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Culturally and geographically, Mexico is a diverse country. Most locals are friendly and respectful however there are always those who are the exception to the rule.
To avoid unwanted attention, physically and verbally, in big cities, or upsetting the locals in more conservative towns and villages, wear modest clothing and be polite but confident to establish boundaries.
A long skirt, pants and a sleeved top will go a long way to prevent hissing (the Mexican equivalent of the wolf whistle) and any other unwanted attention. The coastal holiday areas tend to be a bit more forgiving when it comes to what you can wear but make sure you cover up when you leave the beach.
If you still feel as if you are falling prey to far too many
Avoid using your phone in the central plaza; texting, chatting, and face-timing with friends as you walk through a Mexican town or city can be a green light for any local criminal.
High-tech devices are not only appealing to petty thieves but also draw attention to your traveler status. Foreign women, especially, are perceived as easy targets. Keep your phone and cash out of sight. Always carry a photocopy of your identification with you at all times in case the police stop you. Keep the real deal locked up in a safe back at your accommodation.
Keep track of your credit cards (travel with at least two if possible) and take note of your account information and international toll-free contact numbers. Let your bank know when you are traveling so they don't suddenly cut off your funds and keep an eye on your account when you return for any suspicious activity.
When you are about town, avoid carrying around a lot of cash. Withdraw small amounts of pesos from ATMs (use cash points inside the bank) and avoid withdrawing at night.
While most crime against women in Mexico is either drug/gang related or the result of domestic violence. If you use common sense, Mexico should be no more dangerous
A 2018 study commissioned by the Thomson Reuters Foundation found that three in every four women felt unsafe while using public transport in Mexico City. Mexico has the most unsafe transport system in the world. Overcrowding was cited as a major concern, which led to groping and other sexual harassment, and fellow travelers were unlikely to come to a woman's aid.
Mexico City has women-only taxis, buses, and train carriages (normally the first three cars) as part of a holistic campaign named Atenea (Athena), after the Greek goddess of war and courage.
The bubble-gum pink buses, displaying images of female revolutionaries, highlight women's historic role in the creation of Mexico; a handy reminder that women have been critical players in the prosperity of Mexico.
This transport initiative challenges the prevailing psychology in Mexico that women somehow invite violence because of the public spaces they frequent or the clothes they wear. As the campaign took hold and drivers were given the task of fending men off the buses, female passengers
It has also allowed Mexican women to reclaim public space and stake their claim to one of the world's most chauvinistic megacities.
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Boisterous celebrations are held across the country, all year round. Here are a few key events to check out.