As many of you will probably have worked out, the best place to fly to if you want to get to Cuernavaca is Mexico City. Hopefully everything else you need to know in order to make it to the wedding is on this page! We've put together various bits of information on entry requirements for Mexico, documents you might need if you're travelling with children, money matters, the airport layout and transport from Mexico City to Cuernavaca. We've tried to cover topics that are relevant to every guest, but you can get additional country-specific information by following the links at the bottom of the page.
For travel to Mexico, Canadian, American and British tourists require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return. Visitors must fill out a tourist card (MMF or FM-T), which is provided by the airlines or at points of entry. An immigration official will determine the number of days you can remain in Mexico and will stamp the form. This form, or a copy, should be carried at all times and the original document must be surrendered on departure. Mexican authorities impose a "tourism tax" for all visitors to Mexico which is usually included in airline ticket prices. The amount changes every year but it's usually around US$20.
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
The Mexican government (like many others) requires specific documentation if children are travelling with only one of their parents, or if children have a different surname from either their mother or their father. For more information, click on one of the country-specific links below.
The official currency in Mexico is the Peso. American Dollar travellers' cheques and notes are more easily exchanged throughout Mexico than Pound Sterling or Canadian equivalents. But debit and credit cards are widely accepted and can be used to draw cash at ATMs. You won't be surprised to hear that there are countless bureaux de change and ATMs at the airport. If you want to tip porters or anyone else (especially at the airport), dollars are usually well received.
MEXICO CITY AIRPORT
The main airport in Mexico City (Benito Juarez International) is about as busy and hectic as you would expect it to be, given that it services a metropolis of around 25 million Mexicans. But don't panic: it's basically long and thin (see map below), so getting around isn't too hard. And you won't struggle to find plenty of friendly English-speaking locals. It might be a good idea to recruit a porter as your guide once you leave the baggage claim area. Further information about the airport is available by clicking here.
TRAVELLING TO CUERNAVACA
Once you reach Mexico City, your next challenge will be to complete the 100km journey south to Cuernavaca. Renting a car might be a good idea - if you're either a professional stunt driver or clinically insane (or both). We would suggest that the best way to make the trip is by bus, as long-distance services in Mexico are efficient, comfortable and cheap. Another possibility is to take a taxi - but in our opinion that offers few advantages. Both options are described below.
The coach company Pullman de Morelos runs services directly from Mexico City airport to Cuernavaca, along a good toll road. At the time of writing (December 2004), departures were scheduled roughly every half-hour between 6:30am and 11:30pm. Tickets are available from area E2 on the first floor above ground level (see point 9 on the airport map above) and cost about US$10. Coaches leave from the same area and the trip should be at most two hours long. Once you get to the main Cuernavaca station (Terminal Casino), the next step should be easy: ask for a taxi (probably at the information desk) and tell the driver where to take you!
Taxicabs can be booked for the trip to Cuernavaca by buying a ticket from the taxi ticket booth in area E (near the international baggage collection point). The fare should be about US$50, and one ticket is valid for up to 4 people and their luggage. Licensed airport cabs are usually cream and yellow, with black logos on the side. Please don't be tempted to haggle a deal with an independent cab driver!
If you want to know anything else about travelling to Mexico, have a look at the information provided by your government by clicking on the appropriate links below.