Mexicans have a variety of ancestory, the two main ones being Mestizos or Indigenous. Mestizos are a mixture of usually Spanish and Indian, although other Europeans and African slaves come into the equation. Indigenous descendants are of Mexico’s pre-hispanic inhabitants, but the majority of modern day Mexicans are Mestizos.
Ruins are abundant in this diverse country, and one of the well-known ancient civilisations in Mexico is the Aztecs. The Aztecs date back to their beginnings in the 14th Century, and many aspects of their culture are drawn from earlier Mexican civilisations. Even in modern day Mexican art now, it is possible to see strong influences from the Aztecs in regards to colours and designs in the numerous murals and art galleries throughout Mexico.
Mexico City, the capital of the Republic of Mexico, is nestled in a highland valley, and spreads out over 200 kilometres. Mexico is a blend of many cultures and landscapes – you can spend time trekking amongst the snow-capped volcanoes, and in a short time arrive at a bustling beach resort with ancient ruins nearby. This is a country for the person looking for a destination with everything – beaches, ancient Indian culture and music, a diverse history of the Indians and the Spanish, interesting food and spectacular ruins.
Spontaneous live music may start up anywhere, at any time. The music of the Mariachi’s is perhaps the most well known traditional Mexican music. It is common to find a band of Mariachi’s busking in popular tourist areas, especially the Mariachi Plaza in Mexico City where you can see and listen to a wide range of Mariachi’s playing, from young children to grandpas!
Families and friends are very important to the Mexicans, as with most Latinos. Any excuse for a fiesta (party) will result in a gathering of friends and family dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Music and an abundance of food are the ingredients for any fiesta!
1,908,690 sq km (736.945 sq miles)
Spanish, local indian dialects
Mexico City, Iztapalapa, Ecatepec de Morelos
Volcan Pico de Orizaba (5,700 meters)
Roman Catholic (76.5%), Protestant (5.2%), other (13.8%), unaffiliated (3.1%), Jehovah’s Witnesses (1.1%)
Office hours vary considerably, but are usually Mon-Fri 0900-1900/2000; lunch breaks usually last an hour but some business lunches can go on for longer.
Mexico is a great destination to visit throughout the year, as the climate varies from tropical to desert. The average number of wet days in Mexico City is at its highest in July and August, with the highest rainfall in Acapulco in June to October. Coastal areas and lowlands are hot and steamy with high humidity, while the central plateau is temperate even in winter. Hurricane season begins in June and ends in November with most hurricanes taking place in August and October.
Long-distance calls are very expensive. Mobile / cell phones can be purchased inexpensively, and credit can be added by prepaid card. Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies but is pricey.
Mexico offers something for everyone. Nature lovers can whale watch, observe monarch butterfly migrations, explore coral reefs or see the world’s stoutest tree. There are hundreds preserved remnants of ancient civilisations, miles of murals to study, beaches to dance on, plenty of shopping, tantalisingly varied cuisine to try and 10,000 kms of coastline to enjoy. The current in Mexico is 127v, 60Hz. The flat two pin plug is the same as used in U.S.
Self-drive cars are available at airports, city centres and resorts, however it is advisable to keep car doors and windows closed and locked, especially at traffic lights. Coaches and buses link almost all towns and cities. Central bus terminals in major cities provide service and information on fares and schedules. Mexican cities and towns generally have good public transportation networks, with frequent bus and taxi service around town.