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Pack a dryer sheet in your suitcase for long flights - this helps to eliminate that musty "airplane odor" and you'll have a "just washed" air to your clothes when you unpack.

Experience the Tortuga Liberation!
Every year hundreds of baby Green Sea Turtles emerge from the sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera and head into the vast ocean.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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There are three terminals that make up the Cancun Airport. There is the International terminal,the FBO [Domestic] terminal and the cargo terminal. These three terminals are close together and a mini-van can taxi you back and forth between the two public terminals [Internationa FBO/Domestic]. You catch the mini-van at the FBO terminal right out the front door; there is no sign. At the International terminal you catch the van outside the main entrance and to the right a bit, there is a sign. This service is free.

If you are traveling on your own, not as part of a travel package there are taxi and bus services [from the airport] that can take you as far as Tulum.

NOTE: If you arrive late at night the bus service may only go as far as Playa del Carmen. To go further you may need to take a taxi from the airport or Playa del Carmen. This only applies to people travelling on their own without prepaid transfers.

Playa del Carmen SnorkelThose arriving as part of a travel package will be met at the exit of the airport terminal. In both terminals there is only one way to get out and these airport terminals are small. You should have no problem finding your Tour Representative. They carry signs with the Tour Company they represent or your family name. The reps speak English.

At any given moment there can be any number of tours arriving and the hustle and bustle may appear confusing. The tour reps know that you have just had a long flight and you want to get to the hotel. They will have your name on their list and they will not leave until they have found everyone.

Once you have found your tour rep or your tour rep has found you they will guide you to a bus or mini-van. Your luggage will be loaded onto the vehicle. You are then driven to the front door of your hotel. Make sure you get all your belongings off the bus. It is often purses and small handbags that are left behind.

The above applies to arrivals to Merida as well.

NOTE: Sometimes, even when you are travelling with a tour package you will be guided to a waiting van or stationwagon. Your luggage will be loaded and you sit in the vehicle. Then after waiting 10 or so minutes you are asked to exit and move to another vehicle. Your luggage is moved as well. Do not be concerned with this as it happens all the time and is a standard practice, just make sure your baggage is moved also.


When it comes to transportation, Mexico has one of the best bus systems in the world.Playa del Carmen WeatherOf course if it is your first time traveling to the Yucatan and you have the kids with you then you may want to use your hotel travel service while you learn the ropes and get your bearings.

Every hotel/resort or cabana on the beach offers tour packages to any number of interesting places. In any of the small cities like Playa del Carmen or Cancun there are hundreds of small tour companies that provide transportation and guides. This varies from air-conditioned luxury buses stopping at 5 star restaurants to 4-wheel drive jungle jeeps with box lunches.

There are also taxis everywhere you go, even in small pueblos in the middle of nowhere. All taxi rides in Merida are $30 pesos, regardless of how far you travel within the city. Everywhere else the driver sets the rate which he will tell you if you ask. You can bargain with taxi drivers and they will wait for you regardless of how long you stay at a certain location. The taxi will have a flat rate for waiting which you can ask up front. This is sometimes negotiable.

If you are staying in Cancun we advise you to read this article written by Jules Siegel who has lived in Cancun for over 20 years.

For in-depth information regarding Mexican bus, renting a car etc. see the section.

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years,female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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