|Language||Spanish only (92.7%), Spanish and indigenous languages (5.7%), indigenous only (0.8%)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic (82.7%), Protestant (1.6%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1.4%), other Evangelical Churches (5%), other (1.9%), none (4.7%)|
|Climate||Varies from tropical to desert|
|Ethnic Groups||Amerindian-Spanish (60%), Amerindian (30%), white (9%)|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
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|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Mexican and American meals||Homemade Mexican and American meals|
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Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Mexico you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, purified drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group t-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, and debriefing meetings, a local sightseeing activity and basic recreation.
Transportation or airfare to Mexico, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials. personal insurance, additional end-of-week recreation in San Carlos ($595 trips only). PPM does not handle border transfers.
Spanish is the official language. English is spoken sparingly throughout Mexico and there are also many indigenous languages still spoken, though most Mexicans that speak indigenous languages also speak Spanish. Mayan languages are widely spoken on the Yucatán Peninsula.
Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
Mexico has its share of these, however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very, very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
Our staff will meet you at the airport and transport you to the ministry location.
Your PPM staff will meet you at the airport. All transportation within Mexico is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often teams will be riding in school buses, church buses, or other vehicles provided by the local church.
Before you register for your mission trip you'll be able to see which airport your team will need to fly into, in order for your team to plan properly. After you register for your trip, your airport destination can be found in your account online. Please be in close communication with your Praying Pelican Missions consultant about your flights.
All food and drink provided by PPM during trips is safe for consumption. Purified drinking water will be provided for the team and for the cooks to use while preparing meals. Tap water in Mexico is generally not safe to drink.
Yes. The last day of each trip is provided as a free day which can include shopping for souvenirs.
While serving in Mexico, a variety of meals will be offered from local favorites to American food.
Only if you have severe dietary restrictions or major allergies like poultry or gluten. In cases such as those, it's wise to bring appropriate snacks to supplement your diet for the week. We do our best to cater to the needs of each of our individual team members, but it's always a good idea to bring snacks as well. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Mexico
Mexico is a land of contrasts. As one of the 10 most populous countries in the world, it encompasses everything from overwhelming population centers to rural Mayan villages. The snow-capped mountains and pine forests east of Mexico City are a far cry from the blistering hot and flat vacation meccas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the Yucatán peninsula. From traditional gauchos plying their trade to modern universities and student life, the variety is truly the spice of life in Mexico.
Sonora borders Arizona to the north and the Gulf of California to the west. The beauty of the American Southwest continues right through the state of Sonora all the way to the Gulf of California, making the coastline a spectacular sight. The capital of Sonora is Hermosillo, a city of about 1 million people. Hermosillo lies 3.5 hours south of the Arizona border, and is home to not only the state government, but also the state’s largest employer, Ford Motor Company. Hermosillo is nicknamed Sun City for its constant sunshine and high temperatures during the summer months.
The northern half of Mexico has an arid, desert-like climate that slowly changes to sub-tropical. Days are hot, and nights cool off significantly. Southern Mexico is quite warm and humid year-round. Days are very hot, and nights stay quite warm as well. The flat terrain of the Yucatán makes it vulnerable to large storms from the East, which can descend quickly. Bringing heavy rains and high winds, these strong storms ("nortes") are short-lived and clear out after an hour or so. Average percentage of days with rainfall vary from a high of 25% (October) to a low of 7% (April). Humidity is high, but breezes can have a cooling effect. Temperatures on the Yucatán are fairly consistent, with the average high ranging from 80-90 degrees year-round. The temperature does not drop much at night, with nighttime lows averaging 65-75 degrees.
The people of Mexico speak Spanish. Vacation destinations within Mexico tend to have a significant amount of English-speakers due to tourism. Along with Spanish, Mayan languages are widely spoken on the Yucatán Peninsula.
Mexico is generally considered a safe place to visit. Some of the larger cities have their share of crime, and a few of the border towns (most notably Ciudad Juarez) have experience some drug related crime in recent years. Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora, has a lower crime rate than the Unites States' national average.
Today, Mexico is doing as well as any time in the past century. Its economy is growing, and democratic elections are held every four years. Poverty is declining, though urban blight and shantytowns that develop as the country becomes more urban are continued concerns. Mexico is gaining momentum as we head into the next century. Tourism has largely replaced cattle ranches and logging as the primary economic force on the Yucatán Peninsula. Former small fishing villages (such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen) have grown into popular tourist destinations.
Mexican currency is in the form of the peso. As of May, 2009, the peso was valued at 13 for every United States dollar. US dollars are widely accepted in Mexico.
Mexican food is some of the most unique and wonderful in all the world. It is legendary, and most anywhere one travels across the globe, you can find restaurants serving Mexican food! The meals that Mexico is renowned for begins with tortillas and tostados, which can be made of corn or flour. Tortillas are the foundation for making nearly any food. Fill the tortilla with chicken, pork, beef, or any other meat. Then add some vegetables and spicy Mexican salsa or hot sauce, you have a typical Mexican meal. Locals will modify, add, or subtract any of these ingredients to make a hearty (and sometimes spicy) lunch or dinner! Mexico also has wonderful desserts and is well-known for its pan dulce (candy bread) and helado (ice cream).
Culinary traditions in the Yucatán have developed from Maya and Spanish traditions, with some dishes being very spicy while others are mild. Turkey, chicken, pork and deer are commonly served meats. "Cochinita pibil" (young pig slowed cooked in a banana leaf and seasoned with a mild spice called achiote) is a classic dish of the Yucatán. Fresh fruit juice (especially freshly squeezed orange juice) is very popular in the Yucatán and many dishes incorporate fruit juices in their recipes. "Sopa de lima" is a lime-based vegetable soup with bits of corn tortilla.
Mexico is blessed with more opportunities for activity than almost any country on earth. Hang out at a pristine white-sand beach on the Yucatán Peninsula, surf at a Pacific Coast beach, dive, snorkel, or drop a line in some of the world's best fishing waters off the Pacific Coast. Visit the Copper Canyon (North America's deepest), spend time at some of the best-preserved archaeological sights in the world, or get lost in the humanity of one of the world's great cities, Mexico City. Offshore, in the Caribbean east of the Yucatán, lies the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (the world's 2nd largest coral reef system), a popular spot for reef diving and snorkeling. Given the history of the Yucatán, there are many Maya archaeological sites (Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxmal) throughout the peninsula. Whatever your interest, Mexico has it!
Documented history in Mexico begins as early as 1000 B.C. with the Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan people inhabiting the area. Ancient kings, rulers, gods, and legends stem from this land steeped in history. Archaeological remains of these civilizations are all over Mexico, most notably in the central, south, and east. Beginning in the 1500's, the Spanish conquest of Mexico began when Cortes landed in modern-day Veracruz. He and his crew began a long and violent struggle between the Europeans and the Aztecs. As Spain began to take over Mexico, or "New Spain," Mexico began the most prized possession in the New World for the Spaniards, and was allowed no autonomy. Mexico gained independence from Spain 1821 at the Battle of Cordoba, and was led by a Catholic Priest named Father Hidalgo Costilla. This began a very difficult process in learning self-government over a wide area a large population.
The Yucatán Peninsula comprises a large part of the ancient Maya lowlands. Before Spain conquered the area in the 1500's, the Maya civilization flourished there. The culture of the Yucatán is, therefore, a combination of Maya and Spanish influences.
90% of all Mexicans are Roman Catholic. 7% are Protestant Christians and the remaining 3% generally are comprised of indigenous beliefs dating back to Mayan and Aztec times.