Area Code -- The telephone area code is 492.

Climate -- It can get very cold in winter here. At other times it can be chilly in the evenings. The weather has been changing and is getting warmer in the summer, to the extent that some up-market hotels have installed air-conditioning.

Elevation -- The city is at a lofty 2,485m (8,151 ft.). The air is crisp and cool, but a tad thin for some people.

Emergency & Police -- The emergency number is tel. 066.

Hospital -- The two hospitals in town are Clínica Santa Elena, Av. Guerrero 143 (tel. 492/922-6861), and Hospital San José, Cuevas Cancino 208, near the clinic (tel. 492/922-3892).

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Internet Access -- Internet cafes are cheap and very popular with the young crowd. To find one, all you have to do is ask at your hotel or get directions from any young person you meet on the street.

Population -- Zacatecas has 265,000 residents.

Post Office -- The correo, at Allende 111, a half-block from Avenida Hidalgo, is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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.