Chihuahua is the capital city of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The buildings are in a beautiful unique architectural style and a visit here offers the chance to taste the amazing local cuisine. Although it’s safer than some large Mexican cities, Chihuahua is a risky area to visit. The city has high rates of drug-rated and gang crime. There’s a rivalry in Chihuahua between the powerful and dangerous Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel. People caught up in the rivalry often get murdered. In 2017, Chihuahua had a population of 929,884 people and saw 460 homicides, making it one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico and worldwide.
Transport And Taxis Risk: HIGH
Traveling by bus isn’t advised, but using taxi’s are safe as long as they’re from a licensed company, Don’t hail taxis on the street – call them from within your hotel.
Pickpocket & Scams Risk: HIGH
Scams sometimes occur in Chihuahua, most commonly against tourists. As more widely in Mexico, there are fake police officers. It’s likely to be a victim of a pickpocket anywhere in Mexico, especially in busy parts of cities like Chihuahua. Tourists should leave valuables in their accommodation. Kidnappings are also common to rob you.
Natural Disaster Risk: HIGH
In 2012, Chihuahua was devastated by a severe drought. As global warming rises and weather around the world gets more extreme, this could happen again soon.