TRAVEL AND VISA INFORMATION

Travel

Most international travelers will reach Merida by plane through Mexico City, Houston, or Miami. Alternatively, one can fly to Cancun and travel to Merida by bus or car. The bus trip takes about 4 hours. There are buses from the main bus terminal CAME to Cancun, and vans connect Cancun airport to the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Merida.

National flights connect Merida to Mexico City, Monterrey, Villahermosa, Cancun, Guadalajara, Tuxtla Gutierrez and Toluca.

Inside Merida's airport there is a stand for authorized taxis, where you can purchase tickets for a sedan taxi or a van (7 people).

Currency

The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN). Most places in Merida will not accept US Dollars or only at a bad excenage rate. ATM machines are available in many places, among them the airport and the shopping center of the hotel. Credit cards are widely accepted in Mexico, but you will need cash to pay taxis and buses, as well as to buy souvenirs from street vendors and at many touristic locations.

The exchange rate from the Mexican peso to other currencies can be found at the following sites: XE currency converter and OANDA currency converter.

Visa information

A valid passport is required for entry into Mexico. Participants from some countries will also need a visa. Detailed information is available through the web site of the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores: http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_Visa/en.html. For definitive information, please contact your nearest Mexican consulate.

Invitation letters for visa applications will be provided by the organizers upon request. Paticipants who need invitation letters should contact the LOC by email or fax providing full name, nationality, affiliation, current address, place and date of birth.