A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Mexico is full of fascinating places…
Some of the places most popular with foreigners are Acapulco, Baja California, Cancun, the Copper Canyon, Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Guaymas and San Carlos, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, San Felipe, San Miguel de Allende, and Tijuana.  Check under PLACES in my Categories menu.

I’ve also written about such lesser-known places as Mineral de Pozos, an old mining town with a burgeoning arts scene, and Las Pozas of Edward James, a fantasy in the Huastecan jungle.

I’ve found that even in the big Mexican resort areas you can have experiences of the “real” Mexico, that is, of the warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people.

Mexico with Heart, the book that I wrote about a recent trip of ours, describes many off-the-beaten path places that we went to, sometimes by design and often by happenchance. I’m now convinced that Mexico is full of wonderful places!

Here are some of the places that I describe at length in that book. (Its full text, with many color photos, is here on this website for you to read.)

  • Ciudad Victoria, the modern, cosmopolitan capital of the state of Tamaulipas, in northeastern Mexico, just south of Texas.
  • El Chorrito, a small town and pilgrimage center not far from Ciudad Victoria
  • El Tajin, one of the great Mexican archaeological sites, on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Xalapa, a vibrant city and capital of Veracruz state. It’s famous for its outstanding Museum of Anthropology.
  • Xico, a small town not far from Xalapa
  • Teotihuacan, perhaps the most visited tourism site in Mexico, for good reason
  • Bernal, a little-known town that we dreamt of returning to
  • Parras de la Fuente, something of an oasis in the desert
  • Mata Ortiz, a remote small town from which incredible pottery comes

A Few Thoughts on Safety

If you travel in Mexico, do be aware of safety and theft issues. If you carry a purse, think about how easily it could be snatched and perhaps carry your passport and credit cards in your clothing close to your body, even in a pouch under your clothes.

There is much publicity in the U.S. about the occasional dramatic crimes that happen to tourists abroad. If you keep in mind that people are poorer and that you appear wealthy to them (even if that idea is laughable to you), you will make the best choices.

As for health concerns, Mexico is much improved from the past, but do be prudent about what you eat. Most drinking water you will be served is purified now, but it does no harm to ask. Other factors under your control are how much alcohol you drink and how long you stay out in the tropical sun.

Don’t drive between Mexican cities at night. There are tales of robberies, but more common hazards include livestock lying on the road (enjoying the warmth of the pavement) and vehicles driving without good headlights.

Use common sense, and be aware that common sense is different from one country to another. Okay, end of speech! The vast majority of travelers to Mexico have a safe and delightful trip.

2 Responses to “Where to go in Mexico?”

  • STEPHANIE GUTIERREZ says:

    I JUST HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY,,, YES WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH CRIME BUT COME ON, OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!! YOU AREN´T THE THE BEST OF THE WORLD!!!
    YOU ARE SAYING THAT MEXICANS ARE POOR, IF YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE BLIND.
    DO YOU KNOW WHO IS CARLOS SLIM? OK MY SWEET HEART HE IS MEXICAN!!!

    THE REASON OF WHY MEXICAN PEOPLE KEEP SAWING YOU IF YOU ARE A TOURIST, IS NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR MONEY, OR FOR THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES, OR THE COLOR OF YOUR HAIR, IT IS JUST BECAUSE WE LOVE HAVING TOURIST IN OUR COUNTRY!! BECAUSE WE ARE PROUD OF OUR COUNTRY!!!
    YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT WE DIDN´T WALK WITHOUT SHOES OVER THE STREETS, WE DIDN´T TRAVEL IN BURROS, WE DIDN´T USE A BIG SOMBRERO, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING:
    MEXICAN PEOPLE DON´T FIGHT FOR NO REASON!!!!!!
    BELIEVE ME IT IS 90% PROBABLE THAT A DELINQUENT KILL A ANOTHER MEXICAN(OBVIOUSLY IF HE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH HIM BECAUSE THEY ALSO PROTECT PEOPLE AND KIDS,ETC) THAN A AMERICAN OR EUROPEAN PERSON! THE PROBLEM IS IF YOU ARE WALKING IN THE NIGHT AND UNFORTUNATELY DELINQUENTS SHOTS TO EACH OTHER AND YOU WALK BETWEEN.
    SO THEY ARE SOME RECOMENDATIONS OF A MEXICAN PERSON: PLEASE! DON´T BE SCARED ABOUT MEXICO AND ALL THE RUMORS!! ITS IS SAD THAT A LOT OF TOURIST FORGET TO COME TO OUR CITIES FOR ALL THE STUPID TELEVISION RUMORS!!! WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND MAGIC COUNTRY! DONT LOSE A VACATION OPORTUNITY!!!!
    SOMETHING THAT WE SAY HERE IS:
    IF YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON, YOU DON´T NEAD TO BE SCARED!!!

    VISIT US SOON!!!

  • Rosana says:

    I thought a while before approving this comment. Don't think I will try to argue with all the points, but I must say that overall Mexico is now more dangerous than it has been in the past. This does not make it as dangerous as many parts of the city I was born in, Washington DC!

    See this summary of an article in the New Yorker regarding some of the roots of the changes in Mexico that are giving the cartels more power:

    http://www.newyorker.com/services/presscenter/2

    Rosana

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