Steph, despite all the bad media about drug gangs and killings in Mexico you'd be hard pressed to find more than a handfull of visitors who are true innocent victims. This is a drug war - gang members, drug runners, law enforcement officers, city officials, journalists and sadly some of their family members are the victims, not tourists.
55 million day trippers from across the US border and another 22 million international visitors every year.... the odds of something happening to you are astronomical. Especially because the drug war is not happening (generally) in resorts and popular tourist destinations. It's in a few northern border towns (and usually in the urban areas not the tourist strip) and in just 80 out of 2500 municipalities nationwide. No need to be concerned about being a victim of the drug war.
However, petty crime, bag snatching and the like is always a problem in all tourist destinations across the globe. use common sense and keep an eye on your valuables like you would at home.
Honestly, the greatest danger you face is drinking too much tequilla!
Enjoy the trip.
Phil about 9 years ago
Thanks for the responses. I wasn't really so much concerned for safety from drug wars - I actually travel to Mx for work frequently. But more the perspective of keeping up with teenagers ... But I had character limits. Anyhow, anymore detail about what to do, how to get there ... What to do in Merida would be great! Thanks so much!
I appreciate your time. about 9 years ago