Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa are often paired in most travel guides. Indeed, we feature these two towns in our Guide to the Mexican Riviera. While Ixtapa is a purpose-built resort area, nearby Zihuatanejo is a typical Mexican city/village that is often regarded as the quintessential town from Old Mexico.
Unfortunately, drug gangs have decided to stake out territory in Zihuatanejo and yesterday used hand grenades to enforce their will, wounding a police officer and four civilians. See this article in the Houston Chronicle from AP for more information. The last sentence in the article is an eye opener. Last week we saw a report that members of a drug gangs used a bazooka against the police in one of the country’s border towns.
Mexico is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, but the government’s inability to cope with drug gangs, is likely to cause potential visitors to defer travel to Mexico’s famous tourist areas. While there are no guarantees on the safety of travel anywhere (even down a block in your neighborhood), Mexicos’ problems with drug gangs is something that you should think about before signing up for that Mexico vacation.
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