Top events in Mexico

May
15

Each year the town of Tepic celebrates the Fiesta of San Pedro - the patron saint of rain, agriculture and livestock. The event is an important...

May
27

Popular with the city's artistic folk, the annual Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival attracts filmmakers and fans from all over...

August
01

First held in 2005, this is a relative new comer to the world of film festivals. Known as the 'Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey' in...

Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Mexico Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

1,964,375 sq km (758,449 sq miles).

Population

118.8 million (2013).

Population density

60.5 per sq km.

Capital

Mexico City.

Government

Federal republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1821.

Head of state

President Enrique Peña Nieto since 2012.

Head of government

President Enrique Peña Nieto since 2012.

Electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz. American two-pin (flat) plugs are usual, but most sockets cannot accept a US-style three-pin plug.

Spicy as salsa roja, intoxicating as a shot of tequila, volatile as the volcanoes of the central sierra, surreal as a Frida Kahlo canvas, monumental as the pyramids of Teotihuacán and warm as its inhabitants, Mexico fills the senses, tweaks the intellect and nourishes the soul.

The phrase 'something for everyone' comes to mind: for nature enthusiasts, whale watching, monarch butterfly migrations, coral reefs off the Yucatan coast and the world's stoutest tree (at Tule, Oaxaca); for hedonists, ecstatic nights spent dancing on the beaches of Cancun; for archaeology buffs, hundreds of painstakingly preserved remnants of ancient civilisations; for gourmands, a tantalisingly varied cuisine, from toothsome tacos to magnificent moles; for art lovers, miles of murals; for shopaholics, weavings, silverwork and fantastic animal figurines; and for beach bums, 10,000 kilometers of coastline, hammocks included.

And with an extensive, inexpensive public transport network, copious accommodations to suit all budget categories, and a friendly, inclusive vibe, travelling around Mexico is easy and highly recommended.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 17 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

363,142 British nationals visited Mexico in 2012. Most visits are trouble-free.

There are continuing demonstrations across Mexico City against government reforms. Some main roads, including Reforma, Insurgentes and the road to the airport, have been blocked. These demonstrations may become violent. Take care, monitor local media and avoid all demonstrations. The Mexican constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners. Participation in demonstrations may result in detention and deportation.

Most victims of crime and violence are Mexicans involved in criminal activity, but the security situation also poses risks for foreigners. Be alert to the existence of street crime as well as more serious violent crime like robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking. In certain parts of Mexico you should take particular care to avoid being caught up in drug related violence between criminal groups.

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. You should monitor the website of the Hurricane Centre, keep in close touch with your travel company and follow the advice of the local authorities.

A cholera outbreak in central Mexico has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Edited by Jane Duru
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