We recently stumbled into a great article about traveling to Mexico by Frank Basile, a writer for the Indianapolis Business Journal. The article, titled “Heading south of the border again and again” describes “the other Mexico”, whose beauty and magic are still unknown to many. Places such as San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, and many other places in Mexico which seem to have stopped in time.
“You are probably aware of the tourist attractions in the country, such as Mexico City, Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. In those locations, you see gorgeous beaches and world-class hotels and resorts and modern high-rise buildings, along with many of the well-known brands of hotels and restaurants.
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But there’s another Mexico… There, donkeys walk on dusty roads and markets feature live chickens, hand-woven baskets and piles of dried chiles. It’s a country of gorgeous mountains, steep valleys, dripping jungles, rainforests, modern metropolises, old mission towns, Indian villages and vast coastlines. And its colorful history intersects with ours, including such famous events as the Mexican raid on the Alamo in San Antonio. Remember the Alamo? Sure you do. At least, a version of it.”
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Frank also speaks of more known spots in Mexico, favorite to travelers from all over the world:
“Mexico has wonderful archeological sites, including Chichen Itza, Tulum, Monte Alban and Teotihuacan. In fact, Mexico has 31 World Heritage Sites, ranking sixth in the world in that important category behind only China (47), Italy (45), Spain (42), France (35) and Germany (32).”
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And of course, he also offers his point of view on the current drug violence in Mexico:
“Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere. While most victims of violence are Mexican citizens associated with criminal activity, the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens as well. It is imperative that you understand the risks involved in travel to Mexico and how best to avoid dangerous situations. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where criminal activity might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.
Despite the violence, the Mexicans are some of the friendliest people we have encountered in our travels. For your next vacation, consider going south of the border, down Mexico way. Katrina and I might see you there.”
Frank Basile is an author, professional speaker, philanthropist, community volunteer and retired executive of the Gene B. Glick Co.
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Thanks to Frank Basile for spreading the message: Mexico is an extremely big country, and while there currently is a very serious drug violence issue, not all of the country is engulfed by the violence. Resort areas such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and more, are safe and beautiful as always, and we invite you to come and discover them.
Take your time to explore this site, take a look at our infographics on safety in Cancun and the Riviera Maya and our Mexico Travel Warning Map. We are sure your most important question will be answered:
Is Cancun safe to travel? Yes, it is. Come and discover it!
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Until next time, warm regards from Cancun. Stay safe!
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