City Guide

Oaxaca is a Mexican state capital declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Center. If you are planning to visit the city anytime soon, here are a few more things you’d need to know about the city for a smooth-sailing trip:


To get your Visa or immigration papers for Oaxaca, the best place to go is the Mexican Consulate nearest you. The office, after you’ve completed all the documents needed to enter the country, will be the one to issue the Visa or Immigration papers.

Important Numbers

In case of emergency or any other important situations, you need to remember that the area code of the city is 951. If you are travelling outside Oaxaca, this is something you’d need to press first before the number you need to dial. The Canadian Consulate can be reached thru 951/513-3777 (weekdays from 11AM to 2PM), while the US Consular Agency is thru 951/514-3054 (daily 10AM-3PM).


When in Oaxaca, it is a general understanding to give tip to people giving you their service, particularly in gas stations and hotels. Cab drivers need not be given tips anymore though.

Things to Pack

As the city boasts of a moderate climate, light clothing would be appropriate to bring for most occasions. However, it would be wise to know that there are certain places in the city that may require a particular dress code. For instance, the beach and pool areas will surely require you to wear appropriate swimming attire, while small towns in the city would not appreciate people wearing suggestive clothing; in churches, Bermudas and shorts are not allowed.

Here’s a list of the things you should include in your suitcase:

  • Travel documents
  • Pocket size English/Spanish dictionary
  • Dollar bills
  • First aid kit
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking shoes/slippers
  • A good map of the city

With this list along with an adventurous spirit, you can make yourself ready for an exciting adventure to this Mexican city!