Is Guadalajara Safe to Travel to in 2024? Local’s Guide

If you are planning a trip to the Jalisco capital of Guadalajara, safety is likely to be high on your list of concerns. Mexico on the whole isn’t really a destination best known for its safety reputation, and Guadalajara doesn’t have the best rep either. 

Truthfully, Guadalajara is not one of the safest places in the county, but it is a place rich in history, gastronomy and cultural heritage, and somewhere where you can enjoy a perfectly safe visit as long as you take precautions and use your common sense. 

You are in good hands because I live in Mexico and I have traveled to Guadalajara several times over the last couple of years. Oh, and I am a solo female. 

Although I experienced similar levels of nervousness and reservations before visiting for the first time in 2021, Guadalajara has quickly become one of my favorite places in Mexico. With a bit of forward planning, it is likely to become one of yours too, and you can have a wonderful trip that is memorable for all the right reasons.

Is Guadalajara safe?
Is Guadalajara safe?

Is Guadalajara Safe to Travel to in 2024?

Guadalajara can be a great place to visit as an alternative city break or as part of a wider Mexico itinerary, but it definitely requires more assertiveness than when traveling to other parts of the world. Truthfully, it is a city best reserved for seasoned travelers that have at least some experience in traveling in Latin America. 

Many Mexican cities differ from cities in the US, Canada and Europe because the safety situation can vary so substantially from one part of the city to another. You cannot just wander around aimlessly in Guadalajara because one moment, you can be in a very safe, charming area, and then 15 minutes later, you can find yourself in a sketchy part of town that you really have no business being in. 

Crimes like petty theft, grand theft auto, and break-ins are on the rise year after year, and this is not somewhere where you can leave your bag on the back of a chair, or leave your laptop on a coffee shop table as five minutes later, it will have disappeared.

This is not to scare you, as I mentioned Guadalajara is one of my favorite places in Mexico, but to reiterate that you really need a strong level of situational awareness to travel here. 

Come to Guadalajara with an open mind and the preparedness to be vigilant and you will be fine. 

The porticoed walkways of central Guadalajara

Where to stay in Guadalajara 

When deciding where to stay in Guadalajara, be sure to read up on the area where your hotel is located. Look at where the property is in relation to the map and read reviews written by previous guests.

Guadalajara city center, Colonia Americana, Chapalita, Punto São Paulo and Providência are among the safest places to base yourself during your time in the city. There are also some new, business-style hotels close to Expo Guadalajara which offer plush, comfortable rooms with modern amenities at cheaper prices than the ultra-central hotels, though you will likely have to Uber back and forth a lot to get around. 

The city center extends from Avenue Juarez to Parque Alcade/Museo Panteon de Belen and it is safe during the day. At night, like in most major cities, you should take an Uber rather than walking, and don’t walk alone after dark. 

Most hotels are confined to the above areas and there are not really any hotels in sketchy neighborhoods so you don’t really have to worry about accidentally booking something in a really bad part of town. As a rule of thumb though, don’t consider anything farther east than the San Juan de Dios Market. 

The eastern suburbs, particularly around the Central Viaje station, are run down and sketchy.

Tlaquepaque and Zapopan are their own independent cities, but the line where Guadalajara ends and Tlaquepaque and Zapopan begin are somewhat blurred thanks to constant urban expansion of the Jalisco capital. 

Is Tlaquepaque safe? 

Tlaquepaque can be a safe place to base yourself as long as you opt to stay close to the El Parian Square and avoid the Cerro del Cuatro and the southern part of the city.  If you find an off-the-beaten-track attraction that you want to check out – like a specific park, hiking trail, or street art mural, do a little reading on the area that surrounds it first.

A quaint store in central Guadalajara selling religious icons and objects

No-go areas in Guadalajara 

There are a couple of areas that you ought to avoid during your time in Guadalajara. Do not blindly follow Google Maps here and see where it takes you. 

Undesirable neighborhoods often border nicer areas and a few wrong turns could lead you to a bad situation. For example, Colonia del Fresno should be avoided completely and yet the area runs parallel to Chapalita, a charming tree-lined area filled with excellent international restaurants and coffee shops and a main promenade where families can be found walking around and enjoying live music at all times of day. 

