Mexico Travel Advice

From: Mexico Travel Guide

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Mexico Travel Advice
Travel information and advice on weather, natural disasters, crime, travel, health and safety:

Tourist Sites
Chichen Itza gets incredibly busy during vernal and autumnal equinox, so if you plan to visit on one of these days arrive early. When visiting at other times of the year it is also advisable to arrive early morning to avoid the large tour groups and make the most of the ruins without the crowds, sensible footwear is a must as there is often a fair amount of walking around, this especially applies to the vast archaeological site of Teotihuacan. The temperatures around many of the ruins such as Chichen Itza can often reach well into the 90's so take adequate sun protection and drinks.

Travel And Transport


Travel Insurance
Travel and medical insurance are a definite must have and it is essential to thoroughly check that your policy adequately covers you for the activities you plan to undertake such as scuba diving for example, so that you are fully aware of what you are and are not covered for.

If you plan to hire a car then you will also require Mexican Car Insurance as no other insurance is valid, also be aware that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or use a phone whilst driving.

Adventure Travel
Only use an accredited company and ensure that you have the correct experience (and insurance) for the activity you plan to undertake.

Visit your personnel physician 6 to 8 weeks prior to travel and ensure that you have the necessary vaccinations and sufficient medication for your vacation, it is a good idea to carry a doctors letter detailing any prescription medication that you will be travelling with. Vaccinations such as Hepatitis A, B Typhoid, MMR, Diphtheria and Tetanus are often recommended, Malaria is only normally required for certain areas in Mexico's southern most regions and is usually not required for travellers visiting along the Pacific Coast and other beach resort areas.

Allow yourself time to acclimatize to higher altitudes and take into account the often sunny, hot and humid conditions by packing plenty of bottled water, hat and sun cream.

Travellers should avoid drinking the tap water and only use bottled or treated water. Also be careful with foods that may have been washed or prepared with tap water such as fruits and salads and refrain from having ice in drinks. Travellers diarrhoea can also occur so speak to your physician prior to travel with regards to taking with you anti diarrhoea medication in case of such an event, although if symptoms are particularly severe, contain blood or continue on for more than a 72 hour period then medical attention should be immediately sought.

Those with respiratory problems should be aware that air pollution can be a problem in Mexico City especially during December, January, February and March and the cities altitude will often require a short adjustment period.

Insect repellent is also highly recommended when travelling inland, where it is also a good idea to wear long sleeved clothing as well.

Natural Disasters