[TRV Compass] Mexico

— Updated on Dec 12, 2018

  • General
  • Guanajuato
  • Mexico City
  • Oaxaca

I. Transportation

Short Distance
1. Uber – in major and mid-sized cities, Uber would be the most convenient mean of transportation.
2. Taxi – for your safety, you should always call a taxi company or have front desk call for you. You can stop taxi on the street but it is not recommended.

Long Distance
1. Bus – very convenient in Mexico. There are different bus companies but Primera Plus and ETN are comfortable.
2. Airplane – more costly than bus but there are several domestic flights available.
3. Rental Car – major rental car companies are available in Mexico.
Driving license: http://mexico.martinmichalik.eu/2011/11/13/drivers-license-or-international-driving-permit-in-mexico/

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***If you are driving to Mexico City, be aware that there is restriction as to which cars can enter, based on the last digit of license plate. This is one of the government policy to reduce air polution. The license plate rule is as below:
Monday: no driving if license plate ends with 5 or 6.
Tuesday: no driving if license plate ends with 7 or 8.
Wednesday: no driving if license plate ends with 3 or 4.
Thursday: no driving if license plate ends with 1 or 2.
Friday: no driving if license plate ends with 9, 0 or a letter.
Saturday and Sunday: All vehicles may be driven.
(Mexican law changes frequently so, be sure to check the latest rule before you travel.)

 

II. Accommodation

Most franchised hotels are available in Mexico.
There are cheap motels but securities can be a big question.
We would recommend minimum Mexican franchised business hotels, such as City Express and Hotel One, even if you are low on budget.

If you are staying in older facilities, you may experience little supply of hot water when taking shower; water in Mexico contains high amount of calcium, which clogs water system over time. If you have trouble with the shower in your room, you can ask the front desk to change the room.

 

III. Food

Various kind of Mexican food is available in Mexico. You should try as much different dishes as possible. (Yellow and orange chili or habanero are spicier than red or green chilis!!!)
Various internationally franchised fast food are available across the country.
Not many international restaurant. There are several Mexican Chinese and Mexican Sushi but few are authentic.

Water – tap water is NOT drinkable. You can use tap water for brushing teeth.

 

IV. Safety

Various kind of Mexican food is available in Mexico. You should try as much different dishes as possible. (Yellow and orange chili or habanero are spicier than red or green chilis!!!)
Various internationally franchised fast food are available across the country.
Not many international restaurant. There are several Mexican Chinese and Mexican Sushi but few are authentic.

Water – tap water is NOT drinkable. You can use tap water for brushing teeth.

V. Climate

It depends on where you go in Mexico but general rule of thumb is Mexico has rain season and dry season. Rain season is between end of May and end of September. The rest months are dry seasons. Due to precipitation cycle, flowers blossom after rain season in October so, you would feel that spring has finally come in fall.

If you are traveling to the capital, Mexico City, and other central region, such as Queretaro, Guanajuato and Guadalajara, keep in mind that you are going to places that are altitude off 1,500 – 2,300m. The climate in such altitude is hot during the day and cold at night and in the morning. You should always carry both short sleeves and jacket.

You should always check the weather before you go. >>> CHECK WEATHER <<<

 

VI. Power Plug & Voltage

Power Plug: 1) Type A
2) Type B
Voltage: 124V, 60 Hz
Get universal socket
Get step-down converter

 

VII. Language

Mexico is a Spanish speaking country.
You can find some English speakers, many of who are willing to help foreigners when they see them.

>> Survival Spanish <<<

 

VIII. Currency

National Currency: Mexican Pesos
When you see “$” sign, they usually mean pesos but be sure to confirm with the seller.
(Many B2B transactions are made in US dollars.)

Quick currency conversion:
USD 1 = MXN 20 (actual varies from USD 1 = MXN 17 – 20)

General sense of the cost in the currency
1 can of coke: MXN 10
1 piece of taco: MXN 10
1 meal in McDonalds: MXN 100
1 meal in restaurant: MXN 150 – 450 / person
Tips (supermarket / street): MXN 1 – 5
Tips (restaurant): 10-15%

 

IX. Visa Requirement Check

—– Business —– —– Tourist —–


 

Things to do, places to go in Guanajuato, Mexico

[Introduction]

Guanajuato is a city that is located in central Mexico, and is UNESCO world heritage site.  It has prospered for silver mining, university of Guanajuato, and for its unique and diverse culture and cultural events.  Today, the state of Guanajuato is fast growing thanks to automotive industry rush, and the city of Guanajuato has become the cradle of many engineer, and it has also become one of the most popular tourist spot in the region.

