Peel back the lucha libre mask and you’ll find a patchwork of cultures and customs mixed into one tequila-drenched country.

The gregarious locals are just as likely to pull you up for a dance at one of Mexico City’s hip-shaking salsa clubs as they are to show you the way to one of the country’s many ancient ruins, all with a casual ‘hola’ and an inviting smile. While our tours get you up close with locals, they also show you the best sights from on and off the gringo trail. You can party until dawn in Playa del Carmen, eat your way into a food coma in Oaxaca, or, best of all, kick back with a horchata in the lazy seaside port of Merida.

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Accommodation in Mexico

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Mexico you may find yourself staying in a:

Basic accommodation in Mexico

Basic Hotel

Intrepid prefers smaller character-filled hotels and guesthouses than hotel chains. When on holiday in Mexico, enjoy staying in small hotels owned and run by friendly locals.

Mexico holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Mexico

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Memorable Moments of Mexico

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Mexico

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Mexico travel FAQs

MEXICO:
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required

Tipping is expected in most parts of Mexico. Service workers typically earn a low wage and rely on tips to earn a decent living. Add 10-15% to restaurant bills (if service charge is not already included), and leave a few dollars or pesos for housekeepers, porters, bartenders and guides.

Internet access is easily found in Mexico’s large cities, metropolitan areas and places frequented by tourists, but less so in more remote areas.

Mobile phone coverage is good in Mexico, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas, especially if travelling in mountainous regions. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Mexico.

It's likely that you will encounter different types of toilets while travelling in Mexico. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.

Short trip on public transport = 3 pesos
Street food snack = 10-15 pesos
Bottle of beer = 20-25 pesos
Meal in mid-range restaurant = 50-100 pesos

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Mexico. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option in Mexico.

ATMs are common in large cities and tourist hot spots like Cancun and Mexico City, and can be found in and near shopping centres and hotels. ATMs are less common in rural areas and smaller towns, so you're advised to prepare for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 5 Feb Constitution Day
  • 6 Feb Constitution Day Holiday
  • 20 Mar Benito Juarez Day
  • 1 May Labor Day
  • 16 Sep Independence Day 
  • 2 Nov All Souls' Day
  • 20 Nov Revolution Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Mexico go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/mexico/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

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How we're giving back

In Mexico, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.