Code of conduct in Mexico – 6 Tips for good manners

Code of conduct in Mexico – 6 Tips for good manners

Code of conduct in Mexico – 6 Tips for good manners

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Nobody likes to put their foot in it – especially in a foreign country. But sometimes this is not so easy if you are not familiar with the culture and habits. We have put together some hints for newbies in Mexico to avoid awkward situations.

Content: Code of conduct in Mexico – 6 Tips for good manners

Tipping in Mexico

For employees in mexican hotels and restaurants, tipping is an essential income. For carrying a suitcase, for example, a dollar or two is appropriate. Please also leave a few dollars for the chambermaid before checking out of your hotel room – for many of them, it’s the only source of income.

In restaurants, ten to fifteen percent of the invoice amount is common as a tip. In some restaurants the tip is already included in the price, the menu provides information about this. But again, also in this case the staff would be happy about a little recognition.

If you are shopping in a supermarket and after you pay someone helps you to store your stuff in a bag, please give them some pesos. This job is usually done by either very young or older persons. They do not earn any salary and have to make their living with the tips.

Mexico Code of Cunduct: Tipping

Taking pictures

It should be a matter of course – but we would still like to mention it again: If you want to take pictures of Mexican people or other strangers, you should definitely ask for permission in advance. No matter how beautiful traditional clothes they wear – a photo invades people’s privacy and must by no means be taken without their consent.

In museums, archaeological and historical sites, flash and tripod are generally prohibited. Compliance with this type of ban is very closely controlled in Mexico.

Taking pictures in Mexico

Mexican Courtesy

For Mexicans, courtesy and respect are very important – much more important as they are in Europe or other industrialized countries for example. You should never use a discriminatory term for the inhabitants. Also the magic words “Please” and “Thank you” are very helpful, especially when accompanied by a binding smile.

Mexicans are very family-oriented people who, out of politeness, address their own parents formally (“Usted“) in most families. The family is sacred, and one should not even complain about noisy children, as they represent something very important to Mexicans.

Suitable clothing

Due to the mild to tropical climate, light clothing is recommended for a holiday in Mexico. During the winter months you might need a light jacket in the evening or at night.

When visiting a restaurant you should wear appropriate clothing. More elegant restaurants and nightclubs have a dress code and in the wrong clothes (for example beachwear or shorts) one is simply refused admittance.

When visiting cathedrals or museums you should also pay attention to adequate clothing. Shorts and uncovered shoulders are not welcome in religious places at all, Mexicans are very conservative in this respect.

For trips, comfortable footwear and a sun hat are advisable.