Mexican behavior is much more conservative and reserved than most American's. To be effective in enjoying and getting the most from your trip show consideration to your Mexican fellows, you must do things their way! You can get a good idea of what is appropriate and what is dumb by watching what the locals are doing. Here are some other hints you can follow.
In Mexico, the people tend to stand closer during a conversation than Americans do. Backing away may be considered unfriendly.
Do not use the common gesture for "O.K." (thumb and index finger in a circle) in Mexico, as this is considered vulgar.
When purchasing an item from a store in Mexico, place the money directly in the clerk’s hand. It would be an indication of contempt for the clerk if you placed it on the counter.
As you form friendships in Mexico, the greeting will change quickly from a handshake to a hug. Men have more friendly physical contact than generally seen in the U.S.; these gestures should be accepted willingly.
Close male acquaintances will often perform the "abrazo," a Mexican gesture of good will. The abrazo is a combination hug/backslap/handshake and is used in business situations as well.
If you bring home glazed ceramics from Mexico, only use them for decoration. Many pieces have a dangerously high lead content, and should not be used for storing or serving food and beverages.
Consider others better than yourself. Intelligence has been issued fairly
evenly. Education has not. Many Mexicans you will meet will have limited
formal education. Never act superior or talk down to people you meet.
Like everybody else in this world, they have lessons to teach you if you
are listening. Be courteous, friendly, and ready to share. Most of all,
always SMILE and say "Buenos Dias!".
Items they enjoy include nice pens, pocket calendars, key chains and other trinkets that easily fit into your luggage. These types of gifts are good for someone who has helped you at the front desk of the hotel, or maybe gone out of their way at a restaurant or at an event that you attended. Of course the kids like candy, small toys, decals other items, and if they clean your windshield do some other favor for you these types of items are usually appreciated.
It's easy to be a typical tourist, but with a little extra effort you can be a very special person, and maybe even make a new friend.
SOME BASIC SPANISH