Super Paranoid Mexico Safe Travel Tips, Part 2

Part 2: Enter Mexico and its surroundings

Mexico is known for its immaculate beaches, archeological sites and charming colonial cities, from stunning natural beauty to romantic architectural landmarks. Charming people and rich culture add irresistible charm to this great country. Many of Mexico's historical sites are maintained to world-class standards, but at a fraction of the price of a European or American attraction. Unfortunately, many Americans and Canadians worry about their safety while traveling in Mexico, preventing them from going through this exciting country. This misplaced fear stems from the fact that Mexico is a developing country distinct from the United States. But being different doesn't mean insecure.

Statistically, Mexico is a very safe country for tourists. Most crimes in Mexico are drug-related and concentrated in areas near the border, such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. Ninety-five percent of Mexico is as safe as 95% of the United States or Canada. Mexican tourists are not the target of public violence. However, just like in other tourist destinations, every visitor should beware of petty theft or property crime. There are pickpockets in Mexico, just like there are pickpockets in Paris, the world's main travel destination. As Edward Hasbrouck, author of "Practical Nomads: How to Travel the World," states, "The greatest danger facing law-abiding travelers in Mexico may be the same as the greatest danger facing the United States-road traffic accidents. In contrast, everything else is negligible. "

To get to Mexico safely, you should first choose a safe and exciting destination, such as the quaint Mexican town in the heart of the heart. Unlike famous beach destinations, these little-known destinations provide you with a real experience of the Mexican lifestyle. Best of all, these inaccessible attractions tend to be safer, cheaper and less crowded.

A good example of the romantic "Old Mexico" is the city of Guanajuato. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the rolling plateaus of central Mexico, it is one of the best-preserved colonial buildings in the United States. The state of Guanajuato builds on the huge wealth obtained from the vast silver mines mined in the area in the mid-16th century. Today, traces of wealth are still visible in Baroque architecture, aristocratic estates, magnificent churches and chapels, impressive squares, and colorfully colored houses, which sit on hillsides or cobbled streets. These colonial elements are integrated with organic urban structures such as narrow passages, underground tunnels, opera houses, museums, art galleries and cafes. The residents of Guanajuato are friendly, helpful and a safe and pleasant city for tourists.

A visit to Guanajuato will undoubtedly bring you an unforgettable and rich experience. To ensure your safety on the go, you need to plan appropriately before leaving Mexico and observe the following safety precautions when entering Mexico and surrounding areas:

  • Travel during the day. Whenever possible, arrange departure and arrival times during the day. If you must travel at night, be sure to stay on the main road and in a well-lit place.
  • Keep an eye on your suitcases and handbags. If you need help from a porter, make sure they have a badge and ID. If you check in luggage or store your luggage, remember to ask for a luggage receipt. Do not accept packages from people you do not know.
  • Use official shipping services. In major cities, use official taxis [Taxi Autorizados] and avoid unauthorized taxis [piratas]. There are official taxi counters at airports and bus stations. Within the city, do not drag taxis down the street. Ask your hotel or accommodation host to call the taxi by phone [radio taxi] and they may write down the taxi license number and driver name. After entering the taxi, make sure that the driver shows his driving license. For buses, please stick to first-class routes, because these buses will use toll roads [toll stations], toll roads are faster and smoother. Second- and third-class buses cross freely [freeway] with slower bumps, bumpy bumps, and greater vulnerability to minor crimes.
  • Safe Driving. If you are driving or renting a car in Mexico, keep in mind that most Mexican roads do not meet the US standards for flatness, hardness, width, curvature, slope, or safety signs. Driving style in Mexico may be more inspiring, so please be extra careful and strictly follow traffic regulations. If possible, do not drive at night. You don't want to get lost in strange places at night.
  • These restaurants offer a more personalized service than large hotel chains, so you can stay in small hotels, B & Bs and owner-managed holiday homes. In smaller venues, the landlord or homeowner will remember your name, your preferences, schedule, etc. They usually have a friendly conversation with you, and this is a great opportunity to learn where you are. As locals in the area, they can give you advice on avoiding locations, best route choices and more. They are the latest tips for the region that the guide cannot provide.
  • Tell your host about your estimated time of arrival. In smaller hotels, hotel staff and owners are often better at keeping track of when you leave the hotel and your estimated time of arrival. They can easily alert you and notify the authorities if you do not return as scheduled.

You will remain mobile for many times throughout your trip to Mexico. Unless security measures are in place, traveling may pose some risks to you. After a well-thought-out itinerary, fully prepared, alert, cautious and cautious, you will reach your destination and return home safely.