Book Review: El Narco

I shouldn’t be reviewing this book or recommending it to our readers. As an editor for a travel site and managing editor for The People’s Guide to Mexico, one of my goals is to, you know, encourage people to go to Mexico. It’s my job to say that your fears about Mexico are overblown, that the media is mongering fear, that our vision of modern Mexico is skewed by the press, that vast portions of Mexico are still safe, that […]

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Trans-Americas Journey Sets the Record Straight

Jeff alerted me to this excellent post: Top 10 Reasons to Go to Mexico (a retrospective), which was originally posted at Trans-Americas Journey. We can’t help but like a blog that makes the following point: “For the record: after 18 months of independent overland travel driving nearly 25,000 miles through 29 of the country’s 31 states we can report, first hand, that we have never seen or sensed any threat or danger of any kind at any point anywhere in […]

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Mexico City Safer than Minneapolis?

Jeff O’Brien called my attention to this SF Gate article, Five Safest Places in Mexico for Travelers, which is pleasantly free of hysteria. I agree that the states of Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Queretaro, and Baja California Sur are good bets for travelers. That said, I feel the need to point out that this list could easily be a top ten list or even top thirty. The data on death rates can sound more alarming than need be. As the author  acknowledges, […]

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Mexico News Round-Up

By Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers Carl is on a rampage this week and has been inundating my inbox with interesting Mexico links. For instance…. Mexico Security Consultant Walter Mckay gives CBC News a rundown of current cartel hotspots and points out that the cartels aren’t really out for gringo blood. Mckay’s website provides interactive graphics with current data on murder rates in problem areas. Residents propose a controversial solution to the recent crime wave in Ajijic. Should American expats pony […]

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