Last month, I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in Mexico.
I visited the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato.
I had been to Mexico many times before, however, I never had the opportunity to see so many interesting things until I stepped outside of my comfort zone.
You know, the "comfortable" destinations of Cozumel and Cancun.
There are so many rumors about the level of crime in parts of Mexico that aren't consider tourist areas. Often times, you're told to stay away from Mexico City, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Michoacan.
I went to Michoacan several years back but ran into a lot of airport corruption, greasing the palms of airport personnel, unwarranted search and seizures, etc. I realize now that I traveled there during a very volitile time: Elections, Cartel Wars and Drug Mules.
This time, I went to Guanajuato and Jalisco...because I am a tough chick.
Plus, I went with someone who knew the ropes...and I am still pretty much a bad-ass.
Anyway you slice it, Mexico can be dangerous but not to the point of missing out on a lovely travel experience. Anywhere can be dangerous if you aren't careful.
Jalisco and Guanajuato are very beautiful states with MANY tourist attractions.
It is worthwhile for travelers of all ages.
Take the risk.
My advice to you: Don't look like you don't know where the hell you are, even if you ARE lost. There's something about a tourist squinting at a map in the midst of people trying to find the next destination that says "Rob Me."
Don't hop in cars with people you don't know and be leery of taxi drivers that aren't driving livery plated cabs.
Other than that, you can fly by the seat of your pants.
Take a peak at a few of the pictures from my time in Mexico.
Yep, De Nada!
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