SAFETY IN MEXICO
Mexico has an undeniable reputation for violence due to internal conflict among gangs and cartels. Much like gangs operate worldwide without affecting local civilians en-masse, Mexico is much the same. We do warn our guests that petty crime is a global annoyance, so always be vigilant about your belongings, and don't flash your wealth around.
Do not involve yourself in political rallies or demonstrations. Do not discuss or ask questions about the cartel with locals for any reason. If you see armed civilians, do not stare or take photographs of them. Lastly - if you're out on the town, go home when the women and children go home.
OTHER COMMON CONCERNS
POTABLE TAP WATER
We have yet to run across any part of Mexico that has clean drinking water from a tap (some five star resorts offer this). Though we most often brush our teeth with the tap water, we purchase purified water for drinking.
EATING STREET FOOD
In our opinion, there is no better kind of comfort food, than that which one finds in the markets. It is true that some folks are more sensitive than others - but if the market is really busy and you're feeling brave, please don't get mad at us if you get sick from the tastiest food you can consume in Mexico! We always have Buscapina ready to help your guts in the event that you fall ill. (That said - one can get ill at a high-end restaurant anywhere).
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a common form of altitude sickness, and can affect visitors to our area. If you feel dizzy, have a slight headache, muscle cramps or nausea, you might have mild altitude sickness. Move at a slow pace, and stay hydrated.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is a buildup of fluid in the lungs, which is dangerous - and can even cause death. The altitude that is marked for danger is 8000 feet and above, though often if one is traveling by land, they acclimatize much better than those who land in a plane from sea level. If you know that you suffer from altitude illness, please let us know in advance so we can send you more information on our destinations.
ICE CREAM STANDS
All ice cream stands deserve caution - cause when you have to sample so many exotic flavours, you're bound to feel a bit ill!
Make sure you visit ATM's prior to heading out on tour, as some towns do not have ATM's - and you don't want to run the risk of running out of cash and missing out on that divine textile or precious piece of pottery.