In Mexico, the various regions have very different climatic conditions depending on their latitude and the altitude. Mostly though, in the north the weather is it hot and dry, whereas the south has a warm, humid tropical climate. The Pacific coast areas are mostly characterized by high humidity and high temperatures the wohle year round. During the day, the air is warm to hot; in the evening it is cool. There are mainly two types of seasons – dry and rainy. The rainy season falls in the months of May to October. The rest of the year sees little rain. Be cautious during the rainy season as there may be hurricanes or other natural disasters.
For your stay in Mexico, there are no international vaccination regulations, however there are a few that one should consider depending on the lenght of their trip. For example, vaccinations against tetanus, typhoid, malaria, diphtheria, and hepatitis A, which will protect you against infections through contaminated food and water, are highly recommendable. Stomach and intestinal illnesses are common – so use caution. To avoid any uncomfortable stomach problems, follow the principle of “Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it”. Do not use ice or ice cubes, unpeeled fruits or vegetables, seafood or anything that is not quite cooked enough. Avoid drinking tap water – this may lead to unpleasant consequences.
The following goods can be imported duty free:
Gifts worth up to 300 US dollars,
12 photos or video ,
up to 3l wine / spirits,
400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco.
Prohibited the export of gold (excluding gold jewelry), corals, cacti, archaeological artifacts and antiques.
Usual opening times: 9- 1 oclock. The exchange offices (casa di cambio) offer the possibility of money changing- open from Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 6 o’clock, Sat-Sun 8:30- 2 o’clock.
Opening times are usually from Monday to Saturday. 9 – 8 o’clock. Small shops are usually closed 1 – 4 o’clock for “Siestas” which are naps/breaks after lunch. In Mexico and Playa del Carmen, you should always haggle before you agree on the product’s price. Be aware of vendors selling you fake items; especially arts, crafts and jewelry are often fake. Bigger stores generally accept both cash and credit card. Smaller stores mostly accept only cash as payment.
In general, Yucatán and Mexico have a well-developed rail network, far superior to Canada or the U.S. For car trips, there are a few traffic laws. These are similar to those in the US or europe; however, you will be met by the locals who sometimes ignore them. For these reasons, caution is warranted on the streets. Gas stations can be found approximately every 50 kilometers.
Electricity is compatible with the US, so you won’t need a converter for plug-ins. If you ruin into any problems with the plug head, visit a large supermarket and they will have what you need.
Generally found in the tourist areas, there are many Internet Cafés. Where one exactly is near your travel destination can be found out here.
The official language in Mexico is Spanish. In addition to that, there are over 80 Indo languages (the most important ones are: Náhuatl: 24%, Maya: 13%, Mixteco: 7,2%). One also speaks English in large hotels and tourist centers. However, Mexicans really appreciate it if you try to speak a little bit Spanisch with them and if you learn at least some words, such as “Hallo”, “Thank you” and “Goodbye”.
All Americans traveling by air outside the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel documents to enter or re-enter the United States. This requirement will be extended to sea travel (except closed loop cruises), including ferry service, by the summer of 2009. Until then, U.S. citizens traveling by sea must have government-issued photo identification and a document showing their U.S. citizenship (for example, a birth certificate or certificate of nationalization), or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport card for entry or re-entry to the U.S.