, Mixe-Zoque, etc..
Ethnic Groups: Approximately 60% mestizo or Latino (mixed Hispanic and Amerindian descent), 30% Amerindian (indígena - including Mayan, Aztec, Toltec, Huichol, Zapotec, Mixtec, Tarahumara, Zoque, Cora, Mayo, Otomi, Totonac, Tarascos or Purépecha), and 10% other
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 6% Protestant, 4% other
Highest Mountain: Pico de Orizaba "Citlaltepetl" (5743 m)
Electricity: 120V AC
Weights & Measures: International System (MKS- Meter Kilogram Second)
Currency: Mexican Peso MXN
Exchange Rate: US$1= mx$11.30 (26/04/2004)
Government: Federal Republic
President/Head of State: Felipe Calderón
Health Risks: Mallaria in the south; Eyes Infection and allergies (due to air pollution) in Mexico City, waterborne diseases if you drink tap water.
Major Industries:Tourism, Food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables.
Major Trading Partners:USA, Canada, Japan, Germany

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Mexico City: third largest metropoli in the world, colonial places, shopping malls, museums, Aztec ruins, and Salsa clubs.
Top 10: Zocalo(Cathedral, Aztec ruins, hotels); Chapultepec(Museums, etc.), Coyoacan(colonial, relaxed), Colonia Condesa(cafes, bar, restaurants); Zona Rosa and Reforma(wearing the BIG T); Xochimilco(boat riding); Ciudad Universitaria(University Campus); San Angel(Arts shops, specially every saturday); Tlalpan Town(students); Teotihuacan(pyramids 30min from the city); username
Acapulco: beaches, night life and the famous Quebrada divers.
Palladium, the night club. Guadalajara Tequila factories, trains and museums, Mariachi music plazas, Shopping centers, gardens, museums, cuisine. Oaxaca: Colonial architecture, local handicrafts, ancient ruins, and a famous cuisine. Cancun: Caribbean wonderful beaches, busy nightlife, huge resorts, Coral reefs and Mayan ruins. Puerto Vallarta palm covered mountains, beach sports, huge resorts, dolphins Puebla: beautiful churches, Ceramic Handcrafts, Spicy Cuisine. Baja California: Vizcaino Whale national park, desertic sunsets, touristic sports, markets. Chihuahua: Copper Canyon (4 times larger than USA's Grand Canyon) Patzcuaro: Day of the Death celebration on Nov 2th, Purepecha culture, lake canoes, colonial mansions. San Cristobal de las Casas: lively bars, Tzotzil textiles, Zapatista revolutionaries action figures, Mayan Medicine, horse riding. Real de Catorcesilver mining ghost town, movie locations, peyote Huichol celebrations. Santa Rosalia Industrial Archaeology, French culture, baguettes. Cuernavaca The city with the best weather of the country. Well-known as the capital of Spanish (and the most important city for Spanish learners, after Madrid). Full of friendly people and colonial places such as 'Corte's Palace'


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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

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Getting there and away From Mexico City Airport there is chance to use the subway, that depends on how heavy you are with your luggage
, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ... (phone info 57290707) CHEAP FLIGHTS ! CHEAP FLIGHTS ! CHEAP FLIGHTS !


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Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Money and Costs

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Visa and Documents and Embassies

Visas: Citizens of many countries - including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Chile and virtually all western European countries - do not require visas to enter Mexico as tourists. For more than 72 hours, a government tourist card is compulsory and valid for 180 days (a fee of 20 pesos is charged when you return the tourist card)

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

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Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Tepotzotlan

Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

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Population and People

Language(s): Spanish, and about 50 Prehispanic Languages such as Nahuatl, Mayan, Mixe-Zoque, etc..
Ethnic Groups: Approximately 60% mestizo or Latino (mixed Hispanic and Amerindian descent), 30% Amerindian (indígena - including Mayan, Aztec, Toltec, Huichol, Zapotec, Mixtec, Tarahumara, Zoque, Cora, Mayo, Otomi, Totonac, Tarascos or Purépecha), and 10% other

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

January 1 - New Year's Day
January 6 - The 3 Wise Kings Day
February 5 - Constitution Day
February 24 - Day of the Flag
March 21 - Anniversary of Benito Juárez's birth
March/April - Good Friday-Easter Sunday
April 30 - Children's day
May 1 - Labor Day
May 5 - "Cinco de Mayo" 1862 war victory celebration
May 10 - Mother's Day
May 15 - Teacher's Day
June, 3rth Sunday - Father's Day
September 16 - Independence Day
October 12 - Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day)
October 31 - Halloween
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 2 - Day of the Death
November 20 - Revolution Day
December 12 - Virgin of Guadalupe's Day
December 25 - Christmas
December 28 - Santos Inocentes (Fools Day)

Climate and When to Go


Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps



Government and Politics


GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


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Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 6% Protestant, 4% other

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List


Books and Further Reading

Mexico Travel Guide (L) 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico (L)

Other Information

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