A trip to Mexico is to discover an intense cultural life, millenary traditions, white sandy beaches like those of Puerto Vallarta or Tulum, tropical forests with emerald rivers, mountain ranges, active volcanoes and incredible cities like Cancún and Mexico... This incredible diversity of climates and landscapes provides refuge for many animal species, such as the toucan, the jaguar or the quetzal. Mexico is also a country with a very rich history, the result of a mixture of very different civilizations, starting with Spanish and pre-Columbian civilizations. From this singular past, Mexico has inherited several major archaeological sites such as Teotihuacan or Chichen Itza, magnificent colonial cities and small villages each more exotic than the next. Finally, to discover the best of Mexican natural and cultural treasures, a tourist guide on Mexico will be very useful because it is a huge country that requires a minimum of orientation.

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When to go to Mexico?

The year can be considered to be divided into three periods in Mexico. The best time to travel to Mexico, ideal to benefit from preferential rates, is from April to June and then from September to November. The intermediate period is due to the school holidays in July and August. The tourist boom period extends from December to March or April, depending on the dates of Holy Week. A high number of visitors means higher prices and necessary reservations, but also a wider choice of activities for tourists. Mexico is a very festive country. Many religious and popular festivities take place there every month. Among the most important ones, not to be missed if you are travelling to Mexico at this time, are: The Guelaguetza festival in Oaxaca in mid-July. The city of Oaxaca welcomes representative communities from the 7 regions environnantes  (Sierra Juárez, Tuxtepec, La Cañada, La Costa, La Mixteca, Los Valles Centrales, Istmo de Tehuantepec). They come to present an overview of their culture, through dance and music performances. The National Independence Day, on 15-16 September, is another major event where, throughout the country, the scene of Miguel Hidalgo's call for an uprising in 1810 is repeated. Also not to be missed: the Cervantino International Festival in the city of Guanajuato in mid-October with concerts, dance and theatre performances by internationally renowned speakers. Not to mention, of course, the Feast of the Dead, on November 1 and 2. Across the country, all families celebrate their dead and unite with their loved ones; nothing to do with All Saints' Day... Here, the Feast of the Dead is a colourful feast.

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Mexico is a huge country and it is impossible to discover it in one trip. Tour Operators mainly offer stays of about ten days around a theme (Mayan culture, Aztec sites...) or a region (the Pacific, Yucatan, Chiapas, the capital and its surroundings).

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Well served, Mexico is a generally safe country for solo travellers. The wave of violence linked to drug cartels and social repression generally spares tourists; neither criminals nor the state want to attract too much publicity. However, tourists can be easy prey, especially in the subway, taxi or street at nightfall. The ordinary rules of caution should be observed: do not display your camera, "banana" or wallet

It is very easy to travel by plane in the country, most cities being equipped with an airport. There is also a very good long-distance bus network at low prices. However, depending on the route, to save time on the plane and avoid long hours on the bus, the plane is often more interesting. Note: with the emergence of low-cost airlines on some routes, air and bus fares are sometimes identical.

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    When to travel?

    The year can be considered to be divided into three periods in Mexico. The best time to travel to Mexico, ideal to be...
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    Mexico has a hot and humid climate. From May to September, it is particularly hot and humid in the southern half of t...
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    Budget

    Although much more expensive than Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico remains a relatively cheap country despite inflation...
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    Formalities

    EU nationals do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. The only formality to enter Mexican territory is to fill out the...
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    Health

    It is recommended to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Those planning a more adventur...
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    How to travel by yourself?
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