Top events in Mexico

November
01

Families build extravagant altars decorated with candles, flowers and skull-shaped candy and bread to honour their dead relatives with a feast of...

November
20

Anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

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...

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: 22 August 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.

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.

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.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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