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Albuquerque the largest city in New Mexico; it is, actually, a large, high desert metropolis, often overshadowed by Santa Fe lying in the north.
Albuquerque has a lot of things to offer like amazing scenery, rich history, and even a magical hot-air balloon fiesta in the fall.
Also, it’s often forgotten or overlooked, but Albuquerque has vibrant arts and cultural attraction scene.
The BioPark, Aquarium, and Zoo are nationally recognized, and the annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is amazing and is one of those events, like the Grand Canyon, that simply must be experienced in person to understand and appreciate.
Warnings & Dangers in Albuquerque
OVERALL RISK : HIGH
When compared to nearly all other American cities, Albuquerque has an extremely high crime rate, so no - it cannot be considered a safe city. Use caution on the streets of this city both when it comes to petty crime and violent crime.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
Albuquerque is ranked highest in the nation for auto theft. If you need to stop mid-drive for any reason, always secure your vehicle with an anti-theft device. Never leave valuables unattended in your vehicle.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpockets do operate in Albuquerque and tourists are commonly the victims of pickpocketing or bag snatching. Be careful in crowded places such as bus and train stations and keep your valuables in your accommodation.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
When outdoors, always use a lot of sunscreens. The elevation of the city is 5000 ft or higher, so you can get a bad sunburn very fast. Albuquerque also has a somewhat higher lightning risk during thunderstorms.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
You should be careful when it comes to violent crime in Albuquerque. Even though they mostly have nothing to do with tourists, but there have been some kidnappings involving foreigners. Traveling in groups is recommended in the city.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Excluding isolated mass shootings, Albuquerque hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Scams exist in Albuquerque and you should use your wits while in this city. Double-check your change, never pay anything upfront and negotiate everything in advance. Be very careful around ATMs and be wary of people trying to distract you.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Albuquerque isn't dangerous for women particularly, but it is advised for tourists in general, regardless of their sex, not to roam around unaccompanied by someone who knows the safe and unsafe parts of the country.
So... How Safe Is Albuquerque Really?
There are plenty of great things about Albuquerque, but they are overshadowed by the bad.
There’s a lot of poverty, the school system is poorly rated, and wages are low.
This combination of factors leads to a high level of crime, with auto theft and burglary being serious problems throughout the city.
Albuquerque is number 1 in the nation for auto theft, with an incident where even a truck was stolen while the crew was out reporting on crime.
The police are so short-staffed, that it is common practice for drivers to completely ignore all traffic laws because everyone knows that the likelihood of being pulled over is null.
The biggest problem in Albuquerque, however, is the random crime.
It consistently ranks in the top 10 nationwide for various classes of crime, although generally, property crime outranks violent crime in the city.
Albuquerque also has one of the largest interstate traffic interchanges in the Southwest where I-25 and I-40 meet: and, like any other commodity, drugs follow the highway.
The bad neighborhoods are mostly in the southeast and southwest; the south valley is the worst for gang activity.
Violent crime is mainly confined to a few small areas, as in most cities where it exists.
- Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
- Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Albuquerque. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
- Weather - Albuquerque, a mentioned, is in the high desert and has a generally warm and dry climate characterized by sunny and windy springs, and somewhat chilly nights. Summers are very hot and dry.
- Airports - Albuquerque International Sunport is an international airport located 5 km southeast of downtown Albuquerque, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Albuquerque, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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