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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Mexico. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Mexico.
Currencie(s): Mexican peso
Tipping: The standard tip in Mexico is 11.5% of the pre-tax bill which equates to 10% after tax in most of the Mexican territory, except in special lower tax stimulus economic zones.
Corruption: Mexico has a corruption score of 72/100.
If your itinerary runs through Mexico, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Mexico is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.
Mexico is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.6 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Mérida is 18.
Age of Consent: 17 years.
At the age of 17, an individual is considered mature enough in Mexico to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Mexico.
Mexico scores a 1/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Mexico are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Timezone: UTC-08:00 to UTC-06:00
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 127 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B
Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 30.6 and 33°C (87 and 91.4°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 20.92 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Mexico. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.