Mexico City Tips
We are 7,943 feet up. It will take time to adjust. Take it slow and stay hydrated! Some people suddenly experience shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms resembling flu. (Tips from Healthcommunities.com)
- Acclimatize and take it easy. Spend your first day at high altitudes going slow. Avoid even moderate exercise until you get accustomed to the new heights.
- Do not smoke and avoid drinking alcohol. Smoking and alcohol consumption increase the risk of dehydration and decreased respiration rate during sleep and can worsen symptoms of altitude sickness.
- Drink extra water. Drink as much as you can to remain properly hydrated, at least three to four quarts. Your urine should be clear and copious. Avoid alcoholic beverages. The fast, deep breathing you must do at higher altitudes will tend to dehydrate you, an effect that alcohol intensifies.
- Eat foods that are high in carbohydrates.
- Get headache relief. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be taken for headache.
Do not drink water from the tap. Bottled water is served in all restaurants, and ice is filtered. We will also have water along with us in our van. We also recommend “Sueros” an electrolyte drink available at pharmacies. Good for staying hydrated and excellent for hangovers.
Mexican Pesos. The current exchange rate is currently about 21 pesos to 1 US Dollar.There are several ATMS within blocks of where you are staying. Unlike beach resort towns and the border region, you may not use US Dollars, so don’t bother bringing them. We advise against exchanging money at the airport because of bad exchange rates. The best way to get pesos it to withdraw directly from an ATM once you arrive. We can walk you to an ATM. Depending on your bank you may receive a foreign withdrawal fee and an ATM Fee. You may use Visa/Mastercard Credit and Debit cards at most larger establishments. Smaller places are usually cash only. Small bills (100 pesos or less) are appreciated in most places. Do not flash your cash while walking on the street or at the ATM.