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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. The following are not included in our package trip prices

  • Meals except those specifically mentioned
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Gratuities

3. Form of travel

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

4. 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 October through May, 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Vaccinations

We recommend that you contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic.
Visit the CDC website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list for more information about vaccinations and Mexico.

9. 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 following regulations apply if you are flying via the United States:

UK citizens with a clean criminal record may visit the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. British citizens are covered by what is known as the ‘Visa Waiver Program’ and must therefore apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) – a mandatory travel permit valid for 90 days on arrival. ESTA registration replaces the green form that was previously distributed on the aircraft. Without an ESTA, you will not be permitted to enter the United States. You will need to apply for approval at least 72 hours before departing for the United States. ESTA registration costs USD 14 per person, and all travellers must fill in the relevant form online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. It is important to stress that the authorities in the United States may reject applicants under the ESTA programme, both in connection with the application process and actually on arrival in the United States. However, this is extremely rare, and the vast majority of travellers enjoy a problem-free journey to the United States. We recommend that you carry a physical copy of your ESTA approval with you – in case the system is down when you arrive, for example – but this is not an absolute requirement. ESTA registration is valid for two years, but you will need to renew it if you visit the country again.

If you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on or later than 1 March 2011, you will need to apply for a visa at the American Embassy. You cannot apply for an ESTA. The same applies if you hold dual citizenship in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.

10. 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. Also bring a credit card and make sure to memorise your PIN code. NEVER write your PIN code down! 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.

11. 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.

12. Tipping

It is customary to tip hotel and restaurant staff and other people who provide a service. So make sure to have some small denomination notes or coins with you at all times.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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 travel 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 travel guide’s instructions you should always be able to stay out of trouble.

17. 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.

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 have any comments on the itinerary or find 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

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

21. Checked luggage and hand 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 and your travel guide should pack your luggage so that you can both make so without one item of luggage if the other is lost or delayed. While it is unlikely to happen, the problem may arise. If it does, it may take a few days before your luggage is delivered to the hotel where you are staying.

So make sure to carry all your important, indispensable items in your hand luggage: passport, visa, plane tickets, insurance papers, credit card(s), cash, prescriptions, information about any special medical conditions you may have along with essential medicine, allergy medicine, treatments for sudden stomach problems (such as Imodium) and pain killers (Panodil and/or Ipren, for example). You should also carry your camera, binoculars and other valuables in your hand luggage.

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.