Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2012 7:49 AM Last Post By: WouterB
Oct 26, 2012 10:45 PM
We have a few concerns about drug-related crime in and around Guadalajara and are looking for guidance around the full three points:
a. Is GDL safe enough to travel, and does the current crime situation still leave it as a destination worth visiting?
b. Can you recommend a good/safe area of GDL to stay in? Are we better off staying in Tlaquepaque - is it safer??
c. If we were to travel there from Morelia, is the bus a safe bet?
Oct 26, 2012 11:52 PM
1If you're really worried about drug gang crime then don't go - because being a victim of other crime is 100 times more likely and getting run over 1,000 times more likely so you could end up a nervous wreck. There have been 3 or 4 occasions over the last 2 years when blockades have been put up but other than that incidents harming innocent bystanders have been very few. Street crime in some areas has become a problem but the tourist areas are generally safe. SO to yoyr questions....
a) Yes it's safe to travel to. Personally I don't think it's a destination worth traveling to but despite the high profile drug arrests it's overall one of Mexico's safer cities.
b) Tlaquepaque is fine even Zapopan is fine. Or Centro.
c) Bus robberies occur about once every 2-3 months somewhere in Mexico - but thousands of buses go daily. First-class bus is regarded as the safest method of travel.
Oct 27, 2012 7:52 AM
Oct 27, 2012 8:25 AM
3I have traveled through the area (& Mexico) on buses for 26 plus years with nary a problem. As an example last March from Zihuatanejo to Morelia to Irapuato to Guanajuato to Leon to Guadalajara. Great first class buses with TV's, recliining seats bigger than first class airlines, AC plus snacks. The only way to travel Mexico.
Oct 27, 2012 3:47 PM
4All the above information is great, it is safe and bus travel in Mexico is great.
I might recommend this place in Tlaquepaque, www.oliviasapartments.com. We live there for 5 months a year and it is great. Very close to the center of the city and all the activities that happen there.
She will rent by the day, the week or the month.
The website has a whole lot of info about Tlaqupaque.
Oct 28, 2012 6:37 AM
5There's been terrorist or cartel-related violence and/or military response to it or threats of it in the Guadalajara "area," close-in suburbs, but I don't see much about the problem in GDL proper. It's close-enough for independent travelers who wander off the beaten path to be concerned about, though. But if someone confines him/herself to the most heavily touristed (from an international tourist's viewpoint) It seems to me the risks are slim that you'd come upon or find yourself in the middle of a violent or otherwise threatening conflict.
Click here to view/read my September 2012 GuadalajaraTrip Report.
Oct 29, 2012 1:33 AM
Oct 29, 2012 4:47 AM
Oct 30, 2012 7:49 AM
8I run a spanish school in Tlaquepaque and over the 8 years that I have been running the school none of my students ever had any problems with crime. If you want to contact some of the students that are here at the moment let me know and I can send you some email addresses so that you can ask people that are actually here at the moment.
The apartments that Ron, who is living there, mentioned are nice, there are several others as well if you want to have some options. Other options would be apartments from Douglas http://apartmentstlq.com/sub_pages/about_Tlaquepaque.html or the apartments that are mentioned on my website http://vacationrentals-guadalajara.com/Accommodations.aspx
If yoiu have any other quesitons just let me know.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$70.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$92.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$82.49 per night