Gay-friendly destination in America, Mexico is a little less known as one outside the continent. However, it’ s one of the most advanced countries for LGBTQ+ rights and we can find very popular destinations for the community such as the very pink Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast; Guadalajara, which is the second largest city in the country or Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Mexico is a hot country with a tropical climate that involves a dry season and a rainy season. The country’s history is very rich and begins long before the Hispanic era, with the Mayan, Aztec and Olmec civilizations. You will be able to visit ancestral cities, archaeological areas and the famous cenotes. The Mexicans are very welcoming and will be happy to share their superb heritage with you. It’s also a great place to party in a Latino atmosphere.
The population of Mexico is about 128.6 million people. The most populated urban area is its capital, Mexico City, with 20 million inhabitants. Then come Guadalajara and Monterrey, each with more than 4 million inhabitants. The civilization of Mexico began long before the Hispanic area and started about 15,000 years ago. Conquistador’s colonial era began in the 16th century. Therefore, the Spanish language is spoken today. The country is made up of 32 states, each with fairly extensive powers.
Mexico is a relatively advanced country in terms of LGBTQ+ rights, even though there is still a disparity between states. The federal government, which has a male-female parity, is gradually advancing on this important issue and in 2019, amended the recognition of gay marriage throughout the territory. But states like Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara are located) or Quintana Roo (Cancún, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen) had already legalized marriage for same-sex couples in 2016 and 2012 respectively. Mexico City was the most advanced on the subject, allowing unions since 2009, as well as gender change. At the federal level, discrimination is punishable by law and conversion therapy is prohibited.
The currency is the Mexican peso. Be careful, the Mexican peso is displayed with the $ logo, which should not be confused with the American or Canadian dollar. For Canadians, 10CAD will give you about 150 Mexican pesos. For Europeans, 10EUR will give you about 230 Mexican peso.
We advise you to have some cash to pay in bars, clubs, etc. Keep your payment card in your room’s safe.
A valid passport is required to travel to Mexico. If you are European or Canadian, no visa is required for a tourist trip (maximum 6 months). During your flight, the flight attendants will give you a tourist card to fill out. This card must be presented upon arrival at the Mexican customs.