Are you thinking about traveling to Mexico for the first time? Are you hesitant about visiting our country due to lingering questions about what to do and not do, or because of stereotypes and negative press?
If so, here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
This is neither a myth nor something that bothers us when asked about by visitors. The truth is that in Mexico it is common to drink bottled water or water from a filtered water jug. This does not mean that our water is contaminated or that you cannot rely on water and ice served at your hotel or at local restaurant. Simply put - don't drink straight from the tap.
In addition, this is a tip that comes highly recommended whenever you travel internationally.
You may think you have a stomach made of steel and that you have eaten spicy all your life. However, authentic Mexican food is quite spicier than what they serve in your home country. We don’t recommend that you refrain from experiencing local cuisine, but that you try food bit by bit and ask about its spiciness prior to purchase. After all, we have options for everyone.
Mexican food is so rich and diverse that it would be a shame if you always ordered tacos, quesadillas, and gorditas. Remember that our gastronomy is a cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Always carry your documents and credentials with you and ask if there are secure places within your hotel or at local destinations where you can keep your things locked away. It goes without saying , that wherever you travel, you’re responsible for your own safety.
Cancun and the Riviera Maya are tourist destinations where almost everyone speaks English, and locals will be happy to speak to you in your native language. However, they will be even happier to teach you Spanish. Don’t worry if you make mistakes at the beginning - we understand that languages require practice and confidence.
During your stay you are sure to experience places or services that don’t accept credit or debit cards. In addition, most workers accept a tip for their service, unless they tell you otherwise.
It's easy to feel that nothing bad will happen to you while visiting a foreign country that treats you so well. However, safety regulations exist for a reason - always be safe and ask questions if you have any doubts.
There will be plenty of places where street vendors will offer you services or products on the street. Sometimes they will be very insistent. But, don't worry - if you prefer not to buy their product or service, just say "No thanks" and smile.
We recommend that you look for a biodegradable sunscreen - many of the places you will visit work to protect the ecosystem and local biodiversity.
It may be very hot during the day, but at night the temperature may drop or it may even rain during the afternoon. We recommend you bring clothes suitable for all possible weather conditions.
Finally, remember that spending a day at the beach isn’t everything - there are many impressive places to visit, such as archeological sites and eco-parks, as well as thrilling adventure activities available to guests.
Remember, Mexicans are a warm people who will always receive you with open arms.