Traveler's Safety Comments
What people who are actually driving Mexico are saying about safety.
From time to time, I will post email comments from those who have either consulted with me and taken a trip, or (shucks) people who drove Mexico even without consulting with me. Hey, it happens <grin>.
I have been remiss in posting these. The missing dates don't reflect anything but my own laziness.
Jan 3, 2013 - Hola a Todos! After a long, hot trip (We don't ever have to drive through west Texas again), we have arrived at our destination. We didn't see or experience any crime or bad guys, just lots of police and military patrolling the highways. All the authorities we interacted with were professional and polite. We did have one problem though. About 2 hours north of San Miquel de Allende we were cruising down the highway when the truck suddenly died. We coasted onto the shoulder, and within 20 minutes a father and a son stopped to offer help, then two Federal Police, then two highway workers, then a Green Angel.
The tourism department of Mexico has a program called Angeles Verdes. They are mechanics who drive the roads of Mexico in green and white pickups helping stranded motorists. Our particular Green Angel, Javier, first used his pickup to push our pickup up and over a hill and down to a rest stop. Then he tested the electrical system to determine the problem, which was the alternator had died. He removed the alternator, and he and I drove into the nearby town of San Louis Potosi. Even though it was Sunday afternoon and 90% of the businesses were closed, there was an alternator repair shop open. Yes, an alternator repair shop, that's all they do. Try to find that in the U.S.
They replaced the broken parts and had us on our way within the hour. Javier drove us back to the truck and replaced the alternator. All at no charge (I gave him a hefty tip). The repaired alternator cost a third of what a new one would cost. And 4 hours after the truck died, we continued on our way to San Miguel. There are no shortage of bad guys in Mexico, but all we met were good people. Que se vayan bien, Rob
July 18. 2012 - After a long, hot trip (We don't ever have to drive through West Texas again), we have arrived at our destination. We didn't see or experience any crime or bad guys, just lots of police and military patrolling the highways. All the authorities we interacted with were professional and polite. We did have one problem though. About 2 hours north of San Miguel de Allende we were cruising down the highway when the truck suddenly died. We coasted onto the shoulder, and within 20 minutes a father and a son stopped to offer help, then two Federal Police, then two highway workers, then a Green Angel. - Rob Byrnes
June 20, 2012 - I arrived at my destination safely and your info was soooo helpful. thank you Twilla - Twilla Caudron (she drove alone).
August 11, 2011 - Just thought I would let you know that we traveled two times between Harlingen TX. and Chapala MX May, and July, once with our motorhome. No problems, crossed at Pharr, down 97 and on to Cd. Victoria, Tula, San Louis P., No problems what so ever. Roy
September 30, 2011 - Marie France - she and her husband and their 5 kids drove all over Mexico. These are some of her comments:
Hello Dear Mike, We are back home since Friday. We had a wonderful trip to Mexico and I really fell in love with that country. Nothing bad happen in Mexico all good things! Ironically, we were robbed in our home! So bad people are everywhere!!! Nothing serious, don't worry.
Since I sent you an e-mail, we were in Tula, Tequisquiapan, Bernal, Querétaro, SMA, Guanajuato, SLP, Real de Catorce and crossed the border at Reynosa. We were stopped by the army 4 times and they didn't even ask for our passports!
Eventually, I will make a report of the hotels we stayed in, maybe you can use it. But for the moment, I just want to let you know of a few things that may be useful for your consultation. It is just our opinion though:
1- The road 175 from Tlacotalpan to Oaxaca is wonderful but it took us 11 hours to arrive!!! 2 hours for 40 km, curva peligrosa everywhere!
2- In Villa de Reyes, we had the chance to visit the ex-hacienda where Zorro was filmed, it was fantastic. A guy named Jeraldo took 2 hours of his time to make a tour. It was very educational and interesting. They are renovating the hacienda and they hope to have an hotel, resto... in one year (Mexican year!!!) He charged 25 pesos each!
3 - In Real de Catorce we did horseback riding, it was FANTASTIC and SCARY!!! Not for everyone. We were so afraid to fall and so amaze at the same time! It is dangerous and people that are scared of heights or don't trust horses should not do it. My husband is always calm but in RdC he was really stressed out!!!
4 - On your map of Monterrey, Torreon and Tampico, you have a little box about Huasteca Canyon. We went there... OMG!!! Once again, we had mixed feelings. It was fantastic, spectacular, wonderful, breathtaking BUT scary, dangerous, stressful!! Half the time, the road on our right wasn't there (wash out, rocks, water). It took us 2h45.
We are glad we saw that, but not sure it's for everybody! I will really miss Mexico and the Mexicans. I will have to wait a few years before I go back, but I WILL!
Thank you so much again, all your papers were useful even though we had too much. You were so right, our itinerary was too ambitious but we did a lot. Thanks again for Rudy's contact. He is amazing and what he does is humble. We will remember those 2 days forever. We will stay in touch with him and try to continue to make a little difference in those lives Ciao! MF
Her first message:
> -----Original Message----- > From: MF  > Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 6:15 AM > To: Mexico Mike > Subject: What a trip! > >
Dear Mike > We are in Mexico since July 7, We crossed the border at Brownsville > and did not have any trouble (we did not give the letter for the car > and they did not for it) We stayed at hotel Valles all together, they > managed to put more bed in the room, really nice place. We went to > Xilitla and Las Pozas. Nice town and we had so much fun swimming > there!
For the last 2 days we were with Rudy and had the experience of > a lifetime. We were so lucky. We swam in a creek where no tourists > went before, not even you!
At the where we were they were celebrating > an apostle and they had voladores from Hidalgo, We went to see the village where they make piñatas. They gave us one! Can you imagine! > To much to say. I wanted to thank you a million time, Mexicans are so > nice and Mexico is wonderful! > You can see us on FB and you'll see us having a great time! > > Muchas gracias, > > Marie-France=