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'''Juarez''' (Spanish:''Ciudad Juárez'') is a city in the state of [[Chihuahua (state)|Chihuahua]],  [[Mexico]]. It stands on the Rio Grande, across the [[United States]] border from [[El Paso]].  
 
'''Juarez''' (Spanish:''Ciudad Juárez'') is a city in the state of [[Chihuahua (state)|Chihuahua]],  [[Mexico]]. It stands on the Rio Grande, across the [[United States]] border from [[El Paso]].  
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*From the rest of Mexico, Juarez is accessible by Mexican Federal Highway 2 which runs along the [[United States]] border and Mexican Federal Highway 45 which heads south to [[Chihuahua]].
 
*From the rest of Mexico, Juarez is accessible by Mexican Federal Highway 2 which runs along the [[United States]] border and Mexican Federal Highway 45 which heads south to [[Chihuahua]].
 
*From the United states, US Highways 62 (Stanton Street in El Paso) and 54 (also known as the Patriot Freeway) end at the Mexican border and are the main international crossings from the United States. Interstate 10 is the major highway leading to El Paso.
 
*From the United states, US Highways 62 (Stanton Street in El Paso) and 54 (also known as the Patriot Freeway) end at the Mexican border and are the main international crossings from the United States. Interstate 10 is the major highway leading to El Paso.
Near the Stanton Street bridge in downtown El Paso, most visitors that come for a single day choose to park on the US side of the border and walk across the bridges as to avoid dealing with traffic, lack of parking in the city center, and long waits for vehicles reentering the United States. Parking is generally $3.00 U.S. near the bridges.  Be aware that the Stanton St. bridge, and the more westerly Paso del Norte bridge, allow auto traffic only northbound, into the US.  However, pedestrians can use both bridges in both directions.
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Near the Stanton Street bridge in downtown El Paso, most visitors that come for a single day choose to park on the US side of the border and walk across the bridges as to avoid dealing with traffic, lack of parking in the city center, and long waits for vehicles reentering the United States. Parking is generally $3.00 U.S. near the bridges.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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Juarez is a large Mexican city located in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert. While you are in Mexico, you are nowhere near the tropical Mexico with beautiful beaches and Aztec and Mayan culture many people expect.  Juarez is home to the Mexican vaquero (cowboy) culture and you will be more likely to encounter people resembling cowboys than any other vision of a Mexican one might have. However, Juarez is rich in the northern culture of Mexico, and most travelers will find this more charming and realistic than the culture they experience at many other locales that are not off the beaten path in Mexico.
  
Juarez is a large Mexican city located in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert. While you are in Mexico, you are nowhere near the tropical Mexico with beautiful beaches and Aztec and Mayan culture many people expect. Juarez is home to the Mexican vaquero (cowboy) culture and you will be more likely to encounter people resembling cowboys than any other vision of a Mexican one might have. However, Juarez is rich in the northern culture of Mexico, and most travelers will find this more charming and realistic than the culture they experience at many other locales that are not off the beaten path in Mexico.
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However, special attention must be paid to criminal activity in Juarez, as well as the city and state of Chihuahua in general; there have been recent revelations of police corruption in the area, some incidents quite violent in nature as they pertain to the border area's prevalence in illegal drug and/or human trafficking. Also, visitors, especially females, should be aware of the sexual violence/murder rate amongst the female populace; since 1993, perhaps earlier, hundreds of women, most of them underpaid workers at sweatshops known as "maquildoras," have been killed by persons unknown, their bodies found beaten, raped, tortured and murdered in and around Juarez. As most of the victims are local women, they are deemed by their killers and indeed quite often by those investigating their deaths to be disposable.
  
In past years, criminal activity in Juarez, as well as the city and state of Chihuahua, in general, was extremely high and something to worry about, but not anymore. There had been revelations of police corruption in the area and some incidents quite violent in nature as they pertained to the border area's prevalence in illegal drug trafficking. Juarez experienced over 1600 murders in 2008 and 3010 in 2009 and 2010 (out of a population of 1,500,000) connected with drug trafficking. However, the city has been able to turn this around remarkably fast since 2011. Massive purges of corrupt officials took place as well as direct and decisive actions by the federal government to catch and imprison high level criminals by bringing the Mexican army into the city. Juarez is safe; it is safer than many U.S. cities, especially for tourists.
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Foreign visitors should not have much to worry about as long as they follow common sense; if you avoid venturing out alone into suspicious areas of town, particularly after dark, making obvious your personal wealth to strangers, and staying well clear of any illegal activity, particularly involving drug purchase/smuggling, you should be fine. Just remember that Mexican police are notoriously lacking in concern for those whose activities are considered "high-risk." The US Border Patrol can also be quite mercurial about these matters, and neither American nor Mexican prisons are very enticing places to spend one's vacation.
  
