Spanish Institute of Puebla

Safety in Puebla...

Update 2014

imgWe have been asked by many why we have not addressed the safety of Puebla, Mexico on our web site and the answer has always been very simple: Puebla is one of the safest cities in Mexico and has not been affected by the Narcoviolence. But now that the media talks as if the drug cartel killings and kidnappings happening in the border states between Mexico and the US, in the Pacific Mexican coast and in Cuernavaca, as a universal problem across Mexico, I feel compelled to address it. One way is to compare Puebla to San Antonio, Texas in the United States (both cities with similar population). In this comparison we find out that Puebla is the one with the lower homicide rate.

Another way is to visit the latest Travel Warning provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs dated August 15th, 2014 in which they go in detail mentioning the different dangers in Mexico… they mention cities like Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Acapulco, Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, etc. and they make a point to exclude Puebla from any travel warning. Moreover, "The San Francisco Chronicle" in a recent issue mentions Puebla as a city "you can travel safely in Mexico" and "hunkered near the bottom of the crime rate list." To prove this last point I'm including in this page a recent data exhibit done by an independent company in which you can see the state of Puebla (Pue) as second from the bottom in "Property and Violent Crime" in Mexico; considering that it has the 4th largest city in Mexico, this is very impressive.

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Puebla was named one of the top 10 cities in the world that should be visited by National Geographic Magazine (Fall 2011). Lonely Planet readers named Puebla as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit for 2012 and The New York Times names Puebla #13 on the list of the cities in the world that you should visit for 2012. All these publications can not be wrong and recommend a city that is dangerous to visit.

I´m also including paragraphs written by foreigners living in Puebla, by recent ex-students and by current students, on how they view the safety of Puebla, Mexico first hand. When I requested individuals write a paragraph about the safety of Puebla I was overwhelmed with responses, so I'm not able to publish all of them. Some went to great detail like the one from Donald Jones (Retired Businessman), living in Puebla, that included the graph I show above. (I will be happy to share other paragraphs and give you the phone number or e-mail of any of these individuals so you may contact them directly).

Rebecca Smith Hurd - (Independent Journalist)
Haruna Miyagawa Fikui - (Graduated Student)
Tay MacIntyre - (Graduated Student)
Bob Harris - (Retired)
Martha Hart - (Writer / Photographer)
Shannon Dorsey - (Teacher)