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December
12

One of the many religious celebrations honouring the Virgin Mary. On the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, pilgrims from around the country converge...

March
29

Crowds swell for this powerful re-enactment of the crucifixion when hooded penitents hobble on bloodied knees flagellating themselves.

April
03

Known as 'Feria de la Flor' in Mexican, this colourful fair sees the streets and parks of Cuernavaca filled with wonderfully aromatic flower...

Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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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

123.8 million (2014).

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: 28 November 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.

Recent protests have affected Mexico City and other parts of the country, including the state of Guerrero. You should avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities.

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre. See our tropical cyclones page for information and advice about what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.

In September 2014, Hurricane Odile affected parts of Baja California and Baja California Sur. If you’re in, or travelling to, the affected area you should keep in close touch with your travel company and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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

Most victims of crime and violence in Mexico 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.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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