Frequently Asked Questions

Travel is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease. What do I do about visas? How much do I tip? If you can’t find your question below, email us or call (505) 225-2142 and we will get you an answer!

General FAQ

What is the Sacred Tours of Mexico experience like? On every tour, you will have the extraordinary opportunity to learn and experience firsthand the historical, cultural, and spiritual traditions of Mexico.

Why don’t the tours include food? To keep the costs of our tours low, and to give you options for meal and food choices, we do not include food in our tour package. Not everyone eats a full meal three times a day, and we do not want you to pay for food that you do not eat or want. We approximate food costs to be $6-8 for breakfast or lunch and $10-12 for dinner. See our FAQ on Money,  Food and Tipping for more information.

Visa, Passport, and Travel Insurance FAQ

Do I need my passport to travel? Yes. As of January 2007, all United States citizens are required to have a valid passport to travel to Mexico. Check your passport’s expiration date before you reserve your tour; for most destinations it must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date.

“All citizens, regardless of age, entering the U.S. by air must present a U.S. passport book. A passport card is not acceptable for entry to the US by air. U.S. legal permanent residents in possession of their I-551 Permanent Resident card may enter the United States from Mexico by land, air, or sea.”

For more details on obtaining or renewing a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov. For information on Mexico, see https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html

Do I need travel insurance? You must have comprehensive travel insurance, providing coverage against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of US$200,000. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Often your home insurance will cover travel. Check with your insurance agent to about these details.

Money, Food and Tipping FAQ

What is the exchange rate? The exchange rate for the US Dollar (USD) to the Mexican Peso (MXN) fluctuates, but is now around 1 USD = 18 MXN. See current rate here https://themoneyconverter.com/USD/MXN.aspx

How do I get money in Mexico? Do I need traveler’s checks?  Most banks and casas de cambio change cash and traveler’s checks. I usually use my debit card to withdraw money at an ATM. It is safe and easy to use the ATM. Be sure you have your debit card. Some vendors accept credit cards, but not all.

How much can I expect to spend on meals each day? Lunch: $6-8; Dinner: $10-12

Here is an article on food in Mexico, http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/mexico-city-food-scene and one about prices. https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/mexico-city?currency=USD

Should I tip the tour directors and bus driver? At the end of the trip, we will give you an opportunity to tip the directors and bus driver. Suggested amount for the bus driver is 150 pesos ($8) each. Suggested amount for the tour directors is 300 pesos ($16) each.

Should I have a gift for the curandera or Temazcal leader? Before we meet with the curandera or leave for the Temazcal, we will let you know the customary tip or gift. Consider setting aside $10 for each.

How much do I tip at restaurants?  We suggest tipping 15% in restaurants. Here is a great article on tipping in Mexico: https://www.mexperience.com/lifestyle/mexico-essentials/practical-information/#Tips

Do I tip the housekeeper in the hotel?  We suggest tipping the housekeeper 20 pesos per night (about $1). Leave the money on the bed or side table, preferably in an envelope.

Electricity and Water FAQ

Can I plug in my cell phone? The electrical current in Mexico is the same voltage. You might bring a 3-2 prong adapter as there are not many 3 prong plugs. I often bring a surge protector for my computer.

Can I drink the water? Generally, most tourists from the US do not drink the tap water but use it to brush their teeth. In large hotels and better restaurants, the ice (and often the water) will have been filtered already before it comes to your table. It is always good to bring medication (such as Lomotil) for emergencies. Here is a USA today on water in Mexico:

http://www.10best.com/interests/foodie/10best-things-to-know-about-drinking-the-water-in-mexico/

And here is an article about the move Mexico is making toward better tap water: http://www.latintimes.com/water-mexico-safe-drink-tourists-told-drink-mexico-city-147764

Mexico City FAQ

What is the altitude of Mexico City? Mexico City is at 7382’ (2000 meters). Be sure and pace yourself and drink lots of water. If you are sensitive to altitude, you might consider bring Emergen-C packets.

Is Mexico City Safe? Especially in the Historic District (where we will be staying), Mexico City feels safe. However just like any large city, such as Los Angeles or New York, you need to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Just remember that statistically, traffic accidents are more lethal than street crime. Be on your guard in the airport and bus station. We suggest that you not wear expensive jewelry.

Can I take a taxi in Mexico City? Though I have never encountered problems with a taxi, it is best-practice to check that it has actual taxi license plates (the numbers are preceded with the letters A or B). Check that the number on the license plate matches the number painted on the bodywork. Inside the cab, look for the postcard sized identification placard and make sure the photo matches that of the driver.

What is the weather like in Mexico City in June? The day time temperatures are in the upper 70’s, and the nighttime temps are in the upper 50’s. Summer is monsoon season, so there is often rain in the afternoons and evenings. See this link for more details: https://weatherspark.com/averages/32574/6/Mexico-City-Distrito-Federal

What clothing do I need for a Temazcal? For the Temazcal, we suggest bringing sandals (flip flops), bathing suit or white clothes to wear in the temazcal, and a towel or sarong.

What clothing do I bring for everyday wear? Be sure and pack a light rain jacket (possibly with hood) in case of rain. Lightweight skirts or pants are helpful if you want to protect from the sun, or shorts if you want more sun. Bring lightweight long sleeve shirts if you want to protect from the sun, or short sleeve shirts if you want more sun. Sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended (you might consider bringing 2 pair, as one might get wet).

What else should I bring? We suggest bringing a sun hat (there is no shade protection at Teotihuacan); a day pack, sunscreen, possibly an umbrella (for rain or sun), and a journal or blank book and a pen (pens in Mexico are not as good).

Puebla/Cholula FAQ

What is the weather like in Puebla/Cholula in November?  The day temperatures are in the low 80’s, and the nighttime temps are in the mid 40’s. Rain is possible but not likely. See this link for more details: https://weatherspark.com/averages/32582/11/Puebla-Mexico

What clothing do I bring for everyday wear? Be sure and pack a warmish jacket. Medium weight skirts or pants are helpful if you want to protect from the sun, or shorts if you want more sun. Bring long sleeve shirts if you want to protect from the sun, or short sleeve shirts if you want more sun. Sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended).

What clothing do I need for a Temazcal? For the Temazcal, we suggest bringing sandals (flip flops), bathing suit or white clothes to wear in the temazcal, and a towel or sarong.

What else should I bring? We suggest bringing a day pack, sunscreen and a journal or blank book and a pen (pens in Mexico are not as good).