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Mexico Holidays,  Mexico Holiday Packages Overview

With a Native American heritage and a distinct Spanish flavour, Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. Its varied terrain ranges from cactus-studded deserts to white sandy beaches and blue waters, tropical rainforest and jungle-clad hills to steep rocky canyons and narrow gorges, and from snow-capped volcano peaks to bustling cities.

 

Since the height of Mayan and Aztec civilisations, Mexico has suffered the destructive force of the Conquistadors, European colonial rule, civil and territorial wars, rebellions, dictatorships, recessions and earthquakes. Yet its people remain warm and friendly, much of the countryside remains unspoilt by development, and its cities display a unique style of architecture. The extraordinary history is reflected in the ancient Mayan temples strewn across the jungles and ruins of Aztec civilisations, rural indigenous villages, Spanish colonial cities and silver mining towns, and traditional Mexican ports.

 

Buildings display a unique combination of colonial and pagan architecture, blending together Art Nouveau, Baroque, Art Deco and Native American design into the structure of their churches and public structures. The country's culture displays a similar blend of the traditional and modern, where pagan meets Christian in a series of festivals, or fiestas throughout the year.

 

Besides a combination of unique culture and fascinating cities, Mexico also boasts several hundred miles of coastline extending down through both the Pacific and the Caribbean, which has branded the country as a popular summer retreat destination. Beach resort cities such as Acapulco, Cancun and those of the Baja California peninsula are accepted vacation havens. The countryside is also rich in archaeological treasures with pyramids, ruins of ancient cities and great stone carvings of ancient gods standing as testament to a country once ruled by the Aztecs and Mayans.

 

Tourist Offices - Mexican Tourist Office, Acapulco: +52 (01)744 842 423 or www.visitmexico.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All visitors must hold a tourist card (FMT form), which is issued free of charge and obtainable from airlines, Mexican Consulates, Mexican international airports and border crossing points.


- For Australians - Australian passport holders must have a valid passport. A visa is not required for stays of up to 180 days if in possession of a Tourist Card/FMT form issued free by airlines. Travellers are required to have tickets and documents for a return or onward journey, and sufficient funds.


- New Zealanders must have a passport. No visa is required for a touristic stay of up to180 days, if holding a Tourist Card/form FMT issued by airlines (free of charge).


- United States passport holders must have a valid passport, or other proof of citizenship, such as an original birth certificate with a raised seal accompanied by an official photo ID (e.g. driver's license), plus marriage certificate if your name has changed. A visa is not required for stays of up to 180 days, if holding a Tourist Card/FMT form issued free of charge by airlines. From 31 December 2006 all US citizens travelling to and from Mexico by sea or air will require a passport; by 31 December 2007 the requirement will be extended to include all land border crossings as well.


- United States passport holders must have a valid passport, or other proof of citizenship, such as an original birth certificate with a raised seal accompanied by an official photo ID (e.g. driver's license), plus marriage certificate if your name has changed. A visa is not required for stays of up to 180 days, if holding a Tourist Card/FMT form issued free of charge by airlines. From 31 December 2006 all US citizens travelling to and from Mexico by sea or air will require a passport; by 31 December 2007 the requirement will be extended to include all land border crossings as well.


- British passport holders must have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. A visa is not required for stays of up to 180 days, if in possession of a Tourist Card/FMT form and holding a passport endorsed British Citizen. If the passport is endorsed British National (Overseas) the visa exemption is for a maximum of 90 days. Travellers must have a return or onward ticket (unless a British Citizen with a Tourist Card or visa), as well as necessary documents for further travel, and sufficient funds.

 

Mexico Holidays - Currency of Mexico

 

Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100 centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally accepted, and are best taken in US Dollars. ATMs are available in most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money, but for safety reasons they should only be used during business hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many casas de cambio (exchange houses), which have longer hours and offer a quicker service than the banks.

 

Mexico Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for Mexico is +52. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for North America). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)55 for Mexico City, (0)744 for Acapulco and (0)998 for Cancun. Some US long-distance phone companies have access numbers which can be dialled in order to use your phone card - calls are usually cheaper than direct-dialled calls from a hotel room. If calling internationally from a phone booth only use the official TelMex phone booths, as all others charge very high fees. GSM 1900 mobile networks cover most of the country. Internet access is widely available in most of the country, especially in tourist-orientated areas.

 

Mexico Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Mexico over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g pipe tobacco; 3 litres wine or other alcoholic beverages; perfume, eau-de-cologne or lotions for personal use; a video camera and one standard camera. Non-residents are allowed to bring in 12 rolls of film or video cassettes, and goods to the value of US$300 without incurring duty fees. Prohibited goods include fresh food products and the import of canned food. The export of archaeological artefacts is strictly forbidden.

 

Mexico Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Tips are expected in Mexico by almost all services; waiters and bar staff should be tipped 10 to 15% if a service charge hasn't already been added to the bill. The American custom of tipping 15-20% is practiced at international resorts, including those in Los Cabos. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped unless they have helped with luggage.

 

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