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Cheap Holidays to Mexico


Mexico Holidays & Hotels

Hotels in Mexico

Mexico has all the history, culture and adventure you could want from your holiday as well as miles of sandy beaches and bustling cities. Accommodation in this wonderful country includes everything from five-star resorts, to cheap hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure, Mexico could be your next dream destination.

Where to stay

Mexico City

Mexico City has dozens of different neighbourhoods. However, for the first-time traveller to the city we recommend the following neighbourhoods: Polanco, Centro Historico, Zona Rosa, Condesa -Roma. These neighbourhoods are safe, close to the metro, have plenty of accomodation and restaurants and are relatively close to major attractions.

Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is famous for its beaches, but the area is also a great place to stay to visit the Mayan ruins and the sacred underwater caves. There are lots of places to stay in this area for holidays, including many affordable, all-inclusive resorts.

Guadalajara and Tequila in Jalisco

Guadalajara is considered by many to be the cultural centre of Western Mexico. Here you can take in Mariachi music and enjoy the tequila visiting both the distilleries and the agave fields that provide the main ingredient for the drink. The area also has several museums and historic sites including The Metropolitan Cathedral and Hospicio Cabañias a 19th-century hospital that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

There is a great range of hotels at a range of budget-friendly prices in both Guadalajara, Tequila and the surrounding areas.

What to see

Mexico City is busy and fascinating. It was built over a filled in lake and has many parks, galleries, Aztec canals and ruins, museums and cantinas. Don’t miss La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's childhood home which is now a museum of her life and works. Also, be sure to check out The Diego Rivera murals at the Palacio Nacional. The nine murals chronicle indigenous life before the Spanish Conquest.

Chichén Itzá is one of the new seven wonders of the world – dating back to 550 AD. Visit the towering El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan and explore the many other temples, carvings and cenotes. It is worth hiring a guide who can explain what you are seeing and offer extra information and context on your holiday.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Mexico City is varied and interesting. There are plenty of places to drink beer and tequila, dance the salsa and listen to live music. Don’t forget to play dominos and drink beer in a cantina, too for a truly Mexican holiday experience.

The nightlife on the Riviera Maya is even more varied. Xplor Fuego is a night time adventure park that includes zip lines, a hammock splash and an exploration of the Riviera Maya jungles on an amphibious vehicle.

Also, don’t miss Xcaret at Night, a show which brings you a comprehensive exploration of Mexico’s rich cultural history and folklore and features more than 300 artists from all around the Mexican Republic. This provides the perfect introduction to Mexican culture.

What to eat

For a breakfast that will set you up for the day try chilaquiles. The dish consists of fried corn tortillas topped with spicy red or cooler green salsa and scrambled eggs. They are usually served with refried beans.

You won’t want to miss out on the street food in Mexico City including of course tacos and churros. One of our favourite less well-known street foods is Tlacoyos. These discs of blue corn masa stuffed with meat, beans or cheese are cooked on an open-air griddle then topped with wild spinach and salsa.

Shopping

La Lagunilla is the largest market in Mexico City and offers visitors a taste of a traditional Mexican market. It dates from the pre-Hispanic period when people would convene here to trade. The market specialises in antiques and vintage items including clothes, records and sunglasses. You can also pick up great street food and stroll around with a michelada, a Mexican beer mixed with lime juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire and soy sauce.

Mexico is famous for its amber, so don’t miss out on a visit to Ambarte Cancun to pick up a really special piece of amber jewellery as a holiday memento of your trip.

Fast Facts about Mexico

  • Direct flight time from London to Mexico City: 12 hours 10 minutes
  • Transfer time from Mexico City International Airport to City centre: 25 minutes
  • Time Zone: This varies as Mexico has four time zones
  • Currency: Mexican Pesos
  • Language: Spanish
  • Average price of a domestic beer: £1.20
  • Average price of a bottle of wine: £9
  • Number of Brit tourists per year: More than 500, 000



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