Things to Remember When Traveling to Mexico

Things to Remember When Traveling to Mexico
Due to its proximity, it can be easy to forget that Mexico is a foreign country. It is important, therefore, to keep in mind some regulations about Mexico that can save you time, money and even some good health. Failure to know certain regulations and laws could pose an avoidable problem for travelers.

Altitude Sickness

Mexico has some incredible hiking and biking trails, as well as great spots for rock climbing and general adventure. The elevation in some parts of Mexico can rise to nearly 7,000 feet above sea level. Trying to hike a trail without acclimating yourself first is a surefire ticket to altitude sickness. You may need as much as a week to build up the extra red corpuscles necessary for the thin levels of oxygen. Make sure you get lots of fluid.

Montezuma's Revenge

You may likely run across an sparkling, clear stream or waterfall while hiking in Mexico. It can be easy to get caught up in its clarity and convince yourself that nothing so natural could possibly do harm. One of the most unfortunate mistakes you can make in Mexico is to forget the adage to not drink the water. Montezuma's revenge is definitely not a myth. Whenever possible, drink bottled water, especially if you are hiking or camping. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables with bottled water. Illness is a guaranteed method of making sure you always remember to never drink the water.

Rainy Season

When hiking, biking or camping, you will want to plan your trip to avoid the rainy season. The dry season in Mexico takes place from November to April, making this the best time to go hiking and camping. Outdoor enthusiasts might want to reconsider inland activities from late spring to early fall.

Mexican Tourist Permit

Every foreign visitor to Mexico is required to carry a Mexican Tourist Permit (FMT), which is really just another word for travel visa. Permits are issued by Mexican border officials and are free of charge. You must show proof of citizenship, which can be done with your passport. Airlines flying to Mexico typically provide the necessary forms.

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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