Although Mexico is generally a safe place to travel, drug cartels are the reason for tens of thousands of senseless deaths in the country each year. Certain areas of Mexico are safer than others. The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) travel advisory site is an excellent resource for understanding destination-specific safety statuses.
Uber and rideshare apps like Cabify and Didi work in certain parts of Mexico, like Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos. They’re an excellent option to receive a fair price on taxi services and for access to safety measures that the apps provide.
It’s no longer a given that tourists can breeze through Mexican immigration by getting a 180-day tourist stamp on their passports. Immigration officers may ask how many days you’ll stay in Mexico, and they might want to see travel documents, like a flight or bus departure ticket, as proof.
The advice “don’t drink the water in Mexico” is spot-on. Many Mexicans don’t even drink water straight from the tap—they boil or filter it first. Luckily, finding safe drinking water isn’t hard when making your Mexico travel plans.