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Traveling to Mexico?

2/24/2012

The U.S. State Department is reporting that violence in Mexico is continuing to spread. In particular,
14 states within Mexico are experiencing increases in shootouts, kidnappings and carjackings. The
previous travel warning, dated in April 2011, listed only 10 states within Mexico to avoid.


Traveling to Mexico? Proceed with caution…

The U.S. State Department is reporting that violence in Mexico is continuing to spread. In particular,
14 states within Mexico are experiencing increases in shootouts, kidnappings and carjackings. The
previous travel warning, dated in April 2011, listed only 10 states within Mexico to avoid.

“More than 47,500 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico between December 2006 and
September 2011, according to the State Department.” While violence is mainly against those directly
involved in criminal activity, innocent travelers have been caught in the crossfire.

During 2011, the number of Americans reported murdered in Mexico stands at 120 – up from 35
reported in 2007

The alert says, “We strongly advise you to lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth
that might draw attention.”

Specifically, the 14 states to avoid are listed as: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis
Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and
Nayarit. Travelers are also asked to use caution visiting parts of Baja California, Colima and Morelos.

(Information provided by CNN 2-14-2012)

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So, does this mean you should cancel your getaway to beautiful Mexico? I would think not. Mexico is
still a beautiful destination, with a plethora of ancient ruins, rich culture, and beautiful beaches. If you
think about it, all worldly destinations have areas that are considered unsafe and crime ridden. The key
to safe travel to Mexico, or anywhere for that matter, is common sense and education.

Obviously, stay away from the 14 states listed along with the Baja Peninsula. The best places in Mexico
for safe travel are most likely resort areas like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. It would make
sense to stay within or close to the resort areas and not wander too far off the beaten path. Leave the
designer clothes and jewelry at home and just bring along the essentials. The idea is to be comfortable
and enjoy the culture…..go to see the attractions…don’t become the attraction.

Also, before traveling anywhere it’s always a good idea to have the local currency on hand. With the
situation in Mexico as it is, local banks and exchange kiosks have instilled limits on how much currency
they will exchange in one day. So, before you go make sure you have enough cash on hand for tips,
taxis, and meals where credit cards may not be accepted.