Commodities-hungry China is pulling Brazil, Chile, and others out of recession. But Mexico and Central America, dependent on US sales, are lagging.
Restaurants and offices reopened Wednesday. High school and university students return to school tomorrow.
For the first time in 13 years, the flow of remittances to Mexico has fallen.
The region is affected by global downturn, but more prepared this time thanks to greater foreign reserves and less external debt.
Remittances peaked at $24 billion last year. A slowing US economy and tougher border enforcement is blamed.
Markets there produce healthy returns, but some analysts expect a correction.