Traveler essentials

Currency

The Mexican Peso is used all over Mexico. Notes come in denominations of $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1,000. Coins come in $1, $2, $5, $10, and 50, 20 and 10 cents.

Tax refund

Tourists can claim a refund on the 65% of the VAT paid on your purchases if you spend more than $1,200 MXN and less of $3,000 at any participating shops. Check the details, here. 

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Language

The non-official language of Mexico, but de facto, is Spanish. Still, almost 2 million Mexicans communicate in náhuatl, and around 3% of them live in Mexico City. Curious fact: Some words that we commonly use come from náhuatl, like chocolatl (chocolate) and Xictomatl (tomato).

Weather

The average temperature in the city is 16ºC (61ºF). During the spring (March-May) it gets hot and dry, the perfect time to wear shorts and dresses. During the rainy season (June- October) we have sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons; you will need an umbrella and a light jacket. In winter, it gets cold in the mornings and the evenings, but sunny during the day, so you won’t need any kind of special clothing. Check the weather forecast.

Power plug

The standard electrical current used in Mexico is 110V at 60Hz. Plugs are Type B, with flat pins, the same that are used in the USA.

Tipping

Tips are not mandatory, but they are expected and appreciated when you have a good service. 10-15 percent is the average in restaurants, bars, and services. Look carefully, some businesses include the tip in the check.

Smoking and drinking

You are not allowed to smoke indoors, there are designated smoking areas in restaurants, hotels, and bars. Drinking in the streets is forbidden as well, and you can go to jail if the police catch you.

Safe drinking water

Unfortunately, we don’t have access to purified tap water. Most houses and restaurants own a filter so it’s safe to drink tap water and ice cubes from business establishments.

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Emergency number: 911