North and Central America

Mexico Landmarks and Climate

Mexico – money

Local currency: 1 Mexican Nuevo Peso is equal to 100 Centavos

Currency abbreviation: $, MXN

Banknotes are invalue of $ 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and $ 1,000, coins valued at 5, 10, 20, and 50 centavos, and $ 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and $ 100 coins.

Currency Exchange: US dollars are the easiest to change. As well as banks, Exchange offices (casas de cambio) and larger hotels change cash. In tourist areas you can often pay in US dollars in hotels and restaurants, but the exchange rate is poor.

Credit Cards: the major credit cards (Eurocard, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club) are normally accepted by most airlines, car rental companies, travel agencies, better hotels, and some restaurants and shops. Credit cards from American Express are not always accepted, however.

ATMs are very common in Mexico. Cash in local currency can be withdrawn from machines with major international credit cards. ATMs that are part of the Maestro system also accept EC cards.

Travelers checks should be made out in US dollars and are accepted by most banks and better hotels. In smaller towns, only US dollar travelers checks are accepted. Not all exchange offices change travelers checks.

Foreign exchange regulations: there are no restrictions on the import and export of currencies. A declaration is required from a value of 10,000 US dollars. Gold coins may not be imported or exported.

Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mexico Landmarks

According to Ezinereligion, Mexico is the ideal holiday destination for bathers, as there are many wonderful beaches on the Caribbean as well as on the Pacific coast. But the country is almost too good to spend a pure bathing holiday here, because Mexico has a large number of different sights and attractions to offer.

One of the main attractions in Mexico are the remains of the fallen Aztec civilization. There are also many Mayan ruins to visit.

So you should definitely see the Teotithuacan, which is also called the city of the gods. This is an absolutely interesting ruined city of the Aztecs. But you can also find a few museums to visit, as well as the reconstruction of a sun and moon pyramid.

A visit to the El Rosario reserve is recommended for nature lovers. Every year around November a special natural spectacle takes place here. At that time there are millions of monarch butterflies hanging from the branches like thick grapes. There is only a single noise in the air that almost sounds like the rustling of tissue paper.

Tourists interested in history should visit the city of Puebla. There is an absolutely impressive cathedral to be seen here, as well as many small alleys and, as a special highlight, the handicraft market.

A visit to Santo Domingo is worthwhile just because of the rosary chapel, which is richly decorated with gold. A visit to the Amparo mseum will certainly also be interesting. It is located in two historic colonial houses in which rare art objects from old art to contemporary art are shown.

Oaxaca has ornate churches as attractions. In Teotitlan de Valle you can watch the production of carpets and blankets live, as this is a weaver and dye village. The Mitla excavation site is not for the superstitious, because it is said that anyone who touches the column of life in the pillared hall in the center of the site would predict the rest of the life expectancy. In the Mitla excavation site, you can also see the petrified Hierve el Agua waterfall.

Nature lovers and historians also like to check out La Venta Park. Here you can see the famous Olmec heads and various stone monuments of the La Venta culture.
The excavation sites Bonampak and Yaxchilan attract their visitors with unforgettable temples and the head monument.

Mexico tourists should also take a detour to the Yucatan Peninsula. Here is also an excavation site that is worth seeing. In Uxmal there are many outstanding buildings to be seen as well as the mysterious fortune teller pyramid. Other interesting ruins nearby are Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak and Lapna. In the latter one can see the well-known ornate Mayan arch. But don’t forget Chichen Itza. Here is the famous Kukalcan pyramid and other interesting buildings.

Other worthwhile sights are in Coba, Acapulco, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. But it is also worth visiting Cancun or Veracruz.

Cave diving on the Yucatan Peninsula is definitely recommended for divers. There is a unique underwater world to explore in the midst of bizarre limestone formations. The Mayans used to believe that the caves were the entrance to the realm of the fertility and water gods. Therefore, various offerings including human sacrifices were made during this time.

Mexico Landmarks