Mexico Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice

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Welcome to the Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice page for Mexico!

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On this page you will find first-hand, unbiased, and real safety tips, advice and reviews from women traveling solo, submitted directly from their personal experiences in the country.

Their opinions are unfiltered and submitted independently as part of the Solo Female Travel Safety Index, a ranking of 210 countries and regions based on how safe they are for women traveling solo.

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Mexico Country data

We have compiled a few data points below that can help you better understand Mexico and have more context when thinking about travel safety.

Official country name: United Mexican States.

Etymology: Named after the capital city, whose name stems from the Mexica, the largest and most powerful branch of the Aztecs. The meaning of the name is uncertain.

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Capital: Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico).

Independence / foundation: The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations, including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec, Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century.

Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it declared independence in 1810, and was not recognized by Spain as an independent country until 1821.

Population: 130 million.

Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
1 USD = 16.30 - 16.84 MXN
1 EUR = 17.68 - 18.39 MXN

Time zone: UTC-6

Languages spoken: Spanish only 94%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5%, indigenous only <1%, unspecified <1%. Note - indigenous languages include various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional languages.

Religions: Roman Catholic 78%, Protestant/evangelical Christian 11%, other <1%, unaffiliated (includes atheism) 11%.

Climate: Varies from tropical to desert.

Real GDP (ppp – purchasing power parity): $2.58 trillion.

Real GDP per capita (ppp): $20,300.

Main airports: Mexico City International Airport, Cancún International Airport, Guadalajara International Airport, Tijuana International Airport.

World heritage sites in Mexico

Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

There are over 1,100 world heritage sites spread across more than 165 countries. New ones are added every year, and some may be removed from the list for various reasons.

Number of UNESCO listed sites: 35.

Top world heritage sites:

- Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza.
- Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán.
- Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
- Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco.
- Historic Centre of Puebla.
- Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan.
- Sian Ka'an.
- Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque.
- Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines.
- Historic Centre of Morelia.
- El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City.
- Historic Centre of Zacatecas.
- Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco.
- Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino.
- Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl.
- Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro.
- Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal.
- Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara.
- Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes.
- Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan.
- Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco.
- Historic Fortified Town of Campeche.
- Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche.
- Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro.
- Luis Barragán House and Studio.
- Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California.
- Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila.
- Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
- Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco.
- Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca.
- Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
- El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve.
- Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System.
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo.
- Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: originary habitat of Mesoamerica.

Interesting facts about Mexico

- Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world by population.

- Mexico's economy relies greatly on the United States. Around 80% of Mexico's exports head directly to the US.

- Not Egypt, but Mexico is home to the largest pyramid in the world. The Quetzalcóatl Pyramid at Cholula's total volume is approximately 3.3 million m³.

- Mexico gave chocolate to the world. Aztecs and Mayans first cultivated the cacao plant thousands of years ago. Cacao was usually enjoyed it as a drink, and they used the beans as currency. The Spaniards took the cocoa beans back to Europe.

- Mexican cuisine is UNESCO-listed.

- Mexico City sinks every year by as much as 50cm in some parts. This is because it was built centuries ago on a lake.

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Mexico Travel tips

Socket type: A / B. Guide to socket types.

Weekend days: Saturday and Sunday.

Driving: Cars drive on the Right.

Local taxi apps: Didi-Rider, Uber, Cabify.

Travel Guides: Lonely Planet.

Languages spoken: Spanish only 94%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5%, indigenous only <1%, unspecified <1%. Note - indigenous languages include various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional languages.

Basic words and phrases in the main language:

Hello: Hola
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
Help: Necesito ayuda

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About the Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Safety matters to solo female travelers, you told us so in our annual Solo Female Travel Survey, where year after year, women prove that this is their most important concern when traveling solo.

We wanted to do something about it, so we built these country-specific pages where you can find reviews and scores for 7 key variables affecting the safety of women traveling solo.


  • Risk of scam
  • Risk of theft
  • Risk of harassment
  • Attitudes towards women
  • UK Travel Advisory
  • US Travel advisory
  • Global Peace Index (GPI)

Informing OSAC

The Solo Female Travel Safety Score is used by the Overseas Security Advisory Council for including safety concerns for women travelers in their country security reports; OSAC is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and private-sector security community.

How to use the Safety Index

On this page, you will find the country score and the personal opinions on safety of other women traveling solo.

You can sort the comments by:

  • The level of experience traveling solo of the reviewer (beginner = <5 trips solo, Intermediate = 5 to 10 trips solo, Experienced = >10 trips solo).
  • The age of the traveler.
  • Whether they are a visitor or local.
  • The date they were posted.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers. 

Thus, the lower the score, the safer the country.

Looking for more safety resources?

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