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Practical information about Mexico

Practical information about Mexico

Practical information about Mexico

1. Climate

Mexico is a great place to visit all year round. It has a pleasant tropical climate along the coasts and in the low-lying areas. The temperature is generally between 24 and 33 °C, with delightfully warm evenings. In the highlands, the climate is subtropical, with temperatures of around 21–27 °C during the day, and cold nights – particularly during the winter. The rainy season is primarily from June to October, and the rain usually falls as heavy showers in the late afternoon. However, please note that Mexico can be hit by tropical storms along the Caribbean coast from July through October.

Weather statistics for Mexico City:

Day temp. 21 23 25 27 27 25 23 23 23 23 22 21
Night temp. 7 7 10 11 12 13 12 12 12 10 8 7
Precipitation, mm 9 9 13 27 58 157 183 173 144 61 6 6
JAN 21 7 9
FEB 23 7 9
MAR 25 10 13
APR 27 11 27
MAY 27 12 58
JUN 25 13 157
JUL 23 12 183
AUG 23 12 173
SEP 23 12 144
OCT 23 10 61
NOV 22 8 6
DEC 21 7 6

Weather statistics for Cancún:

Day temp. 28 28 30 32 32 32 33 33 32 30 29 28
Night temp. 15 18 19 21 22 23 23 23 23 22 20 18
Precipitation, mm 66 54 36 42 108 183 129 148 224 185 85 79
JAN 28 15 66
FEB 28 18 54
MAR 30 19 36
APR 32 21 42
MAY 32 22 108
JUN 32 23 183
JUL 33 23 129
AUG 33 23 148
SEP 32 23 224
OCT 30 22 185
NOV 29 20 85
DEC 28 18 79

Weather statistics for San Cristobal de Las Casas:

Day temp. 21 21 23 23 23 22 22 22 21 21 21 20
Night temp. 6 6 7 9 10 11 11 10 11 9 8 6
Precipitation, mm 24 22 27 46 114 208 165 184 215 126 53 39
JAN 21 6 24
FEB 21 6 22
MAR 23 7 27
APR 23 9 46
MAY 23 10 114
JUN 22 11 208
JUL 22 11 165
AUG 22 10 184
SEP 21 11 215
OCT 21 9 126
NOV 21 8 53
DEC 20 6 39
2. Form of travel

Excursions and transfers are conducted in small, international groups led by an English-speaking guide.

3. When is it best to travel to Mexico?

The rainy season, which is also the hottest season in Mexico, lasts from May through October. Temperatures can be very high between July and September – particularly in the southern region of the country – but this is also the wettest period of the year. Generally speaking, you can still plan a visit to Mexico in the rainy season as the rain usually lasts for only a couple of hours in the late afternoon. From November to April, the weather is dry and pleasantly warm without being too hot. December–February is the coldest period of the year in all parts of the country, and the evenings and nights can be very cold in inland areas, so it is a good idea to bring a warm jumper and long trousers with you. Along the coasts, both days and nights are warm.

4. Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from llamatours.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

5. Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

6. Language

Spanish is the language spoken in Mexico, but the people are very helpful and love the chance to use the English words they know. In more rural regions, English speakers may be few and far between, which is why we use bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. It is a good idea to end questions and queries with the words ‘por favor’, which mean ‘please’. Another good word to know is ‘gracias’ – which means ‘thank you’ and is sure to prove useful in many situations.

7. Vaccinations

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

8. Passport/Visa/ESTA

Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return home.

UK citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days.

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

If you are travelling via the US, the following applies to British citizens:

To travel via the United States, you must apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Without ESTA, you will not be allowed to travel through the United States. Apply for the travel authorization in good time at least 72 hours before your departure to the US. ESTA costs 14 USD per person and all travellers must apply, regardless of their age. You can apply via the following link: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. You should have your passport, itinerary, credit card and e-mail address to hand when making your application. The travel authorization is electronically connected to your passport and is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is earliest). We recommend that you bring a physical copy of your ESTA with you if, for example, the system is down on your arrival, however this is not a requirement.

If you get a new passport, you must apply for a new ESTA.

