Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

We have had no problems with Credit cards. ATMs can be a bit harder to find but have been safe. We have only heard of one gas station trying to lie about mileage. Banks are open and closed in shorter hours and a bit more difficult to use than stateside so the online app for Itau (if you have a local bank like I do) are suggested. - Jun 2019


Credit cards accepted most everywhere. You have to be careful and monitor as it's a quickly rising crime here, but we haven't had an issue so far. ATMs I haven't used as we go to the embassy. - Aug 2018


We use our credit cards everywhere and have not had any issues. Same precautions apply about ATMS as anywhere else in the world. - Jun 2018


I use both. - May 2016


No problem. - Sep 2015


You can use them without problems. - Apr 2015


Both acceptable; watch out for transactions fees - Aug 2014


Use your credit card, but I recommend only using it in places where you can see them run it in front of you, stores etc. Everything else I use cash. - Jul 2013


No problem. - Aug 2011


I've had problems with my ATM -- the number has been "used" (read stolen) 3 times, so I don't use it anymore. We live with cash only now because the card-number stealing is getting out of hand. But it's not usually a problem because we take out enough for the week from the Embassy bank. - Feb 2011


ATMs are everywhere, but they charge $5 per withdrawal. Credit cards are accepted at some places. - Apr 2010


Did not use an ATM but had no problems using my credit cards in most places. - May 2008


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