It would be easy to feel a sense of security here, believe that you are just fine walking back to your hotel or the city center, and end up in Colonia de Fresno. 

Other neighborhoods to avoid during your time in Guadalajara are:

  • Lafayette

  • Oblatos

  • Santa Tere

  • Colonia del Fresno

  • Capilla de Jesus (between Calle Ignacio Herrera y Cairo and Calle Reforma)

  • La Penal

  • Santa Cecilia

  • Ladron de Guevara

  • Miravalle

  • El Sauz 

What is the crime rate in Guadalajara Mexico?

Statistic: Most common crimes in Guadalajara as of August 2023 | Statista
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Guadalajara sees high levels of crime. The Numbeo crime index surveys a number of people that live in a particular destination in order to gauge how safe and comfortable they feel in their cities. A rating is given on a scale of 1 to 100, where a higher number for the crime rating relates to higher levels of crime, while a higher rating on the safety rating relates to a greater perception of safety.

Based on a survey of 235 respondants, Guadalajara has a high crime rating of 62.12, and a low safety rating of 37.88 with many residents concerned about a rise in crime over the last three years.

People’s concerns are mostly around being the victim of petty theft or a robbery, rather than being attacked, insulted, or assaulted in any way, while Statistica data from 2023 collected by the Gobierno Federal de Mexico SNSP shows that robberies are the most common crime in Guadalajara, accounting for 33.77% of crimes.

Each year, the Mexican National Statistics Institute (INEGI) also surveys the residents of various cities around the country to understand how safe they feel in the places they live. As of Q4 2022 (the latest results available) , 85% of residents said that they felt unsafe in Guadalajara.

We can compare the Numbeo ratings of Guadalajara with other Mexican, US and international cities as per the table below.

City Crime ratingSafety rating
Mexico City 67.8655.73
Los Angeles 52.9647.04
New York49.9750.03
Comparing crime and safety in Guadalajara to other cities

A brass band performing live music at a little park in Chapalita neighborhood, Guadalajara

Guadalajara crime statistics

Statistically speaking, Guadalajara is comparable to Mexico City from a safety perspective. Neither city is anywhere close to being among the most dangerous cities in Latin America but there are definitely security concerns that the Mexican government is trying to address.

Crime in both cities has increased over the past few years – something that has been unfortunately exacerbated by the pandemic that has caused people to lose their jobs and resort to desperate measures to make money. 

If you have traveled to other LATM/South American cities such as Bogota or Cartagena, Colombia, for instance, you will note a marked difference in how you feel when exploring. For instance, in Mexican cities, you never feel that you have to be cautious about getting your phone out in public or constantly looking over your shoulder like you may in other parts of Latin America. 

Is the cartel in Guadalajara? 

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has a strong presence in Guadalajara and essentially controls the territory in this part of Jalisco. While the US media will often portray Mexico as a terrifying narco state, the reality is that most cartel-related instances of violence only affect other members of criminal organizations. 

They are not random acts of violence that target tourists. The chances of you being in the wrong place at the wrong time are slim and truthfully, bad things could happen anywhere in the world. 

Generally speaking, as long as you don’t go looking for trouble in Mexico, trouble won’t go looking for you. Many people wouldn’t give a second thought to traveling to Cancun whereas in Cancun, like in the border towns with the US (“fronteras”), different cartels are actually fighting for territory, arguably making the situation more volatile than in Guadalajara. 

Still, it pays to follow local news and developments during your trip. Outbursts of violence are likely if cartel leaders are arrested. 

In 2022, the cartel created a blockade and burned dozens of vehicles and stores in response to several cartel leaders being captured, and on the 25th of November 2023, the local authorities issued a warning after Juan Carlos Pizano Ornelas (“El CR”) was arrested in Talpapa.

It should go without saying but you should never make jokes or comments at the expense of the cartel to locals, on social media, or otherwise. In 2022, a Tiktok influencer who blocked traffic on a Guadalajara bridge was threatened by the cartel for blocking their supply routes, and in 2017, a Sinaloan Youtuber was killed by the cartel after making fun of El Mencho. 

Kidnappings in Guadalajara and the “Disappeared” 

An alarming part of the US government travel advice for Jalisco warns travelers to “reconsider travel due to crime and kidnappings”. The sheer mention of kidnappings is enough to terrify people out of traveling here but the reality is that tourists are not being plucked out of their hotel rooms or off the street and kidnapped at random.  

