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Mexico is attracting an increasing amount of travellers curious to experience its vibrant and unique atmosphere for themselves. The country is rapidly adapting to large numbers of visitors and while information on what to do and where to go is pretty easy to find, it is also essential to get an idea of any health and lifestyle issues you will need to consider before and during your time there.
First thing’s first: let’s start with an introduction to the people themselves. The inhabitants of Mexico are on the whole extremely welcoming and tolerant of visitors to their country. Spending time outdoors just enjoying the weather and catching up on the local gossip is a popular pastime and you’ll find that they are generally a very laid-back and relaxed people who are willing to extend their time and courtesy to travellers.
The country is host to a rich cultural and historical legacy and as over 90 per cent of the country is Roman Catholic, you can expect to see at least one festival or celebration during your time there. While many of the events are of religious significance, there are also a number of celebrations such as Flag Day and Navy Day which also play an important part in the country’s social calendar. Food is also essential to Mexico and you’ll no doubt be introduced to some exciting and varied dishes during your stay.
It’s also important to observe a few basic points in order to ensure you stay safe and healthy during your visit. Things like making sure your vaccinations are up to date are absolutely essential if you want to minimise the risk of illness. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what vaccinations you will need beforehand, but generally you should expect to receive shots for things like Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Typhoid Fever and Rabies.
Whilst you are in Mexico itself, be sure to exercise basic common sense when choosing what you eat and drink, and where you consume it. Things like keeping your hands clean with frequent washing, avoiding drinking tap water, washing and peeling all vegetables, and avoiding contact with animals are all important to ensure you get the best out of your time here.
Finally, be sure to check that you have adequate medical insurance before you leave and carry details of your policy with you during your travels.