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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. 
 
Travellers from the US 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? Flying to Mexico for US travellers is relatively easy with direct flights from most international gateways. Flights are also plentiful to cities throughout Mexico such as Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo and others.
 
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. 
 
Travellers from the US 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? Flying to Mexico for US travellers is relatively easy with direct flights from most international gateways. Flights are also plentiful to cities throughout Mexico such as Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo and others.
 
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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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 5 out of 5 by from Classic Mexico tour This was very a well planned and coordinated tour, we had full information in our itinerary and each tour guide went over what would happen the next day, so we were well prepared. Pick up times did change occasionally, but we were told ahead of time. Hotels were all good and varied between colonial ( no lifts, butr full of character) and more modern. The tour guides were all locals who were knowledgeable, caring and obviously loved their areas. Sonia, Raphael, Juan Hernandez and Gabbi and Mina were particularly fantastic. I got a tummy bug in MC and they all had to accommodate my needs (toilets/food/breaks) and I got good advice from Sonia about how to manage this, which worked well. Great tours, saw loads and learnt heaps, but as over 65 year olds, we did find daily tours one after another (some pick ups at 6am and returned to hotel at 7.30, to be followed next day by another 6.30 and pick up a bit hard. Would recommend a few rest days in between tour days! Couldn't fault the organization and felt safe always and the Mexican people are lovely, loud, friendly and helpful.
Date published: 2019-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall we enjoyed the trip very much. Elizabeth, our guide for the walking tour of Mexico City was good and her English was very good. I felt that her knowledge was limited to the official spiel. This is not a criticism just an observation as I had done my own research and knew most of the information. Our trip to Popocatepetl and Itza.. was very worthwhile even though we were not planning a walking tour. Again our guide, Oracio, was very good as was his English. The Hilton Hampton Inn hotel in Mexico City was well located within a short walking distance to the Plaza, Palace and good restaurants. The hotel room was comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. It was fortunate that we took our own tea bags and purchased milk as these were in short supply throughout our stay in Mexico. Teotihuacan was all I expected and more. I could have done without the Basilica tour which I found tedious. Rafael our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The flight to Merida was good and I found the airport staff friendly as were the flight cabin crew - Jetstar could learn a few lessons. The hotel in Merida, La Mision de Fray Diego while comfortable and historical is not four star and barely three star in my opinion. There was no room service except at meal time, no in room tea/coffee facility. The lighting above the vanity was unsatisfactory yet the light over the shower recess was good. The TV did not function and even though this was reported and attended to it still remained problematic. The hotel bar did not serve coca cola. My breakfast boiled eggs were served in a bowl not in the shell as expected.The Mayan pyramids of Uxmal, Kabah and Chichen Itza were absolutely wonderful and everything I expected. Our guide, Samwell, deserves the highest praise. He is Mayan and his knowledge and command of English were excellent (especially as he only taught himself English six years ago. He is now teaching himself French!). We enjoyed his company and his honesty with respect to the history and culture of the Mayans though he insisted he is only a tour guide not an archaeologist. He confirmed and added to much of my own knowledge and research, could read the Mayan Glyphs and provided insight into Mayan culture both ancient and modern. Chimu should employ him full time as I consider that he would be an asset. Cancum was a welcome respite prior to our long journey home to Australia. The Hotel Presidente International was definitely 4-5 star and we enjoyed our stay. Thank you Chimu.
Date published: 2019-06-02
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 4 out of 5 by from Great tour for independent travellers Mexico was a wonderful destination, and the tour was well-organised. Some aspects - such as local operators requiring physical tour vouchers (that we were advised wouldn't be necessary) - were a bit troublesome, and some of the tours varied from what the itinerary suggested, but otherwise, it was executed very professionally, especially the transfers between hotels, airports, bus terminals and otherwise. The tour style was great for those who like to travel independently but enjoy the comforts of organised tours. Each hotel and tour was great, and all the information provided was very thorough. My main recommendation would be for Chimu's local partners to split tours into English and non-English speaking, as we were on a few shared tours where the other customers were Spanish speakers and so English information and descriptions was rather limited. All in all, I enjoyed the tour and thought it was a great way to see the country independently when organised group tours aren't available/preferable. I would definitely recommend to anyone who fits this travel style's market.
Date published: 2018-07-09
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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/
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