February 6, 2013 |
Despite past assurances that tourists are safe in their country, Mexican tourism officials are again faced with trying to explain away another report of crime against foreign visitors. The latest incident took place in the resort town of Acapulco, where six Spanish tourists on vacation were raped Sunday by masked gunmen. Unlike many crimes involving drug violence in the country's interior states, the rapes took place near the beach, where the tourists were renting bungalows near four-star hotels.
November 26, 2012 |
Although the number of U.S. citizens killed in Mexico this year is on the decline, the U.S. State Department has again issued a detailed travel warning for visitors to the country. The state-by-state assessment urges travelers to "defer non-essential travel" to four of Mexico's 31 states, mostly in the country's northern regions. The agency also warns tourists to be cautious in several other cities and states. In the state of Coahuila, for example, the travel warning noted that more than 100 prisoners escaped near the Texas border in September and have been involved in "a series of violent incidents since the escape.
October 11, 2012 |
Mexico predicts record tourist visits this year. But it's not because of a surge in U.S. visitors. Don't get Mexico wrong. U.S. tourists still represent the lion's share of foreign visitors, and Mexico welcomes them and their green dollar bills. But Mexico is reaching out to visitors from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Peru and Colombia after fears of drug violence and the recession reduced U.S. visitor numbers. The effort seems to be paying off. Based on rising tourism numbers in the first half of the year, Mexican tourism officials predict the country will host 24.7 million foreign visitors in 2012, surpassing last year's record of 23.4 million.
September 9, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO MEXICO'S YUCATÁN From LAX, nonstop and connecting service (change of plane) to Merida is offered on Aeromexico. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $388, including all taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 52 (the country code for Mexico). WHERE TO STAY Hotel Casa Lucia, 474A Calle 60, Mérida; 999-928-0740, http://www.casalucia.com.mx . Opened in 2003 with 15 rooms, a pool and cafe.
July 26, 2011 |
The drug trade and drug wars continue in northern Baja California and the rest of Mexico, as this week's series in the Los Angeles Times abundantly shows. And the U.S. State Department is still warning travelers about the risks of visiting Mexico . But the rest of life continues too, as I found during on my trip across the border this past weekend. -- 9:20 a.m. Saturday, July 23: I join a group of friends on a chartered bus trip from San Diego. The destination: Ensenada, 95 miles south of San Diego and about 75 miles south of Tijuana.
March 17, 2002 |
I first heard about Todos Santos more than a decade ago from my friend Rebecca. She had a gypsy soul and made her living peddling words to glossy travel magazines, a perfect mating of vocation and avocation. She once spent nine months driving the coastlines of Mexico in a beat-up Toyota Celica, a trip that yielded hundreds of pages of inspired writing about the "hidden" places she discovered.