Planning to travel there from England and spend a few months making my way around the country.
Right, I've never done the backpacking thing before. What do I do about my dirty clothes? Many laundrys?
Money: I wont have learnt the language. Maybe some numbers. How easy will it be to get used to reading the price of something and dealing with transactions? I don't want to get ripped off!
Some english is spoken in the major cities. Once you get to the more rual parts, then it's a chore. Haggling is big in mexico. So the lack of spanish, will hinder you. But then again the exchange is pretty good. You will find some great deals. The people of Mexico are pretty warm, so being ripped off is not a huge concern.
Laundry can be done in the cities and town. Most hotel and hostels have laundry services. Try to do all your laundry at these places.
Of course, don't overpack. The key to backpacking is mobility. So, don't bring the closet! Mexico is HUMID. So light color clothes are ideal. Besides u will be suprise, all the stuff you can buy.
from reading many books about south america and mexico, learn the key basic phrases and definately numbers maybe days aswell and you will pick it up quickly i'm sure.
First of all, be as more polite as you can. Always say: por favor (please), gracias (thank you), disculpa (excuse me).. Mexicans appreciate good manners (I know everybody does, but is extremely different from Spain, where I live know....and I'm Mexican)
We always want to meet foreign people.. Mexicans are really open and welcome everybody. The people is friendly, but as it happens all around the world..if somebody can take advantage of you... they will do.
The price of food and public transportation is extremely lower than in Europe. A subway ticket might cost you around .14 cents of euro..
A taxi trip (around 30 minutes) might cost... 2.5 euros..
Some tips...never eat on the streets, always drink bottled water... avoid takig the subway in the night.. specially if you are tall and blonde.. Dont wonder if everebody stare at you...
Get familiar with the currency:
Go to "billetes" which means "bills".
The exchange rate is around 1 euro= 14.15 pesos..
Hope this information is useful for you.
You either wash your clothes in the basin in the bathroom, or wear them whilst taking a shower and wash them that way - especially good for jeans.
Mexican people is really friendly and open... Avoid walking alone in the night... specially in the center of the city.
Where you can ripped off is on a taxi.. so always take a "taxi de sitio".. taxis in Mexico are extremely cheap...
Go to Teotihuacan (very nice pyramids), to San Angel, Coyoacán, take the turistic bus... Here is the link: