Mexico: A guide for first timers

Posted by - November 24, 2016 | Category: Contributing Author

Mexico Panorama

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Mexico has long been a popular destination for holidaymakers, so you’re in good company if you are thinking about visiting. After all, Mexico has the highest income from tourism in Latin America. There is tons to see and do with many rewarding experiences to dive into. Here’s a few travel tips to help you get the most out of your Mexican adventure.


Like many destinations, the best way to make the most of Mexico is to actually get out and explore it. It’s a diverse country packed with ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and vast rainforests so there’s plenty to see. There are many stand-out sites that are a must.

The miraculous Monte Albán is among the most popular of the ancient ruins in Mexico and offers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s past. As does the Famous Chichen Itza in the Yucatan. If the beach tickles your fancy then Playa del Carmen is often sited as the number one spot in Mexico. Its main feature is the beauty of the surroundings, but there are plenty of activities on offer as well such as snorkeling and scuba-diving.

Speak the language:

While you’re out exploring, why not throw yourself in feet first and attempt to speak some Spanish? You’ve probably heard the “but-everyone-speaks-English-anyway” speech a few times, but it really will make a difference if you seriously try and learn the basics. It’ll make your holiday more authentic and the locals will really appreciate your efforts.

Try different food:

Since you’re reading this I’m guessing you’ve not been to Mexico before. Your initial thoughts when Mexican food comes into your head is probably stuff like burritos and tacos. In reality, Mexican food is varied, with many traditional dishes that you could try out. Chicken Tamale Pie and Frijoles Borrachos are two dishes you may not have heard of but will definitely want to try.

Take Pesos with you:

It’s just cheaper to go out to Mexico with all (or most) of your spending money already on you. You can take money out of ATM’s but there may be a service charge and the exchange rate will drop. Also, when you use an ATM you should try and stick to the ones in banks or hotels which are more reliable.


In Mexico, it is customary to tip in most situations where payment is involved. You won’t risk a confrontation if you don’t tip, but bear in mind that most people working in Mexico’s service industries earn modest salaries and rely on tips to build up their wages.

Mexico landscape

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So, there we have it. These are just a few things to bear in mind when you find yourself walking along in the Mexican heat, deciding which direction to turn in. You are the only one who make you trip special. Take the initiative, try new things and embrace all that this wonderful country has to offer. Mexico has so much to offer, all you have to do is reach out and grab it.

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