December 01, 2016

Your eagerly awaited vacation time has finally arrived, and this year it’s going to be Mexico! For those who’ve never visited this lovely place, prepare to be amazed by all this glorious country offers!  See some important things to know if you’re taking your first trip to Mexico below:

33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Chichen Itza MexicaExplore abundant sites while in Mexico, all certain to be educational and fun.  One of the most well-known is Chichen Itza, where you can learn so much about ancient Maya civilization.  And that’s only the beginning.  You can also see amazing places like El Vizcaíno, notable for being a huge biosphere reserve.

Another must see is millions of butterflies in Michoacán, where they’re present every winter.  Definitely one you’ll pull out the camera for.  As well as the colonial city called San Miguel de Allende, which will astound you with its lovely buildings and colors.

Mexican Foods

cochinita pibilNo one thinks of Mexico without pondering their unique cuisine.  Each area of Mexico has its own specialties.  If you’re near the Yucatán, definitely try some cochinita pibil, which is pork that’s been prepared with banana leaves and orange marinade.

And don’t overlook the desserts!  How about some pan dulce, which is Mexican sweet bread?  Or try some churros, flan, tres leches cakes, or polvorones cookies.  It’s all certain to satisfy your cravings.

Use Bottled Water

Do use caution when consuming drinks that have ice, which may be made from local tap water.  Even be careful about dental hygiene using tap water.  It’s best to use all bottled water, to avoid becoming ill and missing out on the enjoyment of your vacation.  

Obtain Necessary Vaccinations Prior to Travel

Some vaccines are advised for travel to Mexico, such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Typhoid.  Also make sure you’re up-to-date on all your routine vaccinations.   Start taking care of these issues several weeks before you depart, so you won’t have any problems.  

Learn a Bit of Spanish

Don’t worry about being a fluent speaker or learning phrases for every remote possibility, but it helps to know a few things, especially related to transportation, food, etc.  While many do speak English, it’s not universally the case, especially in rural areas.  So you will feel more at ease if you’ve prepared with a few phrases and understand a few words.

Be Safe

It’s best to leave expensive jewelry or certain electronics at home, or out of sight.  As in any large city, the possibility exists for thefts.  And you don’t want to draw attention to yourself or your family as a potential target.

Buses Are a Safe Means of Transportation

The bus system in Mexico boasts a reputation of being safe, clean, and prompt.  You can choose from “first class” or “executive class,” complete with air conditioning, comfortable seats, and movies.  If you’re going to sightsee, the buses make it very convenient.  

Prepare for the Sunshine

Talum Beach Riviera Maya MexicoThe beaches in the area are simply amazing, but you want to prepare with plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and other ways to protect yourself from the sun.  Mexico lies relatively close to the equator, so the sun’s rays can be strong.  Just protect yourself so you won’t miss any enjoyment due to a sunburn.  

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