11th country of destination by international tourist arrivals in 2012
23.4 million visitors per year (+0.0)
TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION: United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos)
Mexico is one of the important top travel destinations in the world from the North American continent. It s coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. In 1521, Spain conquered and colonized the territory from its base in México-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Spain ruled Mexico as part of the viceroyalty of New Spain for the next 300 years until Sept. 16, 1810, when the Mexicans first revolted. This territory would eventually become Mexico as the colony independence was recognized in 1821.
The present Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country, comprising of 31 states and one federal district. The country’s climate ranges from tropical to arid, and the terrain consists of coastal lowlands, central high plateaus, deserts and mountains.
Mexico’s main differentiated seasons includes the dry season (from late November to early June) that is also the high tourist season and the rainy season (from June to November), showing torrential though brief rainfalls which mainly take place by the afternoons. The Tropic of Cancer divides the country into temperate and tropical zones.
The Pacific Coastline, summer’s temperatures are around 35° C, the southern areas and 30° C in the northern areas. During winter, these temperatures would usually fell to some 10°C.
The Baja California Peninsula shows a warm weather around the area of the restless City of Tijuana. Mexicali is very hot but there are low humidity rates.
The Mexico City the weather is dry and mild. Mornings and nights are usually fresh, unlike the afternoons which are usually warmer. Average temperatures between December and March is 20° C, while during the warmer months (April and March) temperature can go up to 31° C. The rain during the afternoon is normal between July and August.
The Northern Territories of Mexico temperatures are quite severe. The plenty flatlands framed by the peaks are arid and hot, showing some very high temperatures during summer (late June to early November) and the temperature easily get to show numbers above 38° C.
The Yucatan Peninsula and Southern Mexico is characterized for their high temperatures and rainy areas.
The Culture and Religion
The Mexican culture displays its past historical story. The country's history through the blending of pre-Hispanic civilizations and the culture of Spain, imparted during Spain's 300-year colonization by Spain. The other external cultural elements are mainly from the United States which now has been incorporated into Mexican culture.
The Spanish arrival and colonization brought Roman Catholicism to the country and which is now the main religion of Mexico. The main five religions of Mexico includes: Roman Catholics, Protestant, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims.
Places to tour in Mexico
Acapulco – Another sophisticated urban beach setting known for its top-notch nightlife.
Sumidero Canyon – See the well managed National Park along with the vast flocks of flamingos, pelicans and other waterfowl.
Guadalajara – A traditional city and home of mariachi music and tequila.
Taxco – A mountain town which was once a major silver producer and now has a strong place in the trade of decorative silver.
Cancun – The world’s most popular and famous beaches, known for its lively party atmosphere and its wealth of recreational facilities.
When to go
Mexico is a top travel destination to visit throughout the year, though seasonal variations are there to be considered. The best time to visit Mexico is probably from October to May as the temperature is more pleasant during this time. July and August are also popular holiday months especially for foreign tourists, so this is another range of time to visit the top travel destination. Also, it is advisable to avoid the May to September period as these months can be hot and humid.
Travelling in Mexico
By plane – Domestic flights are available for city to city travelling.
By car – Foreign drivers' licenses are recognized and recommended.
By bus – If traveling by bus, be sure to take the express buses as other buses often stop at many smaller stations along the way and makes the trip a lot longer.
Organized tours– Organized tours are a great way to see the sites and soak up the local culture – especially if you’re travelling alone or are a first-time traveler. Check out some of the options for tours in Mexico.
Major Airports in Mexico
– Mexico City International Airport
– General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport
– Lic. Jesús Terán Peredo International Airport
– Cancún International Airport
– General Francisco Javier Mina International Airport
– Angel Albino Corzo International Airport