How Safe Is Guadalajara for Travel?

Guadalajara, Mexico
Safety Index:
55

Being the capital city of the central state of Jalisco in Mexico and the second-most populous metropolitan area in Mexico, Guadalajara is divided into several districts.

It is a lovely city which contains many nice areas for walking.

It is not just in the city center which is the main area of interest to tourists due to its historical sites, old and modern buildings and temples that has its charisma.

Outside of the downtown area are three areas also of interest to the tourist and those are Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Zapopan, a site of pilgrimage known for its old-town charm.

The University of Guadalajara serves as a center of cultural activity such as the Ballet Folclórico and the Cineforo Universidad.

Warnings & Dangers in Guadalajara

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Considering all the types of crimes, Guadalajara can be considered a medium safe city, since there are drug-related crimes, robbery and auto-part theft which should be worrying for tourists. Guadalajara is a big city and it is a normal thing that there is a crime.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxis which are marked and registered are reliable and safe, unlike the public transportation which is generally unsafe for travelers, due to the pickpocketing, bag-snatching, and armed robberies that are happening there. However, be aware that there is a risk that the driver will not take the shortest possible route if he/she perceives that you do not know where exactly he/she should drive. If you decide to drive, you should be alert for changing road conditions, drive defensively and leave space to maneuver.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets operate in tourist places like in any other big city. They usually work in teams and focus on tourists to steal valuables. Sometimes, they even use motorcycles for a quick escape. The tactic they use is the accidental spills which will distract the victims. There are numerous reports of robbery, auto-part theft, and non-violent crimes.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

When the natural disasters are in question, there are no hazards in Guadalajara, except some Pacific hurricanes which might occur. However, Mexico is prone to earthquakes, hurricanes and active volcanoes so it is good to get informed about it when traveling to this country.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Kidnapping is a serious problem in Guadalajara, either virtual or real kidnapping must be immediately reported to the police and your consulate. Types of virtual kidnappings include communicating via text message from stolen or lost cell phones to extort money from their families. Auto-theft commonly involves the threat of force and in these cases, if the victim does not resist, thieves rarely do any physical harm, since they are after money.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Even though the terrorist threat exists everywhere in the world, Guadalajara is considered as being a low-threat location for terrorist activity.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

When it comes to scams, telephonic extortion by which the caller tricks the victim into transferring money by pretending to be a member of a cartel who kidnapped the victim’s family member and asking for the ransom is developing and the reports of these incidents are increasing.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Just as in any other city, female travelers need to be cautious and pay special attention when traveling by public transportation. There are frequent reports of sexual harassment, especially in bars and nightclubs, but as long as you remain vigilant, there is no risk of being assaulted.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Whether you need a visa when entering Mexico depends on the country you are coming from. The citizens of the US, Canada, the EU, Israel, and Japan are exempted from obtaining a visa. The valid passport during your stay is obligatory for everyone.
  • Currency - The Mexican Peso is the official currency of Mexico and it is believed to be an inexpensive country to visit. There are various types of accommodations both for not so rich travelers, and the wealthy ones as well.
  • Weather - In Guadalajara, the temperature is warm year-round, with very strong seasonal variation in precipitation. March is the driest month and July is the wettest. Winters are relatively warm and January daytime temperatures reaching about 25 °C.
  • Airports - Besides all the major airports in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana which can be used when coming to Guadalajara, there is the Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport, located south of the city, which also serves Guadalajara.
  • Travel Insurance - When coming to Mexico, the travel insurance policy should be obtained, in case of an accident or loss of personal belongings.
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Guadalajara Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 16° C
Feb 17° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 22° C
May 23° C
Jun 24° C
Jul 22° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 18° C
Dec 16° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
252729323331282828282625
Low
°C
6781113161616151397
High
°F
778184909188828282827977
Low
°F
434546525561616159554845

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7 Reviews on Guadalajara

  1. My wife and I went to Guadalajara for our 5 year anniversary and while I didn’t feel unsafe or uneasy, my wife did. She was tense the entire trip there. We had some issues with items being stolen out of our hotel room and a group of men following us a few times who didn’t speak English. I know she don’t want to ever go back but I wouldn’t mind it. I am not intimidated very easily.

  2. V
    Vincent K. says:

    Uncertain

    I loved the area when I traveled there back in 2008 but since all the issues with immigrants, I am a bit put off on going to Mexico. I am not sure if it would be safe. I know most areas in Mexico are risky but usually cities like this are okay. Anyone go more recently know?

  3. Safe And A Must!

    I have visited downtown Guadalajara a few times as an adult. It has certainly changed since I was a kid. These last couple of times I did not feel unsafe. I feel you need to be street smart as you are in any major metropolitan area. Being from Chicago this was a no brainer for me. Be smart and don’t look like a tourist and fumble with maps and smart phones. Plan your sites and enjoy a stroll. Make sure you’re in an area with lots of people. I would consider this a safe trip and will return again.

  4. H
    Harry Navel says:

    Big Navel

    My wife ate tomato soup out of my unusually large bellybutton in Guadalajara. It was a great trip that we’ll remember.

  5. J
    Juan Ciudadano says:

    Wretched

    Understandable. I live and work in GDL and have been held up. It Is becoming a nasty place with half-witted, obnoxious thugs driving around in their gruesome gringo-style pickups and shitty banda music everywhere. I am a Mexican Citizen, and being quite honest, would not recommend the place to say, Calgary résidents or peaceful tourists from Western Europe. Sad, but true: Narcos, corruption, and vulgarity prevail. GDL Is not the city of Bing Crosby golfing and Chapala visits anymore. It Is an oafish, provincial bastion of Sinaloa. Sad, very sad.

  6. A
    Anonymous says:

    Second trip

    This is my 2nd trip here, and I am pleased with my visit. As in any visit outside one’s
    comfort zone, be ever vigilant and have a way out of any situation. Go where there is plenty of people traffic, and most of all…look and act like a “native”. For the most part
    while visiting the many tourist venues that can be found, the people are friendly and polite. Of course, there’s always the few rude ones that don’t have any sense of respect for others, ie, cutting in front of you while you are taking a photo, or forcing themselves to the front of the line. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my trip. Gracias,
    Roberto de California.

Rated 3.71 / 5 based on 7 user reviews.

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