Mexico

Everything you must know about Mexico

So you want to travel to Mexico? You Google and find out that Mexico is huge. Bigger than you thought. From the desert in the north to the jungle in the south.

Mexico is therefore more than sombreros, tacos, and narcos. In fact, you will find tacos everywhere at most. The picture that is being painted about Mexico is only partly true. Mexicans are smiley, friendly, warm and welcoming. The country is beautiful and well worth a visit.

Is Mexico safe?

Is it safe in Tulum, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Mexico City? There is no unequivocal “yes” or “no” answer to that. Certain streets or neighborhoods are indeed dangerous. Because of poverty, because of the narcos, or because of other things. Therefore, inform yourself and certainly go by your gut feeling. In general, you can say that parts of states are sometimes not very safe. Do not drive alone through Guerrero, Oaxaca, or Puebla at night. Also because the roads are full of potholes.

Mexico City

In Mexico City, it is best to concentrate on neighborhoods such as Roma, Condesa, Polanco, and Coyoacan. And by the way, you can also visit the area around Zócalo and Bellas Artes, although these places are considerably busier and pickpockets are certainly lurking. This also applies to the metros. Reforma street is safe because there is a lot of police here. But don’t go to the poorer suburbs and definitely skip Tepito in the center. Mnemonic bridge: do not go behind the palace from Zócalo.

Riviera Maya

Where there are tourists, there are drugs. It’s that simple. Especially in the Riviera Maya, it is an increasing problem. Don’t buy anything! Yes, it will probably be nice, but you are part of the cause that this area is getting ugly.

Money

For 1 dollar you get about 20.5 pesos. For 1 euro you get 23.19 pesos. So whether your 100 euros or dollars are worth a lot in Mexico? You can say that, although you can safely call the prices in the tourist areas “American” or “European”. If you deviate from that, then you are king too. Beer is on average about 35 pesos; sometimes more, sometimes less. It is advisable to create an account with, for example, Wise. You then pay much fewer transaction costs and can use it everywhere. A lot cheaper than exchanging your money at the exchange points.

COVID-19

In 2020, Covid-19 was a huge thing in Mexico. There was a lockdown, the streets were empty and the panic was great. By 2021, the traffic light across Mexico will be green. Everything is open again. You could say that Mexico has multiple crises and that Covid-19 is one of them. The people have to move on, there is no safety net. You have to decide for yourself whether it is safe. Most people still wear a mouth cap, at restaurants you get a hand sanitizer and your temperature is measured. In other words: Covid-19 hardly exists in Mexico anymore.

Food

If you run into a Mexican, he will always ask you what you think of the food in Mexico. You have the tacos, the quesadillas, the various breakfasts here. [here will be a blog about food]. The beers are Victoria, Corona, and Modelo. As a normal beer, the Negro Modelo is good to drink, just like the Noche Buena around Christmas!

Domestic flights

The best airlines are Volaris and Aeroméxico. VivaAerobus is the cheapest but is actually not recommended because it is not very safe.