Love Hermosillo...after visiting this great city that is full of life and culture many times, I just learned how beautiful it really is! Could not have written a better article! Thank you for the recognition and yes it is as safe as New York, L.A. & Tucson...
Interesting that it's so difficult to get an honest answer to an honest question here. For the record, I love San Carlos and feel very safe there. Driving through Hermosillo, it doesn't seem nearly as safe, which is why I was curious to hear the real answer. Kudos to those of you who provided actual data and experiences, thank you.
April 15, 2016 - US Department of State
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.
Sonora: Nogales, Puerto Peñasco, Hermosillo, and San Carlos are major cities/travel destinations in Sonora - Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades and can be extremely dangerous for travelers. Travelers throughout Sonora are encouraged to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours. Defer non-essential travel to the region west of Nogales, east of Sonoyta, and from Caborca north (including the towns of Saric, Tubutama, and Altar), and the eastern edge of Sonora bordering Chihuahua, as these are known centers of illegal activity. Travelers should also defer non-essential travel to the eastern edge of the state of Sonora, which borders the state of Chihuahua (all points along that border east of the northern city of Agua Prieta and the southern town of Alamos), and defer non-essential travel within the city of Ciudad Obregon and south of the city of Navojoa. You should exercise caution while transiting Vicam in southern Sonora due to roadblocks that can be instituted ad hoc by local indigenous and environmental groups. U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco should use the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta, Sonora border crossing, and limit driving to daylight hours. Please see above for general conditions for travel in Mexico.
105,000 kidnappings in Mexico in 2012, only 1800 reported. A lovely place.
Paradise for Tucson liberals who dream of Aztlan.
Hermosillo, like most of Mexico now, is very dangerous. Read for yourself. If you're good with kidnappings, narco terrorists and a totally corrupt government where 80% of crimes aren't reported, have fun.
Interesting and informative story by the Weakly's best journalist. I have driven through Hermosillo countless times without too much exploring. You have provided many good reasons to spend more time there discovering its positives, while not ignoring the negative (i.e., the government). Of course, any article on Mexico brings out the Trumpites in the comment section. Lets hope they stay home and leave the region for those who appreciate other cultures and people. Que linda Mexico!
Democrats have told us they don't believe in walls to keep illegal immigrants and terrorists from entering our country.
But they do believe in walls at their convention...to keep Americans out.
Debbi T you are partially right, but there is no wall there yet. The wall will be built along the northern border between Mexico and the US. Assumptions are that it will be similar to the wall on Mexico's southern border. Mexico is trying to stop the flow of illegal entrants from Central America. I am not implying they are racist but they do not want these people coming through their borders regardless of where they are headed. The politicians have promised to keep the southern border safe for their citizens.
DEBBIE T this ignorant says that hermosillenses "climb their walls", No, we don't. It's a very known fact that we have a US consulate here in Hermosillo and is very, very common for us to have a Visa. Most of Hermosillenses visit US legally.
Where do you think all those weekend shoppers in Tucson come from? Yes, Sonora.
Have a nice weekend you ignorant Trump supporter :)
I have been traveling to Hermosillo for over ten years and find it very safe. As noted above "Always drive during the day, don't do stupid shit and treat people with respect." I normally stay at the hotel IBIS near downtown. It is very reasonable. As for music/nightlife I find it offers more than Tucson. I have seen many great live bands, a jazz festival, Fiesta del Pitic, Expogan. Great food on many corners of the city.
Hermosillo is very safe. I've been there, and of course, I've been to Nogales. Hermosillo seemed to be the safer of the two. Things may have changed though, I haven't been to either city in damn near 20 years.
Shytourist: its as safe as most cities in the states.
Hermosillo is mostly safe, but like anywhere in the world you should be cognizant that you, as a tourist, might stand out and become a target for thieves or petty criminals.
Always drive during the day, don't do stupid shit and treat people with respect. That is generally a recipe for a safe trip to Mexico :-)
Sonora is relatively safe but one should always be in the habit of erring on the side of caution when in Mexico. Just don't drive at night!
Lol Debbie T, you have no idea what you're talking about. You're just regurgitating banter and propaganda that's based nowhere in the realm of reality. And yes, shytourist, the fear of Hermosillo is as a result of ethno-ignorant hysteria.
A young white female who drives there alone once a month.
If you read, you'd probably know that most migrants come from Southern Mexico as well as Central America these days. Also, yes Hermosillo is very safe.
If Hermosillo were safe their citizens would stay there instead of climbing over our new wall.
Keep America safe. Trump 2016!
This article makes Hermosillo seem like a nice place to visit, but it would be helpful if the authors had actually addressed the question posed: Is Hermosillo safe? Instead, they dismiss it as ethno-ignorant hysteria.
Great article! Looking forward to my next visit.
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