Guerrero, Mexico Travel
🗣 Mexico Language
Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places
💰 Mexico Currency
Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD
📍 Top Things to Do in Guerrero
Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Taxco, Isla Ixtapa, Acapulco, La Quebrada (Cave Divers)
📍 Guerrero Off the Beaten Path
Cacahuamilpa Caves National Park, Mil Cascadas Waterfalls, Troncones
Guerrero is located in south-central Mexico, one of the Pacific States on the Pacific Ocean. Aside from its most popular destinations, Guerrero remains mostly off the beaten path to most Mexico travelers.
Mexico’s Pacific States have some of the best beach towns in Mexico, including Ixtapa, with high-end resorts, Zihuatanejo, located just next to Ixtapa, but a more laid back town, and Acapulco, the closest beach to Mexico City.
Further inland, there’s the pueblo magico (magic town) of Taxco, an old silver mining town, and one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. Taxco is among of the most popular day trips from Mexico City.
Guerrero travel FAQ
Is Guerrero safe for travel?
According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown of Guerrero safety.
Guerrero has both safe and unsafe parts, like most places on Earth. One of the Pacific States, on the Pacific Ocean, the beaches of Guerrero — namely Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco — are safe for visitors.
Specific to Acapulco, many will advise you to only stick to the beaches.
Further inland, and one of the most popular day trips from Mexico City, the pueblo magico (magic town) of Taxco, an old silver mining town, is also a popular and safe destination. From here, many also visit the beautiful caves of Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park.
Though these destinations are known to be safe, there is no place on Earth where safety is guaranteed. As with traveling anywhere, also follow these General Travel Safety Tips and pack these safety items for additional peace of mind.
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• Ep. 34 | Planning your first Mexico solo trip
Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?
As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.
Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.
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What's the best time to visit Guerrero?
Guerrero Beaches: As with nearly all beaches of Mexico, November to April is the time to visit Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco and all Guerrero beaches — when the temperatures are mild and the humidity and mosquitoes are at bay.
This is also during the annual whale migration, which takes place frrom December-March. During these months, pacific gray, humpback and blue whales swim along the coast of Guerrero en route to their breeding grounds.
This means you can expect mild springtime temperatures year-round. There is, however, a few months during the rainy season, April-October, when you can expect heavy and heavier rains. If possible, visit northern Guerrero from late-October to March.
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How do I travel to Oaxaca?
If you’re heading to Acapulco, use Acapulco International Airport (code: ACA).
As Guerrero borders Mexico City, many find it easier to use Mexico City International Airport (code: MEX), then drive a rental car to Guerrero. For those planning to visit Taxco, and one of the most popular day trips from Mexico City, use Mexico City Airport.
Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?
As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.
To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in Mexico — YES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.
Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.
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Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.
When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.
Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.
In short: Don’t lose your FMM!
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?
As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.
If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!
If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.
🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.
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