Officially the United Mexican States, Mexico is situated in North America, lying between the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm weather, unique food, art and archaeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and 21st century cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, and world class destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Patzcuaro.
Fabulous Mayan ruins in Palenque and Chichén Itzá, and the huge ancient city of Teotihuacán, are just some of the sites to visit. Charming colonial towns and cities such as Oaxaca and San Cristóbal de las Casas dot the interior, brimming with cafés, markets, architecture and a welcoming atmosphere. While beach resorts like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco are well known stops, there are also plenty of quieter coastal villages that offer a more relaxed pace. On the Southern Pacific coast, Puerto Escondido, Melaque and the BahÍa de Navidad, to name a few, offer excellent beaches and bays, great seafood and surf.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 110 million
LANGUAGE: Spanish plus other regional indigenous languages
CURRENCY: Mexican Peso
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 127V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: MX
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +52
We advise against all but essential travel to Ciudad Juarez, where there is a high level of drug-related violence and criminal activity. There has been an increase in violent incidents in the northern states of Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, including in and around Monterrey and the border areas of Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and in Tampico.
We advise against all but essential land crossings between the US and Mexico in Ciudad Juarez following an alert issued by the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez on 15 July 2011.
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