MAYBE! As I sit here at my desk, drinking coffee, looking at flight prices to Phoenix, Arizona. I get an e-mail from my mother who asks me to reconsider my trip to Mexico. For good reason. What are mothers for? I love her dearly. She then tells me to read the latest news blast from the Yahoo home page about the recent shootings from the drug wars. I am supposed to leave on March 23rd, meeting up with Andrew Burr and Alex Honnold, then we drive south to Hermosillo and then east bound into the mountains of Copper Canyon, then upwards on Logical Progression. What do you think? Should we go regardless? Is it worth it? What would you do?
OTTAWA – The federal government has issued a warning to Canadians who might be venturing into northern Mexico.
The alert comes after two Americans were shot to death across the border from El Paso, Texas last weekend, in Ciudad Juarez. Foreign Affairs in Ottawa is advising Canadians not to travel to that city, if they don’t have to. The shootings appear to be tied to drug wars and turf battles that have claimed 18,000 lives in Mexico since 2007. The weekend deaths prompted Texas officials to warn college students to avoid Mexico during their spring break.
But Claire Newell of Jubilee Travel notes that resort spots like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, the Mayan Riviera, Ixtapa and Huatulco are very well policed. But she says even in safe spots, it’s wise to avoid potential danger by not drinking excessively or by wandering off the beaten track.
In northern Mexico and all cities bordering the United States, organized crime and urban violence affect security. Crimes, murders and firefights linked to drug turf wars have risen substantially, mainly in the states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo Leon and Sinaloa. Canadians travelling to the state of Guerrero should be particularly aware of their surroundings and monitor local news. For further information on travel to Ciudad Juárez, which has been particularly affected by drug-related violence.