Journey Mexico Statement on Violence and Security

Posted: December 1, 2010

Author: Journey Mexico

Posted In: Safety of Mexico

Greetings from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

Mexico remains a safe tourist destination despite the recent high-profile incidents involving violent crime.  These incidents have been largely relegated to the border region and areas that have intensive drug trafficking operations and cartel activity.  For the most part, these regions are not tourism centers and are concentrated along the US / Mexico border; Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, and Nogales have been specifically subject to unusually high rates of violent crime related to the drug trade.

We confidently recommend that travelers continue to visit Mexico’s tourism centers including the dazzling beach resorts of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Acapulco, Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo, Puerto Valalrta, and Los Cabos as well as its culturally fascinating interior destinations including but not limited to the Yucatan Peninsula, the Gulf States, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, The Colonial Heartland, The Copper Canyon, and Baja California Peninsula.  It is important to recognize that Mexico is a vast country with extensive geography; risk in one area should not preclude travel within the whole country any more than risk in New York City should preclude visitation of the National Parks of the South West or a trip to Los Angeles.  Moreover, even within the same state, the events and conditions in one area should not be misconceived to create risk for travel within the whole of that state. Currently, while we would certainly caution travelers about travel to the border areas in the State of Chihuahua, we have no reason to dissuade travel to the Copper Canyon region of the same state.

This being said, we do still encourage all travelers to Mexico to take the normal precautions of being aware of their surroundings; directing visitation and purchases to legitimate business and known tourism areas; and leaving a clear itinerary with phone numbers to family and friends at home, while taking with you the contact phone number for your embassy or consulate closest to the area you will be visiting.  On our end, Journey Mexico continues to make ourselves aware of local conditions and assess any imminent or potential risk to our staff, clients, and partners; we have well developed risk management and contingency plans in case a situation is to arise or in the rare event that we decide to take preemptive action.  Now more than ever, Journey Mexico’s value is paramount. In addition to our knowledgeable and speedy trip planners, our seamless operational staff, our charming and expert guides and drivers, and our real time knowledge of conditions on the ground will contribute to ensure your safety, security, and peace of mind during your visit to Mexico.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly should you have any questions or comments or need further information.

Best regards,

Zach Rabinor
President
Journey Mexico
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4 Responses to “Journey Mexico Statement on Violence and Security”

  1. Tony

    If there is no danger, why has the State Dept. issue travel warnings? If the only danger is in the border region, how do you travel in an RV and not go through these border regions?

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  2. Jouney Mexico - Zach

    Hi Tony, thanks for your comments!

    I’d prefer not to comment on the reasons and motivations behind the goverenment warnings; rather, I hope that my on the ground observations can be helpful.

    There certainly are dangerous areas of Mexico; while I can confidently recommend travel to many destinatinos in Mexico, there are some hot spots that I would be more cautious about including the border region cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez and Reynosa. That being said, the violent incidents even in these border cities, have not been directed at tourists and many travellers continue to cross the border by land to travel to Mexico.

    When driving in Mexico I recommend carefully planning your route, driving during daylight hours, using toll roads whenever available, and making sure you understand the range of your vehicle and avaialble refueling stops (or simply filling up at every gas station you pass, especially in more rural areas!). It is also a good idea to have your spare tires (have two spares if possible) in excellent condition and to carry reserve gasoline (in an approved container) on the exterior of your vehicle if possible.

    Please let me know if you have further comments or questions and keep us posted on your travel in Mexico – if you make it down to Puerto Vallarta, perhaps we could meet. I hope this is helpful and safe travels!

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  3. Shirley

    Hello, I am a single woman wanting to travel to Guadalajara and then onto a mountainous region to a spa – Rio Caliente. Before making my flight reservations I’m doing my due diligence in finding out how safe it is to travel solo. Please advise of this region. I plan to stay two nights in Tlaquapaque. Thank you….

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  4. Zach

    Hello Shirley and thanks for your post. Guadalajara has the samea dangers and annoyances as any major metropolitan area – take normal precautions of only visiting legitimate business and using official taxis. Tlaquepaque is very relaxed and safe, but there are also unsafe areas of Tlaquepaque so be sure to discuss this with your hotel staff. Regarding your visit to Rio Caliente, I’ve not been there personally, but typically once you move outside the major metropolitan areas, things move at a smaller pace, locals are super friendly and helpful, and you can move around with less concern. This being said, and considering that I don’t know the area personally, I’d discuss any concerns you have with the SPA staff and ideally someone who has been there that could be more objective.

    I hope this helps; don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have or if I can assist you in any way at all now and in the future.

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