Rachel Denning shares her recent experiences on a family road trip through Mexico, for the popular BootsnAll Indie Travel Guide.
Denning and her family of 7, including her kids (whose ages range from 4 to 2 months), crossed the border from Arizona into Chihuahua, and passed through Durango, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and most of the Yucatan Peninsula before crossing into Belize.
What they experienced was a Mexico far from the “lawless,” “violent,” and “dangerous” Mexico they had been sufficiently warned about. What they discovered instead was a Mexico “so far from the rumors, news reports, warnings and ‘common knowledge’ that it was almost comical, if it wasn’t so sadly incorrect.”
“Yes, there are people being killed in Mexico. Yes, there is a drug war going on. Yes, regular precautions should be taken, just as you would if you were taking a trip to the United States for the first time. You probably wouldn’t pick a known gang neighborhood in L.A. as the place you would spend your time. The same logic applies for visiting Mexico. For the most part, the urban legends just aren’t true, and if you avoid the “bad parts of town,” the result will be a rich, rewarding experience.”
In her article, she dispels 4 common myths about Mexico. Those myths include:
-“Because of the drug war, all of Mexico is unsafe”
-“Tourists are being targeted and killed, even in the “safe” areas, and anyone could get caught in the crossfire”
-“If you do go, stick to the touristy areas – they’re the safest for you and your kids”
-“Mexico is just a poor, third world country. There’s not much to see and do anyway, especially for kids”
She also shares her six favorite destinations in Mexico, which include: Lake Chapala, Morelia, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Laguna Bacalar.
To read Denning’s explanation behind the 4 common myths about Mexico, as well as her travel and destination recommendations, view the full article here.