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Mexico

Mexico, the bridge between two worlds

You may hesitate between Northern America, Canada and the United States or Latin America with Peru or Bolivia, for example. Why not organise a trip to Mexico? It's as if the country is wedged in the middle of this enormous continent and seems to be the bridge between two completely different worlds. In addition, it's often very nice and warm in this geographical location, so don't wait a second longer and head to Mexico.

Geography

With a little less than 2 million square kilometres, you will notice during your trip to Mexico that the country is absolutely enormous. With its long shape, it may not seem like it but it is around 8 times larger than the UK. Among the important statistics to be aware of, giving you a more precise idea of the situation, note for example that 3,500 kilometres separates the north and south of Mexico and it has 7,000 kilometres of coastline on the Pacific Ocean on the west and on the Caribbean Sea on the east. Mexico has a unique shared border with the United Staes in the north and with Belize and Guatemala in the south. For altitude lovers, if the Popocatépetl with its 5,452 metres of altitude is the most famous of the whole country, Mexico's high point at an altitude of 5,700 metres is the summit of the Pico de Orizaba. With 20 million inhabitants just in the capital, Mexico City is a sprawling, Dantesque city, the most populated in the worldalong with Sao Paulo in Brazil and Tokyo in Japan.

Aerial view over Popocatépetl

Climate

Put simply, there are only two distinct seasons in Mexico. The dry season stretches between the months of November and May and the rainy season takes place from June to October. If you wish to opt for the first one for your trip, note that it's also equally as possible to go to Mexico during the second. During the second, heavy downpours only fall at the end of the afternoon or during the night and only last for a short amount of time. During the day you will stay dry. For the rest, the Mexican climate really depends on the altitude. It's generally very hot on the coastline and suddenly very cold when you go above 2,000 metres in altitude.

David Debrincat
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Updated 17 November 2015
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