Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

Despite what you may see on the news, not all of Mexico is a desert full of drug gangs and dustweed. While there are certainly very dangerous areas of the country, particularly in border zones, Puebla is generally safe. Yes, there have been incidents of serious crime, like kidnapping or highway robbery, but all and all it is a fine place to be.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and street robbery, is quite common, so do be careful. Always, always keep a close eye on your bag whenever you are on a jam-packed rush hour bus or the crowded downtown streets. Pickpockets are speedy and efficient and take advantage of those situations. Also take care not to pull out fancy technology (like an iPad) on buses or on the street, as this can be an invitation to robbery. As in any city, avoid lonely streets or dark places, and heed your common sense.

The US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet even wrote an article about certain areas of Mexico being safer than some US cities:

Are Tourists Safer in Mexico or America?


2 Comment(s)

  1. Charlotte Bourke

    12 June 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Hey there,
    Thanks, for all your Puebla insights! My son will be staying with family in Puebla (the city) this summer for about a month. This querie may be out of your realm of knowledge, but I’m wondering if you have any info on, necessary vaccinations he may need? My husband grew up there, in the 70’s, he and all his cousins were sick with hepatitis A as kids, so, he’s adamant our son receive that before leaving. I read typhoid is also in water there, never heard of anyone receiving that before a visit to Mexico though. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear. I would rather give him less shots, than more but don’t want him sick since I won’t be with him. 🙂
    Thanks!!



    • bekkster

      12 June 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Hi! I don’t know much about it (I don’t remember what shots I got as it was more than ten years ago) but I would second your husband’s Hepatitis A suggestion. Many foreigners (myself included) have a lot of problems with the food and get quite sick when they first arrive, so I’d say it’s better to be safe than sorry! Dengue is also very common now that it’s the rainy season, so you might suggest that your son be extra careful to cover up and avoid mosquito bites in the mornings and evenings.



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