On our recent trip to Mexico, we spent about a week with some friends in a very small town in the state of Veracruz. It was beautiful and peaceful, with an abundance of fruit and coffee.
As in any small town, everybody seemed to know that two foreigners were visiting.
A curious neighbor came to ask: “Where are you from?”
Mojito y Cafe: “From Cuba and Colombia”
Neighbor: “Colombia! That is one place I would never go visit!”
Mojito y Cafe: “Why?! It’s so beautiful there!”
Neighbor. “They kill people there!!!!!”
Mojito y Cafe: “You know, most people in the United States think that the minute you set foot in Mexico you will be chopped up and made into pozole (soup)? And yet here we are, enjoying our trip to this beautiful country!”
Research the crime rate in the nearest big city to where you live, or in your state. Compare that to the crime rate in Mexico, or Colombia, or Guatemala, etc… You will probably be very surprised.
What we have learned in our travels, is that most people are very kind. Stay with friends, or stay in a small hostel… They will take care of you as if you were their own family. Listen to the locals. They will tell you where to go, and where it’s not safe. Be aware of your surroundings, but don’t act scared. Be friendly and respectful, and the local people will show you respect as well.
Have you traveled to any of the countries that are considered “dangerous”? Would you like to visit a specific place but you’re afraid to go? Let us know in the comments!