MEXICO

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As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Mexico in a way like no other. From sugary beaches to misty jungles and vibrant cities to ancient ruins, Mexico is a kaleidoscope of nature, culture and history. The outdoor adventures are endless, spanning snowy volcanoes to deserts cloaked in wildflowers. Swing from the mountain cloud forests to over 9,000 kilometres of coastline, where you can surf the Pacific Ocean or snorkel the Caribbean Sea. The beautiful landscapes are carved by centuries of culture, and our Mexico holidays will take you on a journey from the grand Spanish mansions to the remarkable Aztec and Mayan architecture. We’ll also show you the heart of the country through the diverse Mexican locals. Take a train ride deep into Copper Canyon to meet the Native American Tarahumara people, or visit the historic Torres family in El Fuerte. Through it all, you’ll share in the fiery food and radiant fiestas, as you live it up in Mexico.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"From the mysteries of the Aztecs and the Mayan temples, to the dreamy cloud forests and coastline, Mexico will cast a spell on you."

Travel Director

Mexico at a

glance

Currency

Mexican peso

Winter avg temp

23°C

Summer avg temp

25°C

Time Zone

GMT -5-

GMT-7

Capital City

Mexico City

Language

Spanish

Good Morning

Buenos días

Good evening

Buenos tardes

From sugary beaches, misty jungles and snowy volcanoes, to vibrant cities and ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins, Mexico is a kaleidoscope of nature, culture and history. Live it up with your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and enjoy the lively fiestas and fiery food of Mexico.

Our top 3 things to do in Mexico

Our vacation trips to Mexico take you from the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal, to the flamingos of Celestún and the white powdery beaches of Cancun.

Enjoy a traditional Mayan dinner in Merida

The White City of Mérida has an incredible Mayan history and colonial heritage, from ancient Mayan temples to towering cathedrals. You’ll connect with the locals of the city when we introduce you to Chef Don Miguel and join him in the Chaya Maya Mansion for a live cooking demonstration and Mayita cocktails.

Cruise the lagoons and canals of Celestún

Celestún is a fishing village on the Yucatán Peninsula, and the gateway to UNESCO-listed Celestún Biosphere Reserve. We’ll navigate the lagoons and canals in small boats as we go in search of the reserve’s birds. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, pelicans and large flocks of bright pink flamingos.

View the Paseo de Montejo

Take a walk down the Paseo de Montejo, a sweeping avenue in Mérida lined with trees and grand Spanish mansions from the 19th century. You can also find many famous monuments along the avenue, including Monumento a la Patria, a large sculpture with more than 300 hand-carved figures.

Best museums in Mexico

Mexico is home to a host of superb museums, and we’ll show you the famous works of Frida Kahlo, ancient artefacts from the Aztecs, and an extraordinary underwater gallery.

Museo Dolores Olmedo

Located in Mexico City, Museo Dolores Olmedo contains the greatest collection of artworks by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Angelina Beloff. It was founded by Mexican businesswoman Dolores Olmedo, who donated her entire collection including pre-Hispanic, folk, colonial and contemporary art. You can even spot living animals like Indian peafowls in the museum’s gardens.

National Museum of Anthropology

As the largest museum in Mexico, the National Museum of Anthropology houses important archaeological and cultural items from Mexico’s pre-Columbian history. You’ll see some incredible artefacts, including the Aztec Xochipilli statue, giant stone heads from the Olmec civilisation, and the Stone of the Sun, the Aztec calendar stone.

Cancun Underwater Museum

This wonderful underwater museum features 500 sculptures submerged in the ocean of Cancun National Marine Park. You can go snorkeling and diving, or take a tour on a glass bottomed boat to view these unique galleries. The museum was created to preserve the coral reefs, and the statues provide eco-friendly material for coral to grow on.

Best food in Mexico

Mexican cuisine is full of spices and flavour, and our Local Specialists will show you all the best spots to try the tasty dishes of Mexico.

Tacos Arabes

One of the most famous foods in Puebla, these ‘Arab tacos’ are made from flour tortillas filled with spiced spit-roasted meat (usually pork), and topped with salt, salsa and lime juice. They can be found all over town, and our Local Specialists will show you the best places to try this beloved dish.

Pozole

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup found across the country. It’s made with garlic and hominy corn, and you can find meat-free varieties or stews with pork or chicken. It’s often served with hot sauce, onion and shredded lettuce, for a warm hearty meal.

Chilaquiles

A classic Mexican comfort food, chilaquiles are a plate of fried corn tortillas and zesty sauces, topped with cheese and sour cream. They’re similar to nachos, and you can add delicious extras like meat and salsa.

Swimsuit

Flanked by two oceans and lined with sandy beaches and coral reefs, Mexico is the perfect place to go diving, surfing or simply soak up the sun.

Waterproof day bag

There are plenty of watery activities to enjoy in Mexico, such as diving, snorkelling and swimming in cenotes. Bring a waterproof day bag to protect your phones and cameras.

Reef-safe sunscreen

Protect yourself from the harsh sun with SPF 30 or higher and protect the coral gardens of Mexico with reef-safe sunscreen.

Mosquito Repellent

Mexico’s tropical climate attracts plenty of insects and mosquitoes, so protect yourself with a strong repellent with DEET (diethyltoluamide) and apply it regularly.

Adaptor plug

In Mexico, the standard voltage is 127 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard frequency is 60 Hz.

What to pack for Mexico

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Mexico Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Mexico and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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