Mexico Medical Tourism
Mexico Medical Tourism offers board certified doctors, specialists & surgeons, as well as JCI accredite facilities at affordable prices
Located just across the southern border of the United States, Mexico is a conveniently located destination for Canadians and Americans. It is the 5th largest country in the Americas and its vast land mass provides a varied experience for travelers. From ancient Mayan ruins, Spanish influenced colonial edifices, pristine beaches, mountains, deserts, contemporary nightclubs, and posh restaurants; Mexico offers a range of attractions that can satisfy anyone from the intrepid traveler to those who prefer rest and relaxation.
Mexico Medical Tourism Fame
There is a cluster of Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals in Monterrey (about 150 miles (241 km) south of Laredo, Texas) and Mexico City (located in the center of the country). However, there are many other clinics and hospitals frequented by medical tourists scattered throughout Mexico. It´s proximity to the United States has made it a popular destination for American and Canadian medical tourists who worry about travelling long distances, which may exacerbate certain ailments. Also, the price of a plane ticket to Mexico is cheaper compared to other countries (particularly Asian countries) and will not eat a hole in your wallet!
Mexico has a history of being a popular destination for North Americans seeking health care in foreign countries, as well as Mexican-Americans who return home in order to visit their family doctor/dentist and save money. Mexico originally gained popularity as a spot for dentistry and cosmetic surgery, but orthopedic procedures have recently gained momentum. Boasting state of the art facilities on par with American hospitals, Mexico is one of the premier destinations for medical tourists.
Spanish is the main spoken language in Mexico however, English is widely understood by most Mexicans in border towns and in major cities, particularly popular tourist areas.
On par with its varying terrains and entertainment offerings is its varying climate. Mexico straddles two climates: one temperate and the other tropical, thereby providing a variety of ambient temperatures and ecosystems that can satisfy almost all travelers. Northern Mexico tends to be dry with intermittent rainfall while the southern tropical lowlands have high precipitation. There are two seasons in Mexico: the dry season (late November to early June) and the rainy season (from June to November).
The climate in Monterrey, Mexico is described as capricious, but the temperature is usually warm with pleasant summers and mild winters. The annual average is 71.6oF (22oC). The climate in Mexico City is more stable, has more rainfall, and is a little colder than Monterrey with an average temperature of 64oF (18oC).
Visa / Entrance Requirements
A visa is not necessary in order to enter Mexico, however you will need a valid passport. It is recommended that foreign travelers (including medical tourists) obtain a Mexican Tourist Card (la forma migratoria para turista) which must be stamped at immigration and kept until one leaves Mexico. A tourist can stay in Mexico for a maximum of 180 days (without a visa) and upon leaving one must pay a $22 USD tourist fee called the derecho para no inmigrante (this fee is waived for tourists who stay in the northern or southern border regions for up to 72 hours).
Airlines Servicing this Destination
The following airlines have flights to Mexico:
- Aero California
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Aviacsa (from Las Vegas only)
- British Airways
- LTU (From Dusseldorf, Germany only)
- United Airlines
- US Airways
For the budget traveler, Mexico offers an array of inexpensive “mom and pop” hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels. A private room in one of these dwellings can range from $10 USD per person per night to $40 USD per person per night.
For those who want luxury, Mexico offers an assortment of rooms from posh hotels to beach villas. A 5 star hotel in Mexico city can range from $70 USD per night to $13,650 USD per night (that is not a typo). However, the majority of 5 star hotels are less than $500 USD per night. Beach villas range from $200 USD per night to $6,000 USD per night with the majority of them in the $400-$500 range.
For travelers who desire mid-priced hotel rooms and quality, the prices ranges from $30 USD per night to $150 USD per night.
The international access code for Mexico is 52 and individual city codes are as follows: Acapulco 744, La Paz 612, Santa Rosalia 615, Aguascalientes 449, Lagunas 972, Tecate 665, Campeche 981, Leon 477, Tijuana 664, Cancun 998, Manzanillo 314, Tlaxcala 246, Celaya 461, Mexicali 686, Todos Santos 612, Celestun 988, Mexico City 55, Toluca 722, Cihuatlan 315, Merida 999, Torreon 871, Ciudad Jiménez 629, Monterrey 81, Tulum 984, Ciudad Juarez 656, Morelia 443, Tuxtla Gutierrez 961, Colima 312, Oaxaca 951, Uruapan 452, Comitan 963, Pachuca 771, Valladolid 985, Cordoba 271, Puebla 222, Valparaiso 457, Cuernavaca 777, Puerto Vallarta 322, Veracruz 229, Culiacan 667, Salamanca 464, Villahermosa 993, Durango 618, Saltillo 844, Zacatecas 492, Guadalajara 33, San Cristobal de Las Casas 967, Zamora 351, Guanajuato 473, San Luis Potosi 444, Zitacuaro 715.
To call Mexico from the U.S. and Canada, dail 011 (exit code), then 52 then the area code followed by the phone number.
Cyber-cafes are widely available in major cities and towns. Larger hotels throughout the country offer Broadband Internet connection.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Guadalajara: (333)268 2100 passport and citizenship services; (333)268 2200 Special Consular Services.
U.S. Embassy in Mazatlan. (669)916-5889
U.S. Embassy in Monterrey: (818)047-3100.
U.S. Embassy in Tijuana: (664) 622-7400.
U.S. Embassy in Chiapas and Tabasco: (555)080-2000, extension 4369
Mexico´s large size and diversity (both cultural and ecological) offers a wide range of sightseeing excursions. From historical to contemporary and Spanish to indigenous architecture, Mexico can satisfy the inner architect in all of us. Ecotourism is also popular as well as beaches that lie on the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Cortez, and the Gulf of Mexico where one can enjoy sailing or basking in the sun while enjoying local refreshments.
Mexico´s museums host some of the best exhibits in Latin America. They house artistic, cultural, and miscellaneous entities such as a glass and contemporary art just to name a few. Aside from museums, cultural celebrations occur throughout time and space in Mexico. The main celebrations are The Day of the Dead (Nov. 2) in which tombs and alters are adorned with candles and marigold flowers, and Independence Day (begins on Sept. 15) in which Mexicans celebrate their independence from Spain.
Shopping in Mexico ranges from indigenous arts and crafts, upscale boutiques, outdoor markets (where bargaining for a lower price is commonplace), and shopping malls.
Nightlife and the Arts
Mexico offers a vibrant nightlife that usually ends during the wee hours of the morning. Pubs and bars, raves with international and local DJ´s spinning the latest techno tunes, Jazz clubs, clubs playing top 40 hits, kareoke bars, and bars with live music are just some of the many offerings of Mexican nightlife.
The News (English), The Guadalajara Reporter (English), and La Jerga (bilingual) are newspapers that offer mainstream (the former two) and alternative (the latter) news. Both The News and The Guadalajara Reporter have arts and entertainment sections that display the latest happenings around Mexico.
Mexico has a wide range of entertainment options with top notch facilities. It has hosted The World Cup and the Olympics, so its sports arenas are state of the art. Also, Mexico has auto and horseracing tracks as well as baseball stadiums, wrestling arenas, and concert halls. If you are in Mexico City then check out the Zocalo in which groups occasionally offer free open air concerts.