Spotlight on Mexico

Spotlight on Mexico

A guide to custom programs in Mexico

Turmoil, rebellions and a long struggle for true independence characterize the history of this North American nation. Despite these challenges, Mexico has expanded and modernized its global presence, and its future is bright. 1994 saw the adoption of the tri-lateral trade bloc, NAFTA, between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since then, the Mexican government has focused heavily on its economy, increasing its manufacturing potential and encouraging free trade. However, the country is still suffering from stagnant poverty levels, a rising unemployment rate and widespread income inequality.

Skip to Content
Custom Program Length
Cities of Interest
Mexico CityEcatepecGuadalajaraPueblaJuárezTijuana
Local Conditions
59℉ Current Temp
Current Time


Customize Your Program

Our approach

Your program is one-of-a-kind. Your itinerary should be too. We craft each program with a thematic approach, developing a day-by-day schedule that matches your curriculum, your goals, and your needs.

How it works

You’ll work directly with your own Program Development manager to craft your itinerary from the beginning. He or she is an extension of your university team, consulting with our ground team and our curriculum specialists to give your students an experience that’s uniquely yours. Once we settle on a basic itinerary, you’ll get your own account manager who will work to make sure your program’s goals are met, year after year after year.

Wes YoungOur Expert in South America


Wes Young, Director of Operations—South America, lives and works in Latin America and helps to forge authentic connections for groups traveling in the region. His connections pave the way for a seamless travel experience, as well as new opportunities for groups to meet and learn from locals engaged in their field.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Mexico, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


Every year, state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) generates 20% of government revenue. Under President Pena Nieto, the current administration has led a push toward modernization and reform. Consider the implications of an over-dependence on oil alongside falling energy prices and global pressure on sustainability.

Consumer Products

Mexico’s recovery from the Great Recession was partly due to strong international demand for Mexican-made manufactures, and the appeal of doing business in a country with minimal barriers to trade. Study the challenges and opportunities associated with manufacturing in Mexico while the United States looms to the North.

Financial System

With only 25% of the population accessing a bank account, there is great opportunity for growth in the banking industry. Low penetration rates and the high degree of Mexico’s interconnectedness point to opportunity for domestic and international growth. Consider the role expanded credit markets and retail banking could play in Mexico’s continued modernization.


Famous for more than just chili-laden fiestas, Mexico offers travelers samplings of everything from gourmet food in city restaurants to tasty street cuisine in bustling market stalls. From slow-roasted carnitas to elote (Mexican corn on the cob sold on street corners and served with salt, chili powder, lime butter, and sour cream), there’s surely something for everyone’s palate in this festive country.

Ancient Civilizations

This cultural capital of Latin America boasts Teotihuacán’s towering pyramids and extraordinary Mayan temples. One of the new seven wonders of the world, Chichén Itzá is certain to impress visitors to the Yucatán region. Incredible archaeological sites only hint at the sophisticated ancient civilizations that once ruled Mexico’s lands.

 Spotlight on Mexico

Destination Overview

Spotlight on Mexico

Under the current administration, Mexico has continued to prioritize signing multiple free trade agreements beyond NAFTA. In 2012, the country began Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations with nations like Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.S. If ratified, this partnership will bring global commerce into the modern era and open the doors to more intercontinental partnerships and new business opportunities. Also in 2012, Mexico joined Chile, Colombia, and Peru in the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade bloc that broke down trade barriers between member states, putting more than 90% of domestic trade under free trade agreements. This culturally vibrant country must work hard to overcome internal and external issues, such as falling oil prices and corruption, as it continues to climb the global economic ladder and remain an important economic player in Latin America.