Mexico Local Customs

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Mexico Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Cancún Local Customs

    I generally tip both the maid(on the bed) and the mini fridge server (normally in fridge so obvious for him) a couple of dollars each day, these are separate jobs (always been female for maids and male for bar porter, but this could be different at different resorts but doubt it). This will help you know if the person responsible for filling the...

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  • Native Animals

    Playa del Carmen Local Customs

    We've seen the large band of coatis on both of our trips to Riu Tequila, in 2009 they were hanging out near the pool and near some of the rooms near the pool waiting for someone to take pity on them and give them a snack. They seem to come out near sundown and don't appear to be particularly frightened of the large international group of sun...

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  • Tipping

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    bus drivers do not expect tips. theoretically, taxi drivers do not expect tips, either, unless they do something special, such as loading or unloading suitcases; however, i have found that most taxi drivers seem to expect tips from americans for each ride. i aim for about 15% for them. waiters in restaurants expect tips. i aim for about 20% for...

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  • Drinking

    Cabo San Lucas Local Customs

    To have the perfect shot of tequila, you start with ice-cold tequila, kosher salt, and fresh Mexican limes; then you lick your hand and sprinkle the salt, lick the salt onto the tip of your tongue, slam the ice-cold tequila and bite into the lime..... mmmmmmmm....... For a cultural tip on how to do this same activity but as a 'body shot', check out...

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  • People / Language

    Tijuana Local Customs

    In case you haven't noticed, I love the service I get in Tijuana restaurants. Of course the Servers love me too! I treat them respectfully, they treat me like a queen. I tip generously and they eagerly welcome me back! This picture is of the welcome given to my Slovak cousin by the waiters at the Guadalajara Grill upon our return. They catered to...

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  • Tipping/Financial

    Mazatlán Local Customs

    Tipping... At restaurants, 10 to 15% is standard, but check to ensure a tip has not been included in your bill. Be sure to differentiate between the 15% tax and a tip. Bellmen usually receive about 3 pesos per bag and maids 4 to 5 pesos per day. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers unless they have rendered special services, such as waiting...

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  • Traditional Dress

    Monterrey Local Customs

    A few old men still use ranch style sombrero, in some case hand made. In this photo the girl is celebrating his 15 aniversary, in Mexico these celebratios is very special because it mark the end of the children and the beginning of the young woman.

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  • Learn the lingo

    Cancún Local Customs

    Many first names have a Spanish equivalent. For fun, find out if you have a Spanish name before you go so that you can use it to introduce yourself. Hotel workers, guides, and locals will be able to remember your name much better if it's something familiar that they can easily pronounce. The first few days I was in Mexico I noticed that locals had...

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  • Local People

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    the mexican government discourages begging, but when i was in puerto vallarta in 2006, i saw quite a few sad-looking indigenous (indian) women on the sidewalks with their babies. i really struggled with whether i should donate something -- sometimes i did, sometimes i didn't, but i NEVER gave money to children. when i went in 2014, i saw very few...

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  • Food / Drink

    Tijuana Local Customs

    On the corner of this side-street off Calle 1 in the Pedestrian section, I saw this fruit cart and thought to share it with you. Many tourist are afraid to eat anything in Tijuana and of course I wouldn't try to change their minds. However, this cart full of fruit and fruit juices is popular with the people who work in and around the area. A...

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  • Cultural

    Mazatlán Local Customs

    I enjoyed taking the time to talk to the vendors on the beach... Some may think it is a chore but I liked that aspect of my trip. I tried to get to know as many of them by name as I could.. They loved the fact that you remembered their name. This would also stop the harrassment of them trying to sell you something... They began stopping by just to...

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  • Greetings / Courtsey

    Monterrey Local Customs

    These are typical greetings and sultations. The translations are less literal and more "general meaning." Greetings... In person: Buenas Good Buenas (tardes, dias, noches) (afternoon, day, night) Hola... Hello? Que honda? What´s goin´ down? Que pasa? What´s going on? Que tal? What´s up? Que esta arriba? What´s up? Mucho gusto. Pleased to meet...

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  • Slow Pace

    Cancún Local Customs

    Any gringos with little patience for slow service should probably stay away from Cancun. The fact that the city owes it's sheer prominence almost entirely to foreign tourism, combined with the Yucatan Peninsula's staggering humidity, keeps Cancun perhaps a virtual opposite of such places as New York or Osaka, when it comes to a businesslike...

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  • Shopping/Haggling

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    if you do not like the prices offered by a salesperson, just say "not today, thank you." there is no need to harangue the shopkeepers. remember that most mexicans consider all americans rich, and that most americans ARE rich compared to the average mexican family. there is little sense in bargaining over a dollar or two on a $10 purchase, prices of...

