Is Mexico Safe?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Snownut

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    Only thing that comes up with a search on their site about Arizona is "retirement abroad" info.. Should that be a warning? :D
  2. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Let's hope not. I'm a bit older than your 46 years and retirees do come down so I'll not offend them needlessly . :D
  3. kaotickustomz

    kaotickustomz Adventurer

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    HAHAHAHA afraid huh, obviously you've never been to the city I live, Detroit. It is easily one of the most violent cities in America where murders, drug dealers and drug addicts run rampant. I've been shot at, had guns pulled on me and witnessed dead bodies in abandon houses, none of which happened in Mexico. Yet I love it here much like you love Mexico. I'm sure I can find statistics on how many people come here and leave without incident too. I loved visiting Mexico every time I went, only had 1 bad incident which wouldn't stop me from going again. Like I said I was just sharing what I was told by family members who both live there and work a long the border. Wasn't looking for an argument. There are bad parts and good arts no matter where you visit.
  4. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Yes, I did my time collecting FF miles in and out of Detroit Metro and spending time in the lovely bombed out downtown. I did always like Greektown at lunchtime. Actually, my job was to help move the company out of downtown to Southfield.

    I'm not picking a fight either but putting info out there for the onlookers and innocent bystanders who will make their own decisions. So time to plan an escape from the Snow Belt/Rust Belt and head south.
  5. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    OK Good to know I can partake of the drunken shrimp fest in San Felipe and ride on the next day
  6. kaotickustomz

    kaotickustomz Adventurer

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    Yeah tell me about it, its cold here! Sounds good right about now!
  7. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I'll share briefly: I was using a non virustat water filter while backpacking in CO in 2006. I contacted a virus(was/is unknown even after 3 days in hospital & many tests-$10k worth!) & proceeded to lose 1/3 of my kidney function in that one event. I like your steripen idea but caution that many filters out there from most of the mfgs. are for bacteria only. Furthermore it is a huge risk to "play" with unknown water sources. We eat from our farm/garden everyday here & eat lots of veggies,etc., but my point is that no one should take a water risk anywhere. We drank/bathed in/with our untreated spring water here at home as our only water source from 1979 until we got city water 3 yrs ago, so it isn't just about if my intestines have the flora & fauna thing going on & I don't think yogurt would have saved me from the virus. BTW, I eat street food often when traveling in Mexico. Nice place, yours!!! Maybe we'll meet?
  8. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Sounds to me like you were either very unlucky or I'm very fortunate. I forgot to avoid the tap water years ago, and no problems so far.

    I think it has a lot to do with where you are. I think the city water here is probably pretty safe.

    Simply the different minerals in the local water are enough to give you "the Aztec two-step" or "Montezuma's revenge" Wait... Maybe those phrases are trying to tell us something :D

    That said, I get nailed after eating chain restaurant fast food all the time.
  9. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Very. Bottled water is ubiquitous.
  10. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    And now, tell me about camping. (again by my female self) Not necessarily planning this for Baja next month, but for potential long trip on mainland this spring.
  11. Turkeycreek

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    We have spring water that feeds our town well. The water is from the foothills of the mountains to the east. But you never know how many cows are up there. The locals protest every time the state of Sonora forces the town to use the chlorination system because they hate the taste and the smell. The state has promised a new system - we'll see. I have come to like the taste of our local purified water product. It does have the unfortunate name "River Water" though. With bottled water available everywhere in Mexico you are well covered.

    I used to drink right from the streams up high when I lived in Colorado but I stopped after finding a dead marmot in the water about a quarter mile up stream from where i had just taken a drink. I guess I'm luck as well.
  12. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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  13. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    You can get very inexpensive lodging in Mexico (except of course at my luxo hotel :D) so if saving money is the object you won't save much. Check in with ADVer Hewby as she is una mujer sola on her way to TDF.
  14. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Have been following Hewby, but will ask directly.

    "Inexpensive" means different things to different people, but your comment duly noted.
  15. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Send John a PM about camping. He's in Mexico right now, and nobody posting in this thread is/has camped more in Mexico than him.

    He'll tell you the good, the bad, and the in-between of the whole experience. He's really pushing economy and not trying to be one with nature. If he had a bigger budget, I don't think he'd camp if he didn't need to - but get the straight skinny from him.

    I'm in Sjoerd's camp (no pun intended) - there is so much low cost hotel space to be found. But like you say, low cost means different things to different people.

    These are fair questions. Like the ones on insurance, paperwork, security, and recommended things to see, they come up all the time, but they're fair questions.

    To search the historical archive on camping south of the border, type site:advrider.com camping in Mexico into the Google search box. You can place anything you want after the protocol site:advrider.com and search for that too.
  16. airdale7

    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    This travel alert is a bit audacious. Someone trying to make a name for themself by posting an extreme warning. On the other hand theft is abundant in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area. We stayed in a RV resort and during the two weeks we were there a bike or two was stolen every night. My car was broken into as well as my neighbors.
    All around Miami and the metro area there are police watch towers in the parking lots of major retail stores. We moved across the alley to Naples and found it to be a much safer.
  17. operaflute

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    Will do. Thanks for the reference.

    Generally I've enjoyed my US camping, but there always time when I'd like to do otherwise. Being a flutist and having a herd of bikes... well, then way I afford it is to cut corners everywhere else.

    Forgot about that trick. Works better than forum searches, often, dunno why.
  18. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Do they make lava proof tents?

    Popol angry today!

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    Beautiful sight for about 100km. The clearest view I've ever had of the smoke.

    Unfortunately I only had my cell phone with me

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    If only the resident photographer was there to do it justice

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    That's just his day job. At night he puts his underwear on the outside of his pants and swings from buildings. No restraining order will stop him! No sir! :D

    He's going to retaliate now by posting a picture of me in my power-ranger suit.
  19. MikeMike

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    No, I won't do that, I am too busy prepping the tell all tale of how and where I found La Hayek's furry little monkey!

    I only did the underwear building swing trick a couple of times on a bet. I stopped doing that but I miss it.

    Nice pics of the big smoke, bet it smells like Los Humeros where we were on Monday. Remind me to tell you the Los Humeros joke, I forgot to mention it.
  20. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    there is also a very nice view from the visitor centre at 12000 ft ASL Then for excitement ride down the silt road on the backside to Cholula