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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.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing trip spoilt by local tour operator Your local tour operator, Mayan Heritage was more interested in maximising operational efficiency. There were four incidents of poor customer care spoiling the full enjoyment of the tour. 1Mexico City,Two large tour groups which were initially separate, with their own English and Spanish speaking guides, after starting off, were later combined to fill a bus of 19 people with one dual lingual guide. 2 Mexico City. The same tour to Teotihuacan and Gaudalupe shrine was conducted on a Sunday when both locations were packed with locals and needing to queue to see the sights. This tour should never be conducted on a Sunday!! 3 The Teotihuacan site visit should be before lunch not immediately after. It is not very smart to climb the pyramid on a full stomach. 4 Trip from Chichen Itza to Cancun was prolonged by two and half hours for a detour to Tulum for one late tour participant inconveniencing all other travellers.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mexico Just returned from a fabulous trip to Mexico. Having personalised our intinerary, I was pleasantly surprised that all our transfers went very smoothly and that we were helped at each new destination. We also had great guides and were happy with all our hotels and the location. Chimu took the hassle out of being an independent traveller.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great holiday, definitely worth the money! The itinerary was perfectly designed and everything went so smoothly. Being two girls travelling, we were quite worried about our overall safety while spending three weeks in Mexico, but with Chimu our hands were held every step of the way. The tour guides in each location were fantastic, with great knowledge, service and very friendly.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip. Mexico is worth seeing. The people generous and kind, the sites are jaw dropping and the food is wonderful. The hotels were of a very high standard, particularly in Mexico City and Cancun. All the transfers went like clockwork, some of the day trips were long as the traffic in Mexico City is full on.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent trip Very well organised from start to finish. The couple of small hiccups that happened along the way were quickly and efficiently dealt with. Knowledgeable and friendly guides (particularly the lovely Sergio in DF) and for me the 2 days in Palenque the highlight of the trip.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Mexico trip thru Aztec & Mayan pyramids The 8 day itinerary thru Mexico was excellent. Loved Mexico City, and the tours of Pyramids were very well presented. Great hotels in Mex City, Merida and Tulum. We had plenty of time for exploration and got good tips from well informed guides on visits and food.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could be better The itinerary was changed without any earlier advise and was not able to see everything that was in the itinerary. Souvenir shopping were done first and no time limit given for shopping before the historical sites or places to see. Not impressed at all.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highlights of Mexico 8 days 1) only half day tour of Mexico city. Cold be a full day with so much to see in CDMX. 2) accommodation was good to excellent in Cancun 3) Tour guides were good , courteous.n knowledgeable 4) All airport pickup s were good n on time.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING TRIP!!!! Definately worth going to Mexico! We did a tour package of Mexico City, Merida, Cancun and Player Del Carmen. What an amazing time we had. Every city had something different to offer and we were so happy to experience the different aspects of this beautiful country.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great trip but a few hiccups The country and trip was great but there were mistakes made by the local tour companies used. We were left without information on pick up times regularly and some destinations in the itinerary were not even visited
Date published: 2017-01-23
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Mexico An amazing experience from the moment we landed until departure. Everything was just perfect. Loved the food. Amazing culture and some of the archaeological sites were simply mind blowing. Thanks Chimu!
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ruins, ruins and more ruins Mexico proved to be better than what we imagined. Mexico City - clean and culturally vibrant. The Regional areas different and interesting. Guides and drivers competent and knowledgeable.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mexio The trip was very good. Different guides in each location, but all excellent. The hotels were generally very good, with one exception the Meson hotel in Villahermosa.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fascinating and I learnt a lo it was all I expected but felt we need a little more time off to see things we would like to see. 12 hour days do not give you that
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snow in Mexico!! Itinerary for the Copper Canyon trip was smooth as... with a variety of accommodations, great food and interesting weather(s).
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Amazing and Feel Good Tour Each destination was full of excitement and fun. Time to start the tour each day is good (not too early).
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Well organised. Very well organised. Mostly private tours. Well done!
Date published: 2016-04-18
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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 

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