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Safety Concerns


In answer to the common questions we receive about the safety of travel to Hispanic destinations, we invite you to consider these facts from our conservative State Department to help you stave off your travel fears.

  • In 2011, 17 U.S. citizens were killed as a result of terrorist acts. But that figure includes civilian deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and other war-torn areas.
  • You are six times more likely to die from hot weather than from terrorism.
  • You are 22 times more likely to die from a brain-eating parasite than from an act of terrorism.
  • As an American, you are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer at home than by a terrorist abroad.
  • You are 404 times more likely to die from a fall than from a terrorist attack.
  • You are 1,048 times more likely to die in a car accident than in a terrorist attack.
  • You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack.
  • Obesity is 23,528 times more likely to kill you than terrorism.

For a full feature article, including more statistics on this topic, visit Travel Weekly’s article – Our Strongest Weapon Against Fear: Facts

Mexico has very low violent crime rates

The U.S. Assault rate is 5 times higher than Mexico’s. Mexico’s violent crime rates for Assault, Kidnapping and Rape are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department issues no such warnings for Canada. The rate for Rape in the U.S. is more than double the rate in Mexico.  The numbers in the charts below have been adjusted for unreported crime from the respected 2012 Prominent report and are the most accurate statistics available on this subject.

Unless you are involved in the drug trade, you are statistically safer in Mexico than anywhere else in North America. Even though the U.S. murder rate of 4 per 100,000 is lower than Mexico’s, tourists and visitors are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the U.S., Canada and many other countries regarded as safe.

While the infamous cartel crimes in Mexico are disturbing, the rate of violent crimes in Mexico is still lower than the rates in many countries thought of as “safe.”    COMPARE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS >

Travelling To Mexico – How Safe Is It To Be A Foreign Tourist In Mexico?

There are many, many reasons to visit Mexico. From an incredible culture, to stunning historical sites, to a cuisine that’s admired worldwide, Mexico quite simply ticks all the travel boxes. However, Mexico does also have something of a reputation for lawlessness which may put off some travellers. In actual fact, this reputation is highly exaggerated, and no traveller should have anything to fear. However, in order to put minds at rest, here is a rundown of the dangers one may face in Mexico, and what can be done to avoid them.

Human Danger
Mexico has gained herself a reputation as a mafia stronghold, rife with cartels and racked by violent drug wars. This foreign perception of Mexican affairs is largely influenced by movie and televisual portrayals of Mexican gangsters. The truth is that, while (just like any other nation) Mexico is not without its problems, the overwhelming majority of tourists could spend months in Mexico and see no evidence of this whatsoever. Even the US Department of Passports and International Travel freely admits that “there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality” and that tourists in Mexico “generally do not see” the kind of drug-related crime and violence of which Hollywood is so enamored. It is true that Mexico is home to some drug trafficking routes, but cartel activity along these rarely if ever bothers itself with tourists. As in any big city, one would be advised to keep an eye on one’s belongings in case of pickpockets while in crowded urban areas – but tourists can expect absolutely nothing that they would not in any European nation when it comes to crime and violence.

Just as in the USA, the standard of healthcare you receive in Mexico depends upon how much currency you’ve brought with you, or the terms of your travel insurance. While nations with nationalized medical facilities will often provide you with a high standard of healthcare without asking for payment, this does not apply in Mexico. However, this does not mean that the country’s healthcare system is a shambles. There are some very good hospitals around, particularly in Mexico City, and many American citizens have expressed a preference for Mexican doctors over their own. Mexican healthcare is generally cheaper than that available in the US, yet provides a very good standard of care for the money spent. One thing is for certain – in the unlikely event that you do fall sick or get injured in Mexico, you won’t be in any danger of not receiving adequate treatment. Mexican doctors and nurses are extremely professional, and Mexico is home to some of the best hospitals in the world.

Natural Dangers
Mexico is home to certain diseases which the wary traveller would be wise to take precautions against. However, if you prepare correctly, they are all very easy to avoid. People coming to Mexico should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, and rabies – particularly if they’re going to be coming into contact with wild animals. You should also get vaccinated against typhoid. Mosquitos which carry malaria are a problem in certain parts of Mexico, particularly the more rural areas. Mosquito bites can be avoided by covering any exposed skin as much as possible, and taking anti-malarial pills like Chloroquine. You can also reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitos by sleeping with screens, doors, and windows closed and through the use of repellents. In fact, the greatest natural dangers prevalent in Mexico are probably the sun and the water. Travellers should stick to drinking purified, bottled water, and try to avoid sunstroke. While it may seem an innocuous delight at first, the sun beating down on one’s head all day long can quickly cause heat-stroke and sun-sickness. While not usually particularly dangerous, these conditions are unpleasant to experience, so try to avoid staying out in the sun too long, and wear a shady hat if you’re planning on an extended stay outdoors. Also do try and avoid sunburn, as it can be severe and may lead to skin cancer in later life. So, in summary – forget the cartels, the sun is your main enemy in Mexico! Stock up on sun cream, pack some malaria tablets, and have a great, safe time!  Submitted by Sally Bowie 3-19-15

 Is Mexico safe for tourists? OF COURSE IT IS!!  

Are You Safer In Mexico Or America , May 2012

Is it safe to travel to Mexico? Judging from the numbers, many are saying ‘Yes’ – Article by Jayne Clark. USA Today Travel

Safety in Mexico   11-22-11

Is it safe to travel to Mexico? The short answer is: “ yes.”  More than 95 percent of Mexico’s municipalities are at least as safe as the average traveler’s hometown. Although certain parts of the country have seen a rise in drug-related violence in the last few years  it is still safe to travel to most parts of Mexico. Ninety three percent of violence takes place in only three percent of the country, mainly along the border because drug dealers in both countries are fighting for control of the border.

The indicator that measures the violence in a country is the number of violent deaths per 100,000 people. According to available indicators, Mexico as a country has a general level of 13.3 violent deaths per 100.000 inhabitants, making it one of the safest countries in Latin America. Levels in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela surprised us since they are as high as 16.8, 36.7 and 44.9 deaths per 100,000 population, respectively.

Moreover, if we compare this indicator with some U.S. cities we will see that Mexico is much better than one would expect.  Mexico City has 9.8 violent deaths per 100,000 people, far below other major cities like Houston, with 12.5, Phoenix, with 12.6, and Los Angeles, with 17.1. Mexico City’s drug-related-homicide rate per 100,000 population was one-tenth of Washington’s overall homicide rate in 2010. These kinds of statistics are ignored by the media.

With its breathtaking beaches, historical landmarks, and rich culture, it’s no wonder that Mexico is still the number one foreign destination of Americans—22 million flew into the country in 2010, and this does not include those who came by cruise or car. The country’s beauty and diversity of attractions gives Mexico its place on vacationer wish lists, and despite some troubled areas, travelers need not avoid the country as a whole. By making informed decisions, taking simple precautions, and exercising common sense, travelers can continue to take advantage of all that Mexico has to offer.

Copper Canyon is a remarkable landscape that is at least four times the size and 1,462 feet deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.  We at S &  S Tours travel all year long through the Copper Canyon.  We have never had a moment to feel concerned about safety in the area.  Sue Stilwell, the owner, has taken her granddaughters for two weeks in the last year and they thoroughly enjoyed it.  She just returned from the bottom of the Canyon with a group a week ago.

Sources:  Travel Weekly Mag, AARP Mag, CNN, UN Office on Crime, Lonely Planet Book, Seattle Times, etc