"Mexican Culture and Ways of Behaving" Top 5 Page for this destination Cultural Tip by KimberlyAnn

Cultural, Mazatlán: 3 reviews and 3 photos

The Mexican people value the family above all else. They may have lunch breaks in the middle of the day, and often close their shops early so that they can spend more time at home with their families. Because of this you will find many small family restaurants throughout the city. When people meet, it is proper for men to greet other men with a handshake. It is also proper for a man to greet a woman with a handshake, unless she is a friend or acquaintance, than a kiss on the cheek is customary. If you are a woman, again a handshake is the proper way to greet someone for the first time. With friends and acquaintances, however, it is customary for a woman to greet a man or woman with a handshake and a kiss on the cheek. Should you be lucky enough to be invited to visit a Mexican home for dinner, drinks, or just to visit, it is customary to bring a small gift such as a bottle of wine or flowers for your host. Do not discuss business or money in these private settings unless your host begins this type of conversation. It is better to discuss family, friends, or how lovely their city is. As in most places you visit, if you treat the people with interest and respect you will usually be treated in a friendly manner in return.

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  • Written Nov 8, 2003
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