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Want to go to Mexico?

 

Useful websites:

Lonely planet roughguides

Visit Mexico:  Mexico’s official tourist website is a must for anyone planning to visit Mexico. The website lists the most popular tourist attractions throughout Mexico as well as practical advice such as airport and emergency details. It caters for all types of travellers, including those with young children and offers practical suggestions on how to get the most out of a short time in various Mexican states.

Other websites that give a great look at Mexico and what to do whilst you’re there are: Lonely Planet and Rough Guides

 

 

Currency:

The Australian dollar (AUD) can be exchange for roughly $11-12 Mexican pesos (MXN). Both before and throughout your travels you can keep track of the rate by using currencies converters like XE Converter

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Food:

Mexico is a land of many flavours. The Mexicans have a fascination with putting as many flavors as possible in the one dish. Although some traditional dishes are seasonal, most can be sourced at any time of the year if you are willing to search. Although several of the traditional and much loved dishes receive mixed reviews from the unaccustomed Australian palate, the following are definitely worth a taste:

Mexican salsas have been known to shock many adventurous foreigners beyond belief, and even those who claim they can handle the hottest chilli should take precautions. It is recommended to try a sample of whichever sauce takes your fancy before drowning your meal in unbearable spice.

 

Transport

In Mexico you can find all kinds of transport modes.  Particularly in Mexico city you can find:

 

Taxis:

Whilst hailing a taxi from the street is a cheaper option, if you are not familiar with Mexico, speak little Spanish, or are travelling alone, this is best avoided. Hotels are able to order you an authorized taxi from reception. If you are looking for a taxi in the street several taxi ranks can be found in most suburbs, called SITIOS. These taxis have a higher rate, but compared to Australian rates they are still affordable, and come with guaranteed safety.

Taxi

 

It is advisable to avoid two-door taxis if you will be seated in the back. When catching unauthorized taxis, drivers may be inclined to gain a little extra if they know you are a foreigner. If possible, ask them for an estimated price once you get in the car, and only agree to continue if the price seems reasonable. In most cases they will say the price depends on the taximeter, in which case make sure they turn it on. Many taxis in Mexico do not have working seatbelts or doors that can be opened from the inside. This is not cause for alarm, as many of the cars are simply old. Most importantly, if you feel unsafe do not feel obliged to stay in the car.

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Travelling from place to place

Travelling by bus is a great way to get yourself around.

For transport advice have a look at the following websites:

Trip Advisor or Mexperience

 

 

Safety

Despite the negative perceptions concerning violence and crime in Mexico, you can still enjoy your time whilst exercising caution during your trip. Tourists are easily targeted by pickpockets however are usually safe from the more serious crimes. When travelling alone or in a small group, take care with your belongings. Do not display your valuables or large amounts of cash in public. If possible, keep all valuables at your front where you can keep an eye on them and keep bags zipped and secured. When leaving valuables in your apartment or hotel room, place them out of sight and at a safe distance from windows for extra security. Whilst some states are safe to travel between by car or bus, others are not. Although flying may be more expensive, it is much quicker and can be a better option to avoid car/road related violence.

The Australia Government has safety information available online. As of 2015 they advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution whilst travelling in Mexico, as well as encouraging avoidance of the states Michoacán, Guerrero and Tamaulipas. A comprehensive look at Australian governmental advice can be found at Smart Traveller. Also Go Mexico has valuable tips on how to stay safe whilst travelling in Mexico and is worth a look.

Important documents

Be sure to make copies of your passport/visa/credit cards and any other valuable identification before your trip. Leave a copy with someone at home and have a copy on your email so it is easily accessible if needed. Take care with passports whilst travelling as they can be a valuable item to thieves. In the instance that you lose or have your documents stolen you can obtain an emergency passport or new passport (depending on your length of stay remaining) from the Australian Embassy. Having required documents easily accessible before you leave is also a good idea. This can include birth certificates or citizenship documents. Having copies of these documents on hand makes the process fairly quick and less stressful. If needed, you can call the Australian Embassy in Mexico on this number: +52 55 1101 2200.  All services are available in English and the staff are friendly and efficient.

The Australian Embassy is located in Mexico City at the following address:

Ruben Dario 55, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec, C.P. 11580, Mexico DF

Telephone: +52 55 1101 2200

Fax: 1101 2201

Visas (001) 613-238-1040

Cost

Cost of living in Mexico is significantly cheaper than in Australia. Expensive restaurants and bars can be found, however eating on the street is an authentic and cheap way to live. Although you should be sure to use your judgment when buying food off the street, it is much less common to become unwell from Mexican street food than other popular destinations for Australians tourists. Tourist areas see largely increased prices by Mexican standards, but are generally acceptable when compared to Australia. In many areas, such as pyramids, tour guides and souvenirs vendors will increase their price dramatically for foreigners, so if you have a Mexican friend who can accompany you there is more chance of getting a good deal. Although tour guides can be a little pricey, it is the best way to learn about the history and meaning behind all of what you are seeing. In the case of pyramids and other historic sites, there is a lot to be gained from having a guided tour despite the price.

 

Here is a summary of cost of living in Mexico (based on Mexico City prices):

ItemMXNAUD
Bus trip4 pesos$0.30
Metro trip5 pesos$0.40
Metrobus trip6 pesos$0.50
Quesadilla15 pesos$1.30
Enchilada25 pesos$2.15
Cup of fruit5 pesos$0.40
Elotes18 pesos$1.50
Juice12 pesos$1.00
Bottled Water10 pesos$0.85
Chilaquiles16 pesos$1.40
Coca Cola10 pesos$0.85

For more extensive information on prices, including clothes, restaurants and rent, you can browse Numbeo or Expatistan

For an interesting look at Mexico and Australia side-by-side have a look at Find the data 

 

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