Considering doing business in Mexico?

The country covers an area of nearly 2 million km², compared it is almost 4 times the size of Spain or slightly less than three times the size of the U.S. state of Texas. Mexico is the third largest nation in Latin America (after Brazil and Argentina).

Verbio specializes in international trade, multicultural marketing, and multilingual communications, so we assembled cultural tips and trade info to help you explore new markets:

  • Country: Mexico
  • Capital: Mexico City
  • Largest City:
  • Currency: Peso
  • Population: 130,980,000 (2024)
  • Languages: Spanish is the official language, though there are more than 50 indigenous languages spoken by more than 100,000 people.

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CULTURAL TIPS & BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

  • In Mexico, greet with a handshake, direct eye contact, and a smile. Use titles and last names initially, transitioning to a more informal tone based on the other person’s lead. Verbal greetings like – Hola – and -Buenos días/tardes/noches- are common

Mexico has a rich history spanning millennia. The region was home to advanced indigenous civilizations like the Aztecs and Maya before Spanish colonization in the 16th century. This led to a fusion of cultures, giving rise to a unique mestizo identity. Mexico gained independence in 1821, underwent political turmoil, including the Mexican American War and French intervention. The 1910 Mexican Revolution brought social and political change.

Mexican government recognizes over 50 indigenous languages, which further divide into numerous dialects. Nahuatl, Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Otomi are among the most widely spoken indigenous languages. This linguistic diversity reflects the country’s rich indigenous heritage, but some languages are endangered due to factors like migration and cultural shifts

Mexico - Cenotes

Ik-Kil Cenote Chichen Itza

A cenote is a remarkable geological formation, a sinkhole formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock, revealing pristine groundwater.

Oaxaca - Mexico

Cityscape of Oaxaca City – Oaxaca is considered one of Mexico’s gastronomic capitals

Oaxacan cuisine is beloved by Mexicans and travelers alike for its distinct flavors and combinations you won’t find anywhere else.

 

How to say it:

 

  • Hello: Hola
  • Nice to meet you: Mucho gusto
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla inglés?
  • Please: Por favor
  • Thank you: Gracias
  • Goodbye: Adiós
  • How much is this?: ¿Cuánto cuesta?
  • My name is: Mi nombre es
  • Excuse me, could you repeat that?: Disculpe, ¿podría repetir eso?
  • Excuse me, can you help me?: Disculpe, ¿me puede ayudar?
Guanajuato - Mexico

Founded in 1559 for its rich silver and gold deposits, Guanajuato is a UNESCO World Heritage city. Its steep slopes house opulent colonial structures, tree-filled plazas, and vibrant houses. Cobblestone streets weave through history, adorned with museums, theaters, and a lively marketplace.

Verbio specializes in Spanish translations. Most of our staff are native speakers or enjoy fluency in the Spanish language. We’re more than happy to talk with you to help guide you through the process of translating your documents into or out of Spanish. All of our Spanish translators are professionally qualified, native speakers.

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ECONOMICS

Mexico has a diverse economy, featuring agriculture, manufacturing, and services. It’s the world’s 14th largest economy, with a strong export focus, particularly in automobiles, electronics, and oil. The United States is a key trading partner. Challenges include income inequality and dependence on declining oil revenue. Despite these, Mexico has seen economic reforms and is positioned as a major player in the global economy, with a growing middle class and strategic geographical importance for trade.

 

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MEXICAN CUISINE

While tacos are immensely popular and emblematic of Mexican cuisine, “mole poblano” is considered one of Mexico’s national dishes. Mole poblano is a rich, complex sauce made from ingredients such as chili peppers, chocolate, spices, and more. It is often served over turkey or chicken. The diversity of Mexico’s culinary traditions is highlighted by the fact that the designation of a “national dish” can vary, and different regions may have their own representative dishes. Both tacos and mole poblano hold significant places in Mexico’s gastronomic culture.

Here is a list of dishes that we recommend you try when you visit : Mexico

  • #1 Mole Poblano – Mole Poblano, a luscious and indulgent sauce, boasts a harmonious blend of chilis, fruits, nuts, seeds, and authentic Mexican chocolate. Originating from the culinary haven of Puebla, this unique mole, with its rich red or brown hue, encapsulates the essence of a region renowned for its culinary artistry, colonial architecture, and the exquisite craftsmanship of Talavera pottery.
  • #2 Tacos Pastor – This timeless culinary delight, known as tacos al pastor, traces its roots to the vibrant fusion of Mexican and Middle Eastern flavors in the 1920s and 30s, sparked by the influx of Lebanese and Syrian immigrants to Mexico. Embodying the essence of the shepherd’s style, the dish features thinly sliced pork shaved from a spit, harmoniously paired with a corn tortilla, and garnished with a medley of onions, coriander leaves, and tantalizing pineapple.
  • #3 Pozole – In ancient times, anthropologists reveal that this pre-Hispanic soup held a sacred role in ritual sacrifices. Today, diverse variations of pozole, featuring chicken, pork, or vegetarian options, have seamlessly integrated into our everyday culinary tapestry. Crafted from hominy corn, infused with an aromatic blend of herbs and spices, this dish undergoes a traditional slow stewing process, sometimes spanning through the night. Upon reaching perfection, it’s garnished with a vibrant medley of lettuce, radish, onion, lime, and a touch of chili for a flavorsome and culturally rich experience.
  •  #4 Chiles in Nogada– Radiating with the vibrant hues of the Mexican flag, chiles en nogada proudly stands as one of Mexico’s most patriotic culinary creations. Poblano chilies, generously filled with picadillo—a delightful blend of chopped meat, fruits, and spices—symbolize the verdant green on the flag. The creamy walnut-based sauce embodies the pristine white, while the burst of pomegranate seeds adds the final touch of vibrant red. Rooted in Puebla’s culinary heritage, the dish’s history unfolds as it graced the table of Don Agustín de Iturbide, the liberator turned emperor of Mexico.
Sources: International Trade Administration – Britannica – Wikipedia – Oaxacafoodtours – BBC Good Food

 

“I know now that he who hopes to be universal in his art must plant in his own soil . . . The secret of my best work is that it is Mexican.”
― Diego Rivera

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, was among the most famous and successful artists of his day, best known for his murals in Mexico and the United States.

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