130 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin flat blade attachment plugs
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Tipping is customary in Mexico by almost all services as
employees are not paid sufficient hourly wages and rely on tips.
Waiters and bar staff should be tipped 10 to 15% if a service
charge hasn't already been added to the bill. The American custom
of tipping 15 to 20% is practiced at international resorts,
including those in Los Cabos.
Mexicans are not impatient and do not appreciate this emotion in
others, so travellers should behave accordingly and expect opening
hours and public transport times to be flexible and laid back.
Mexicans are friendly and hospitable people and courteous behaviour
and polite speech in return, is greatly appreciated. Travellers
should also note that it is common for Mexicans to communicate
closer than one arm's length from each other and that it is not an
attempt to be forward.
The international access code for Mexico is +52. The outgoing
code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for
North America). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)55 for Mexico
City, (0)744 for Acapulco and (0)998 for Cancun. Some US
long-distance phone companies have access numbers which can be
dialled in order to use your phone card - calls are usually cheaper
than direct-dialled calls from a hotel room. If calling
internationally from a phone booth only use the official TelMex
phone booths, as all others charge very high fees. GSM 1900 mobile
networks cover most of the country. Internet access is widely
available in most of the country, especially in tourist-orientated
Travellers to Mexico over 18 years do not have to pay duty on
400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g pipe tobacco; 3 litres wine or
other alcoholic beverages; perfume, eau-de-cologne or lotions for
personal use; a video camera and two standard cameras.
Non-residents are allowed to bring in 12 rolls of film or video
cassettes, and goods to the value of US$300 without incurring duty
fees. Prohibited goods include fresh food products and the import
of canned food. The export of archaeological artefacts is strictly