Oaxaca Travel Tips
Things of money...
Banks, coints and credit cards

Visitors can have access to ATMs. Bancomer's are available in the PLUS and CIRRUS system, and offer menus in Spanish and English. Generally, you can change any currency in exchange houses and although dollars are accepted anywhere (and preferred), we recommend using pesos during your stay. Remember that hotels offer the lowest change in currency and a bit lower in traveler's checks and no charge for changing them.


  1. Tips in Mexico generally follow the 15% rule.
  2. It is customary to give a tip to the dispatcher at the gas stations if you check the oil, water or if you clean the windshield.
  3. In general, it is not customary to tip the taxi driver.
  4. Tipping is usually given to the service staff (waitresses, waiters, baggage handlers) as they would be given to any of these anywhere else they travel.

In Oaxaca, casual attire is appropriate on almost every occasion. In general, the climate of Oaxaca is hot except for the city of Oaxaca in winter (you will need a sweater) and other regions deep in the mountains. There are some customs in particular in relation to "appropriate clothing" for certain occasions:

  • Swimwear (particularly for women) should not be worn outside of the beach or pool area.
  • Striking or suggestive clothing is not appropriate for small towns or within the city.
  • Shorts or shorts should not be worn when entering a church.

 Do not forget to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Bronzer
  • A pair of extra lenses or contact lenses
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Documents to travel
  • Prescription
  • A first aid kit
  • A hat
  • An insect repellent
  • A portable lamp
  • Small appliances such as a dryer.
  • Camera and rolls
  • Extra batteries

  • Spirit of adventure and a good sense of humor

Traveling with

Traveling with babies and small children should not be a problem. Mexicans love children and are used to seeing them in restaurants and hotels. Bring your own baby food, diapers and medication. They are available and cheap in Mexico but may not be the same. It is easy to get babysitters especially among the hotel maids. They do not usually speak English, but this does not seem to bother the children. Check at reception for more details. Now many hotels offer programs for children, and that allows parents to enjoy quiet time.

Disabled or handicapped:
The facilities for disabled travelers have improved in Mexico, although the lack of ramps, elevators and sidewalks with an abundance of concrete stairs can make the trip to Mexico difficult. However, in the city of Oaxaca there is an association called the State Council of Organizations of People with Disabilities AC, the President is Mr. Cornelio Núñez Díaz and the telephone number is (951) 3 83 79. Here you can help and inform if necessary. I had some doubt.


Immediately report any theft or anomaly in services:

  • To the management of your hotel.
  • If you can not find a satisfactory answer, go to the Tourist Protection Center.
    Av. Benito Juárez 703, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax. C.P. 68000
    switch: (951) 5021200
    E-mail: ceprotur@oaxaca.gob.mx
  • If you witness a crime, do not intervene at that time. Take data and seek police assistance, collaborating in the description of the event. Do not forget that you only need to be as cautious as you would be in any other city in the world, so that you do not suffer an incident.
CEPROTUR / Secretary of Tourism 

More Information 
Av. Benito Juárez 703, Col. Centro,
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax. C.P. 68000
Switch: (951) 5021200,
Office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.