By the end of the year, experts believe that around sixty million people will have visited Mexico. Considered the hub of Latin America, Mexico boasts a continuously growing economy, stunning landscapes and proud expressions of their captivating heritage. For these reasons, SITU has serviced apartments in Mexico to provide comfort for the millions that take advantage of these qualities each year.
Mexico has a population of around 130 million and is the third largest country in Latin America. It is the home to more Spanish speakers than any other nation, as well as consisting of sixty-eight different Amerindian languages. Mexico’s history is ancient and after the early centuries of Mesoamerican civilizations cultivating the land the Spanish began their conquest. Followed came centuries of Spanish colonisation and the interference of Napoleon’s France. However, the struggle of the Mexican Independence movement and its leaders eventually granted liberation for the people in 1821.
The country nowadays is made up of thirty-one different states and one federal state. They all share the common trait that the urban areas are overpopulating in comparison to the more-indigenous rural areas. Countryside towns are historic relics, unlike the modernised, larger cities. Despite this, references to Mexico’s history cover the landscape and the culture has transcended throughout this modern era. Mexico’s exclusivity is below the surface too, with the country being one of the Earth’s most dynamic tectonic areas.
Despite Mexico’s troubled economic past, their key industries still remain important for Latin America. In fact, experts believe Mexico is one of the next emerging powerhouses. Mexico’s GDP per head is larger than Brazil, Russia, India and China, the previously though economic superpowers. Combining their abundance of natural resources and having more free trade agreements than any other nation has made Mexico a highly desirable location for trade and business investment. It’s understood that Mexico will have the 8th largest economy by 2050.
Mexican wealth has now been redistributed out of the capital, Mexico City. With the help of foreign-owned factory productions in rural areas, poorer regions enjoy more riches and prosperity is less concentrated in particular areas. The most affluent industries are now in retail and manufacturing. The country is responsible for 60% of Latin America’s manufacturing exports, particularly in vehicle and aerospace sectors. Whereas, with almost half of Mexico’s population being middle classes, business investment and expansion is would be profitable in consumer sectors such as food and transport. Also like most other destinations with such cultural variety and stunning scenery, Mexico’s economy also benefits from increased tourism. Mexico’s enticing economy encourages businesspeople to travel there all year round and has bolstered a requirement for corporate, serviced accommodation.
Citizens of Great Britain, Canada, Australia and the US do not require a visa for granted entry into Mexico. Every entering citizen will need to fill out an immigration form though, and keep your received ‘Forma Migratoria Múltiple’ form on you at all times. Be aware that you also cannot change visa status whilst in the country, e.g. from tourist to business. There are a few important details to know regarding entry to Mexico, so check the www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for more information.
Ensuring you have all the necessary and standard documents is important when driving in Mexico. You do not require an International Driving Permit but in case authorities stop you, it is worth having everything else handy to avoid lengthy disruptions i.e. passport, visa, driving license. Your car will also require national insurance too. The roads have a reputation for being poorly conditioned, to the point where many locals prefer to travel along the many, quite expensive toll roads compared to country roads. Driving in Mexico can be hassle-free. However, many foreigners travel via taxi and Uber, due to their cheap rates and guarantee of getting you to the right place.
Also worth being aware of whilst driving through Mexico is the chances of immigration checks. You should not encounter any issues, but when travelling between Mexican states and international borders just expect to have to show your FMM and proof of identity. Be aware that tipping in food establishments is also customary in Mexico between 10% and 15%. Be sure to have the Mexican currency, the Peso (MX$ or $MN). One pound sterling and one euro equates to 26 and 23 Peso respectively but is most easily exchangeable for US dollars if you are already in the country. Otherwise, stays in Mexico are usually trouble free, and our corporate apartments ensure that accommodation is not an issue either.
Mexico's rich cultural heritage is expressed evenly all across the country, particularly within its most famed tourist attractions. Mexico’s capital is perhaps the best place to see this expression. The Historic Centre boasts many fascinating museums and homes over one thousand colonial buildings from between the 16th and 19th century. The volcanic mountains Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl overlook this World Heritage Site and its many major attractions, such as the Constitution Square, National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. SITU range of Mexico City serviced apartments grant you easy access to this central location of Mexican heritage. The cities of Guanajuato, Mérida and Guadalajara are also significant expressions of previous colonialism and Mexican culture.
However, Mexico also has location dedicated purely for relaxation and respite. The Mayan Riviera, consisting of the city of Cancún and the island of Cozumel, attracts millions of visitors each year. Bordering the Caribbean Sea, the Riviera beaches are broad and the water is crystal clear. The stunning coastline also stretches along the Gulf of Mexico, and the views are as picturesque as you would expect. The famous Mayan ruins are nearby and numerous activities, such as dolphin swims, are sure to keep you occupied. Growing in popularity too is the beach of Puerto Vallarta. The pleasant promenade shops and green spaces appeal to those looking for an escape from the bustle of Mexico’s urbanity.
Mexico’s cultural and scenic appeal are just a few reasons why millions of foreigners visit the country each year. The Latin American capital’s highly-performing economy similarly attracts business investment and travel. The combination of all these reasons makes Mexico a top choice for corporate travel. SITU’s Mexico corporate accommodation perfectly complements any trip you decide to make.
Officially named Benito Juárez, this international airport is both Mexico and Latin America’s busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers.
The airport well-equipped with buses, metro and affordable taxis, which all connect guests to-and-from Downtown Mexico City, only three miles away.
Often shortened to STC, this metro system serves Mexico City and several offer Mexican states. It is also the second largest metro in North America.
Trains are extremely frequent and operate long hours throughout the week. They can be prone to getting busy but are still the most convenient way to get around the capital.
The immensely stunning Copper Canyon can be explored via the only remaining passenger train took over sixty years in the making. It is one the most staggering train journeys, taking a full day to transport passengers from the Pacific Coast to Northern Mexico.
Some say this train journey is Northern America’s best attraction.