Over the past year, the US State Department has issued repeated warnings about travel in Mexico. Some of these warnings are specific to certain stretches of highway; others are broader and focus on cities or regions.
Travel Weekly has produced a handy map showing the areas currently affected by advisories (a version of this map appears below). Resorts colored green are “presumed to be safe”, while yellow means “caution” and red means “warning issued”.
- Link to the Travel Weekly pdf map with full details, explaining the significance of each numbered location,
Note that “Sombrete” on the map, near Fresnillo, should actually be Sombrerete. (Curiously, this is the exactly same mistake made recently by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in the text accompanying a display about silver in Latin America. Sombrerete was a very important silver-mining center during colonial times, and the town is well worth visiting, advisories permitting, for numerous fine colonial buildings).
Given the map, it is perhaps not really a great surprise that Mexico’s federal Tourism Department is currently actively promoting the Caribbean coast and “Mundo Maya” (Maya World), a region well removed from the red-colored zones on the map.
According to a slew of articles in Mexico’s Spanish-language press:
- The Maya region will attract 55 million tourists in next 18 months
- President Calderón sees Maya world as the way to attract world tourists.
- Comalcalco is the gateway to Maya World (Milienio online)
- Shakira to perform a free concert for Mundo Maya in Mérida on July 16, 2011