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Mexico travel guide – everything you need to know about Mexico

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I have started this blog to create a Mexico Travel guide that will make it easy for you to organize your trip to Mexico and help you travel in a flawless and safe way. As I am writing more and more posts I realize it will get difficult to find everything you are looking for. That’s why I thought to build this site map, to help you easily find all the information you are looking for.


Mexico Travel Guide: essential information

Geographical location: Mexico is the southern country of North America and the third largest country in Latin America after Brasil and Argentina.
Official Name: Estados Unidos Mexicanos (Mexican United States)
Official Language: Spanish and over 66 Indian languages.
Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
Currency: Mexican Peso. 1 USD =19 MXN at the present time
Borders: On the north side the Mexican frontiers border with The United States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a total of 3,141 km. In the south, Mexico shares borders with Guatemala for  962km and Belize for 250 km. 
Tallest mountain in Mexico: Pico de Orizaba 5.636 mt in the state of Veracruz.
Total area almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi)
Largest Lake: Lake Chapala
Total Population: 108,701,000
Capital city: Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico – CDMX) – with a population of almost 9 million people and a maximum elevation of 3,930 m (12.890 ft) ( about 2300 in the city center)
Second biggest city: Guadalajara, the capital city of the Jalisco State.
The biggest pre-hispanic civilizationsMayas, located in the south of Mexico in what is nowadays called Yucatan Peninsula, and Chiapas. Aztecas, in the central and northern region. Olmecas, in Veracruz and Tabasco.
National Day: 16th September
Religion: 83% Roman Catholicism
Country Number/Prefix: +52
Country Code: MX  

cenote corazon tulum - a girl sitting on a platform by the edge.

Mexican Culture


Mexico Travel Resources


When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Mexico is a humongous country and there is not one best time to visit Mexico in general. When is the best time to visit Cancun, it may not be the best time for visiting Baja California, for example, considering many different factors depending on your interests. I will write a series of “Best time to visit …” posts for each main city or area, for your convenience.

Mexico Pueblos Magicos

xico church
Find out the best Pueblos Magicos in Mexico

Mexican Food


Mexico Itineraries


Organized Multi-day Tours in Mexico

There are many reasons why you prefere to join an already made tour itinerary, such as:

  • You are not comfortable about traveling alone
  • you simply don’t have time to organize your trip around Mexico,
  • you can take only a few days off and you want to pack as many things to see as possible
  • You want to have a guide that explains everything you see and offers historical and cultural information

Those are only some of the many reasons why you might want to decide to join an organized guided itinerary. Here I have the solution for you. There are many travel organizations nowadays that put together groups and build amazing itineraries and you can choose from.

I partner with two companies, G ADVENTURES and INTREPID TRAVEL that I love because they are reputable and well known for their sustainable practices besides organizing all sorts of tours for any style and age. So you have a great choice and you can find what’s best for you among all their options.


Where to stay in Mexico

In this section, I am sharing all my hotel review posts where you can see all my suggested hotels in Mexico by destination.


MEXICO BY STATE

YUCATAN

YUCATAN ITINERARY

Did you know that Yucatan is considered one of the safest places in Mexico? It’s the land of the 600 cenotes and amazing colonial town, the luxury haciendas and the most lovely and welcoming people, and a delicious cuisine.

QUINTANA ROO

Tulum Beach - how to get from Cancun to Tulum

Quintana roo is the Mexican Caribbean State, which endless white-sand beaches, a turquoise blue sea, great diving, and snorkeling but also world-class hotels. You can also find cenotes and interesting villages as well.

JALISCO

Puerto vallarta sunset

Jalisco is a spectacular and diverse region, with the vibrant Guadalajara as its capital city, and its cute Pueblos Magicos, Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico, and the popular Riviera Nayarit, with the friendly city of Puerto Vallarta and the quaint surf town of Sayulita and much more.

QUERETARO

Queretaro museum

Queretaro is one of the smallest states and yet so rich in history and culture besides its amazing natural gems, such as the wine regions and the Sierra Gorda. Let’s not forget the delicious food and the amount of Museums that you can find in the Capital city, and the lovely people.

PUEBLA

Puebla city

I would say Puebla is the Mexican food capital, home of the famous Chile en Nogada and the Mole Poblano among many other delicacies. But also a city rich in history and culture and amazing surroundings to explore.

OAXACA

hierve el agua

Oaxaca state is the home of one of the most active indigenous populations that are still fighting for their own rights. But it’s also a beautiful city and spectacular roughed cost, loved especially by surfers and photographers.

GUANAJUATO

AERIAL VIEW OF GUANAJUATO CITY AT SUNSET WITH THE CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE

The vibrant university city, home to the Festival Cervantes, a yearly celebration of all kinds of art. Walk around the narrow lanes and kiss in the Callejon del Beso. Enjoy the colonial art and architecture of Guanajuato city and San Miguel de Allende.

CHIAPAS

chiapas

An interesting state with a culture of its own, an overwhelming nature, with natural gems to explore, rivers and waterfalls, lakes, and hidden archaeological sites. Explore San Cristobal de las Casas and the surrounding communities.

HIDALGO

Las grutas de Tolantongo

Hidalgo is home to the popular Grutas de Tolantongo but also incredible natural resources and historical towns to explore.

SAN LUIS POTOSI

Huasteca potosina micos

San Luis Potosi is maninly renown for the Real de Catorce Pueblo Magico and the Huasteca Potosina, but there is much more than that. Let’s discover it together

ESTADO DE MEXICO

Valle de Bravo sunset over the city
Valle de Bravo Sunset

Estado de Mexico is the territory around Mexico city and it’s full of interesting towns to visit, including Valle de Bravo and Tepotztlan, both Pueblo Magicos, with a lot of Magic indeed.

MEXICO CITY

BELLAS ARTES BUILDING FRONT IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City has recently been appointed as a state on its own, abbreviated to CDMX. It’s one of the most interesting cities in the world for its history and culture and you could spend one year there and still haven’t explored all of it. I have been there for a few days multiple times and I will continue to return and see as much as I can every time, especially art museums which are my favorites.

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

playa balandra

One of the most incredible states in Mexico with the best landscapes and natural wonders. A paradise for outdoorsy people.


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