Guadalajara Warnings and Dangers
Gudalajara is one of the largest cities in Mexico and also the capital of the state of Jalisco. Visitors to the area should keep in mind some tips to avoid dangers and stay safe.
Guadalajara has both very wealthy and very poor individuals, and the divide can be quite stark. As you ride in from the airport, the highway passes through some really rough looking slums on the south side of the city that you might want to avoid. In El Centro, you will often see people begging. These places contrast quite strongly against the nicer neighborhoods west of downtown, where there are very many nice apartments and condos. When in the poorer parts of town, make sure to stay aware of your surroundings so you can avoid potential thieves.
Be careful of the large and sometimes very deep holes that appear in the sidewalks. While the streets are generally safe in the day time, at night, they are badly lit. This can lead to unintentional accidents. Also, during summer storms, the streets can flood quite heavily.
There are pay phones all over the city, and a phone card can help you get in touch with home. Sometimes, a U.S. based cell phone won’t work, so you will want to take advantage of the local phones.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Guadalajara.