Tourists shouldn't give up on travel to Mexico

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Dear Friends,

We recently blogged about the current sate of safety in Playa del Carmen for tourists; now its time to talk about safety for tourists planning to visit Cancun. Todd Babiak, a Canadian journalist, recently wrote an article for the Edmonton Journal describing the real state of safety for tourists in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and other beautiful parts of Mexico.

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Cancun, Mexico

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Todd’s article echoes what we have been writing about for a while now: Yes, there is currently a serious drug-gang related wave of violence in Mexico, but tourists in resort cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen haven’t been affected, as the violence is between rival drug cartels and Mexican authorities.

From the article:

Most Canadians escaping to Mexico this winter will visit overwhelmingly safe areas such as Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Huatulco and Los Cabos. We might visit the cultural treasures of Guadalajara, Mexico City or Guanajuato. Few of us would consider visiting the northern half of border states, where most of the violence has occurred.

Just like the article says, most of the violence is happening on northern states, far away from tourist resort zones. You can take a look at our Mexico Travel Warning Map, showing exactly the violent areas in Mexico. We have also prepared a nice infographic on violence in Mexico, with distances from the violent areas in Mexico to tourist spots such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Cancun, Mexico

Photo by Nicolas Karim – Flickr

It is a shame that the hard working majority of Mexicans has to suffer the consequences of a violent minority, just like Todd’s article clearly states:

Ultimately, the people we’re hurting, if we choose not to go to Mexico – apart from our chiles en nogada and Mariachi-loving selves – are the 99.9 per cent of Mexicans who have nothing to do with the narcotics or defence industries.

We encourage you to take your time to explore this site and read all the content that we’ve carefully prepared. Ask other tourists as well as “ex-pats” living and working in Cancun; get informed, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are safe places to visit, don’t let fear and misinformation prevent you from enjoying these beautiful spots.

Happy to be in Cancun!

Photo by dtroyka – Flickr

Link to the full original article:

Tourists shouldn’t give up on travel to Mexico – Edmonton Journal

Featured photo credits: HawkeyePilot – Flickr

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