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Postby The_Hero_of_Men » February 22nd, 2012, 6:43 pm

I must admit, I recently read a couple of stories on Yahoo News about Mexico: one of these stories had to do with a gunfight between cartels and the government-- a bullet fired from a criminal's M-16 struck an El Paso woman's leg (but she survived), and a woman from Calgary getting severely beaten up at a 5 star holtel in Mazatlan. A lot of the comments here talk about how dangerous Mexico is and how someone "would not even accept a free, all-expense-paid trip to the best 5-star suite hotel in Mexico". Yes some areas of Mexico ARE dangerous, but I read some of these comments and, I must admit, it sometimes worries me.
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Postby adria2789 » February 22nd, 2012, 7:04 pm

Mexico DOES have dangerous areas, such as the towns near the US-Mexican border. Ciudad Juarez has an average of 10 murders per day! :shock: But other than that, isn't as dangerous as the US media depicts it. A Mexican woman in one of my classes last quarter told me the US News exaggerates the violence. Drug cartels started to really get violent when the Mexican Government decided to wage war on them. They are battling each other (other drug cartels) and the Mexican Government. They also tend to travel around Mexico, so sometimes some parts are safe and others aren't. One year she didn't visit her hometown in Durango because the violence was bad but went the year after. Drug cartels usually stay in Northern/Central parts of Mexico, they rarely go south.

My experience in Mexico was overall safe but this was in 1997 when I was 8 years old and chaperoned by my parents. Overall, just avoid the border areas and practice common sense and you should be fine. I'm sure Falcon, colibri, AmericanInMexico and others can fill you in on this.
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Postby The_Hero_of_Men » February 22nd, 2012, 8:58 pm

adria2789 wrote:Mexico DOES have dangerous areas, such as the towns near the US-Mexican border. Ciudad Juarez has an average of 10 murders per day! :shock: But other than that, isn't as dangerous as the US media depicts it. A Mexican woman in one of my classes last quarter told me the US News exaggerates the violence. Drug cartels started to really get violent when the Mexican Government decided to wage war on them. They are battling each other (other drug cartels) and the Mexican Government. They also tend to travel around Mexico, so sometimes some parts are safe and others aren't. One year she didn't visit her hometown in Durango because the violence was bad but went the year after. Drug cartels usually stay in Northern/Central parts of Mexico, they rarely go south.

My experience in Mexico was overall safe but this was in 1997 when I was 8 years old and chaperoned by my parents. Overall, just avoid the border areas and practice common sense and you should be fine. I'm sure Falcon, colibri, AmericanInMexico and others can fill you in on this.



Personally, I would aviod the border areas myself. That is what I always say.
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Postby Falcon » June 11th, 2012, 12:53 am

This certainly never happened in any Mexican city during the past 50 years, and yet Americans are not paranoid about traveling to Los Angeles:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P23MV0nVgdw[/youtube]
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Postby AmericanInMexico » June 11th, 2012, 3:31 am

I have been to violent areas of Mexico and was once standing nearby when a gunfight broke out in Mazatlan, one of the very cities you mentioned. The way I look at it is that there are areas of the United States where you can easily get killed too, such as downtown Detroit. I used to live in the St Louis area and going to East St Louis (except for the main highway) was something that people just did not do.

Yes, there is violence in Mexico, and you can get killed. I will not stand here and tell you that Mexico is very safe, because it isn't. You must make a decision: are you willing to risk a bit of violence in order to become Happier Abroad? I was, and I am glad I made that decision. Sure, I could have stayed in the United States, but then I would have had to deal constantly with the overly individualistic society and the narcissistic American women.

Put another way, in Mexico I may get killed. In the United States, I constantly felt like I was dying a slow death.
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Postby Falcon » June 11th, 2012, 3:56 am

Indeed, Mexico is not the safest place on the planet. In Michoacan, I've seen narco jeeps with heavily tinted windows and no license plates driving around the highways. Once, not far from where I was staying in a town in Michoacan, a local government office had been bombarded with grenades. There was a taxi ride around Guadalajara where I saw teenage delinquents sniffing glue, and the driver warning me that the entire area is controlled by ruthless street gangs. On the Mexico City metro, you see people walking around with their backpacks turned around on their chests (instead of on their backs) to avoid having it stolen. Then the usual reckless traffic and street hustlers.

However, people in Mexico more or less expect these things to happen - you just gotta listen to some more narcocorridos! :wink:

But entire cities burning up like in the LA riots, with mobs lynching innocent bystanders? Mexico's not there yet.
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Postby The_Hero_of_Men » June 11th, 2012, 5:05 pm

Falcon wrote:Indeed, Mexico is not the safest place on the planet. In Michoacan, I've seen narco jeeps with heavily tinted windows and no license plates driving around the highways. Once, not far from where I was staying in a town in Michoacan, a local government office had been bombarded with grenades. There was a taxi ride around Guadalajara where I saw teenage delinquents sniffing glue, and the driver warning me that the entire area is controlled by ruthless street gangs. On the Mexico City metro, you see people walking around with their backpacks turned around on their chests (instead of on their backs) to avoid having it stolen. Then the usual reckless traffic and street hustlers.

However, people in Mexico more or less expect these things to happen - you just gotta listen to some more narcocorridos! :wink:

But entire cities burning up like in the LA riots, with mobs lynching innocent bystanders? Mexico's not there yet.


AmericanInMexico wrote:I have been to violent areas of Mexico and was once standing nearby when a gunfight broke out in Mazatlan, one of the very cities you mentioned. The way I look at it is that there are areas of the United States where you can easily get killed too, such as downtown Detroit. I used to live in the St Louis area and going to East St Louis (except for the main highway) was something that people just did not do.

Yes, there is violence in Mexico, and you can get killed. I will not stand here and tell you that Mexico is very safe, because it isn't. You must make a decision: are you willing to risk a bit of violence in order to become Happier Abroad? I was, and I am glad I made that decision. Sure, I could have stayed in the United States, but then I would have had to deal constantly with the overly individualistic society and the narcissistic American women.

Put another way, in Mexico I may get killed. In the United States, I constantly felt like I was dying a slow death.


I understand what you are saying. I understand that living in another country entails some risks, and that by moving abroad, I assume those risks and I accept them.
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