Meet the Mexican Marines [PHOTO]

Marine Soldiers Veracruz Mexico

Mexican Military Patrol in Veracruz

Veracruz, Mexico

Meet the men who are taking down Mexico’s drug cartels. The Mexican Marines are responsible for many of the high-profile arrests of drug kingpins throughout the country in recent months. While you may see them patrolling much of Mexico, this does not mean the country is unsafe for tourists. Quite the contrary. In fact I seriously debated posting this image, not wanting to scare people into thinking Mexico is an unsafe place to visit. It’s not. Unless you’re involved with the drug trade that is — because then you have to answer to these guys. :D

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Comments & Questions

13 Comments

  1. Homero
    May 17, 2014

    I´m from Mexico and I want to say, certainly there are violence in some places in my country like in some towns of Michocan and Tamaulipas states but that doesn´t mean all country is insecure if some people think that they are wrong Mexico is so beautiful there are more hardworking and respectful people than drug cartels.

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  2. USMCmom
    February 24, 2014

    FYI…elite Mexican Marines sometimes do joint training with US Marine Corps officers at Quantico,VA. Oohrah! And yes, they wear masks and no name tags to protect their identities.

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  3. Robert Buchler
    May 10, 2013

    Thank you for letting people know that Mexico is safe to visit (Using precautions and Common sense) I visit Tijuana twice a month, and was very happy to see many shops reopening on Revolution and Chinese tourists taking pictures by the arch. You are doing Mexico a service and it is appreciated. As for the Mexican Marines, they are true heros to the country, and remind me of the Untouchables in Chicago, led by Eliot Ness. I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis. Safe travels!

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  4. Amber
    October 18, 2012

    I live one hour north of Ojinaga, Mexico and make frequent trips across the border to go shopping and eat at great little cafes. Bravo for speaking in mexico’s defense! It’s still my favorite country and is often misunderstood.

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  5. Agness (@Agnesstramp)
    October 14, 2012

    Great shot mate. Did you ask them for permission? How did they behave?

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    • Matthew Karsten
      October 14, 2012

      Hi Agness, good question. I asked many military/police for photos, most said no. The key is to keep asking everyone. These guys seemed hesitant at first, but then put on their masks and posed for me. A good phrase that I try to learn in every local language is: “With permission, may I take your portrait?”

      “Portrait” sounds much more professional & respectful than “photo”. Often people are flattered when you word it this way. :)

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  6. luna blanca
    October 12, 2012

    Great picture! They are doing a great job! I live in Mexico and nothing has ever happened to me or my family.

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  7. Reena @ Wanderplex
    October 3, 2012

    Great picture! They look pretty hardcore. And as for being afraid to visit – every country has it’s dangers – you just have to avoid the questionable parts and enjoy your trip!

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  8. The Curmudgeon
    October 3, 2012

    Those two must really have bad breath. I’m not going to tell them though.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      October 14, 2012

      That’s probably wise. :D

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    • Jacob
      August 21, 2013

      They wear mouth coverings to hide their identity from drug cartels

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  9. Raquel
    September 21, 2012

    Cool post..the pic is amazing…but I rather not to talk with them ;)

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