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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby I fall a lot » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:18 am

Depends where you go, but 99% of the time you'll be completely safe.

For the real story on the drug war down there (graphic):

http://www.blogdelnarco.com/

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby Upstate Hiker » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:00 am

I was in the Yucatan this year and had zero problems. We took local collectivos (a type of public transport) without issue. I grew up on the border and have been to Mexico 100s of times without anything bad ever happening. I have friends that spent the summer driving through the country, and they had a great time. I read the blog posted above and its pretty grizzly and not what I think of our neighbors to the South.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby colokeith » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:01 am

I fall a lot wrote:Depends where you go, but 99% of the time you'll be completely safe.

For the real story on the drug war down there (graphic):

http://www.blogdelnarco.com/


es in el spanisho :D

I have been a couple of times in the last few years (Puerto Vallarta & Cabo San Lucas. Do your research about the area you are going. Maintain awareness, and listen to your spidy sense. There is some risk, but it is manageable. Heck we all go into the hills, and there is risk there to
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby lordhelmut » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:12 am

Just don't do any county highpoints around Juarez and you should be good.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby crestone14ers » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:26 am

For the record, I've been to Mexico well over one hundred times, conduct business there and have been ALL OVER the country, from the most remote places in Morelia, Oaxaca, the mountains near Durango, the hydro dam near Tepic, Veracruz, Aguascalientes, the old Colonial cities and towns, the jungles and mountains, the border cities and states, all over Mexico City and Guadalajara. You name it.

In 1975, we did a twelve thousand mile trip around Mexico and Guatemala in a VW bug, was robbed at gunpoint by banditos in Zacatecas, and by Federales near Z-wat. BTW, the banditos treated us better than the Federales. That was another time then, and if now, we would have been killed by either! :wink:

Granted, one could get robbed or killed almost anywhere here in the U.S. The former, I know this all too well. And in Mexico, it's an unfortunate everyday nightmare for many!

The people are great there but you have an inordinate amount of corruption and drug murders happening all over the country.

Sometimes, full buses are stopped and people are ordered outside and are robbed, beaten and murdered... on a whim. You don't hear about this much on this side of the border.

When I deliver apparatus to Mexico, we NEVER park within sixty miles plus of the Laredo border! Absolutely never get close to it unless it's an in and out delivery. No more overnite parking within sixty miles of the border like we used to do!

Mexico has always been 'another world', a beautiful country with wonderful people.

Times have changed... big time.

BTW, if you haven't seen 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre', John Huston's magnificent film shot entirely in Mexico, see it! It's a gem!

Good luck on your travels in Mexico!
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby AlpineDude » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:18 am

Beware - SurfNTurf and Wildlobo71 drank all the beer in Mexico. It might take a month before authorities can replenish their stock of Corona and Pacifico.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby SurfNTurf » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:31 am

AlpineDude wrote:Beware - SurfNTurf and Wildlobo71 drank all the beer in Mexico. It might take a month before authorities can replenish their stock of Corona and Pacifico.


I left plenty of that Victoria bullcrap though, mostly because it was only 4% ABV.
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby RoanMtnMan » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:31 pm

I would say that safety isn't as bad down there as many people seem to think. To and from Puebla with a local and reputable taxi service would be fine I think. On our big trip we went a little on the cowboy side and things did get dicey a few times, we definitely could have used more caution. All in all it was a great adventure though, and that is kind of the point for me anyway. See below video. There is also an article about our trip in the latest issue of The Ski Journal.

http://vimeo.com/20009345
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby skerryjones » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:29 pm

Has anyone heard what conditions are like around Ixta and the small climber's hostel there? I was there in 2004 and it was fine, but I've wondered about how it is now.

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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:48 pm

Y Senor Rey De la Bebida, donde esta su informe de la campana a que usted promete?
Estamos esperando.
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby RoanMtnMan » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:49 pm

skerryjones wrote:Has anyone heard what conditions are like around Ixta and the small climber's hostel there? I was there in 2004 and it was fine, but I've wondered about how it is now.


Skerry, it was fine, actually desolate, when we where there two years ago in November. Not another a person in sight outside of our crew. Felt safe, though someone did siphon our gas (no joke). Everything else was in good shape though. It did take a while to find someone at the local "ranger office" (I use that term loosely) to issue us a permit, but that was expected. Good luck, have fun, and be safe.
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Re: Mexico Safety

Postby skerryjones » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:45 am

Good to know, thanks for the update !

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