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United Mexican States/Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Region: North America

Area: 1,972,550 sq km

Capital: Mexico City (Distrito Federal)

Major cities: Mexico City, Iztapalapa, Ecatepec, Guadalajara, Ciudad Juárez

Climate: varies from tropical to desert

Language: Spanish

Religion: Roman Catholics

Local time: GMT-07

Calling code: +52

Currency: Mexican Peso

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club

Visa: not required for all if entered from the U.S.A. Otherwise, not required by nationals of EU for a stay up to 180 days. For more details please visit

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara

Photos by Leonas Sendrauskas

Health care system in Mexico is represented by state and private medical centres. At present, medical industry in Mexico is going through a restructuring process in order to increase the level of standards in medical centres. This process is intended for obtaining international certification. The country has two cards up its sleeve: extremely affordable prices for medical services in many fields, as well as highly proficient English-speaking staff offering clients a full range of medical services.

Owing to favourable geographical position and medical specialisation, the most visited medical tourism destinations are: Monterrey, Nuevo León; Tijuana, Baja California; Hermosillo, Sonora; Chihuahua, Chihuahua’ Torreón, Coahuila; Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

During winter, spring and summer seasons of 2010 this country received over 44 thousand overseas patients wishing to improve their health or enhance their appearance, and this is by 25% more than within the same period in 2009. In 2011 Mexico is expecting to receive no less than 50 thousand medical tourists. Notably, a week of treatment of one medical tourist brings in the average of 13,000 USD to the Mexican budget. Such trip will be twice as cheap for patients from the neighbouring USA and Canada than on the territory of their resident country. It is chiefly the citizens of the mentioned countries which visit their southern neighbour for performing complex health checkup, dental services, or cardio-vascular surgeries. Also, plastic surgery is gaining still higher popularity, not surprisingly for the countries of Latin America. Within the last two years, private clinics of reproductive medicine have appeared in Mexico. These clinics also emerging on the international market offering high quality medical services at cost-effective prices for IVF.

Recommended time for treatment: March to April, September to October.


Mexico’s unique geographical position endows this country with a number of considerable advantages: close proximity to the USA and substantial recreational resources. These factors have generated rapid development of Mexican recovery resorts.

The two major treatment and recovery areas in Mexico, Cancun and Riviera Maya, are washed by the waters of the Caribbean. The world-favourite resort Cancun was not once labelled “The World-Best Beach” by the Travel Channel at the beginning of the XXI century.

There are about 470 recovery resorts in Mexico today. It needs mentioning that Mexican beauty industry shows a stable tendency towards the transition from traditional spa recreation resorts to specialised treatment and recovery centres. They actively apply cutting-edge medical technologies and state-of-the-art equipment. Above all, this includes lymphatic drainage ensuring effective weight loss and removal of “orange peel” skin problem. Moreover, almost all spa centres have pressure chambers installed, which help enrich the organism with oxygen. This latter spa procedure is vastly popular among foreign tourists.

The popularisation of spa industry in Mexico has not yet gained such a considerable momentum as in the USA, Europe, or Asia. However, in Mexico local products and indigenous Indian rituals are applied for recovery. Honey wraps and peelings, with ingredients based on Mayan bee products and traditionally mixed with oil extracts, and then rubbed into the skin. These may be followed by traditional European Vichy shower. After series of relaxation procedures it is necessary to drink chaya leaf tea. This healing drink is beneficial for cholesterol normalisation, improving the work of the digestive tract, and eliminating vision problems. Mexican spa professionals specifically recommend using the scrub composed of sea salt and cocoa, followed by cocoa-bean massage. A mint and pepper sauna will be a refreshing closure of a spa session.

At some resorts you can experience Mayan scrub with Nopal cactus leaves, which will cleanse the body from toxins and remove dead cells. Exotic procedures include wraps with muds obtained from Mexican volcanoes, which may be followed by basking in a Jacuzzi with underwater cold jet spray massage.

3*- from €70;

4*- from €100;

5*- from €120.

Barbacoa (steamed or barbecued meat), pozole (ritually significant meat stew), taco (corn tortillas stuffed with meat, vegetables, and spices).

Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo Frida Kahlo, Chichén Itzá, Plaza de la Constitución, Palacio de Bellas, Ballet Folklórico, Plaza Garibaldi (daily music concerts), Tepotzotlán (annual Aztec-style theatrical performances in September and December).

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