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Bring light ponchos for rain gear. These can be purchased from most camping stores. Many stadiums also carry a light poncho to sell to fans of local football teams. These work great as well. They are small and light and easy to carry anywhere you go as a rain cloud can come in no time and dump a monsoon on your head.

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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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In order for documents issued in other countries to be valid in Mexico, they must be legalized by the Mexican Consulate that has jurisdiction over the region where they were issued, or authenticated with an "apostille" from the central authority of the country where they were issued. (The "apostille" is an authentication issued within the framework of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization and applies to those countries that are signatory members of said international treaty.)


In order for documents issued in Canada to be valid in Mexico, they must be legalized by the Mexican Consulate that has jurisdiction over the region where they were issued. The consular fee for this service is the equivalent of US$36.00 per document, in Canadian funds.

Before a document can be legalized by our Consular Office, however, it must be authenticated by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which will stamp it. For information on this matter, please contact the Authentication and Service of Documents Section at the Department of Foreign Affairs at 125 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G2, Tel. (613) 995-0119. All official documents issued in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation into Spanish.

If you mail your documents, please do not forget to send the money order in Canadian funds and to include a prepaid self-addressed envelope.


In order for documents issued or certified by a Mexican authority to be valid in Canada, they must be legalized by the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in Mexico. For further information, please contact the at 01-800-706-29-00.

Requirements for documents issued in the Federal District (Mexico City):

  1. Academic documents must be certified by the Ministry of Public Education, UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) or the Instituto Politécnico Nacional.
  2. Documents issued by government authorities (birth certificates, powers of attorney, legal judgments, etc.) must be authenticated by the General Legal and Legislative Studies Office (Dirección General Jurídica y de Estudios Legislativos) at Av. Calendaria de los Patos s/n, Col. 10 de mayo, México, D.F.
  3. All documents must be authenticated before the Ministry of the Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación) at Abram González 48, Col. Juárez, Edificio Principal de la Secretaría de Gobernación, México, D.F.
  4. Subsequently, all documents must be certified by any office of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Delegaciones de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores).
  5. Finally, documents must be submitted to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate. Please call the Canadian Embassy at 01-800-706-29-00.

For documents issued by the States of the Mexican Republic, the first authentication will be provided by the Local Governmental Office (Secretaría de Gobierno) and then continue with requirements 2, 3, 4 and 5.

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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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