I gotta ask...is it safe?
Our team members have all spent an extensive amount of time traveling, drinking, eating, shopping and hanging out in all of the locations we will visit. We would not be running trips there if we didn’t think it was safe, but we urge you to check the U.S. State Department website to make your own determinations. You can also enroll in the STEP program for travel warnings and updates.
How about theft and pickpocketing?
As with any unfamiliar location, we urge you to take precautions against pickpockets and to minimize traveling with unnecessary valuable goods, like high-end jewelry. All of the hotels we partner with have their own security and safes; however, you'll want to take special precautions in busier areas like public transportation, Zocalo square, downtown, and at the markets.
What about earthquakes?
Look, earthquakes are a real possibility in Mexico City so it's best to be prepared. Just as we do in any other earthquake-prone city, we keep a pair of sneakers by the door and our phone, wallet, and keys close to our nightstand in case of emergency.
And can I drink the water?
You can definitely take a shower in the water and brush your teeth. That said you'll want to drink bottled water just in case your stomach isn't used to the local water. Our hotel partners offer filtered water in the rooms and bottled water in the bathroom with which you can brush your teeth if you prefer. Team Salt & Wind constantly has ice in drinks and hasn't had a problem but just let us know if you want your drinks without ice.
Not to be a downer but what happens in case of a medical emergency?
We have work with an English-speaking hospital in case of an emergency. This area of Mexico has a long history of U.S. tourists (and a big expat community) so the quality of care is excellent.
You can also look into buying a MedeVac such as AirMed if you want to be able to easily return to the United States for medical care.
Wait, what about Zika?
We urge you to check the CDC website so that you have the most updated information about Zika in Mexico, especially if you plan to travel elsewhere in the country before or after our trip. However, because Mexico City is at elevation, it is considered a non-risk zone for Zika.
Do you recommend trip insurance?
Yes, we actually require travel insurance in case you are unable to come due to circumstances beyond your control. There are a variety of services for providing trip insurance and note that many credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire and American Express) include the service as part of a trip purchase. Please check with your credit card to confirm.
Does Global Entry help with border crossing?
Yes!! Especially if you travel a lot, you'll want to look into the CBP Global Entry program, which allows you expedited border crossing.