Drug Troubles in Mexico and Tourism

February 11, 2009 on 8:46 am | In Mexico travel, Uncategorized, travel warnings, vacation travel | Comments Off

Mexico’s Cancun, the Riviera Maya and the Mexican Riviera are great places to visit.  As a matter of fact, we have just added detailed coverage of these areas in our Guide to the Best Places In Mexico . 

However, Mexico has been having a great deal of problems with drug gangs.  Although the Mexican government points out that visitors to the country’s tourist zones are as safe in Mexico as they are when visiting other countries, it is clear that  tourists who deal or consume illegal drugs while in Mexico are looking for trouble.   Recently, MSNBC published a great article on the drug problem in Mexico and we think it would be useful for anyone planning travel to Mexico to read.  So, here it is http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29095730/ .  Although this is not the type of article you find at most travel sites, we think it fall under our rubric of Things Tourists Need To Know.

As a postcript, the Attorney General of Mexico recently announced that the number of murders in 2008 clocked in at 5,400, more than twice the 2007 figure of 2,477.  Already in 2009 there have been more than 400 drug related murders, according to other sources.  Three of these murders were of a well-known ex-general and his aides, who was brought to Ciudad Cancun to make sure the violence in the drug trade did not spin out of control and into the tourist area  (Hotel Zone).

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