Mexico is a vibrant country full of many friendly people, eager to welcome you with open arms. However, like anywhere in the world, some people have alternative motives so you need to practice some general safety awareness. Here’s our guide on how to practice safety in Mexico.
Hail a taxi at a designated sitio
Mexico has designated sitios where only taxis that are registered are in service. Registered taxis should have a current license plate, picture ID of the driver posted on the dashboard, and a working taxi meter. If the digital meter is not working, be sure to get the price of your trip before you ride off.
If possible, try to stick to daytime transportation. If traveling by car, use the toll (cuota) roads rather than the less regulated free (libre) roads whenever possible. If traveling by bus, opt for the higher rated bus lines on toll roads as well.
Learn basic Spanish
Many people speak English in Mexico, but since the official language is Spanish, it is the most widely used. It’s important to know some basics not only to get around more easily but also to avoid being scammed. Mexicans are generally very friendly and willing to help you out, so use this as a resource to practice.
Put your valuables in your front pockets
Public transportation in Mexico City is busy, especially during rush hour. You will be jam packed into the Metro, and sometimes you need to take your valuables with you. In this case, try and put these towards the front of your body. You can hold them under a jacket or if you have pockets big enough, stuff them inside those.
Stick to the crowded food stalls
Mexico is full of some of the best street food in the world. But sometimes, not all the food is the freshest, and you definitely want to avoid any form of food illnesses. Stick to the stalls that have crowds flocking to them, follow the locals.
Although the official and most commonly used currency is the peso, the US dollar is also accepted in certain places. A scam that happens from time to time, is one involving currency confusion. A reasonable price is offered for a service, and upon completion, that price is then quoted in dollars. Be sure to clarify the currency being used when services are involved.