Visas: To enter Mexico as tourists, citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most Western European countries do not require visas, but will however need a Mexican government tourist card (tarjeta de turista), available from embassies or at border crossings. Public holidays: New Year’s Day; Constitution Day (5 Feb); Birthday of Benito Juárez (21 March); Holy Thursday; Good Friday; Labour Day; Puebla Battle (5 May); Presidential Report (1 Sep); Independence Day (16 Sep); Columbus Day (12 Oct); 2 November; Mexican Revolution Day (20 Nov); Our Lady of Guadeloupe Day (12 Dec); Christmas; New Year’s Eve. Good buys: Hammocks (they were introduced in Mexico), sombreros and tequila. Local dishes: Mexican food is usually spicy and always includes the three following ingredients: salt, chilli and lime. And you are never very far away from a cantina where you will find tortillas, enchilladas and tacos. Most cantinas boast a juice bar, serving delicious fresh juices. Interesting fact: The capital of Mexico City is most populated city in the world, with 20 million inhabitants. It is also the city with the world’s largest taxi fleet (60,000 cars). Good reading: Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz, winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the Mexican poet and essayist’s analysis of his country’s history and relations with the United States.
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