Area Code -- The telephone area code is 951.

Consulates -- The Canadian Consulate, Pino Suárez 700-11B (tel. 951/513-3777), is open daily from 11am to 2pm. The U.S. Consular Agency is at Alcalá 407, Int. 20 (tel./fax 951/514-3054). Hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Currency Exchange -- Casas de cambio cluster on the streets at the northeast corner of the zócalo, at Alcalá and Valdivieso. These places have short lines and better hours than banks. Several exchange Canadian dollars.

Doctor -- Dr. Carlos Arnaud Carreño is a reputable internist at Calle Reforma 905 (tel. 951/515-4053). Hours are Monday through Friday noon to 2pm and 4 to 8pm.

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Internet Access -- Many Internet access services and cybercafes are in downtown. Most are along Alcalá and around the zócalo and the Plaza Santo Domingo.

Post Office -- The correo is at the corner of Independencia and Alameda Park. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Seasons -- April and May are the hottest, driest months. (Also in May, rural teachers invade the zócalo and create havoc in the downtown area while they demonstrate for higher wages.) The rains come in June and improve things considerably. June through March, the city is most enjoyable. High seasons for tourists, when you can expect higher hotel rates, are late July and August (especially around the Guelaguetza), early November (around Day of the Dead), the month of December, and during Easter.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.