Foreign visitors should not have much to worry about as long as they follow common sense; if you avoid venturing out alone into suspicious areas of the town, particularly after dark, making obvious your personal wealth to strangers, and staying well clear of any illegal activity, particularly involving drug purchase/smuggling, you should be fine. Just remember that Mexican police are notoriously lacking in concern for those whose activities are considered "high-risk." The US Border Patrol can also be quite mercurial about these matters, and neither American nor Mexican prisons are very enticing places to spend one's vacation.
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Juarez experienced over 1600 murders in 2008, 3010 in 2009, and 3100 in 2010 (out of a population of 1,500,000). While many of the victims have been connected with drug trafficking, the random nature of this violence makes caution necessary.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
There is a public bus system in Juarez; however, it is not very easy to use and is often overlooked by tourists. In general, buses have their final destination on a board in the front window. They make frequent stops, and often run in close succession to one another; if you miss a bus, another of the same route is likely to appear in a matter of minutes. Many routes continue to run overnight, if you have no choice but to use them, exercise extreme caution on buses at night and buses that go into poorly policed barrios of the city (especially to the west and south). In recent weeks, buses have been targeted in attacks, mainly aimed to collect protection money for route operators.  
 
There is a public bus system in Juarez; however, it is not very easy to use and is often overlooked by tourists. In general, buses have their final destination on a board in the front window. They make frequent stops, and often run in close succession to one another; if you miss a bus, another of the same route is likely to appear in a matter of minutes. Many routes continue to run overnight, if you have no choice but to use them, exercise extreme caution on buses at night and buses that go into poorly policed barrios of the city (especially to the west and south). In recent weeks, buses have been targeted in attacks, mainly aimed to collect protection money for route operators.  
  
Uber came to Juarez in 2017 and can be summoned using the same app as in the US.  Taxis are abundant and inexpensive, but always ask for the ride fee and if possible ask two different drivers to get the best fare. Taxis are not metered, and initial fares may be given based on one's perceived ability to pay (a tourist or wealthier Mexican may be quoted a higher fare). However, most sites of touristic interest in Juarez can be reached by walking in the historic center. Upon arrival in Juarez, it is likely that most foreigners will received by a plethora of taxi drivers offering to drive them to the market. While the market cannot be seen from the border crossing, it is a relatively short walk: after crossing the Santa Fe street bridge, walk down Avenida Juarez to 16 de Septiembre, turn left and then walk about seven blocks (street blocks are much smaller in Juarez than in neighboring El Paso).
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Taxis are abundant and inexpensive, but always ask for the ride fee and if possible ask two different drivers to get the best fare. Taxis are not metered, and initial fares may be given based on one's perceived ability to pay (a tourist or wealthier Mexican may be quoted a higher fare). However, most sites of touristic interest in Juarez can be reached by walking in the historic center. Upon arrival in Juarez, it is likely that most foreigners will received by a plethora of taxi drivers offering to drive them to the market. While the market cannot be seen from the border crossing, it is a relatively short walk: after crossing the Santa Fe street bridge, walk down Avenida Juarez to 16 de Septiembre, turn left and then walk about seven blocks (street blocks are much smaller in Juarez than in neighboring El Paso).
  
 
Driving in Juarez, while less chaotic than in Mexico City, is not recommended for a casual visitor. While the lack of high-speed freeways means many accidents that happen in the central parts of the city are relatively minor, fender benders in Mexico may involve frustrating red tape. If you drive in Juarez, make sure you have Mexican automobile insurance as not having Mexican insurance may result in criminal charges and a visit to jail.  
 
Driving in Juarez, while less chaotic than in Mexico City, is not recommended for a casual visitor. While the lack of high-speed freeways means many accidents that happen in the central parts of the city are relatively minor, fender benders in Mexico may involve frustrating red tape. If you drive in Juarez, make sure you have Mexican automobile insurance as not having Mexican insurance may result in criminal charges and a visit to jail.  
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
 
Be aware that you can't drink in public places or in the street.
 
Be aware that you can't drink in public places or in the street.
* The most unique regional alcoholic drink is Sotol. It is still known as a rare drink of low quality but new distilleries have turned this into a high quality liquor. The [http://www.lasotolera.com/en Cinco Tragos] Sotol brand is the best quality out there.
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* The most unique regional alcoholic drink is sotol. It is still known as a rare drink of low quality but new distilleries have turned this into a high quality liquor. The [http://www.lasotolera.com/en Cinco Tragos] Sotol brand is the best quality out there.
*Basically, whiskey, beer and tequila will be the alcoholic drinks of choice.  Remember, although you are in Mexico, you are in the middle of the desert and so Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris are unlikely to be at your disposal. However due to the large amount of Texans crossing the border, all places will have margaritas ready, they were invented in Juarez.
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*Basically whiskey, beer and tequila will be the alcoholic drinks of choice.  Remember, although you are in Mexico, you are in the middle of the desert and so Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris are unlikely to be at your disposal. However due to the large amount of Texans crossing the border all places will have margaritas ready,they were invented in juarez.
*Most people arrive in Mexico expecting Corona to be free flowing, but other beers are more popular among Mexicans. If you are in a tourist place, you will find Corona (Modelo is essentially the domestic version of Corona), but outside of touristy Juarez, the local beer Carta Blanca is the beer of choice. This beer is definitely worth a try as it is a favorite of the locals. The most popular beer with locals is a dark beer called "Indio" and for locals, other brands you can try are "Sol" or "XX lager".  If you are thirsty try a "Caguama" in a 1L bottle. "Victoria" beer is also a special treat.
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*Most people arrive in Mexico expecting Corona to be free flowing, but this beer popular in Mexico. If you are in a tourist place, you will find Corona (Modelo is essentially the domestic version of Corona), but outside of touristy Juarez, the local beer Carta Blanca is the beer of choice. This beer is definitely worth a try as it is a favorite of the locals. The most popular beer with locals is a dark beer called "Indio" and for locals, other brands you can try are "Sol" or "XX lager".  If you are thirsty try a "Caguama" in a 1Lt bottle. "Victoria" beer is also a special treat.
 
