Mexico is safe to travel. Mexico is one of the world’s best travel destinations, but unfortunately, it often gets characterized as dangerous. While there is some violence along parts of the U.S.A border, the tourism areas in Mexico are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas in the world.
The U.S. State Department in Washington issues warnings about Mexico. However, Washington D.C. is four times more deadly than Mexico City. Yet the Mexican government doesn’t report any warnings to visit the capital of the USA. Mexico is a cultural and natural treasure and a holiday destination for all kinds of tourists.
Mexico consists of 31 states and the capital, Mexico City, is one of the largest cities in the world, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The country has around 122 million inhabitants and a surface area of almost two million square kilometres. The United Kingdom is 8 times smaller and The Netherlands 48 times smaller than Mexico.
Oaxaca and Chiapas are relatively safe states in Mexico. Of course, we do recommend that you follow the normal, common sense, safety rules, such as:
• Keep an eye on your handbags, luggage, and purses
• Be careful with your cameras and cell phones
• Stay away from the “riskier” areas, especially at night
• Be careful while driving! The roads can be bad in some parts and the speed bumps are usually not very visible and found at the most unexpected places. Because of these reasons it is important to control your speed limit.
All the drug-related violence you hear about occurs almost entirely in the northern part of Mexico and not in the states of Oaxaca or Chiapas.
We recommend you to be careful drinking the more traditional alcoholic drinks such as Mezcal in Oaxaca and Posh in Chiapas. The local custom is to invite tourists a drink or two, but beware! These drinks have a high percentage of alcohol and most tourists will not be able to handle more than one or two drinks. So avoid problems and accidents and be prudent.