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

    Even when "all gratuities included" at a resort (and I laugh), think twice about not tipping. If you like waiting 10-20 minutes to be noticed for a drink that's fine.. but tipping 1.00usd a round gets you noticed.

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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

    Puerto Vallarta, just as it is now, meets all the expectations that visitors may have; however, it isn’t resting on its laurels. Projects are being planned for the development of the area to make it even more attractive. Former Mexican President, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz once commented, "The more I see this land the more I love Jalisco. This is a mirror...

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    It seemed common that a lot of women where getting their hair put in beads. I didn't see any local women with them but amongst the local tourist it seemed to be the thing to do for the women. I don't remember exactly the cost but they were negotiable and it wasn't cheap!!!!

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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

    bring several american one-dollar bills with you for tipping before you change your money into pesos. DO NOT change your money at the american airports; the rate is terrible, and some charge a commission in addition. the bank stalls in the puerto vallarta airport usually have a good exchange rate. the porters and the taxi/van drivers who take you...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • many customs

    1. people go in the ocean with clothes on, and sit or lay in the sand as the water laps up over them.2. vendors and musicians often come onto local and regional buses to make money. some of the treats they sell are plantanes, juice sold in plastic bags, and a type of fried pig skin with a hot sauce. 3. men (mostly men) will lift their shirts up...

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  • Symbol of the nation

    The Aztecs believed that the place where the gods were born , the very centre of the earth, would be revealed to them by the sighting of an eagle perched on a cactus and with a snake in its beak. Where the eagle was sighted became the centre of their civilization - their capital city, Tenochtitlan - now the the sprawling megalopolis of Mexico...

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  • Dance of the Viejecitos

    We got lucky and managed to see a performance of the Viejecitos (Little Old Men). This is a dance said to have been invented by the local Purepecha during the early colonial period to mock the Spanish colonists.The dancers were boys from about 6-12 years old, and they wore pink wrinkly masks, plus had on hard-soled wooden sandals, which they use to...

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  • Rebozos

    Rebozos semed part of life in the Mexican countryside and it seemed most females wore one. They use it for warmth, to accessorize, and even to carry their babies on their backs as well. You can get rebozos ranging from very expensive at some of the craft shops, to inexpensive at the local markets. I bought mine at the local markets, I guess their...

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  • Carry Small Bills

    When carrying pesos, make sure you have plenty of small bills. It seems that no one has change or if any, very little. It doesn't make sense, as they issue large bills, so someone must use them! And if everyone has small bills, someone must have change ... if I think about it too much, it drives me crazy, so trust me, carry lots of small bills and...

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  • Day of the Dead (El Dia De los Muertos)

    Although it looks like Halloween, it is not Halloween!During the Dia de los Muertos, which occurs every year on November 1 and 2, many Mexican families honor their ancestors and their dead with home altars and/or by visiting and spending time in the cementerio where their loved ones are buried. This was originally thought as to greet the spirits as...

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  • Zapatistas

    Mexico's modern-day Zapatista movement had its roots in the southern state of Chiapas Although they are mostly associated with Chiapas, the Zapatistas aim is to represent " the dispossessed millions" of the whole country against both the one-party system of the government and wealthy international interests who they see as having oppressed the the...

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  • www.guelaguetza.com.mx JULY IN OAXACA...

    GUELAGUETZA DANCING FESTIVAL in OAXACA CITY... month july all years...the festival is celebrated each year in july, the dancers from different regions of oaxaca show their local customs and its a big parade in the city, with big puppets, colorful dresses, gifts to tourists, music alla round,...great spot to visit in Mexico.

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  • plus zapatour

    Le sous commandant Marcos, qui a annoncé fin novembre la dissolution du Front zapatiste de libération nationale –bras civil et politique des guérilleros depuis une décennie– et son remplacement par un nouveau mouvement politique, a rappelé qu’en aucun cas les zapatistes ne participeraient au scrutin. La nouvelle organisation zapatiste, ainsi, “ne...

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  • EZLN, Marcos a le tour politique pour...

    Cinq ans après le "Zapatour", qui avait conduit un millier de militants zapatistes jusqu’au palais présidentiel de Mexico, le sous-commandant Marcos a entamé un nouveau périple, ce week-end, au Chiapas. Jusqu’à la fin du mois de juin, le leader zapatiste va sillonner le pays, afin de jouer les trouble-fêtes dans la campagne électorale pour la...

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  • CHARRERIA ...

    CHARRERIA INFORMATIONhttp//webdemexico.com.mx/arte/charreria/index.html... CHARRO its not the same as MARIACHI ....

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