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questions about health and security in Mexico



Are vaccinations required for Mexico?

There are no obligatory vaccinations. For trips into the rain forest of Chiapas and in the south of Yucatan prophylaxis vaccinations against malaria and hepatitis A and B are recommended. Your personal physician will advise you in detail. You also find information at the Foreign Office. 
Our personal recommendation (which is not supported by a doctors' opinion) is not to vaccinate. People who receive injections often travel with a weakened immunity system that causes problems in stomach and intestines (Montezuma's Revenge).  We advise you to bring a "stand by Malaria pill" which can be taken in the event of an emergency.

 



Should I expect very noisy weekends?

Mexicans love to celebrate and have parties. People with low income (about 60 to 100 million) spend a big part of their monthly income in parties during the weekends. Loud music all night long is a rule. Please do not take this as a nuisance, but as part of a culture who loves to have fun. Perhaps it can be seen as a motivation for you to join in the celebrations!

 

 



Is Mexico a dangerous country?

Given the wide income gap among the population, countries like Mexico have a higher (average) crime rate than most European countries. As in any country in the world, pick pockets are especially aware of tourists who wear expensive jewellery or have a nice camera.

In big markets or crowded places, you should pay more attention. A group offers more protection, so it is advisable to stay close to the group. In general Mexico is considered as a safe tourist-country.  Mexico City, as any big city in the world, has a bad reputation which sometimes is undeserved. Nevertheless, we strongly discourage you to go for a walk during the night in Mexico City, especially in the dark streets of the town centre. You should never take a public taxi (which circulate on the roads and stop when once calls them by waving the hand); instead, always ask for a Taxi de Sitio (on-site taxi) when you are at the hotel, restaurant or bar.  Maybe they will charge 25% more, but they are 99.9% secure.

 

 

 

 

 

 



How can I get in contact with Mextrotter?

During your trip you can contact Mextrotter through our 24 hrs hotline. The number is written down in your travel documents, which will be sent to you at least 14 days prior to your arrival in Mexico. Our telephone numbers in Europe are for Skype calls which are forwarded to the PC of our sales representatives and are only meant for helping you with reservations and general questions prior to your trip. These are not emergency numbers and are not available daily nor at all times.

 

 

 



Does the Mexican Macho really exist?

In general, Mexicans are very polite and their relationships with other people tend to be very important to them. However, we advise you to be careful: a woman traveling alone should politely reject any kind of help offered by a man. Unfortunately, some Mexican men (mainly the ones with a low income) think that women are second class citizens and that can be offensive or disrespectful. Women who travel alone should be careful in any situation. 



PARTICULAR CAUTION when arriving to Cancun, why?

Unfortunately, the airport at Cancun is known for the mean tricks of taxi and transfer shuttle drivers. These "pirates" often recruit customers from tour operators, and charge the cost of the transfer with the excuse that it will be reimbursed the next day by the tour guide. The false transfer drivers proceed very professionally, and they usually conspire with the hotel staff, who illegally inform them of their customers' arrival dates.

If you have any suspicions, please make sure to call our emergency number, or the number of our transfer coordinator in Cancun (you can find the number on your transfer voucher). In case you are the victim of a transfer pirate, you should certainly not pay the bill. We want to point out that expenses of this kind will not be refunded by Mextrotter.




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