Some Common Misconceptions About Mexico

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Mexico Isn’t Safe for Tourists
Mexico is roughly the size of Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany combined. There are indeed a handful of places experiencing violence related to drug wars and visitors should avoid those, but the vast majority of Mexico is safe and friendly.

Mexico is a Poor Third World Country
Mexico is no longer listed by Freedom House or the United Nations, as a Third World country. The economy of Mexico is the 13th largest in the world in nominal terms and the 11th by purchasing power, according to the World Bank. There is a great deal of poverty in Mexico, along with a great deal of wealth. The world’s richest man — Mexican business tycoon, Carlos Slim — lives in Mexico.

Mexican Food is Nothing but Tacos, Burritos and Tamales
In November 2010 UNESCO granted Traditional Mexican Cuisine the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Known for its diverse flavors and spices, Mexican cuisine has evolved over thousands of years, incorporating the cooking of ancient Aztec and Mayan Indians with Spanish, French and African influences. Each region in Mexico has its own type of food. Much of the “Mexican Food” served in American restaurants isn’t authentic Mexican cuisine. It’s an Americanized facsimile. For instance, hard-shell tacos, fajitas, chimichangas, and nachos don’t exist in Mexico.

Mexico is All Desert or Beach
Mexico’s topography and climate rank among the most biologically diverse in the world.

Mexican Buses are Old and Rickety
Traveling by bus is one of the most comfortable, efficient and economical ways to see Mexico. There are several classes of bus service in Mexico: Deluxe, First class, and Second class. The Deluxe and First class buses are downright swanky, rivaling and often exceeding first class air travel in terms of comfort and features.

Mexico is Corrupt
Mexico ranks on par with countries like Italy when it comes to corruption.