Mexico is a land of culture and a quite different one at that! You have not seen anything like it if you have not been to the country; it holds a top 10 rank as being one of the most frequented international tourist destinations.
However, like every other culture, it has certain unique traits of its own that make it something of tricky water to navigate.
But fear not, this article is here to guide you and will help to make the most out of a trip to this place. Here are 5 things you must avoid when traveling to Mexico.
- Stay Away From Tap Water
It is best if you carry your own water when you are on the road. There are many local places where you can eat and relish the local flavors but do not consume the water that they offer you. This is because they mostly offer you tap water which can make you fall sick.
The bigger hotels and restaurants will all offer you refined water and it is alright to drink that. The problem with tap water is that it is unfit for drinking. It is untreated and laden with disease-causing germs. And a violent episode of vomiting is the last thing that you need when you are on vacation!
- Don’t Carry Your Valuables on You
Capturing every beautiful scene is neither convenient nor practical. Even more so in Mexico where there is a very high chance that you might end up getting robbed. Pickpockets are aplenty in the famous tourist attractions. If you are fond of wearing jeweler to your outings then make sure that you do not wear anything flashy. It is best to leave it all behind at your hotel. And do the same with your passport too. That is one piece of document that you cannot afford to lose in Mexico. Pickpockets have a knack for targeting you at your most vulnerable, so when you are in need of help in a foreign land, you should always go to a registered guide or approach the local authorities for help.
- No Criticism of Mexican Culture, Food or People
The people of this country are extremely proud of their culture and hate to hear anything against it. Be it their food or the way they live, you have to make sure that you are taking in everything without spitting out a word of criticism. Also, if you are not a big fan of a spicy cuisine then it will be best to stay away from the hot sauce.
Mexican food is already spicy enough for the pallet of many; there is no need to go for an extra topping of flavor. UNESCO has recently included Mexican food in its World Heritage list; it is a reason all the more for the people to feel proud of their culture. If you insist on insulting it, people can be very mean!
- Say No to Public Intoxication
This one is a strict no! No exceptions. You are bound to find tourists drinking in the streets and at the popular social centers but remember that drinking in public is strictly illegal. Why take chances and run the risk of spoiling your trip? Stay on the better side if the law and follow all the rules that have been put in place by the local administrative authority.
Also, there is a higher chance of you running into miscreants if you are found in an intoxicated state on the city streets. The people of the country take great pride in their neighborhood and try to keep it clean. You will find many licensed places that offer you the poison of choice, just refrain from doing it in public.
- Punctuality Is an Issue
Last but by no means the least! You are never going to be on the time here because the people themselves are not. You will find an ample number of reasons and excuses from the people for not being on time. Have patience and bear along. It is all in good spirit.
Moreover, you will get nowhere by arguing, it will only end up taking up more of your time. The laid back attitude of the people also translates equally in the businesses that they run so plan accordingly!
By sticking to the above mentioned things you should be able to get the most out your trip.
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