Money and Tips
Will I have any problem exchanging my dollars or paying with them?
No, banks and money exchange offices in Guadalajara buy and sell foreign currency with no problem at all, especially dollars, US and Canadian, and euros. The exchange rate is free and it may vary a few points from one day to another.
It is not recommendable to exchange your dollars and euros in the black market, because although the rates are better than those at an exchange office, you take the risk of getting counterfeits.
Will my credit cards be accepted?
Yes, the use of credit cards is well spread in Guadalajara, and they are taken at almost every commercial establishment, hotel, restaurant and travel agency; however, it always comes handy to have some local currency in order to handle minor expenses.
The most accepted credit cards in this land of charros and mariachis are: Visa, MasterCard, Dinners Club and American Express. In any case, it is always advisable to ask before to avoid further misunderstandings.
Is it advisable to carry traveller checks?
Yes, because it is a practical, safe and easy way to get cash since they can be cashed in with no inconveniency at bank offices. Besides, they are usually accepted at hotels and travel agencies, as well as at some commercial establishments.
It is recommendable to have the checks issued by well-known and prestigious financial institutions, and rather for large sums of money.
How much should I tip?
You do not have to tip forcefully; however, it is customary to tip between 10 and 15 percent of the bill, without considering the Tax to the Aggregated Value (IVA) at restaurants, bars and discotheques.
Regarding luggage haulers, bellboys and parking valets in Guadalajara, they are tipped with one or two dollars for their services.