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CURRENCY

The currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso ($ MXN). To check the exchange rate with any currency, you can use this converter: http://www.xe.com/es/.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks or currency exchange offices at the airport or in the city. Exchange offices are usually open longer than banks, but they offer different rates and often charge commissions. Banks, in turn, only exchange currency if you have an account or, in some cases, if you present your passport.

CREDIT CARDS

Visa and Master Card debit or credit cards are accepted. They can be used in hotels, restaurants and stores. American Express cards are only accepted in some establishments. They can also be used at ATMs where indicated.

Although the use of cards is common in shopping malls and restaurants, in Mexico City there are still many places where the only method of payment is cash (public transportation, for example).

ELECTRICITY

In Mexico the common voltage is 127 V. The frequency is 60 Hz. Plugs and sockets are type A / B.

TELEPHONE

The international code for Mexico is +52

WEATHER

The weather in Mexico during August 2023 will be mild. The average temperature will be between 11ºC and 22ºC on those dates, and August tends to be a rainy month. Sunny and hot days may quickly become rainy and cold in a relatively short period of time.

For a forecast of temperatures and rainfall consult the SMN (National Meteorological System): https://smn.conagua.gob.mx/es/

LANGUAGES

The language widely used in Mexico is Spanish, but English or French are often spoken in touristic areas.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

You can get around Mexico City by public transportation: microbus, bus, combi, STC Metro[1], RTP, Trolleybus, Cablebus, Metrobus or cab.

Check current rates at:

https://www.semovi.cdmx.gob.mx/tramites-y-servicios/transporte-de-pasajeros/nuevas-tarifas-de-transporte-publico-vigentes

CAR RENTAL

Several car rental companies will be available, at the Mexico City Airport and others throughout the city. Please be aware that traffic in Mexico City is often not very fluid or is disrupted by intermittent blockades and demonstrations. You should check if your driver's license allows you to rent a vehicle and pay the corresponding insurance.

More information about the main roads in the city can be found on this web page: https://app.semovi.cdmx.gob.mx/visor_sitp/.

PARKING

The UNAM Postgraduate Unit does not have public parking; however, you may park in one of the parking facilities of the University Cultural Center for a fee of $15.00 (0/100 MXN) for the whole day. It is located 10 minutes walking distance from the Postgraduate Unit.

If you leave and need to re-enter the parking lot, you will be charged the full amount again.

REGULAR HOURS

Breakfast is usually served from 07:00 to 11:00 am. Lunch, in the restaurants, is offered from 13:00 to 18:00 pm. Dinner is served from 18:00 pm until the establishments close. Some establishments have continuous service throughout the day.

BUSINESS HOURS

Business hours in the city usually range from 09:00 or 10:00 a.m. to 20:00 or 22:00 p.m., although there is some flexibility. The most usual shopping hours are Monday to Friday from 09:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 22:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 am to 21:00 pm. Large shopping centers usually have a continuous schedule from 11:00 a.m. to 21:00 or 22:00 p.m. Banks usually open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. and are not open in the afternoon, but ATMs are available 24 hours a day.

TIPPING

Although the tip in bars and restaurants is optional and it is the customer who decides how much he/she wishes to contribute, it is customary that if the service provider did a good job, 10% of the total cost of the service should be given as a tip.

OTHER DETAILS

Tap water in Mexico City is NOT drinking water.

In Mexico City you will find a great variety of food, both national and international. Mexican food is usually very spicy or spicy and fatty. If you are not used to this type of ingredients, you are kindly advised to consume them in moderation to avoid stomach discomfort. If you do not eat spicy food, we recommend requesting that your meal be "chili free".

The Graduate Unit is adjacent to an ecological reserve, so during the rainy season there may be mosquitoes. We suggest bringing or buying a good repellent to help prevent mosquito bites.

HOSPITALS

As far as health is concerned, there are no mandatory vaccinations for traveling to Mexico, but you should consult with your doctor so that he/she can tell you, according to your profile and history of illnesses, if you need to take any specific vaccination before traveling to the city.

Medications can be purchased at any pharmacy, although some will be subject to prescription.

We recommend that you consult with a medical or travel insurance provider who can cover your stay in Mexico City, since there are no free medical services for foreigners.

In the private health sector there are many hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices that offer health services to the general public. In most cases, payment in advance for health services is required or in case of hospitalizations and procedures such as surgeries you may be asked to provide a credit or debit card in order to be admitted.

As for medications, similar or generic pharmacies provide medications at very low cost, but you can also go to chain pharmacies to fill your prescription with patent medicines.

SAFETY

The emergency number is 911.

The UNAM emergency number is 5556161805.

For a more direct contact with the City's police, you can download the APP " Mi policía".

You can find all the emergency numbers of Mexico City (formerly Distrito Federal) here: https://mexicocity.cdmx.gob.mx/e/emergency/?lang=es

You can find all UNAM emergency numbers here: https://www.directorio.unam.mx/consultasvarias.htm


[1] The STC Metro is Mexico City's subway transportation system.

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