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To help prevent creasing of clothing, roll up a small towel and place on the inside of where the garments will fold. Or roll your suites up instead of folding.

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%, Brazil 0.3%.

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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Making your clothing selection depends largely on what you plan on doing. If you are staying in Cancun or on the Riviera at a luxury resort then expect everybody to be dressed nice. Vacationing Europeans are extremely fashion conscious, even on the beach. You need to coordinate an eclectic wardrobe to be successful here. You can also buy some new items while there.

If you plan on hanging around Playa and laying on the beach all day nobody will bat an eye as you walk into a restaurant in shorts, tank top and scruffy hair. In other words you can tone down your wardrobe considerably and walk around in your pajamas all day if you wish.

For backpackers less is best, wash as you go.


Take beach shoes with you for walking in the water and swimming. It is a common occurrence for vacationers to step on stingray tails, sea urchins and other things.

Short sleeved shirts are better to take than t-shirts. On extremely hot days you can unbutton your shirt and allow better cooling. A shirt also doubles as dressware for restaurants.

Many people recommend 100% cotton however we have found that 100% Viscose is the best material for travel clothing for hot climates. This material is super light, does not crease and lets you breath so you do not sweat. Cotton is recommended for underwear and socks.

Zipper lube. Humid weather will in time reap havoc with your suitcase/backpack zippers. Protect your zippers by coating them with zipper lube, which can be purchased at most dive stores. A candle will do the same trick in a pinch!

Buy an Under Water Camera if you plan on swimming or snorkeling. You will be amazed at what can be found 20 feet from shore on some beaches.

If you have a printer print off some personal cards with your name and e-mail address for staying in contact with friends you make.


  • Garbage bags, plastic store-bags, Baggies.
    You need a bag for laundry, seashells and stuff.
  • Smoke Detector
    Do not assume the room will have a smoke detector so it is best to bring your own.
  • Clock
    We recommend a compact travel clock that can be purchased at most department stores. This is good to because you cannot always trust the front desk for a wake-up call so you can use your own clock alarm.
  • Candles
    In case you have a power outage.
  • Small Packages of Kleenex
    You never know when you will need a tissue!
  • First Aid Kit
    You can buy small first aid kits at most department stores that are small and carry a variety of bandages etc.
  • Small Sowing Kit
    In case you have to fix something.
  • Swiss Army Knife
    This tool is a must and all travelers should have one.
  • NOTE: If you are travelling to Chiapas do not carry your Swiss Army Knife or any kind of knife like tool on your person. This is because some bus stations have metal detectors that you must pass through to get on the bus and it will be confiscated. Also if a soldier at a checkpoint harasses you he will also take your knife/tool.

  • Writing Materials
    It is a good idea to keep a journal of your adventure so bring a small notebook and pens.
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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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