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Safety in Mexico. Update for 2015.

SAFETY continues to be one of travelers' major concerns when coming to Mexico. Ever since Mexican president Peña Nieto promised to reduce drug violence, he has been under international scrutiny, and his report card does not look good. We're not going to lie to you. There are still shootings, kidnappings, and disappearances, and they don't just happen in bad neighborhoods in the wee hours of the morning. But the violence is still pretty much targeted and isolated; tourists are not the target. Cuernavaca (Casa HOY's headquarters) is not a war zone, and you will not get caught in crossfire. We live here, raise our families here, and feel safe here, and we make sure that our trip participants feel safe, too!

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Some tips for traveling in Mexico this year:

1) Safety in numbers. Don't go anywhere by yourself, especially at night. Casa HOY activities are scheduled and supervised, and you have access to an HOY guide 24/7.
2) Ask locals what areas you should avoid. Every city has its bad neighborhoods. On Casa HOY trips around Mexico, we tell you what colonias or areas are safe to visit and when.
3) Don't get wasted/trashed/smashed. It is much easier to get into trouble when you don't have your wits about you. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy a few cervezas with friends. Heck, how else are you going to beat the heat right now? Just make sure you don't go overboard.

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At a convivio or gathering between Mexicans and trip participants.

4) Don't buy or consume drugs. It should be a no-brainer by now, but that's what everyone is fighting over, so don't contribute to the problem.
5) Keep a low profile. As I've said in a previous post, don't be so wherever-you-are-from. Don't wear shorts, your Old Navy American flag T-shirt, speak loudly in English, wear your Nikon around your neck, flash cash all around town, or take selfies all over the city. Check out our tips for Women Traveling in Mexico: http://casahoy.travellerspoint.com/35/

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Posted by UnMejorHOY 11:10 Archived in Mexico Tagged travel mexico volunteering safety alternative_travel cultural_immersion family_volunteering

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