Women traveling alone or together in Mexico should use use common sense and follow a few simple guidelines. Whether you are a woman traveling alone in Mexico or two women traveling in
Mexico, you probably have less to fear than you would traveling alone in the USA. There are some differences and you should be aware of them.
I am not Pollyannaish. Mexico is a macho, male-dominated society. American, Canadian and European women are considered "easy" with loose morals. While feminism has made strides, the country is not liberated.
Appear to be conservative.
The best way to avoid problems js to dress frumpy away from the beach resorts. Yes, I know that young Mexican girls dress like Hollywood rock stars, but they can get away with it and you can't.
Around some of the ruins, Palenque, for instance, there have been incidents of rape at the ruins. This is not limited to Palenque. Be careful at any archeological site. I strongly advise you to not accept any invitations to
see the ruins at night and to explore only in the middle of the day or with a friend.
Are you safe taking a bus alone? Yes. Are you safe driving alone? Most women who have done it say yes, as long as you use the same suggestions found on the driving pages. Are you safe going into a local cantina? No. Use your
head and you will be just fine. Safety is not guaranteed anywhere in the world. Get drunk at a disco and I can't be responsible. Take a "designated girlfriend to get me out of trouble".
Many travel writers are women, at least the ones who
do Mexico books. They generally drive or bus around on their own. These women travel writers
encouraged me to let women know that, while there are some real
drawbacks to solo travel, it's no different in Mexico than in
Europe or the US. Rather than being worried about being molested,
they were concerned about being helped to death.
A lone woman is going to get lots of offers of assistance from
well-meaning males and solicitous concern from well-meaning
women. A woman can allay most wolfish advances with a big hat and
Most women team up after awhile, because it's easier to enjoy
yourself with someone else there, or just because it's easier on