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Mexico: A Magical Country to Explore Online

Mexico is a large country, with more history, culture, and natural beauty than you could absorb in just one visit. The Internet is a wonderful resource for planning a trip to Mexico. Book airline reservations and hotels, find the best tourist attractions, determine the best time to go, and figure out how to get around Mexico once you arrive. Then visit online chat rooms and forums to find tips and tricks for saving money while traveling as well as read firsthand reviews of cities and attractions.

Mexico Travel

Before you plan your trip to Mexico, the following resources can help you learn about the country. Figure out where you want to go by researching what Meixcan cities, beaches or ruins appeal to you most. You'll also learn about Mexican culture and history through these sites.

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  • Mexico has a wealth of things to do and see for every budget and interest. Advance research can help you make the most of your time and money.
  • A great way to plan your trip to Mexico is to coordinate your travels with the festivals that take place throughout the year. Doing so will ensure that you make the most of Mexico's cultural offerings while providing you with cheap and interesting travel experiences.
  • Try to experience the parts of Mexico beyond the touristy spots. You'll be rewarded with a true taste of the country and its culture.

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Travel Requirements for Mexico

The sites below offer valuable information on travel requirements to Mexico. You'll learn about passport and visa requirements, health suggestions and more. In addition, these resources offer a deeper look at Mexican customs and traditions.

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  • It's important to check travel and safety advisories on the State Department's Web site before you go. While Mexico is generally a safe country to travel in, it's always better to err on the side of caution.
  • In some ways, Mexico's culture, especially with respect to social interactions, differs greatly from that of the United States and other countries. Take the time to learn about the customs before you go so that you are not surprised about what you encounter and so that you don't offend any locals during your visit.
  • Be sure to check Customs information before you go; new laws are going into effect in 2007 and 2008 regarding passports and Visas for all travelers.
  • In Mexico, you are guilty until proven innocent. Avoid trouble with the law, and you'll have a wonderful stay.

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Getting to Mexico

With the help of the Internet, you can easily book your own trip to Mexico. Below are some suggested resources for flights and cruises to Mexico, as well as sites that offer information about driving to Mexico.

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  • There are new rules and regulations regarding travel to and from Mexico for all travelers. Be sure to check the State Department Web site for information about passports and Visas.
  • While cruises to Mexico are an excellent choice for those who want a relaxing tour, those who seek a more detailed tour of Mexico's regions are probably better off flying or driving. However, cruises can be a great way to get a feel for which regions you might want to explore further.
  • If you choose to drive to Mexico, be sure to purchase Mexican auto insurance and to follow the rules at all times. American and Canadian auto insurance is not valid in Mexico.

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Mexico Hotels

Mexico has a wide variety of accommodation options suited for every traveler's taste. The more touristy areas such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas offer mostly large hotels and resorts. You can find very nice, smaller properties in the lesser known parts of Mexico. For the more adventurous, beach camping and RV parks are a fun option.

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  • Like any country, the quality of Mexico's accommodations varies greatly and as a general rule, the more you pay, the better the accommodation will be. (This is mainly true in the more touristy areas; if you choose to stay in smaller towns, you can get decent accommodation for very cheap).
  • There are a few sites that can help you search for hotel deals and even book them online. Learn more about them in the findingDulcinea Travel Guide.
  • Don't be surprised if you pay "American" prices when you stay in places such as Cabo San Lucas and Cancun. The more touristy areas are much more expensive than the less traveled parts of Mexico.
  • Hostels are a great option for both the young and the budget-minded.

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Getting Around Mexico

The Internet is an invaluable resource when it comes to researching your transportation options once in Mexico. Get information about taxis (they're different from those in the United States and elsewhere), buses, and car rentals in Mexico. Much of Mexico is also perfect for walking tours; you can find information online for these as well.

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  • Driving in Mexico can be a very rewarding and fun way to experience the country. However, Mexico is much larger than it looks on the map. if you decide to rent a car, allow for plenty of driving time.
  • Mexico's bus system is completely different from that of the United States or Europe. You can ride a luxury bus complete with drink and food service for a tiny fraction of the cost of flying.
  • Use caution with taxis; crime has been a problem in the last few years with taxis. It pays to learn a little Spanish before you go, and to stick with taking taxis in major metropolitan areas.

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Mexico Travel Blogs and Forums

The Internet is an excellent source of candid opinions and varied perspectives. Using forums and blogs, you'll be able to read many different opinions before you go, and get the inside scoop on that hotel or tour. You might even consider starting your own blog during your trip as a fun way to remember your journey and keep in touch with friends and family at home.

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  • Blogs and forums are terrific sources of firsthand information, but be sure to check multiple ones to make sure the information you're getting is accurate.
  • Sometimes people post comments only when they have something negative to say, so be wary of this.
  • If you're traveling alone, consider using blogs and forums as a way to meet up with fellow travelers. If you do it safely, this can be a fun and memorable way to travel.

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