Stretching between the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea, with mountains, volcanoes, cities and cloud forests in between, Mexico offers a truly diverse range of experiences to any tourist lucky enough to visit. Here, you can lay your towel down on palm-fringed white sand beaches, snorkel with whale sharks or trek through tropical jungles. Everywhere you go, you will be met by friendly locals who will proudly show off their local cuisine of mole sauces and taquerias, stuffed tortillas. If you head to the larger cities, you can explore museums to discover the history of Mexico, stretching from indigenous people to the Aztec civilization, then the Spanish conquest, the Mexican Revolution and into the present day, with famous works by Frida Kahlo and more. Just make sure to give yourself as much time in Mexico as possible, so you can get the most out of your trip!
Accessible travel Mexico
Accessibility in Mexico can be challenging, as sidewalks tend to be narrow and uneven and accessible public toilets are few and far between. However, with planning and a little determination, it is possible for people with disabilities to explore and enjoy Mexico.
More modern infrastructure, such as modern hotels, resorts and airports tend to be more accessible for wheelchair users. Public transportation is rarely wheelchair accessible, so if moving between cities in Mexico, it may be more straightforward to fly from one destination to another.
Some attractions do offer reduced price admission for people with disabilities, but this does not guarantee that the attraction will be entirely accessible.
When visiting Mexico, you should take reasonable precautions to avoid mosquito bites, as cases of the Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been confirmed.
It is also recommended to avoid tap water and to only drink boiled or bottled water. Large cities, particularly Mexico City, tend to have high levels of air pollution, which can aggravate pre-existing heart, lung or respiratory conditions. Visitors with these conditions, as well as the elderly and young children, should avoid going out on days with high pollution levels. You can check pollution index levels online in real time.
Be sure to get appropriate health insurance to fit your personal and travel needs, and have funds available to cover any medical emergency.
Drug- and gang-related violence can occur throughout Mexico. It is recommended to avoid traveling alone, to inform family and friends of your whereabouts and if possible to choose toll roads and first-class busses over free highways and standard public transport.
Scams such as contacting tourists or their families by telephone to request money can occur. Be sure to check directly with family or friends before transferring money. Cases have also been reported of rental cars being pulled over by police and extorted for money. If this occurs, do not hand over money or your passport. Instead, ask for the officer’s identifying details and for a written copy of the fine, which should be payable at a later date.
Pickpocketing and muggings are a known problem. If withdrawing money, try to use ATMs inside shopping malls within daylight hours, and limit the amount of cash you carry. It is recommended to be cautious at all times and to avoid flashing valuables.
Entry requirements to Mexico depend on your nationality. Check the specific entry requirements here.
Mexico has several climate zones, so weather varies depending on your location. In the south, the hottest months are in April and May, and on the Pacific Coast, summer is from July to September. The Yucatan is extremely hot from May to September, with highs over 35°C. In general across the country, December to February are cooler. Most regions south of the Tropic of Cancer have a rainy season from May or June to October.
Hurricane season is generally from July to October, with September and October being the most active months, although hurricane activity changes from year to year. It is recommended to monitor weather reports carefully.
Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Mexico. Approximately 12% of the country speaks some English, but only 4% are fluent. English speakers tend to be concentrated in major cities and tourist resorts such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and parts of Mexico close to the US border. Outside of these areas, having a few Spanish phrases handy could be helpful.
Mexico has 2 main plug types; one with 2 rectangular pins and another with 2 rectangular pins and a semicircle pin. Electricity runs at 127V and 60Hz, so you may need to use a voltage converter.