If you have you travelled in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on 1 March 2011 or later, you must apply for a visa at the American Embassy. You cannot apply for ESTA. The same applies if you have dual nationality in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.

If you are travelling via Canada, the following applies to British citizens:

To travel via Canada, you must apply for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). Without eTA, you will not be allowed to travel through Canada. Apply for the travel authorization in good time. eTA costs 7 CAD per person and all travellers must apply, regardless of their age. You can apply via the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp. You should have your passport, itinerary, credit card and e-mail address to hand when making your application. The travel authorization is electronically connected to your passport and is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires (whichever is earliest). We recommend that you bring a physical copy of your eTA with you if, for example, the system is down on your arrival, however this is not a requirement.

If you get a new passport, you must apply for a new eTA.

9. Currency

The unit of currency in Mexico is the peso. Go to www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to view the currently applicable exchange rate. We recommend that you bring some US dollars with you in cash, and then exchange these for local currency at an official bureau de change. There are cashpoint machines (ATMs) almost everywhere. You can use most common credit cards at hotels and in many shops and restaurants. Once again, however, the farther out into the country you travel, the harder it may be to use your credit card.

10. Price level

Prices are generally lower in Mexico than in the UK. It is usually cheaper to eat out, although you can naturally find drinks and meals in all price classes. Prices are generally also lower outside the large towns and cities.

11. Tipping

In Mexico, it is customary to tip guides, waiters and other service personnel. Tipping is, of course, voluntary, and it’s completely up to you how much you want to give. Have some small notes or coins ready in case you would like to tip someone, and give it to them in person.
As a rule of thumb, you can reckon on the following:

  • Guides: 80-100 pesos PP per excursion
  • Drivers: 60-80 pesos PP per excursion
  • Maids: 10 pesos PRPN
  • Hotel porters: 5 pesos per suitcase
  • Restaurants and bars: 10–15% of the bill

At bars and restaurants, tips may sometimes be included in the bill. If they are not, it is customary to leave the tip on the table after paying the bill. The bill may sometimes also include a surcharge for extra services such as “cover” (“cubierto”) or live music. In some places, “IVA” may also appear on the bill. This is not a tip but VAT.

12. Time difference

There is a seven-hour difference between Central European Time (CET) and the time in Mexico. This means that when it is noon CET, it is 5 a.m. in Mexico.

13. Electricity

Mains electricity in Mexico is 110 V. Mexican plugs have two flat pins, so you will need to bring a travel adapter with you.

14. Telephone and Internet

The international dialling code for Mexico is +52. It can be expensive to call home to Europe from Mexico. Ask your own mobile service provider about coverage and call charges. There are Internet cafés in most large towns and cities.

15. Safety

Whenever you travel to a poor country anywhere in the world, it is important to be discreet. It is not a good idea to flaunt your valuables or to leave them unattended. We work exclusively with properly trained, experienced and certified guides, who can always provide you with good advice about safety, and know precisely where it is safe for you to walk/visit. If you follow your guide’s instructions you should always be able to stay out of trouble.

16. Food and drink

Mexican cuisine is delicious – and spicy! The best-known Mexican dish is probably ‘chili con carne’, which consists of beef in a hot chili sauce with plenty of beans. You should also make sure to try Mexican guacamole and tortillas – corn pancakes often filled with chicken. To wash down the spicy dishes, treat yourself to a Mexican beer such as Sól or Corona. If you are in the mood for something a little stronger, round off your meal with a Tequila. This is the national drink and usually served with salt and lemon or lime.

17. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

18. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport. If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

19. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

20. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

21. Your luggage

We work with many different airlines to Mexico, so there may be variations in the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you as both checked luggage and hand luggage. Check the information about this on your airline ticket, and contact us if you have any questions.

You should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

You may find yourself sitting in a draught from the air conditioning in the plane, so make sure to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your hand luggage.

22. Transfers to and from airports

On arrival at the different airports in Mexico, you will be met by our local representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name. You will be driven to the airport again on departure. You will be informed of your pick-up time when you arrive in Mexico.

23. Travellers with reduced mobillity

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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