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Mexico Safety

Postby nyker » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:54 pm

For those who have been there recently, alone or with friends, guides, etc. can you comment on the real situation with safety in the region for us American tourists? Never having been there, and only hearing of border town drug/gang massacres makes it hard for me to make unbiased assumptions of traveling there.

As others are contemplating, I'm thinking of a trip to climb the volcanoes.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby kushrocks » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:00 pm

PM wildlobo71, surfnturf, I man they just got back from Mexico after climbing Orizaba today. They'd have the most up to date info for you

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby nyker » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:03 pm

Great, thanks. Guys, looking forward to the TR too!

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby ThuChad » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:08 pm

:cartman:

I've been to Mexico six times in the last three years. I had no problems and didn't see anything crazy. I flew everywhere I was going and didn't drive more than 30 miles from the airport. I have several Mexican(from Mexico) coworkers. One or two of them had trouble when trying to drive to their home state of Aguascalientes from the US. Generally just petty theft at gun-point but scary nonetheless.

You should be fine. \:D/
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby SurfNTurf » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:11 pm

I'll post more tomorrow (at DFW now), but we just got back from five days in Mexico with no safety issues. Knowledge of Spanish and a little common sense go a long way.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby I Man » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:18 pm

Jeff is more dangerous than anything in Mexico.

I was apprehensive, but it went very well. We even took buses everywhere instead of hiring a private driver.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby Gabriel » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:22 pm

I've travelled to the highland area of Mexico to hike and climb every year for the past 11 years. I base myself in Puebla which is a beautiful colonial city with easy access to many peaks. I have never had any problems and consider my stays there much safer than when I'm in the U.S. I either take public transport or rent a car at the airport in Mexico City. You should be fine. Once acclimatized you can do the volcanoes as short excursions from Puebla. For Orizaba you can take an early bus to Tlach and be at the ht by late afternoon, climb the peak and return to Puebla the next day. Very easy and convenient.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby jrs1965 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:43 pm

Previously I have traveled to Mexico City for my work and have not had any issues. However, typically I stay at the hotel adjacent to the U.S. Embassy and work with the local military folks so security and language barriers are not an issue. I think the savvy language and regionally smart traveler should not have any issues but Mexico can still can be a very dangerous place. If you have any doubts associated with the traveling in Mexico take a look at the site linked below (graphic content warning).

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby wildlobo71 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:59 pm

I would agree with SurfNTurf and Matt - nothing we saw this last weekend would give me any cause for dismay in travelling to Mexico. We even played tourists on Monday based out of Mexico City - took local city buses to stations and small bus lines to the Aztec Ruins and had no bad experiences. From all appearances on our Orizaba trip we had no issues taking public transportation in Mexico.

Enjoy your planning!

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:19 pm

You guys are totally BA.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby mike_kadow » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:29 pm

Okay, I'll chime in.

Americans are generally fine anywhere in Mexico, but you have good reason to be weary of the border. That's where most of the cartels are and most of the time the kidnappings are "staged". However, besides the killings, nearly all of them are staged to make the public aware and to make a statement about their presence in the area they occupy.

Americans are rarely involved with these "stagings" so you should be good to go OP.

My experience is from work down there and assigning guards & personal body guards for both US and Mexican families & businesses that come and go regularly across the border. Basically anything a couple hours south of the border does not involve any "action".

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby Matt Lemke » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:44 am

wildlobo71 wrote:I would agree with SurfNTurf and Matt - nothing we saw this last weekend would give me any cause for dismay in travelling to Mexico. We even played tourists on Monday based out of Mexico City - took local city buses to stations and small bus lines to the Aztec Ruins and had no bad experiences. From all appearances on our Orizaba trip we had no issues taking public transportation in Mexico.

Enjoy your planning!


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