The first question that arises when a foreigner thinks to visit or travel to any country is:
"How is the security in this country?"
But This question is more asked when someone thought about visiting Mexico, And he begins to wonder
"Mexico is a safe country?", "Is It Safe To Travel To Mexico?"...etc
How Safe is Mexico?
However, for a tourist following a few basic safety principles, life is different.
A gigantic country and corners to avoid:
First, it is necessary to qualify this news scary compared to the size of the country and the differences between the various regions.
Yes, the murder rate (murders per 100 000 population) was 19 in 2009 in Mexico against 1.3 in France according to the UN. This is a significant difference.
However, we must not forget that Mexico is more than 110 million inhabitants and 3.5 times that of France. So There are areas to avoid. The border with the United States, parts of Mexico and other cities (but no reason to go there anyway). Map of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives a general idea of areas to avoid, even if it is possible to visit certain without taking too much risk in my opinion. For my part, I took the train from Los Mochis to Chihuahua, to the north, without difficulty. Enhanced security on the train and no one in the streets of Los Mochis past 21h, but other than that, nothing to report.
Similarly, I visited the region of Morelia and Acapulco without incident.
Mexico is also less dangerous than its neighbors in Central America.
Honduras is the most dangerous country in the region, in proportion to population, with 61 homicides per 100,000 people. Followed by El Salvador and Guatemala with homicide rates of 52 and 45 respectively. Belize has meanwhile omicide rate equal to 34.
I would not discourage travelers to venture into these countries. I myself went to Guatemala (beautiful country by the way) without encountering any problems.
The daily reality:
Then, in general, Mexico is not so dangerous to the traveler lambda. If you are involved in any traffic and we you nothing wrong, it can hardly get anything. The little mishap happens most often is a racket police, who asks for money for a valid reason or not. But the amounts are insignificant (rarely more than 10 or 20 $) and it is not luck when it happens. This is about the only thing that can affect a tourist lambda except luck.
According to the OECD figures, 72% of respondents in Mexico said they felt safe walking alone at night in the streets, against nearly 65% of respondents in France. The average OECD countries at 67%. Amazing or not?
bus travel to mexico:
With regard to bus travel, bus companies in Mexico are relatively safe, even at night. Those in first class, the bags are labeled, passengers searched at the entrance,... etc. Bus stations are also very secure.
Tips and Tricks:
Best for a trip to Mexico is to follow some basic safety rules:
-Avoid some areas: the border with the United States, parts of Mexico City, ...
-Avoid being involved in trafficking, near or far
-Avoid the police solves nothing in case of problems and the opportunity to ask for money
-Avoid walking at night in some areas, especially for girls
-Night in Mexico: avoid unauthorized taxis and generally avoid taking a taxi for girls only
-Do not display his wealth and keep your money in a safe place (self lock in a belt for example) and have a photocopy of passport itself (original in a safe place)
And most importantly, learn in advance about places, cultures, lifestyles and rules to follow
Note in passing that some of these rules are to be applied everywhere, including the most safety country in the world.
What matters is the understanding and knowledge of the environment in which it operates. We come to better understand what is normal, we identify more easily what is not. After all, there is always more fear in an environment that does not know, away from his habits, which we do not control codes. Understanding of the country, the region and its culture is a key factor to maintain the feeling of insecurity and minimize the real insecurity. When you know a scam, there is less chance that we do have.
"Be Smart Be Safe"
Do not hesitate to leave your impressions and share your experiences in comments.