Why Travelers Should Keep Mexico On Their List Of Go-To Destinations
The Mexican government has noted an increase in the number of foreign visitors recently, and would like to see this trend continue. In August 2011, Washington post reporter, Nancy Trejos, sat down with Mexican Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara, to discuss the issues surrounding Mexico safety.
The article looks into the effects of travel warnings on tourism, what precautions to take when traveling and where some of the best places to visit are.
With regards to the reports on violence, Gloria Guevara is quick to point out the bias between Mexico and The United-States. Stating; “For us in Mexico, when we talk about the U.S., we don’t say the U.S., we say Orlando, L.A., Washington. If something happened last week, if there was a shooting in East L.A., does that mean you can’t go to Washington? Of course not.”
Like when traveling to any foreign vacation destination, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines to keep yourself safe. For Guevara that’s as simple as taking a map, knowing where you’re going and avoiding the hot spots mostly found near the border.
Steering clear of these hot spots should be no problem. According to Guevara, Mexico is comprised of 2,500 counties of which only 80 have issues. So when you take a look at the big picture, only 5% of the entire country is known to have problems.
So where’s the best place to travel to? It’s not surprising that Guevara starts off her list with our very own Huatulco! Stating it’s the place to go for an authentic Mexican experience full of culture.
With so much stigma surrounding Mexico safety it’s important that travelers educate themselves before discounting Mexico as their next vacation destination.