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TRAVELLING TO Mexico

Why visit? Most people will have heard of Mexico’s postcard perfect beaches and world-famous resorts and although these definitely contribute to the country’s charm, there is so much more to Mexico than just its natural beauty. 
 
British travellers usually start their Mexico tour in either Cancun on Mexico’s east coast or in the country’s capital, Mexico City. This gem of a city, although often underrated, is full of historic landmarks waiting to be explored, such as the Historic Centre and the National Palace. 
 
Cultural heritage and tradition are some of the drawcards that fascinate on a tour through Mexico. The two ‘hearts’ of Mexican tradition, Oaxaca and Chiapas, located in the centre of the country, are an absolute highlight on any Mexico or Central America tour. Oaxaca with its indigenous traditions, colourful markets and top-class museums is not just a cultural highlight but also famed for its extraordinary cuisine. Chiapas with its ancient Maya ruins, its coffee plantations and haciendas is a hub of history and culture.
 
In the east, Cancun and Tulum will appeal to the sun and beach lovers, being home to some world-famous white beaches and turquoise waters that are just made for sun bathing, snorkelling and water sports.
 
For the active explorer, Copper Canyon, a series of massive canyons in the north of Mexico, is a must-do. Soak up the majestic canyon scenery while hiking, biking or rafting through what is one of the most impressive mountain sceneries in the world. 
 
How to get there? Generally, the easiest and quickest way for UK passengers to get to Mexico City is with the direct flights out of London Heathrow with British Airways or AeroMexico. British Airways and Virgin also fly direct between London Heathrow and Cancun.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Mexico and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Mexico tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

 

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Why visit? Most people will have heard of Mexico’s postcard perfect beaches and world-famous resorts and although these definitely contribute to the country’s charm, there is so much more to Mexico than just its natural beauty. 
 
British travellers usually start their Mexico tour in either Cancun on Mexico’s east coast or in the country’s capital, Mexico City. This gem of a city, although often underrated, is full of historic landmarks waiting to be explored, such as the Historic Centre and the National Palace. 
 
Cultural heritage and tradition are some of the drawcards that fascinate on a tour through Mexico. The two ‘hearts’ of Mexican tradition, Oaxaca and Chiapas, located in the centre of the country, are an absolute highlight on any Mexico or Central America tour. Oaxaca with its indigenous traditions, colourful markets and top-class museums is not just a cultural highlight but also famed for its extraordinary cuisine. Chiapas with its ancient Maya ruins, its coffee plantations and haciendas is a hub of history and culture.
 
In the east, Cancun and Tulum will appeal to the sun and beach lovers, being home to some world-famous white beaches and turquoise waters that are just made for sun bathing, snorkelling and water sports.
 
For the active explorer, Copper Canyon, a series of massive canyons in the north of Mexico, is a must-do. Soak up the majestic canyon scenery while hiking, biking or rafting through what is one of the most impressive mountain sceneries in the world. 
 
How to get there? Generally, the easiest and quickest way for UK passengers to get to Mexico City is with the direct flights out of London Heathrow with British Airways or AeroMexico. British Airways and Virgin also fly direct between London Heathrow and Cancun.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Mexico and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Mexico tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

 

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We offer you flexible travel options in Latin America at an affordable price.

  • You can choose from over 400 suggested itineraries or pick and choose elements to build your own unique experience; cover the areas you want to explore at a pace to suit you.

  • We know each Latin American country by heart and will work with you to determine which activities and accommodations are best suited to your needs.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.

  • We have offices across South America so you can be assured that ground staff are close at hand to assist whilst you are travelling.

Mexico TOURS

BLOGS ON Mexico

Whether you are looking for advice on visas and vaccinations,when to travel, best markets or beaches to visit, wildlife guides or the top restaurants in a city, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There are airport guides, Galapagos Island guides, what to pack and what not to pack, and even a blog on the most romantic locations to propose in Latin America!

