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Mexico

The fact Mexico has a rich and fascinating past could not possibly come as a surprise to anyone. All of us have at one time or another seen or heard something about its ancient cultural treasures and phenomenal sites with a Among the most impressive ones undoubtedly Chichen Itza, Tulum, Ixmal and Palenque. They are one by one capital highlights. Probably for quite a few of us Mexico represents the structures and wisdom of ancient civilizations, such as Maya, Aztecs, Toltecs, Olmecs, Mixtec’s and Zapotecs. Never heard of them? Really? Then it is high time to fill in the blanks. After all, Connections stands for 'Go. Explore! 'and will happily help pave the way to new horizons and exciting experiences. So cheers to this territory where indigenous lifestyles still rule, where colonial cities like Mérida, San Cristóbal Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato are lovingly restored and where nature abundantly displays its majestic character.

Fancy a bit of adventure next to temples and ruins or exclusive 5-star resorts along pearly white sandy beaches? In Mexico you can expect volcanoes, rainforest, waterfalls, mangroves, even deserts and 58 national parks! And those who love fauna and flora will be spoilt for choice as well. Mexico is home to 20,000 plant species – including 20 meters high cacti and giant cypresses – and more than 1000 bird species! And then there is the hospitality, the colourful costumes, ponchos and sombreros, the lusty carnival, the delicious Mexican cuisine with tasteful tacos, nachos and tequila. You get the picture: a holiday in Mexico offers a whole palette of experiences that are not to be scorned. Indeed, Mexico is muy caliente. So gringo and gringa, what is keeping you?

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

 

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 6 months after your return flight date. 
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

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Time Zones

Mexico has three time zones:

Mexico City: GMT -6
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico : GMT -7 
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico  : GMT -8

 

Currency

The currency is the Mexican Peso: 100 MXN = 4.32 EUR & 1 EUR = 23.17 MXN (22/11/2018) 
Please verify the latest exchange rate on on www.XE.com

Climate

Mexico is a vast country and therefore has three climate zones that are simply referred to as hot, temperate and cold. The surrounding ocean and mountains largely determine the ambient temperatures. Simplified the climate zones are referred to as: from sea level to 800 m: hot and humid; between 800 m and 1600 m: moderate & above 1600 m cold with drastic temperature differences between day and night.

Moreover 2 seasons can be distinguished: dry from December to April, rain from May to November, although you can expect a tropical downpour in the dry season and vice versa the rainy season can turn out very dry. Just like in the US, most tropical storms migrate across the country during autumn.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cancun 28 29 30 32 33 33 33 34 33 31 30 28
Campeche 28 29 31 34 34 34 35 34 33 32 30 30
Merida 31 33 35 37 38 36 35 35 35 33 32 31
Mexico City 22 22 24 25 25 24 22 23 23 23 22 20
Playa del Carmen 28 29 30 31 32 32 32 32 32 31 30 28
Tulum 27 27 28 29 31 31 31 32 31 30 28 27

Highlights

  • Cancún

If its action you are looking for, animated restaurants and a colourful  upmarket nightlife Cancún is the place to be. This seaside resort is located in the far north of Mexico on the Caribbean coast. Both adventure, culture and nature buffs call the place home. Isla Mujeres and the popular El Garrafón reef are magnets for travellers form around the globe.

  • Celestun

This beautiful fishing port is located 92 km west of Merida, on a vast green lagoon. The inhabitants live from fishing, cultivation of coconuts and salt production. The lagoon itself is a natural reserve where one can observe a wide variety of water birds such as the pelican, pink flamingos, herons, ducks, cormorants, ...

  • Chicana

Chicana has many buildings dotted over the landscape. Some of the facades are richly decorated and well-preserved, making it possible to study beautiful examples of the Rio-Bec style. On the western side of the square is the Structure II, a curious building built between 750 and 770 NC. The main characteristic of the facade is a gigantic mask whose gaping mouth is the entrance.

  • Chitzen Itza

Was probably the largest Mayan city and also the ancient capital of the Toltecs. The site covers an area of no less than 10km. Chichen Itza is the finest example of a crossing of cultures: Maya and Toltec. A large number of bones were also found as evidence of the use of human sacrifices to the Sun God.

