Tips for Travelers

Money Matters

Visitors to Oaxaca can access the ATM at Bancomer which offers menus in Spanish and English. Most currencies can be changed at exchange houses as well.

Service Tips

  1. Service tips in Mexico generally follow the rule of 15%
  2. Where to tip: service staff in restaurants

What to pack

In Oaxaca casual dress is appropriate for almost all occasions. In general, the climate in Oaxaca State is hot with the exception Oaxaca City in the winter, and high mountainous areas, when a sweater is be needed. Rainy season usually lasts from June to October; it rains heavily for a short period of time in the afternoon.

“Proper attire” for certain times and places:

  • Swimwear (particularly women) should NOT be used outside the beach or pool area.
  • Striking or suggestive clothing is not appropriate for small Oaxacan towns or in Oaxaca city.
  • Shorts should not be worn when entering a church.

Do not forget:

  • Sunglasses
  • Suntan lotion
  • A pair of extra glasses or contact lenses
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Travel Documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • A first aid kit
  • A sun hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Small appliances such as a dryer
  • Cameras
  • An umbrella, rain jacket and rain boots (rainy season)

Key times to Visit Oaxaca


September: Independence Month — Visit Oaxaca during this very festive time. In the days surround September 15th, you will feel the celebratory excitement and see the Oaxacan people honor their Mexican Independence with decorations, food, and drinks.

November: Día de los Muertos — The first 5 days of November is notable in Oaxaca for its unparalleled celebration of Day of the Dead. Visit the main cemeteries of the city where all through the night, families celebrate their dead loved ones with music, food, dance and decorated tombstones. Visit the Jalatlaco Day of the Dead fair for food and fun. Walk around the city center to see elaborate sand sculptures of skulls and other scenes.


December: Noche de Rábanos — Experience Night of the Raddishes on December 23. In the holiday spirit, horticulturists and florists throughout the city parade their handmade, artistic representations of Oaxacan culture in a several-hour procession viewed by the entire city.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve — Celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year with family and friends on one of Oaxaca’s exquisite rooftop terraces.

Spring Break: Join national and foreign tourists of all kinds as they flock to Oaxaca City and it’s surrounding beaches to eat, toast and relax under the strong April sun.


July: Witness one of Oaxaca’s oldest and most prized cultural celebrations, the Guelaguetza. Join nationals and Oaxacans alike in the Guelaguetza auditorium for traditional dance and dress from each surrounding town of the City Center. This same week, taste and treasure Oaxaca’s traditional ‘alcohol of the gods’, mezcal, in the mezcal fair located just one block from E-Max.