The Es­sen­tials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - MEX­ICO -

Time dif­fer­ence: Mex­ico has three time zones, with most of Mex­ico in­clud­ing Mex­ico City and Merida, six hours be­hind GMT.

The sec­ond time zone starts just north of Puerto Val­larta (but does not in­clude it), and af­fects all ar­eas on the coast north of the city, and all of Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur. Chichuahua City is not af­fected by this time zone change as it is too far east. This time zone is one hour be­hind Mex­ico City.

The third time zone be­gins in the north­ern reaches of Baja Cal­i­for­nia, ie the north­ern area of the penin­sula. This area is two hours be­hind Mex­ico City.

Lan­guage: Span­ish is the first lan­guage of Mex­ico, and the coun­try has the largest Span­ish-speak­ing pop­u­la­tion in the world, with al­most a third of all Span­ish na­tive speak­ers. There are 68 lin­guis­tic groups recog­nised in Mex­ico with 364 dif­fer­ent spe­cific va­ri­eties of indige­nous lan­guages.

Tip­ping: Tip­ping is im­por­tant in Mex­ico as most peo­ple work­ing in the tourism and ser­vice sec­tors rely on tips to sup­ple­ment their ba­sic pay.

Elec­tri­cal Cur­rent/ Plugs: The volt­age is the same as the USA: 120V, 60 Hz. The plugs are two flat prongs.

Cul­ture: Mex­i­can cul­ture is a mix of its indige­nous cul­tures and that of Spain, who colonised Mex­ico for 300 years.

Re­li­gion: Mex­ico is a Chris­tian coun­try with over 80% of the pop­u­la­tion des­ig­nated as Ro­man Catholic.

Wa­ter: The wa­ter is not safe to drink in Mex­ico, and it is also ad­vis­able to check whether ice is made from bot­tled wa­ter and that sal­ads have not been washed in tap wa­ter. All main ho­tels and good restau­rants should use pu­ri­fied wa­ter.

Pol­i­tics: The United Mex­i­can States has a demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment and has a pres­i­den­tial sys­tem ac­cord­ing to the 1917 Con­sti­tu­tion.

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