Yes you can pre book transfers (arrival only) and extra nights with Shoestring.You can add these to your booking form.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. Please check the embassy if you need a visa for Mexico and check here for the current situation. At present, UK and other EU nationals do not need a visa but you do need a tourist card which can be obtained by completing immigration forms on arrival or during your flight into Mexico. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure so that in the event that you do need a visa, you do not run into time problems.
Making telephone calls from Mexico is not a problem. You can make calls easily and internet cafes are everywhere.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller (same sex when possible) unless you have booked a single room.
Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.
There is no need to be worried but you should exercise caution, particularly in the big cities. Keep money and other valuables close to you or safely stowed away at all times.
Mexico is renowned for its colourful celebrations and festivals. Virtually every month of the year features a national holiday or fiesta, and each city celebrates the day of its patron saint. Mexicans celebrate Christmas (Navidàd), Epiphany (January 6) and Easter. The macabre Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 2 (All Soul’s Day), is one of Mexico’s most distinctive national holidays. It is the believer’s conviction that on this day the souls of their beloved deceased return to earth. In the week preceding Día de los Muertos, markets bulge with essential items such as candy skulls and papier-mâché skeletons. All over the country, people gather at cemeteries to picnic on the graves of their ancestors and departed loved ones. December 12 is another important day in the Mexican National Holiday calendar. It is the Dia de Virgen de Guadalupe, the country’s most popular religious icon.
You will sleep mainly in comfortable mid-range hotels
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100 centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa, MasterCard and American Express. ATMs are available in most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money, but for safety reasons they should only be used during business hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency, it is best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many casas de cambio (exchange houses), which have longer hours and offer quicker service than the banks.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference
In Mexico you will travel through tropical lowland as well as through mountainous areas. The latter have a moderate climate which may include cold nights. For this reason, you should bring thin, cotton clothes but also a closed neck long-sleeved T-shirt or a thin cotton roll neck sweater. This will also protect you against mosquitoes. In addition, bring along a jersey or sweater and a waterproof jacket. Nights in San Cristóbal can be quite cold! Do not forget an umbrella as protection against rain and too much sun. With regards to footwear, bring a pair of good quality, worn-in walking shoes and flip-flops or sandals. You should also consider bringing the following: sunglasses, sun cream, toiletries, a travellers’ health kit, a hat/scarf, a (video)camera, spare batteries, and a pocket knife.
Transportation will be in 1st class public buses with reserved seats or in private minibuses. Taxis will take you to/from hotels and bus terminals.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.