  • Kabah

Small but delicate, Kabah houses the "Temple of the Masks," a decorated facade with carved images of masks and gods and the arch of Kabah, which once marked the entrance to the "scabé" (sacred way) to Uxmal. After Uxmal, Kabah was the largest city built in Puuc style, and the town is one of the finest examples of this style.

  • Merida

Is the social economic centre and the capital of Yucatan. The city lies at just under 300 km inland from Playa del Carmen and just a little more from Cancún. From here the famous sites of Uxmal and Kabah are within easy reach and daytrip to the fishing village and nature reserve of Calestún is a very popular activity. Over 450 years old, Merida is today the socio-economic centre and capital of the Yucatan. An intriguing city with horse-drawn carriages, quaint streets, Spanish colonial architecture, clear blue skies and friendly faces. Like most colonial cities, the centre of Merida is built in a chessboard pattern. Merida's nickname is La Ciudad Blanca, due to the color of most of the houses.

  • Mexico City:

A city of millions of people that unites old and new. You can visit the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the Quetzalcoatl and jaguar temple, as well as the shrine of Guadalupe. The city has a lot to offer thanks to its beautifully restored historic centre and by being the melting pot of peoples with their fascinating contrasts. In addition, the enormous cultural offer (museums, artworks, music, dance…) characterizes this city. The most famous sights include the Zocalo, the Cathedral, the National Palace and the Anthropological Museum in Chapultepec Park, renowned for its collections of pre-Columbian art.

  • Playa del Carmen

Is located in the east and is undoubtedly Mexico's most fashionable resort, full stop. There is a wide range of water sports available here, but canopy tours, mountain biking, swimming in and diving to cenotes are popular as well and will boost your adrenaline. The archaeological site of Tulum lies +/- 70 km to the south, Cancun +/- 70 km to the north and Chichen Itza about 180 km inland but also Merida is nearby. The local Coco Bongo's bars and clubsare a phenomenon not to be missed as they are synonyms for flying acrobats, musical homages and spectacular parties. Very popular with young people from all over the world.

  • Puerto Vallarta

On the Banderas Bay describes itself as a city in the middle of the mountain, the sea, the sun and the sand, whose inhabitants are kind by nature and eager to serve the visitors’. It is a seaside resort with a number of spectacular beaches. For example, Playa de Los Muertos is the total opposite of what its name suggests: it is a buzzing place and very popular among volleyball players and parasailers. Looking for a totally zen spot? The beaches are located on islands off the coast, such as Las Marietas or Las Caletas will gladly oblige!

  • Riviera Maya

Includes the coastal area located between Cancun and Tulum. The jungle, fauna and flora, archaeological sites, deserted beaches, turquoise sea with crystal clear water that turns to pure silver by the moonlight, and the mystery of the ancient Mayan culture are just a few elements that turn the Riviera Maya into a dream destination. At the heart of this area is Playa del Carmen.
For several years now, algae periodically wash up on the Riviera Maya (including Tulum and other coastal areas), this can sometimes be bothersome and a lot. Unfortunately, this is a natural phenomenon that cannot be changed!

 

  • Teotihuacan

The archaeological site of Teotihuacan is located about 45km outside of Mexico City and contains some of the most curious relics of Mexico's ancient civilizations. The most important buildings are: the Ciudadela, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, the citadel with the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. All these monuments are located on the 1.5km long ceremonial "Street of The Dead".

  • Tulum

Tulum is the only site built by the Maya, living on the coast of the Caribbean. It is a walled city in an enviable location at the top of a steep rock towering over a spotless white sandy beach. It lies to the south of both  Cancun and Playa del Carmen and has possibly  thanks to its more isolated southern location been spared from the mass tourism which hit its northern counterparts . It is the place par excellence for amateurs of quiet beach holidays and is home to a stunning pre-Columbian Mayan site.

  • Uxmal

A stunning and ancient Mayan settlement whose name means "built three times". Yet archaeological discoveries have shown at least five construction periods. The complex has been carefully restored and is beautifully situated in the hills of Puuc, not far from Merida. Special about Uxmal are the many well-preserved wall decorations. Places of interest are the Nun's House, the house of the turtles and the great pyramid.

 

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