Most disappearances in Jalisco and in Mexico on the whole are related to the cartel in some form or another – either directly or indirectly. According to Mexico’s National Register of Missing and Non-Located Persons (RNPDNO), there are currently over 110,000 people missing in Mexico, with over 15,000 people missing in Jalisco.

In many areas around the city and in nearby Chapala and Ajijic, you will see flyers displaying the faces of people who have gone missing. The Glorieta de los Niños Héroes is a monument dedicated to the heroes that fought for Mexican independence which has now been unofficially renamed as “los desaparecidos” because every surface here is plastered with images of missing people, and various processions and protests are often held here. 

Disappearances in Guadalajara

As mentioned, a lot of disappearances in Jalisco are related to the cartel. 

Unfortunately, a percentage of those missing are said to have no ties with organized crime groups. Whether that is just that their families do not like to think of their loved ones as being involved with the cartel, or that they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, is debatable. 

“Extermination houses” have been found on the outskirts of the city and in run-down barrios.

These are houses that have been purchased by the cartel for the specific purpose of disposing of bodies and dissolving them in acid, which explains why so many people go missing and are never found. Clandestine burial sites have been found on the outskirts of Guadalajara and elsewhere in Jalisco. 

There have been a couple of instances of mistaken identity. Back in 2018 for instance, a group of film students were kidnapping in Tonala, tortured and dissolved in acid after cartel members mistook them for members of a rival gang. 

This area, close to Cerro de la Reina, is an area where you would have no business being anyway and the chances of you being mistaken for a cartel member as a foreigner, are slim. 

Kidnappings for ransom

Targeted kidnappings for ransom have been plotted against upper and middle-class Mexicans. However, Tourists are very rarely the target of kidnapping, especially since kidnapping for ransom takes a lot of execution and planning over the course of several weeks/months. 

Crimes against tourists and foreigners are highly frowned upon and nobody is going to snatch you off the street in broad daylight. Instead, they carefully monitor a person’s activity and plan a calculated attack. 

A family member may be kidnapped and then not returned until someone else pays a specified sum of money. If you decide to move here or spend several months in Guadalajara,it pays to be careful about what you share with whom, and what you post on social media.

Express kidnappings

Express kidnappings do happen all over Mexico occasionally and they can affect tourists if you are not cautious and careful. This usually happens when someone gets into a random taxi on the street and the driver is corrupt.

The driver may take you a short distance and then, 2-3 of his friends may enter the vehicle and hold you at gun or knife point. You will be forced to hand over all of your cash and valuables and the assailants will drive around the city making you withdraw the maximum amount of money from your ATM cards.

For this reason, Mexicans prefer to use ridesharing apps like Uber, Didi and Indriver to get around. Uber is considered a lot safer here because there is more accountability via the app.

Never get into a random street cab. If you want to take a licensed taxi, use one that has been ordered by your hotel and that you know is reputable.

The objective of express kidnappings is to get as much money as possible without the intent to hurt you. However, it is still terrifying and something that you likely want to avoid. 

Traveling to Guadalajara as a solo woman

Is Guadalajara safe for solo travelers?

Traveling to Guadalajara can be a safe and enjoyable experience for travelers of all ages and backgrounds, including solo travelers and women traveling alone.  

This article (and entire website!) has been created by a solo female traveler in Mexico (me!) and I am a big advocate of never letting being solo or your gender/physical appearance stop you from traveling anywhere you want to go. 

I have traveled to Guadalajara alone three times and have never felt uncomfortable alone or that I received a lot of unwanted attention, besides the occasional glances from men that were more inquisitive than sinister. 

I personally felt comfortable walking around between the center and Colonia Americana. Since I usually choose to stay in Chapalita, I have taken walks and gone for dinner by myself in the area in the early evenings, but I was never out after dark and returned to my hotel room by around 7-8pm. 

Since Guadalajara is starting to attract more tourists, and some districts, like Colonia Americana, are becoming a little gentrified, more and more digital nomads and international travelers are coming here making it easy for you to meet other travelers if you want to socialize during your trip. 

Guadalajara is a very multicultural city home to all sorts of people from different backgrounds and nationalities so you won’t get stared at for looking different.

