Mexico is home to everything from famous resort towns like Acapulco and Cancun to canyons, mountains and ancient structures that are clear footprints of civilisations past. Trying to make a list of things to do in Mexico is not difficult at all. The trick is trying to limit yourself and fit all your favourite activities in! There are sights, attractions and thrilling activities in every direction and you cannot help but be tempted by the delightful smells of tamales, enchiladas and all the spicy salsa you can handle!
Now, the tough part comes in when deciding between visiting the west coast, east coast or central region. When you read through our Mexico Travel Blog, you will see just why hiring a rental car in Mexico and setting out on a road trip is the way to go!
Mexico Travel Blog and Tips
- Crime and safety: Crime is a regular occurrence in many parts of Mexico. While the officials take special care in keeping tourist hot spots safe, other cities and towns off the beaten track are often not as well monitored. If you are planning a road trip, do yourself a favour and drive only on main roads and toll roads. Avoid side roads and make sure that you refuel regularly. Avoid driving at night and rather get sufficient rest at a hotel before setting out the following day. If you travel by public transport, be sure to use only regulated forms of transport. If you are approached by anyone claiming to be a police officer or other government official, you may request to see their credentials or agree to go to the nearest police station.
- Local laws: You may be asked by authorities to prove your identity and your legal status in Mexico. As such, you should keep your passport on you at all times but keep certified copies in a separate location for safety sake.
- Health and medical: Check with your doctor 8 weeks before you depart and ask about any vaccines you may need. Avoid drinking water and only consume the bottled variety or properly boiled water. You should even avoid ice in your drinks. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you may feel the results of this when visiting certain parts of the country. You should also ensure that you have full and comprehensive medical and travel insurance for the duration of your holiday.
- Natural disasters: Depending on what part of Mexico you are visiting and the time of year, you may encounter some kind of natural disaster. Hurricanes affect both coasts of the country and hurricane season runs from June to November. Earthquakes also affect most parts of Mexico and can occur at any time of the year. The Popocatepetl and Colima volcanoes are active and access is closed to the public. Danger zones around the volcanoes may vary from time to time based on up to date research data.
- Money: Take care when using an ATM. You should only withdraw cash during the day and be vigilant. Converting US Dollar travellers’ cheques is easier than any other currency. International credit and debit cards are quite widely accepted and cash exchange should only be done at official banks and exchange offices. Avoid exchanging large sums at a time and don’t carry too much cash on you as you explore.