The native people of Mexico came south through present day Canada and USA. Some of their descendents, like the Aztecs and Mayas, developed advanced civilizations. Mexico was conquered by the Spanish in the early 1500s, so the main language now is Spanish.

Geographically, Mexico has 3 regions. The northern region has two ranges of mountains, one on the west coast and one on the east, with a high plateau in the middle. This is a cool, dry area, with most people living close to the US border. The central region is the most populous area, with some farms and many cities such as Mexico City, the capital, and Puebla. The eastern region is hot and humid, with flatlands and swampy coasts. Sugarcane and bananas are grown here. The Yucatan Penninsula, which was the centre of the Maya civilization and which has important tourist areas like Cancun, is included in this region.

Today Mexico, with about 100 million people, is one of the three major countries of Latin America, the others being Brazil and Argentina. The people are mostly of Spanish-Indian descent and the main language is Spanish. People are mostly Roman Catholic. The outlook for the economy is positive and trade with Canada and US has doubled since NAFTA began, however income distribution is unequal.

Rotary District: 4810
Region of Country: Puebla, southeast of Mexico City
Language(s) Spoken: Spanish
Language Camp Offered: No
Ave. Cost of Airfare: US $1,160 (plus tax)  or  CAD $1,500 (plus tax)
Insurance Cost: US $480, C $1/day
Visa Process Completed guarantee form should be enough to secure a visa for US and Canadian students.  


Other Misc. Expenses (Trips, etc.)

Optional Trips: Major Trip is optional. It is a magnificent 15 days along "La Ruta Maya"
US$1,500. or C$1,850 ( all inclusive)
Other trips are 2 to 3 day trips in the Puebla region, paid by Rotary.