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MEXICO COUNTRY INFORMATION
Most people love Mexico, but don't think about the country outside of the travel realm.
This section of Mexico Expo was included to provide additional information for travelers
who want to scratch a bit below the tourism surface. The enclosed information helps ad
greater depth and understanding to any Mexico vacation.
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Mexico is a country with one foot in the third world, and the other foot leaping
towards the 21st century. The demographic contrasts in Mexico can run
the extremes, but the trend towards smaller families and higher education
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Mostly Spanish, over 50 Indian languages, some English.
Approximately 100,000,000 of which about 25% is near Mexico City.
- EXPATRIATE POPULATION:
Approximately 600,000 mostly Americans and Canadians.
- AVERAGE AGE:
32 years old.
30 million per year.
- PER CAPITA WINE CONSUMPTION:
.04 gallons per year (vs. 2.01 U.S. & 15.8 France).
Mexico has some of the most diverse geography on the planet Earth. The country
offers mountains, deserts, jungles, dry lake beds, volcanoes, marshland, and
some of the most spectacular coastline to be found anywhere.
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- LAND MASS:
761,603 square miles or 1,972,564 square meters.
- LAND MASS RATING:
14th largest country in the world.
- BORDER LENGTHS:
Approximately 1,300 miles with the U.S., approximately 140 miles with Guatemala.
- ADJOINING U.S. STATES:
California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.
- COASTLINE LENGTH:
- ADJOINING BODIES OF WATER:
Pacific Ocean, Gulf of California, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea.
- LARGEST LAKE:
Baja Peninsula and Yucatan Peninsula.
Sea level to 18,850 feet (5,747 meters) at Volcano Citlaltpeti.
- PLANET LOCATION:
Northern Hemisphere, North America.
Mountains, deserts, plateaus, jungles.
In the year 2001 Mexico took a giant leap away from the traditional socialistic
approach to the world to a more democratic approach. The election of President Fox
marks a turning point for the country which, while it will not be an easy transition,
the changes to be made will shape the country as a major world influence for the
balance of this century.
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- MEXICO GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE
Telephone (213) 351-2069.
Fax (213) 351-2074.
2401 West 6th Street, 5th floor, Los Angles, California, 90057.
Web site: www.visitmexico.com.
Telephone 011-52 (55) 448-4293.
Fax 011-52 (55) 448-4462.
Insurgentes Sur 800 Piso 14, Colonial de Valle, Mexico, D.F., C.P. 03100.
Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo.
Resort development in Loreto, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Huatulco and Cancun.
English answers to your questions about tourism / guided tours.
Phones are staffed 24 hours a day.
Presidente Masaryk #172, NE edge of Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, Mexico.
UNITED STATES EMBASSY
Telephone 011-52 (520) 9-9100.
Paseo de la Reforma and Rio Danubio, Mexico City, Mexico.
- BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR TOURISM
Telephone 011-52 (112) 2-5939.
Fax 011-52 (112) 4-0722.
Fideicomiso Estatal de Tourismo de Baja California Sur.
Carretera Al Norte Km. 5.5 - P.O. Box 419, La Paz, Baja California Sur.
- MEXICO CITY TOURISM
Instituto de Promocion Turistica del D.F.
Nuevo Leon 56 - 1 piso, Colonial Condesa, 06140, Mexico, D.F.
Telephone (866) 567-2226.
Mexico is many things, but most of all it is Mexico! Unique in it's
traditions, values and culture, a visit to Mexico is an enjoyable experience
that most people can't seem to get enough of. Ole!
- SIESTA HOURS:
Usually sometime between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- BANKING HOURS:
Usually between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with siesta break in afternoon
15% IVA tax on goods and services purchased.
- LEGAL AGE:
18 Years old to vote and drink.
Mexican Peso ~ U.S. dollar accepted.
- TIME ZONES:
Pacific, Mountain, Central.
- OFFICIAL DRINK:
- NATIONAL BEERS:
Pacifico, Corona, Modelo, Dos Equis, Carta Blanca, Sol.
- NUMBER OF NATIONAL PARKS:
- OFFICIAL WEB SITE:
- UNOFFICIAL WEB SITE:
- TOURIST INFORMATION PHONE NUMBER: