In today’s post, we are going to tell you about all the preparations for a trip to Mexico, information and advice on accommodation, transportation, and much more so that you can organize your trip to Mexico for free.
We begin the post of Travel Preparations to Mexico. We anticipate that it will be a fairly long post. It is a trip of more than 50 days, with many areas to visit and many transfers. For this reason, it requires a lot of preparation, but preparing trips is something that we love 😉
Geography – Where is Mexico?
Before starting the post on Travel preparations to Mexico, we are going to locate the country on the map.
Mexico is located at the southern tip of North America, bordered to the south by Guatemala and Belize and to the north by the United States, and is bathed by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The population of Mexico amounts to 115 million inhabitants, the capital is Mexico City and the country is divided into 32 federal states: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Coahuila, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Durango, Federal District, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatán, and Zacatecas.
The official language is Spanish, but around 66 Amerindian languages coexist.
Weather in Mexico
The next point in our travel Trip to Mexico is the weather.
Mexico is a very large country, which is why we find a great variety of climates. To begin with, the Tropic of Cancer, which crosses the country, divides Mexico into two large, differentiated climatic zones: the temperate zones and the tropical zones.
The area north of the twenty-fourth parallel is characterized by lower temperatures in winter with less rainfall, while the southern area is more constant temperatures and rainier weather.
We are going to review the areas that we visited on our trip because the country is very extensive and the climates are very varied.
The climate in the Mexico City area
Mexico City is located in the center of the country and due to its altitude, of 2,400 meters, we find a temperate sub-humid climate with an average annual temperature of 16º C. The lowest temperature is 5º C in January and the highest is 25º C in the months of March to May. The rains occur more in the summer season.
Another issue to take into account is that in Mexico City there are thermal variations during the day, in fact, the weather is good during the day, but in the morning and at night it is quite cool. In addition, given its location with respect to the equator, the seasons do not necessarily coincide with those we are used to in the northern hemisphere.
The weather in Mexico City often confuses all travelers.
When we visited Mexico City we thought it would be hot, but the climate is quite mild. In fact, at night we were cold and we had to buy some clothes. So in Mexico City remember to always wear warm clothes.
The climate in the Oaxaca area
In the state of Oaxaca, the predominant climate is tropical, with an average annual temperature of 18º C. But given its rugged geography, we also find climatic variations. On the coast, the climate is warmer, with an average temperature of 27º C. In the valley of Oaxaca, where its capital Oaxaca de Juarez is located, the average temperature is 22º C. While in the mountainous regions, the climate is colder.
In winter the days are warm but at night it cools down, so it is advisable to bring a jacket. The rainy season coincides with summer, but it usually rains for a couple of hours, especially in the afternoon or night, and then the sun comes out again. The months of October to May are the driest and hottest months.
Best time to travel to Mexico
The question we ask ourselves the most when we travel to a tropical climate is what is the best time to travel? That is why we include this topic in the post on Travel preparations to Mexico.
We were in Mexico during the months of January and February and the truth is that we liked the weather a lot. It was not excessively hot, in fact in some areas we were even cold, and it did not rain too much, although we had some rain, the weather is what it has…
But in the end, vacations and other factors mean that we can travel at one time or another. So, since we can’t control time, in the end, we will travel at the time we can.
Best time to travel to Mexico City
Any time is good to visit Mexico City, although summer is more prone to rain. Remember that in CDMX it cools down in the mornings and at night. So bring warm clothes, you won’t find the heat you’re thinking of 😉
Best time to travel to Oaxaca
The state of Oaxaca is one of our favorite areas of Mexico and can be visited at all times of the year. In summer the rain is more predominant, but it usually rains a little and then the sun returns, so it won’t upset our plans too much.
Best time to travel to Chiapas
The best time to travel to Chiapas could be from January to May and from July to December, with a warm but pleasant climate and hardly any rainfall. Although it is true that you can visit Chiapas at any time of the year.
Best time to travel to Yucatan
The most recommended time to travel to Yucatan is the months of December, January, and February since the temperatures are not very high and there is not much chance of rain. The months of March to May do not find rain either but the temperatures are already higher. During the summer months, the temperatures are high, and there is more humidity and more probability of rain, but if you can only travel in summer, don’t think about it too much because tropical climates are highly variable and the rain affects but on many occasions it is not so conditioning. , unless you have bad luck and get caught in a week of the hurricane. Against time we can not do anything, it does not depend on us.
Recommended trip duration to Mexico
Another important issue when we start with the travel preparations to Mexico is the duration of the route.
The recommended duration of the trip is very relative and depends on many factors, such as the vacations available and the preferences of each person.
But I do recommend that the more time you dedicate to it, the better. Mexico is a very large country and has a lot to offer. The trip would take at least 15 days to organize a fairly complete route and because, since we fly so many hours, we will have to take advantage of it.
We were in Mexico for 51 days and I assure you that we would have stayed another 51 more days because this country is infinite and wonderful for all the senses.
As we are aware that it is not normal to make such a long trip, we have divided the route into three sections by zones. So that you can see which area you like the most, according to the type of trip you are looking for, and so you can decide where your next trip to Mexico will be 😉