Lying between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Mexico is a country between North and Central America. Famous for its astonishingly beautiful beaches near Cancún o Cabo, Mexico’s has a lot more to offer. From the wild fauna and flora living in the southern jungles, the snow-capped volcanoes and endless deserts in the North or the fascinating cities built around a rich cultural heritage.

Mexico often makes the headlines for extreme violence, drug cartels executions and high criminality. While all of this is true, it is mostly limited to some specific areas, and tourists are very rarely targeted. Still,  Mexico can be dangerous for an unadvised tourist.

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Is Mexico a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Mexico is a country with a high overall crime rate (14 per 100,000 while in the US it is 5 per 100,000), but it is mostly confined to very dangerous states like the Guerrero or Chihuahua. Other crimes such as kidnapping or extortion are decreasing – although it is hard to say what percentage of all crimes are effectively reported.

Still, the tourist areas are mostly crimeless; so don’t let paranoia spoil your vacation, but on the other hand don’t let negligence ruin your trip. Stay alert and be aware. The most commons dangers for tourists in Mexico are theft, robberies, muggings and scams.

Most Dangerous States and Cities in Mexico

La five most dangerous states in Mexico are the state of Guerrero, Morelos, Tamaulipas, Baja California and Estado de México. For an extensive state-by-state security assessment, check the Travel.gov website. The most ten most dangerous cities in Mexico are, according to Forbes, Acapulco, Tepic, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Tecoman, Colima, Iguala, Pungarabato, Chilpancingo de los Bravos and Coatzalcolos. Check the map at the end of this article.

Más Cities in Mexico

Cancún, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Campeche, Oaxaca, Ciudad de México Los Cabos are safer cities than the average in Mexico.

Crime & Scams in Mexico

Pickpocketing and bag-snatching are threats while on crowded buses and metros, at bus stops, bus terminals, airports, markets and in packed streets and plazas, especially in large cities. Pickpockets often work in teams, crowding their victims and trying to distract them; for example, by grabbing hold of your purse or camera while their accomplice picks your pocket. Mugging is less common than pickpocketing, but more serious: these possibly armed criminals may force you to hand them all your belongings, including cellphone, watch, rings etc. Do not resist, as resistance may be met with violence, and don’t stare at the mugger’s face. Avoid sketchy-looking places where there are few other people, like unlit streets, empty metro cars at night, little-used pedestrian underpasses and isolated beaches. Be careful around ATMs as there can be people waiting for you to withdraw money before mugging you. Other estafas include fake surveyors who try to obtain your personal information in order to ask your family some extortion money, fake policemen/immigration officers, fake taxis or fake food samples.

Transport Safety in Mexico

Buses sometimes (is it uncommon but worth writing about it) held up and robbed, Wild West style. Prefer travelling with 1rst class companies (which use toll-highways rather than national roads), and never leave anything of value in your stowed luggage. If you decide to Alquiler de coches, avoid driving at night. The Northern States have seen cases of carjacking, holdups and drug-cartel roadblocks : be careful in the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León; especially the Tampico–Matamoros road. In the cities, drive with you doors locked and windows closed; and always park in safe parking lots overnight.

Drug Trafficking in Mexico

Drug related violence is the major cause of criminality in Mexico : more than 10,000 people die every year for being involved in drug trafficking. The states along the US border are the hotspots for trafficking, and within this states violence occurs frequently in some particular areas. If you are unsure where you are going, try to avoid these states. On the other hand, touristic states such as the Yucatan Peninsula or Oxaca, Chiapas, etc.. have nearly no drug-related violence.

Natural Dangers in Mexico

Beaches and Swimming the beaches can be dangerous in Mexico, particularly on the Pacific coast where the waves can be gigantic. What’s more, the beaches are not often watched by swimming instructors : it is strongly recommended not to swim alone at unknown beaches. Hurricanes can happen on both Mexican coasts, while seismic activity is limited to the Oaxaca / Pacific region. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

Advertencias y peligros

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo general: Alta

Mexico is an averagely safe country -some parts are very safe, others very dangerous. It is ranked 114th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo de carteristas: Alta

As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Mexico. Check the city pages for more details, an follow a few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo de asaltar: Medio

Mexico is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. In some states of the North, the risk can become very high. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo de estafas: Alta

Hay un montón de estafadores y estafadores tratando de tomar ventaja de los turistas, especialmente en las grandes ciudades y alrededor de los principales puntos de referencia en México. Tenga en cuenta los trucos de "anillo de oro", peticiones falsas, grupos de adolescentes actuando extrañamente o tratando de distraerle; y la gente que ofrece ayuda con su equipaje.

Mid Priority-96 Transporte y taxis riesgo: Medio

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Mexico (stolen belongings, pickpocketing or muggings). Always take licensed taxis or Ubers. Carjackings can happen in the most dangerous states.

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo de desastres naturales: Medio

Puede haber algunos peligros naturales ocasionales (geológicos, meteorológicos) en México, y hay cierto riesgo de ahogarse en las playas de la costa pacífica.

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo de terrorismo: Bajo

México no ha sido atacado recientemente por ataques terroristas.

Mid Priority-96 Riesgo de las mujeres viajero: Medio

Mexico is mostly safe for women travelling in the country. Women can occasionally be subject to some whistles or attempts to get their phone numbers. Lone women shouldn’t venture alone in isolated places, remote villages or popular cantinas.


Información útil

Todos los visitantes a México emitirán un permiso de viajero a la llegada (que cuesta alrededor de USD 15). Algunas nacionalidades requieren Visas, pero los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos, Canadá, Europa, Israel y Japón están exentos. www.doyouneedvisa.com es un sitio web útil que puede ayudarle a saber si usted necesita una visa o no basado en su nacionalidad y el país que usted está visitando.
La moneda en México es el peso mexicano o MXN M$. A partir de junio 2016, 1 dólar de los e.e.u.u. = 18,6 MXN. México es un país barato para visitar, son muchos alojamientos baratos para mochileros y aquellos que viajan con un poco de dinero. También hay muchas opciones para aquellos que quieren gastar más dinero en su viaje. Espere pagar entre 800 MXN y 2000 MXN por día.
La ciudad de México y otras grandes ciudades pueden ser visitadas durante todo el año. Entre diciembre y abril es la temporada alta del país, particularmente en la península de Yucatán. Es mejor visitar el Cabo entre octubre y marzo.
Los principales aeropuertos internacionales se encuentran en la ciudad de México, Cancún, Guadalajara, Monterrey y Tijuana. Si estás buscando ofertas de vuelos baratos, puedes encontrar algunas en JetRadar
Como en cualquier país, aconsejamos a los viajeros a conseguir un seguro de viaje que cubra no sólo los problemas médicos, sino también el robo y la pérdida de artículos personales. Más información en nuestro Página del seguro de viaje