Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Mexican Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing visas is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.

Health
Vaccinations are not currently required before travel to Mexico. Check with your healthcare provider about six weeks prior to your departure for the most current recommendations. Travelers are advised to drink and brush their teeth with bottled water. Avoid eating uncooked vegetables, and be wary of ice and fruits or vegetables that may have been washed in local, untreated water. Ask your Travel Director or Local Travel Expert about purchasing food from street vendors.  A good sun block and insect repellent should be worn at all times.

Currency
The currency in Mexico is the peso (MXN). Pesos are divided into 100 centavos, with coins issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 centavos, and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 pesos. Notes are printed in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency.

Voltage
Mexico has 127 V at 50 Hz, with a type A or B socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you will not need a converter or an adapter.

Internet Access
Wireless and wired Internet access is widely available in main cities throughout Mexico. There are also Internet cafés in major cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge.

Phones
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.

Shopping
Depending on what you are looking to buy, Mexico offers a variety of shopping choices and affordable prices. There are local markets and little stores in the towns you'll visit. You may have the opportunity to stop at larger stores in major cities. Items to look for include arts and crafts made by the local Indians, jewelry and silver, pottery, embroidered textiles and clothes, huarache sandals, and maybe some tequila! And be prepared to haggle and negotiate - that's part of the fun. Ask your Travel Director or Locat Travel Expert for tips and suggestions.

Tipping
We suggest the following tipping rates: Grocery store bagging clerks 1-5 pesos, Housekeepers about US$1 per day (or the equivalent in the local currency), Taxis - not really necessary, but you can round up the fare on the meter, Restaurants and bars 15% of the total bill. If a service charge or propina has already been added there is no need to tip as much or at all.

Transportation
Transportation in Mexico is convenient and inexpensive. The easiest way to travel between cities is by bus. Coaches have scheduled timetables and some companies allow travelers to book their seats in advance. Within towns, a taxi may be the easiest and best way to travel. Be sure to have your hotel's concierge advise you of the correct fare and negotiate this with the taxi driver before agreeing to the ride. Use extreme care when crossing streets, as traffic can be hazardous.

Dress
Transportation in Mexico is convenient and inexpensive. The easiest way to travel between cities is by bus. Coaches have scheduled timetables and some companies allow travelers to book their seats in advance. Within towns, a taxi may be the easiest and best way to travel. Be sure to have your hotel's concierge advise you of the correct fare and negotiate this with the taxi driver before agreeing to the ride. Use extreme care when crossing streets, as traffic can be hazardous.

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