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Mexico REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Mexico

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highlights of Mexico Great trip. I saw what I wanted to including Mexico City, Merida and Cancun/Copa, concentrating on Maya/Aztecs sites as background information in teaching ancient civilization in Australia. I think it would be wise to mention to your future visitors that the document that each visitor fills-in as they enter Mexico is extremely important and to retain the stub as you can not leave the country without it; so take care to guard it carefully. To replace it is a two step process at the airport upon leaving and requires Pesos and time and some instructions on how to complete the process which can be difficult if you do not speak Spanish.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing trip to Mexico (In Depth Tour) Can definitely recommend Chimu for assisting with arranging your trip to Mexico. All the hotels, transfers and guides provided were very good. Saw so much in a relatively short time! Incredible food, scenery. Will definitely come back to explore the Northern parts and the Pacific coastal regions.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mexico in Depth - Everything we expected and more The tour was very well organised, & the tour guides were professional, friendly & full of local information. We had one itinerary issue early on, which was quickly resolved. Many days of the 15 day itinerary, there were only the two of us on tour, which made the tour more private and enhanced the experience. I would thoroughly recommend Chimu & the Mexico in Depth Tour. The only thing I would do differently next time, is to have more input into choice of hotel rooms & location of hotels, though most were good.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Real Mexico ! The itinerary was cleverly thought through by Clare and it all went very smoothly apart from a hotel misunderstanding that was swiftly resolved by Simon. The sites chosen gave us a very good insight into the Mayan and Aztec cultures and the guides were very good.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Viva Mexico! Incredible, Food, sites, colours and people all made Mexico an amazing holiday experience for my family and I. Thanks Chimu Adventures!
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Experience All our hotels were superb, our transfers went without a hitch, our guides were very informative and passionate about their Country and its rich history (a couple of them lost the teenagers interests, others were more adaptable particularly Elizabeth who took as to Teotihuacan Pyramids and Guadalupe Shrine). In most cases we were the only people on our tours although sites were busy as it was Easter. A wonderful introduction to Mexico as a family holiday.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mexican Trip - private travel organsied by Chimu The entire trip went well with no difficulties. We were met at each destination. The guides were excellent and met our requests. Vehicles were comfortable and clean. Food was very good and we had no sickness. Strongly recommend the Las Alcobas Hotel in Mexico City both for quality of service and location [even though at present they are remodelling the streetscape]. The Tulum resort was very good.
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far exceeded expectations! We did the Mexico City Stopover tour and the Mayan Route tour. Both went very well. The personal attention we received was amazing. The guides were excellent and the transport was very comfortable. All the transfers went very smoothly, and the excursions were fantastic. With Chimu we were able to visit some out of the way places which we would never have seen on our own.
Date published: 2017-04-09
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Mexico tour.

 

The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items:

 

  • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos
  • Travel Insurance documents  
  • Air tickets and itinerary
  • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques
  • Money belt 
  • Small daypack
  • Basic first aid kit High UVA sun block 
  • Sunglasses & sunhat
  • Mosquito spray & insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Sandals 
  • Long sleeve tops and trousers 
  • Light-weight clothing
  • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year)
  • Camera with spare battery and memory cards
  • Security code padlock
  • Adaptor
  • Small torch 
The unit of currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXP). 
Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language of Mexico, but over 60 indigenous languages are also recognized by the government. Some Indigenous words have been incorporated into Mexican Spanish, especially from Nahuatl - the language of the Aztecs.

Mexico’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic although the indigenous Mexicans have blended Catholicism with some of their traditional beliefs, creating a fascinating mix. 

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Mexico tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Hiking and trekking are not activities that are generally associated with Mexico although most Mexico tours include visits to one or more archaeological site where some steep climbs involving many steps may be involved, often on uneven surfaces. Parts of Mexico lie at altitudes over 2,000 metres, including Mexico City at 2,250 metres. Although altitude sickness is generally not a problem in Mexico, you may feel a little breathless if your Mexico tour starts in Mexico City, or if you fly into Mexico from the coast, until you acclimatise to the higher altitude.

Most Latin American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change Latin America’s poor security image. There are parts of Mexico that are unsafe for tourists to visit, troubled regions stemming from a variety of issues, including not only drug warfare but also corruption and poverty. But for the majority of the country, especially along the tourist trail, Mexico travel is safe. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to its major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.

 

To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 

 

  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended
A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Mexico for citizens of the following countries:

 

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa

 

For other nationalities, please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

You could spend anything from a few days to several weeks on your Mexico travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one region such as Mexico City and its environs, Chiapas State, Merida and the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula or the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

Our Mexico tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 40-50 USD per day per person. 

Although no specific vaccinations are required for Mexico travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter Mexico, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through.

 

As a general guide we recommend the following:

 

  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
In Mexico the standard voltage is 127V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A and B.

 

Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/