Most trips to Guadalajara are trouble-free and the city can be a wonderful destination for solo travelers, including solo female travelers. This entire article (and website!) has been written by a woman traveling alone in Mexico.  

Violence against women in Mexico 

Mexico is a largely patriarchal society with something of a macho culture. Unfortunately, violence against women is a growing concern in the country and it is estimated that approximately 10 women are killed here every day, with tens of thousands more reported missing.

A study by INEGI Mexico (the National Institute of Statistics and Geography) found that more than 70% of the 50.5 million women interviewed had experienced some form of violence in Mexico. The UN recognized Mexico as being one of the most dangerous countries for women.

All of this can sound extremely alarming, particularly if you are traveling to Guadalajara as a solo female. However, while you need to be aware of the issues and the gender values/stereotypes, this is again unlikely to affect you as a tourist, provided that you take all the aforementioned precautions for your safety.

Despite everything that you may read, you may be surprised to find that most people in Mexico are extremely friendly, welcoming, and chivalrous.

For the most part in Guadalajara, you will probably be met with men holding open doors, offering to get your baggage from public transport, pulling out your chair, etc. I have felt very comfortable here during my visits and so far, Puebla and Tuxtla Gutierrez have been the only places I have not felt super comfortable as a female traveler.

What to wear as a solo female traveler in Mexico

It pays to observe and follow suit of what the local women wear when traveling to Guadalajara.

While women absolutely should be able to wear whatever they want and go wherever they please without harassment, you will note that Mexican women tend to err on the side of conservative. They wear modest clothes and usually opt for jeans and trousers over shorts and tank tops, even during the summer months.

Opting to wear a similar style of clothing can help you to blend in and avoid inappropriate advances and unwanted male attention.

Is Guadalajara safe for families?

Guadalajara has a lot of interesting attractions that make it an enjoyable destination for families, particularly if you are traveling with older kids who enjoy museums. Mexico on the whole is a very family-oriented country, and in Guadalajara too, you will see plenty of people walking around with their children. 

Stick to a hotel in the city center or a more leafy suburb like Chapalita and you will be fine. The Trompo Mágico Children’s Interactive Science Museum is excellent, though it is currently closed for renovations until April 2024. 

The Auditorio Charles Chaplin hosts fun and interactive shows for kids which are particularly great if your little ones can understand some Spanish and if you want to head out to a sports game, you can catch a professional soccer match at the AKA Chivas stadium or watch a baseball match. 

(Guadalajara has two baseball teams: The Mariachis de Guadalajara and the Charros de Jalisco). A match can be a fun experience even if you are not super into sport, and tickets don’t break the bank. 

Use Uber to get around 

Uber is a very safe and reliable way to get around in Guadalajara and it is actually the preferred transportation method for a lot of Mexicans. In some countries around the globe, Uber may be considered “less safe” than taking licensed yellow cabs but that definitely isn’t the case here.

When you take an Uber or Didi cab, you can see the driver’s details and the license plate of the vehicle that they are driving as well as their rating, reviews, and the amount of time that they have been active on the app.

You simply don’t have that when you get into a random taxi on the street. Uber also has additional features like the ability to share your journey with friends and family in real time and audio record your trip if you feel uncomfortable.

Still, there are a couple of pointers to keep in mind so that you have a safe and pleasant experience.

First of all, it pays to always check the profile of the driver that is picking you up. If they have done a lot of journeys and they have a good rating (4.9 and up), you can generally feel assured that you are in safe hands.

If they are a brand new driver that has only completed 5-6 trips, they have a bad rating, or they are doing something weird on the map like driving back and forth for no reason, cancel the trip. When you do so quickly, Uber will find you a new driver at no charge.

When the car arrives, always check that the license plate number is correct. If it is not, do not get in.

Didi is another local alternative to Uber. The prices are often marginally cheaper, although you may find that there are fewer cars available.   

Check your government travel advice for Guadalajara

It is always a good idea to check your government travel advice before traveling anywhere for the first time and the same can be said of visiting Guadalajara.

The US Department of State provides a state-by-state safety breakdown for each of Mexico’s 32 states. It is a good source of information to check prior to your trip because it is updated in real time to reflect any changes in entry requirements, any situations that may unfold, etc. 

