Mexico’s tourism officials claim that despite the drug wars, tourism to the country is up some 35 percent over the previous year. That only shows that some people will walk through the gates of Hell to get to the warmth and sunshine—especially Canadians. Go, if you insist, but be careful.
U.S., Canadian, and British governments have issued warnings about travelling to the northern Mexican states and to most regions of the Pacific Coast (including Acapulco, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and destinations in between.) If that’s where you’re headed make sure you read the fine print of your travel insurance policy as many insurers will void your coverage if you are hurt or otherwise suffer damages in an area that your government has warned you to avoid: usually by the words “Avoid all Non-Essential Travel.”
And definitely, also check out the most recent government advisories about specific regions of Mexico. You can find links to the three government sites mentioned, on our homepage, left column.
But even if you travel to other areas, such as Cozumel, Cuernavaca, Oaxaca. Taxco, Guadalajara, Merida, anywhere really, tour around only in groups organized by reliable operators; don’t wander away from the confines of your hotel/resort; do not give in to the temptation to view “local highlife” on your own; and be very careful dealing with police who make unusual demands. In Mexico, not all police are there to Serve and Protect.
The saddest part of the Mexican story is that the murder rates continue unabated—11 murdered in a raid on a drug rehabilitation center just last week—and the current government seems incapable of doing anything about it.
So long as foreign tourists insist on supporting the economy of Mexico, there’s probably not much incentive to clean up the mess. And that certainly does not help the Mexican people in the long run.