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Video: Discussing the security situation in Guadalajara, Mexico

April 9, 2016

One of my resolutions for this year was to start video blogging and do more audiovisual work. So here’s the first ever Tequila Files video blog entry. I plan to tackle different themes or important issues facing Mexico each week and I’ll hopefully get some interesting guests on in the weeks to come. I also plan to cover some sports and cultural stuff, but to start with I decided to address one of the most common questions I get: how dangerous is it to be here? Comments, questions, suggestions and constructive criticism are all welcome.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2016 23:53

    Great work Duncan ! looking fwd for upcoming videos ! cheers !

  2. Guillermo permalink
    April 12, 2016 22:11

    It’s very interesting to see your perspective on these subjects. Just saw your work after you visited my university, keep up the good work!

  3. Susie Miranda permalink
    April 24, 2016 00:44

    I enjoy your blogs very much – thank you!

  4. NilS permalink
    May 2, 2016 12:57

    Great report! I’m interesting in monthly updates referring to the security situation in Guadalajara as Foreign Affairs Departments announced this month that there is a rise in crime especially in the countryside of Jalisco. I’m concerned about the recent events occurring in Jalisco and I’m asking myself if it might extend to Guadalajara. I’d like to visit Guadalajara in a few month but when you mentioned that the situation deteriorates, I get serious doubts about it. Plainly spoken: Do I really need to get worry about traveling to Guadalajara, if I just stay near the touristic hotspots? What about places like Tequila or Ajijic (Lago de Chapala)? Do I need to be concerned about getting kidnapped? I know you already mentioned a few points. You said in general it’s safe when you follow a few rules but at the same time you also mentioned that the situation seems to get worse. I would really appreciate it to receive an objective answer – thanks a lot!

    • May 2, 2016 13:13

      Thanks for your comment. You don’t really need to be worried about Guadalajara.. I think as a visitor if you avid the outskirts of the city you’re going to be fine. It’s very rare to hear of foreigners being kidnapped here and as I said most of the rise in insecurity has taken lace in more remote rural areas of the state. Touristy towns like Tequila or Ajijic are perfectly safe to visit. Guadalajara obviously has it’s bad neighbourhoods but it’s no different to any other big city in that respect. As for getting around, taxis are pretty safe but the drivers sometimes overcharge foreigners, so I would recommend Uber which is both safer and cheaper.

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