Preparation before Mexico

Safety

You probably heard plenty of scary stories about Mexico from the media, but let’s get the facts straight. It is an insignificant fraction of the truth what is considered news worthy. Like in every major city, there are parts where trouble is more likely, and parts that are completely safe. We are, of course, avoid any potentially unsafe areas.

The agency behind the organization, including myself, have been spending our winters in Mexico and our summers in Europe for long years now. We are outsiders who choose to live here because of all the wonders and smiles the people and culture offer. I have experienced first hand how the truth, that I see with my own eyes, is different from what I see in the media, and that is when I started traveling more outside of my comfort zone.

If there is, trouble is very centralized, so it is fairly easy to stay far away from the negative, and very easy to see just how wonderful this country really is.

During the excurison we will be surrounded by warm and welcoming small town or jungle people, who we love to interact with, and THAT is the true Mexico we choose to show you.

Weather

Basically Mexico is very pleasant in winter, but if you are traveling in January, you should be prepared for 58 degrees at night. Rarely happens, but just have a light jacket with you. At daytime is expected to be 77-86 degrees Fahrenheit, and as spring approaches, nights can warm up to 73-80 degrees.

Rain can fall anytime near the coast due to climate change, even though the dry season is winter. However, most likely, the air will be warm and humid with plenty of sunshine.

The sun is strong, it is worth taking seriously.

What to carry at all times

  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light shirt or something to cover your shoulders
  • Fan if you get overheated easily
  • Sun lotion - biodegradable for the environment
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals

Shots:

Ask your local vaccination center at home, but I definitely recommend hepatitis vaccines.

Food:

You will have the complete freedom to eat whatever you prefer over the excursion even those with diets and allergies. Most alternatives are available.

Over the first 7 days of the excursion, breakfast will be at the hotel or in the surrounding restaurants, lunch will always be served in local, traditional restaurants. Dinner will also be available in and around the hotel.

Mexican cuisine, in general, is as healthy as you want it to be. It is full of beans, vegetables, avocados, and rice, meats and fruits are the most common.

I’m mostly vegan, and I can eat at any restaurant, or even have options. So if you eat the same way, you will not starve. But if you are a carnivore, you have plenty to choose from as well.

Your digestive system may need a few days to acclimatize, it is advisable to drink plenty of water, always keeping some water with you and get some snacks if feeling weak: banana, hazelnuts, muesli bars … etc.

There is no need to be scared if your metabolism changes, it does not mean that you have eaten something bad, but simply that your body is not accustomed to tropical bacteria and other microorganisms.

Money:

It’s worth converting dollars at home because it’s accepted almost everywhere. However, it is important to change peso upon arrival as we go to small towns where the dollar is rarely accepted. Always carry 3-400 pesos with you, because you will never know when to buy water or souvenirs. Bring 1-2 credit cards because you may need an ATM here and there. Prices vary, but generally speaking Mexico is cheaper than most Western countries. 

Visa:

Check if you need any special entry visa before hand. If you don’t, you will receive a tourist visa on your flight to Cancun, which you must not lose, as you will be asked to hand it over to officials when you leave.  You will get the visa from the flight attendants on the aircraft, so travel with a pen.

After landing in Cancún when you come to the exit: IMPORTANT, I will wait for you at the Friends & Family exit. Pay attention when exiting, because once you exit, you are not allowed to enter the airport again.

Other

Usually 110V (adapter / converter required), some hotels offer 220V North American types work in Mexico, so if you are not from there, it is best to get a globally usable travel adapter.

Tap water is not potable, so you should always have a bottle of water with you.

Any technical or reservation questions will be forwarded to the tour operator. For any other questions, please contact me.