Is México City Safe?

Since arriving in México on December 31st, I’ve enjoyed a long walk along and around Calzada de Guadalupe, crisscrossed across town via the subway system, strolled around and relaxed in Chapultepec park twice, and met lots of interesting people.

The 2nd floor of El Castillo De Chapultepec.

Friday, I left my hotel to do some CouchSurfing on the other side of the city. I’m currently at my host’s home, propped on the couch writing this blog post. This is my third visit to México. I visited with my brother in 2017 and again in the spring of 2019 with my brother and boyfriend. Now, I’m here alone. I came here to bring in 2020. I’m enjoying it more than I did the times before.

I avoid staying in touristy areas and go straight for the areas where real life happens. I’ve been warned several times about the dangers of being a visitor here: “You’ll get robbed. Watch out for the cartels. It’s too dangerous there.” If I based my decisions off the fears of others, I’d never travel anywhere and I wouldn’t be having the time of my life now.

All in all, if proper universal precautions are taken, there’s no reason to be fearful of visiting México City. México City, mind you. I haven’t visited any other cities, yet. I can only speak on the one I’ve experienced.

If México City is on your bucket list, I say go for it! By not visiting, you’re cheating yourself out of a rich cultural experience.

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