There are no restrictions placed on US citizens of government employees traveling to the Guadalajara metropolitan area (Zona Metropolitana Guadalajara/ZMG), Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, Ajijic, or the resort areas in Nayarit. 

OSAC give out frequent warnings on the safety situation in Guadalajara which are worth checking.You can find the UK government travel advice for Mexico here and the Canadian government travel advice here.

Is Guadalajara safe at night?

There are some wonderful bars and restaurants in Guadalajara but you need to be cautious in the city at night. 

Even if you only need to walk a short distance, it is generally better to be safe than sorry and to call an Uber. It may sound obvious, but even in daylight, you should be aware of your surroundings and not wander down quiet alleys and random side streets. 

Consider a walking tour to help you get your bearings

A walking tour is a great way to get your bearings in a new city, especially if you are traveling somewhere you are anxious about, as many people are when it comes to Mexico.

Several reputable local companies offer excellent walking tours of Guadalajara that offer something for everyone – whether you are looking for a street food tour, a tour that enables you to see the city by night, a history tour, etc.

Better still, exploring with a local means that you have a Guadalajara expert on hand to ask for recommendations on the best places to eat, drink, and hang out while you are in town.

It is a good idea to do such a tour early on in your trip so that you can then work your way through the recommendations you are given for the rest of your time in the city.

Recommended Guadalajara tours for 2024

A selection of reputable tours is detailed below for your consideration. Book your spot online in advance to avoid disappointment!

Be mindful of your things in crowded areas 

Petty thefts happen a lot in Guadalajara so you always need to keep an eye on your things, especially in crowded areas. For the most part, these kinds of crimes are opportunistic.

The Zona Chapultepec area is notorious for thieves on bicycles and mopeds snatching phones out of people’s hands while whizzing past.

Always be alert and don’t wander around aimlessly and absent-mindedly with your iPhone lulling in your hand. You also need to be careful in crowded markets such as Mercado Corona and Mercado San Juan de Dios.

It would be very easy for someone to slip their hand inside your pocket or backpack when you are moving through a marketplace where people are squished together like sardines. Carry your backpack in front of you if you can.

Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, sunglasses, cameras, or anything else that will draw attention or that can be yanked away from you in such places. You may also want to consider investing in a theft-proof backpack such as those offered by Pacsafe.

These backpacks are a little pricier than regular backpacks. However, they are slash-proof, water-proof, and come with a TSA-approved locking system. Pacsafe bags also come with a multi-year warranty.

Grand theft auto and other robberies in Guadalajara 

Guadalajara has alarmingly high rates of grand theft auto robberies and many locals are concerned about potentially being the victim of a break-in. Truthfully, you don’t need a car for your time in the city.

If you do need to drive in Guadalajara for whatever reason, it is usually a good idea to drive around with the door locked and the windows rolled up. When searching for a parking lot, try to opt for somewhere that is central and well lit.

Many multi-story car parks in the city center do have 25/7 security attendants.

Whether you are renting a car or you live in Mexico and choose to buy one, be sure to invest in comprehensive insurance. Remember that nothing is ever worth your life or your safety so it is always better to hand over the keys than to get in an altercation with someone who may well have a weapon.

I have driven elsewhere in Jalisco state – from the villages of the Ruta Peregrina (Santa Rosa, Navidad, Mascota), San Sebastian del Oeste and Puerto Vallarta and felt safe elsewhere, so it is mostly a Guadalajara issue.

Leave the expensive designer goods at home 

Nothing sets a target on your back and screams “I’m a tourist with plenty of money” like someone who is wandering around with a DSLR camera around their neck or sporting Designer labels. In Mexico, you never really see people flashing labels or expensive luxury clothing.

From a safety perspective, it is better not to draw attention to yourself and if you look fancy and wealthy, that is exactly what you will do. When you plan out your Mexico packing list, pack simple, inexpensive apparel. 

Is Guadalajara safe? FAQs 

Do you still have any burning questions or concerns about whether Guadalajara is safe? I have answered a couple of frequently asked questions about Guadalajara below.

Hopefully, you will find the information you are looking for there but if not, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Is Guadalajara dangerous? 

Guadalajara is not an especially dangerous city. However, traveling here definitely requires a lot of caution and common sense.