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  • Border Culture

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Cuban cigars are prohibited in the USA . So, they can be found in Tijuana. La Casa Del Tabaco changed its name to La Casa Del Habano in an effort to alert visitors that they offer genuine Cuban cigars. There are many other places advertising these hard to get gems, but not all places have the real product. Without thinking much about it I had...

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  • Music & Dance

    Monterrey Local Customs

    Regional music is dubbed musica norteña, northern music, which is unique, very lively, kind of Mexican polka, with accordion, guitar and drum, and has lots of groups and fans. It is obviously not only from Monterrey but from all northern Mexico. In some tourist areas, where you can hire a mariachi group, you can also hire a trio norteño to play...

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  • Financial

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    you will get the best exchange rates at ATMs and banks, then at a "casa de cambio" (money-changing stall), then at a hotel. the easiest way to get pesos is to use an ATM; these are everywhere. the second-easiest way is to go to a casa de cambio, but be sure to go to one that DOES NOT charge a commission (there will be a sign saying so); these are...

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  • Los Negocios

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Where ever you look while strolling through the streets of Tijuana you will see more than the usual. Sometimes it may be offensive, sometimes it may be a curiosity and sometimes it may even speak to you, it all depends on who you are and it is not enough to keep looking straight ahead. Look past the obvious, look beyond and don't forget to look up!...

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  • Dia de los Muertos

    Monterrey Local Customs

    On November 1st Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertes, during which people go tochurchyards to visit their deceased loved ones. They do this quite exstensively, making it into a family outing almost. During these days beautiful painted, earthenware calaveras (skulls) are offered for sale as well as other earthenware products, such as skeletons and...

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  • Nature

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    The most wonderfu thing about the "Dreams Resort" in Puerto Vallarta, is that the sea turtle conservatory is located on the beach!! We were walking early one morning on a romantic strole & were called over by an attendant, they had just hatched!! We were able to hold them & everything!!! It was such a special moment. For a donation, you can release...

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  • Music / Drinking

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Hey"! Is this woman being attacked by the waiter? No. Someone--me--has ordered her a 'Popper.' A Popper is a shot of tequila with 7-up--not too strong. The waiter holds a napkin under the chin, holds the glass to the lips until all is consumed then--gently?--shakes the head back and forth.

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  • Local Foods

    Monterrey Local Customs

    Mostly on the weekends restaurants (and sometimes individuals) will set up grills on the side of the road and roast kid goats, chicken, sausages, etc. Not exactly haute cuisine, but at least you see how and where it's being cooked, and the price is usually right.

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  • Health/Safety

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    Hopefully you will not need any! But, it is good to know that there are some excellent, English speaking doctors here. There is a brand new hospital here in Vallarta, San Javier and really is as nice or nicer than any I have seen in the US. Located across the street from the terminal marina.

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  • Poverty

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Walking around Tijuana you can find a lot of signs of poverty and first of all you can find beggars but not in Avenida Revolucion (main street of Tijuana) - it's forbidden there, I suppose. But when you go a few hundreds meters away (on main, crowded streets) you can find them even lying on a walkway with a hat for money. Hmm... I wanted to take a...

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  • Independence Day

    Monterrey Local Customs

    On september you can see a lot of mexican flags vendors, little or big, hats, bugles or anything you will use next 15th septiember night, at 11:00 PM when all mexican people celebrates their independence day. The celebration ocurrs in each central square all over the country, so I think you cant lost the event!!!.

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  • Local People

    Monterrey Local Customs

    People go out of their way to try to speak your native language, even if they really, really don't speak it. Hee. The "backfill turkey" was actually really good. Worth all 165 pesos. Even if your Spanish is pretty lousy, you should definitely use it. Folks are pretty patient if you struggle; using Spanish shows respect; and your dinner will sound...

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  • Alameda

    Monterrey Local Customs

    Lesson # 325 to be a good tourist in Mexico: When you come to Monterrey, come to the Alameda (central park) and go to the big fountain to get a picture of you riding one of these wood made horses. As you see depending your height there is a horse for you. Put the mexican hat and said: "Viva Mexico!!!!!"

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  • keep lots of small change in pesos with...

    keep lots of small change in pesos for tips, bus rides, etc. most bus drivers and many shopkeepers do not have sufficient money with them to give change for what would be twenty american dollars.be sure that you use coins in pesos only. coins from the USA are worthless in mexico, so, for instance, tipping someone with american coins doesn't help...

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  • butter that tastes weird

    it took me a couple of trips to mexico before i figured out why the butter tastes weird, at least to someone from the USA. it is unsalted ("sin sal")! once i realized this, i looked everywhere for salted butter ("con sal") but could not find any. so if you like salt in your butter, you'll have to sprinkle some on it.

