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6 places to visit in Mexico

02/08/2023

An Eldorado for travellers in search of discovery, Mexico boasts an exceptional cultural heritage. Discover 6 of Mexico's ancient cities with AVI's Routard travel insurance, including Covid cover.

1. Mexico, a land with a big history.

2. What are the must-see places in Mexico?

3. How can you organise a safe holiday in Mexico?

4. What are the medical costs in Mexico with AVI's Mexico travel insurance?

5. Covid travel information for Mexico.

1. Mexico, a land with a big history

Mexico's ancient civilisations, including the Maya, Olmec, Zapotec, Aztec and Toltec peoples, have left traces that are still clearly visible today.

These ancient civilisations are the most fascinating in Mesoamerican history. There are no fewer than 40,000 historical and archaeological sites scattered throughout Mexico, but only 13,000 of them have been recorded by INAH, the National Institute of Anthropology and History. These sites represent a unique cultural wealth to be discovered during your stay in Mexico, with your family or as a couple!

2. What are the must-see places on site?

1 - Chichén Itzá

The most illustrious of Mayan cities. Located in the heart of the Yucatán peninsula, Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is even one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, on a par with Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and the Great Wall of China. The main attraction is the Kukulcán step pyramid.

2 - Palenque

This immense Mayan city, like its national park, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and is located on the edge of the jungle in the state of Chiapas. Palenque, which means "surrounded by trees" in Mayan, remains one of the most impressive Mayan sites, best visited at dawn, shortly after sunrise! And yet, only a small portion of the ancient Mayan city has been explored, with more than a thousand structures still buried under the vegetation to this day.

3 - Tulum

Another ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan, Tulum is unique in that it faces the Caribbean Sea. The "El Castillo" monument is the emblem of the site. Other religious buildings can be seen here, including the Temple of the Descending God and the Temple of the Frescoes.

4 - Monte Albán

Primarily a Zapotec city, it was also home to the Olmecs and Mixtecs. There are remains of several temples, a ball court and numerous sacred tombs.

5 - Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán lies to the north of the capital, Mexico City. It was once considered the largest city in the country. Here you can admire the two major pyramids: the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

6 - Le Templo Mayor

The Templo Mayor was a large Aztec temple located on the site of present-day Mexico City. When the conquistadors arrived, the monument was completely destroyed. Recent archaeological excavations have brought to light the remains of what was once the Aztec capital.

3. How can you organise a safe holiday in Mexico?

Whether you're a family or a couple, to make the most of this getaway and the cultural adventures awaiting you in Mexico, choose Avi international's Mexico travel insurance, which guarantees you a worry-free holiday. In the event of illness or accident, AVI's Mexico travel insurance will cover your medical or hospitalisation expenses throughout Mexico and in neighbouring countries in the event of an unexpected trip to Guatemala, Belize or even further south! The Mexico travel insurance policy also covers your transport costs, third-party liability and luggage insurance in the event that your luggage is lost or stolen.
By choosing AVI International travel insurance, you will benefit from 24-hour repatriation assistance, which will help you with your travel arrangements or in the event of an early emergency return home. What's more, if your state of health requires it, you can be repatriated and taken care of by repatriation assistance simply by calling the assistance centre.

4. What are the medical expenses in Mexico with AVI Mexico travel insurance?

In Mexico, as in many other American countries, it is not always possible to pay for high-quality emergency medical care.

In the Mexican healthcare system, it is important to distinguish between public hospitals and private clinics. Public hospitals are not very expensive, but the availability and quality of infrastructure and equipment for necessary care are not always there.

On the other hand, the medical infrastructure and care provided in Mexican private clinics are on a par with the best Western hospitals.

On the other hand, using these facilities and medical assistance during your trip to Mexico is much more expensive! That's why travellers to Mexico need to take out Mexico travel insurance, with a high level of insurance and assistance cover, such as Routard Assistance's travel insurance. 

Our dedicated assistance team will guide you in your choice of appropriate medical facilities.

 

All our travel insurance policies include covid-19 cover during your stays abroad.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information about our insurance and assistance cover.

5. Covid travel information for Mexico.

 

The Embassy of Mexico in France would like to inform you that the Mexican government is not imposing any restrictions linked to the pandemic, nor any obligation to present a negative PCR test in order to take a flight to Mexico (August 2023).

Mexico therefore welcomes foreign travellers to its territory and advises them to take out travel insurance to cover their medical and hospitalisation costs in the event of a covid-19, so that they can travel with peace of mind in Mexico.

For information: French visitors can now stay in Mexico for up to 6 months without a visa.

If you are applying for a visa for Mexico (student, working holiday permit, stay of more than 6 months), a health insurance certificate stating Covid cover will be required.

► The summary of cover for medical expenses is shown on your AVI Mexico travel insurance certificate, which you receive automatically by email after you have taken out your policy online. The mention of covid 19 is indicated on the certificate. Your documents are always available in your Insured Area.

Good to know: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama have reopened their borders to international visitors. Colombia's air borders are open, as are those of Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile. A PCR test carried out less than 48 hours before arrival in the country is still required to enter their respective territories.

 


Sarah