Due to the silver mining, which is still undergoing, the city is filled with tunnels.  The tunnels have shaped its unique streets and buildings.  Another signature aspect of Guanajuato is its colorful buildings, which is just a spectacular view, especally from in front of Pipila statue.

It is definitely one of  the must-go places in the world.

 

[Downtown Area]

I. Places to go

  1. Union Garden
  2. Teatro Juarez
  3. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato
  4. Universidad de Guanajuato
  5. Callejon del Beso
  6. Mercado Hidalgo
  7. Alhóndiga de Granaditas
  8. Pipila

II. Restaurant / Cafe

  1. La Trattoria
    – Italia restaurant
  2. La Vie en Rose
    – French cafe / restaurant
  3. El Horla
    – Mexican cafe

III. Events

  1. El Cervantino – October
    It would be the biggest cultural event in Mexico.
    Musicians, artists, performers, merchants, and craftsman, gather from all over the world.
  2. Dia de Muerto – November
    Less known but the floor arts, and other decorations are beautiful!

 

[Away from Downtown Area]

I. Places

  1. Museo de las Momia
  2. Mina la Valenciana
  3. Cristo Ray

 

[Hotels]

Things to do, places to go in Mexico City, Mexico

[Introduction]

Mexico city, the capital of Mexico, is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas.  The city was originally built by Aztecs in the 14th century, on the island of lake Texcoco.  The city was once destroyed but it has been rebuilt according to Spanish urban standards in the 16th century.

[Downtown Area]

I. Places to go

  1. Chapultepec Park
  2. National Palace
  3. Metropolitan Cathedral
  4. Chapultepec Castle
  5. National Anthropology Museum
  6. Templo Mayor
  7. Zocalo
  8. Palace of Fine Arts
  9. Inbursa Aquarium
  10. Frida Kahlo Museum

II. Restaurant / Cafe

  1. Cochinita Pibil at El Turix
  2. Lunch at Restaurant Nicos
  3. Churreria el Moro
  4. An Octopus Tostada at El K-Guamo
  5. La Botica

III. Events

  1. January / February: Ambulante Film Festival
  2. February: Zona Maco contemporary art festival
  3. March: Festival del Centro Historico
  4. March: Veve Latino
  5. October / November: Festival del Dia de Muertos

[Away from Downtown Area]

I. Places

  1. Floating Garden of Xochimilco
  2. Teotihuacan Pyramid
  3. Puebla

[Hotels]

Things to do, places to go in Oaxaca, Mexico

[Introduction]

Oaxaca is a sovereign state of Mexico, located in south of Mexico.  It is know for indigenous people and their culture, majority of which are Zapotec and Mixtec.  There are so much that you can explore, including food, crafts, architecture, ruins, and festivals.  In Oaxaca, you can experience “real” Mexico.

One extra thing to add about Oaxaca is Abuelita character appears in Pixar’s movie Coco was inspired by Fabian Mendoza, who has been working in the kitchen of Taller and Maria Angeles alebrijes studio.

[Downtown Area]

I. Places to go

  1. Iglesia de Santo Domingo
  2. Oaxaca Cathedral
  3. Zocalo square and Mercado Juarez
  4. The Basilica of Our Lady Solitude
  5. The Rufino Tamayo Museum
  6. Museo Casa Juarez

II. Restaurant / Cafe

  1. Restaurante Casa Oaxaca
  2. Mercadito Gastronomico
  3. Lechoncito de Oro
  4. Origen
  5. Criollo
  6. La Mercado Cosecha

III. Events

  1. February / March: Carnival
  2. March / April: Semana Santa
  3. July: Guelaguetza
  4. August: Blessing of the Animal
  5. October / November: Festival del Dia de Muertos
  6. December: Noche de Rabanos

[Away from Downtown Area]

I. Places

  1. Monte Alban
  2. The Monastery of Santiago Apostol
  3. Arbol del Tule
  4. Taller and Maria Angeles alebrijes studio
  5. Ruin of Mitla

[Hotels]

 

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