We 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 April 22nd, 2011 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. but nowhere you will find a warning about Puebla. 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.