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  • bringing home food and drink, imports...

    in terms of buying food and drink to bring home, items from the united states that are imported into mexico are VERY expensive (hard liquor, etc.). however, items that are made in mexico or (i think) other latin-american countries, such as coffee, are pretty cheap. this is the time to stock up!

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  • best materials for a quickie guide to...

    unquestionably, the best contemporary guide to mexico is THE PEOPLE'S GUIDE TO MEXICO, by carl franz (see his website also, at "http://thepeoplesguidetomexico.com"). he covers both rural and urban travel and has millions of good cultural tips, along with hilarious anecdotes about him, his wife/girlfriend, and their best friend steve on car trips...

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  • avoiding sexual harassment

    i have rarely been sexually harassed by a mexican man, but perhaps that is due to my age (they think i am a grandmother). on the few occasions when it has happened, i usually act as if we are all teasing each other, and i say something like "que pillo!" (kay PEE-yo, "what a rascal!").women can forestall a lot of this by smiling (not flirtatiously)...

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  • babies and children

    mexicans love babies and children, and most of their babies and children are very well behaved compared to those in the united states. telling a parent how beautiful ("bonita," bone-EE-ta) or handsome ("guapo," GWA-po) their child is acts as a terrific icebreaker on buses. so does asking how many children a person has; this is not considered rude,...

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  • tipping the hotel maids

    tip the hotel maids GENEROUSLY; they make in one day about what the minimum wage for one HOUR would be in the united states. i aim for at least two american dollars PER DAY.in addition, i leave the tip BY the day rather than for a week at once, because that way each maid gets a tip for the day she worked in your room, in case there are several...

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  • show respect during church services

    do not go into churches during services unless you are dressed fairly conservatively. for women, this means arms covered. for men, it means no tank tops. for both, it means no beach wear, no short shorts, and no bare feet. do not take photos or carry on conversations during services.

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  • be prepared to shake hands a lot

    most mexicans are very friendly. the women are more shy than the men. mexican men especially will want to shake hands with you when they meet you or if they talk with you for very long. there is A LOT of handshaking, both hello and goodbye.

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  • take a spanish/english dictionary

    whether your only spanish is "muchas gracias" or you can speak fluently, take a spanish/english dictionary with you. it will be tremendously helpful, because you can look up spanish words that you see on signs and menus and, even better, you can look up english words to find their spanish equivalent.i have been using the OXFORD SPANISH...

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  • even a little bit of spanish opens many...

    try to speak spanish, even if rudimentary; the people do appreciate it, tho many mexicans speak english. be extremely polite, and SMILE A LOT. people from the USA should refer to themselves as "norteamericanos," not simply "americanos."to say, "my name is X," say "me llamo X" (may YAHM-oh).greet people with "hola" (oh-lah, with just the barest more...

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  • Traditional dance

    Ever heard of Mariachi and Corrido. In the time of ancient Mexican civilizations was making music is very important during festivities, ceremonies and other religious eventsMusical instruments were usually kept in a secret place. Songs were also a good way to pass knowledge from generation to generation or to tell in the form of balladsThe famous...

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  • The Peso Sign Looks Like The Dollar Sign

    I'm not sure if all the resort towns do this, but I know that Cabo San Lucas, has all prices listed in USD. Well, the dollar sign and the peso sign look almost identical. The only difference is, that the peso sign has one line going through it instead of two. $=PesoIt's almost impossible to tell the difference, so look really close at the symbol,...

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  • local area great for agriculture and...

    aquaculture is great big here shrimp big ones probably the ones you enjoy the most in your local favorite restaurant comes from here.Great folks hard work,and lovely results,enjoy Mexican shrimps wherever you are. The visits can be arrange in groups with the local folks and the tourist office. Especially welcome are those in veterinary and...

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  • Maya's

    The Maya (Maya Yucateeks: maaya'ob, Spanish: mayas) are a people of southern Mexico and northern Central America. The term is used as an umbrella term for 29 indigenous people from the same region, the same cultural and linguistic backgrounds.Today there are about 8 to 9 million Mayas, the vast majority living in Guatemala and southern Mexico...

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  • Iguanas!

    I loved the many iguanas at Chichen Itza! There were really large and all over the place. Tastes like chicken :-) (kidding!!) No really, they were cute:)

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  • DAYS OF THE DEAD

    It is popular belief in Mexico that the dead have divine permission to visit friends and relatives on earth. once a year during the days of the dead the living offer food, candles and flowers to their loved ones that have died. This occasion is not morbid but a celebration of the passed ones lives. It is thought that the souls of children visit on...

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  • THE MAYANS

    The Mayan people are indigenous to parts of Mexico and Central America. They can be traced back as far as 2600 BC. The Mayans still live and work in parts of Mexico especially around Chichen Itsa, which was once a commercial, religious and military centre. The Mayans living around Chichen itsa sell local crafts on stalls within the ancient site,...

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