There are areas that you should not go to, and things you need to keep in mind to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one. For the most part, Guadalajara is only a dangerous city if you get involved with drugs or the wrong people or you wander into areas where you really don’t have business being.

How safe is Guadalajara airport?

Guadalajara airport (Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport) is a safe place. Approximately 12.5 million people passed through it in 2021, making it one of the most important international transport hubs in the country.

You can take an airport taxi or an Uber from here to get into the city. Most Guadalajara cab drivers are trustworthy and charge a flat fee but Ubers are always cheaper.

Is Guadalajara a safe place to live?

Guadalajara is a sprawling metropolis and the second most populated city in Mexico after CDMX. In 2022, the metro area population was 5,340,000.

When you compare this to Mexico City’s population of a whopping 22 million, Guadalajara pails in comparison. In many ways, the historic center exudes more of a small-town vibe.

The different neighborhoods and “barrios” here each have their own unique personalities and often feel like independent villages in themselves.

Just like anywhere else, life goes on as normal here most of the time but Guadalajara is still a city with a high crime rate and you could argue that the longer you stay somewhere, the greater the probability of something happening to you. 

I don’t live in Guadalajara, I live in Merida so I cannot attest to the realities of living here day in day out, but my partner and I had seriously considered relocating to Guadalajara before purchasing our house in the Yucatan. 

However, the increased likelihood of experiencing something like a carjacking or a break-in, even if the chances were still small, deterred us from wanting to start a family in Guadalajara and we chose Merida because it is well known as being the safest city in Mexico.

In recent years, more and more international expats have started relocating to Guadalajara. They can no doubt give better insight on this, and there are several useful Facebook groups catered to expats and foreigners in Guadalajara.

Is it safe to walk around Guadalajara?

It is generally safe to walk around Guadalajara during the day. However, you absolutely do need to be mindful of the areas that you travel into and not just wander around blindly. 

Is it safe to drink tap water in Guadalajara?

It is not safe to drink tap water in Guadalajara or anywhere in Mexico for that matter. Tap water in Mexico is generally purified at the source, but unfortunately, it often gets contaminated en route to the tap.

There is no real way of knowing if and how badly contaminated the water is unless you drink it and see – which you definitely don’t want to risk doing! Most hotels and Airbnb provide complimentary bottled water during your stay.

You can also buy large bottles from supermarkets, pharmacies, and local convenience stores such as Oxxo and 7/11 for just a few pesos. Consider purchasing a reusable water bottle such as a Lifestraw to minimize your plastic waste. 

Final thoughts on safety in Guadalajara

Traveling to Guadalajara and wider Jalisco can be an enjoyable experience with a little planning and precaution.

There are plenty of things to do in Guadalajara to warrant spending 4-5 days in the city. Most of Guadalajara’s major attractions and points of interest are located within walking distance of the Guadalajara Cathedral and the Zocalo Central Square.

Be sure to take time to stop by the various charming city districts. Avenue Chapultapec and Colonia Americana exude Greenwich Village vibes and are home to a plethora of quirky, eclectic coffee shops, independent art galleries, and adorable boutique stores.   

For an authentic glimpse into what life in Guadalajara is truly like, consider spending a lazy afternoon in the leafy Chapalita district. The area’s main plaza, Jardín del Arte de la Glorieta Chapalita, hosts live musical performances (like mariachi and brass bands) virtually every night of the week.

On Sundays, a wonderful little art market is held here and creatives from across the city sell everything from painted canvases to handmade artisanal goods. Guadalajara also makes a great base for exploring the wider region of Jalisco.

From here, you can take day trips out to Tlaquepaque (the birthplace of Mariachi!), Tequila, Lake Chapala, Ajijic, and Talpa de Allende. Guadalajara is a wonderful place so you shouldn’t allow yourself to be scared out of visiting. 

Do you still have any worries or concerns about this or other aspects of organizing a trip to Mexico? If you are traveling to the country for the first time, you might enjoy reading these things to know before you go or this post on safety in Jalisco state.

Have a wonderful trip! Buen Viaje! Melissa xo 

Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer based in Merida, Mexico and the Editor-in-Chief of Mexico Travel Secrets. She has over seven years worth of experience in working in travel media and has travelled to 57 countries, mostly solo. Throughout her career, Melissa has produced written content for several high-profile publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, the Huffington Post, Rough Guides, and Matador Network.

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