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When traveling any time after 9pm at night, only use licensed taxis rather than taking public transportation or hailing a taxi from the street. Get your accommodation/restaurant/bar to call one for you.
Before getting in the taxi, check your driver has a license (sometimes the license is displayed on the windscreen, some drivers will also wear uniforms). If the taxi has a meter, either ask the driver to use it or negotiate the fare before hopping in otherwise you may end up with an unpleasant surprise at the end of the ride.
Robberies have occurred in fake taxis (often a gang member or criminal who has borrowed the licensed taxi) so always be on your guard and watch out for creative fare scams such as changing the price after agreeing to an initial price, asking for gas money etc. In worse-case scenarios, these taxis are can be the starting point for express kidnappings.
Many people partake in Mexico’s national drink, but check that it’s 100% agave. Mexico takes its tequila very seriously and there is a regulatory council which oversees tequila standards in production and sales. By law, authentic tequila is only produced in five Mexican states - Jalisco and designated towns in Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacan and Tamaulipas.
Some bars and restaurants (particularly in popular locations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and other areas of the Yucatan Peninsula) have been caught serving unregulated and potentially dangerous liquor to guests, including fake tequila.
When ordering a drink, make sure you can see what is being made and check that the brands are reputable.
Anything that is passed off as tequila which isn’t 100% agave is generally diluted with methanol which if consumed, can be fatal. Authorities routinely make arrests and seizures of fake tequila and other alcohol.
You can't see, smell or taste methanol in drinks so if you or anyone you are traveling with suspect that you may have been poisoned, seek medical attention immediately and report all cases of methanol poisoning to the local police.
Methanol poisoning symptoms to look out for include: blurred vision, dilated pupils, fatigue, nausea, headache and abdominal pain.
If you still feel unsure, you might want to stick to bottled wine, bottled or canned beer.
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