*Visit the "Kentucky" Bar, one of the oldest bars in Juarez where many famous people like John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Jack Dempsey have walked out on all fours. Kentucky bar is supposedly the birthplace of the Margarita and is across the Santa Fe bridge, and is only a few blocks down on the strip.
 
*Visit the "Kentucky" Bar, one of the oldest bars in Juarez where many famous people like John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Jack Dempsey have walked out on all fours. Kentucky bar is supposedly the birthplace of the Margarita and is across the Santa Fe bridge, and is only a few blocks down on the strip.
 
*For non-alcoholic tastes, try "horchata," a refreshing rice-based drink or "agua de jamaica," a sweet punch made from dried hibiscus flowers. "Licuados" or milkshakes are also very good.
 
*For non-alcoholic tastes, try "horchata," a refreshing rice-based drink or "agua de jamaica," a sweet punch made from dried hibiscus flowers. "Licuados" or milkshakes are also very good.
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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{{warningbox | According to the US State Department, Ciudad Juarez remains '''EXTREMELY DANGEROUS''' for foreigners to visit, due to ongoing drug-related violence. The city is mostly controlled by drug cartels and there very few police officers and they may even not be able to help you if something bad happens, since they are also afraid of the consequences that they might face if they get involved. '''Everyone''' can become a victim of the violence and it is believed that the media only report 15% of the overall deaths. Being caught in the wrong place in the wrong time is a great risk to take and it is not worth it. It's recommended that, for your own safety, you '''STAY AWAY''' from Ciudad Juarez, until the situation gets better.}} 
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===Police and military===
 
Juarez is being patrolled day and night by local Police officers. The new local police sheriff has established several changes inside the corporation which have led to a safer and more trustworthy Police service.
 
Juarez is being patrolled day and night by local Police officers. The new local police sheriff has established several changes inside the corporation which have led to a safer and more trustworthy Police service.
  
===Crime===
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===Weapons===
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In case  you encounter public violence and/or shootouts which are not very common nowadays (it was in past years ), immediately copy what everyone around you is doing. The people of Juarez know the routine. If you are alone, look for cover under cars, in alleyways, garbage cans, or anywhere else. Do not knock on a random house or business as many of these lock their doors during fire exchanges and open for no one. Take no pictures of violence or any suspicious behavior as you may be assassinated by any person who suspects of playing for the other side.
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Do not be caught with any type of weapon in Mexico. This can include a small pocket knife or even ammunition or bullet casings. American motorists have been jailed for driving into Mexico with spent ammunition casings in their car trunk.
 
Do not be caught with any type of weapon in Mexico. This can include a small pocket knife or even ammunition or bullet casings. American motorists have been jailed for driving into Mexico with spent ammunition casings in their car trunk.
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Recently, the situation has improved. According to the police, murders have been dropping alongside with crime since the police has started patrolling the streets again. However, you should stil travel with caution, expecting the unexpected at any time.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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*Taking a drive eastboud along Mexican Federal Highway 2 is a fun drive that stops in many idyllic Mexican towns along the Rio Grande. You can escape the hustle and bustle of Juarez and slow down a little, as people expect to do in Mexico. (Note, the Valle de Guadalupe southeast of the city is one of the most violent drug war zones).
 
*Taking a drive eastboud along Mexican Federal Highway 2 is a fun drive that stops in many idyllic Mexican towns along the Rio Grande. You can escape the hustle and bustle of Juarez and slow down a little, as people expect to do in Mexico. (Note, the Valle de Guadalupe southeast of the city is one of the most violent drug war zones).
  
*You will need to have documentation in order to reenter the United States. The United States Government requires that all travelers entering the United States from all Mexican points of entry have a valid passport or a valid document determined by homeland security.  
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*You will need to have documentation in order to reenter the United States. The United States Government requires that all travelers entering the United States from all Mexican points of entry have a valid passport or a birth certificate along with a state issued Id. You may be able to reenter without any of these but expect a long time at the port of entry.
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