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How Safe is Mexico?

August 4, 2013

Since ex-president Felipe Calderon started the so-called war on drugs Mexico suffered a blow to its international image mostly due to higher levels of violence and an equal dose of sensationalist media coverage. 

Did you know that traveling to Mexico is safer than traveling to Bahamas, Brazil, or Jamaica? Or that Mexico is twice as safe for Texans than err... Texas itself? Or that Sweden has 61% more drug offences than Mexico? 

In the last few days, a new website called “How Safe Is Mexico?” has been going around in the social networks, it’s intended as an educational page and pretends to be a definitive answer to that all-important question for our destination of just How Safe Is Mexico?

So, let’s take a look at some of the most impressive statistics that this new website includes: 

- Mexico City is 4 times safer than Washington D.C. even though nobody is warning against going to visit the White House. 

- The kidnapping and rape rates of Mexico are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department hasn’t issued any travel warning for Canada. 

- Mexico City (9) and Mexico as a country (14), have both lower homicide rates than New Orleans (49.1), Chicago (15.2), Philadelphia (19.6), Atlanta (17.6) and Miami (15.4). Why is the U.S State Department not issuing travel warnings for Bourbon Street?

- When it came to homicides with firearms, the US ranked 7th in the world and Mexico 17th, (39.56 per 100,000 vs. Mexico’s 20.6). Yes, that means the US has 92% more homicides with guns than Mexico.

So, how safe are you feeling now at your home north of the border? We understand that you hear stories and you worry about your family, but these are facts and what these facts say is that Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and the nearby area is as safe (or even safer) than your hometown…and here we have the beach, the golf courses, and the perfect weather all year round. So, it’s your call!


High Speed Rail Planned for Yucatan Peninsula, Linking Mérida and Riviera Maya

July 19, 2013

High speed rail in Mexico is a key priority for the new President of Mexico. In a recent speech outlining a National Tourism Policy for Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto emphasized the need for improved infrastructure in tourist destinations. As an example, Peña Nieto proposed the completion of a rail line across the Yucatán Peninsula linking the colonial city of Mérida to the beach resorts of the Mayan Riviera. The Mexican government plans to spend approximate...

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Mexico to Make It Easier for US Tourists to Visit

June 29, 2013

Mexico City, Mexico - Immigration procedures are being streamlined to make it easier for tourists from the United States to visit Mexico, the Mexican government said.

Mexico will now have "simpler and expedited" procedures for US tourists, the Tourism Secretariat said in a statement.

Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu discussed the new procedures with United States Customs and Border Protection deputy commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski in Washington, the secretariat said.

The officials discuss...

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Merida, Mexico Real Estate: Variety and Value

April 5, 2013

The city of Merida, Mexico located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is gaining a reputation as a hot spot for international real estate investors. With a culturally rich historic district just ten minutes away from the modern north side of the city, there is something for every investor’s palate.

In Merida, neighborhoods within and bordering on the historic district are gaining attention because of their low prices and colonial architecture.

“Merida’s historic downtown area, which is the second ...

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Local Yucatecan Artists - Galeria Merida - Merida Mexico

March 11, 2013

Galeria Merida

Galeria Merida features contemporary and fine art by local Yucatecan artists. The new location is in a renovated colonial, so several exhibition rooms have very high-ceilings and charming traditional tile floors. Farther back are two connected enclosed patio gardens where outdoor sculptures are exhibited. The very front of the gallery has a boutique featuring smaller art pieces for sale, along with postcards, note cards, small prints, and more.

The gallery is run by partners Paul...

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Mérida, Mexico, Gets First English-Language Newspaper

February 28, 2013
by Glynna Prentice

On your next visit to the expat haven of Mérida in Mexico, you’ll now be able to read the local news in English. Mérida’s first print English-language newspaper starts publication on Tuesday April 12. The print edition of The Yucatán Times will cost 10 pesos (about 83 cents), and you can find it at several locations in the area, including in Mérida’s centro histórico and the Alta Brisa shopping mall, and in  the nearby port of Progreso.

Mérida’s expats have long...

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Yucatan: Hacienda Petac Makes For The Perfect Destination Wedding

February 28, 2013

The luxurious private estate outside Merida, Mexico, Hacienda Petac, offers exclusive wedding services for couples looking for intimate and customized affairs. The packages are designed for small groups offering the hacienda and its 7 bedrooms and a full staff of 23 that handles all details of a wedding of up to 50 people for prices that will not break the bank.

The basic package includes exclusive rental of open areas at the Hacienda for 6 hours, a suite for the bride and groom, rental of the...

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Security in Yucatan is assured: U.S. Consul

February 13, 2013

by Yucatan Times 

 Sonia Tsiros, the U.S. Consul in Mérida, Yucatan, assured the security in the state for tourists from the U.S.

Tsiros stated that despite the unfortunate events of sexual attacks against the Spanish tourists in Acapulco, Guerrero last week, the Yucatan Peninsula is free of such violence.

“The security is excellent in Yucatan and it is the safest state in all of Mexico.  There are many Americans who travel to Quintana Roo and Merida. Cancun reaches millions of visitors a yea...

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Merida is the great news about Mexico!

January 23, 2013

MERIDA, MexicoJune 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HGTV's International House Hunters has found an unbridled passion for the hunt - in Merida, Mexico! Just releasing their 6th episode on the Merida, Yucatan Real Estate Market & Lifestyle, IHH is infatuated with this dynamic and ancient Mayan City. Praised, honored, flattered and recommended - Merida is all ablush with adulation. And what's not to love? 

Merida is the great news about Mexico! Her Architecture, History, Culture, Food, Nightlife and R...

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Jenni Rivera, big-voiced queen of banda, dead at 43

December 10, 2012

Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed. Her relatives confirmed the news to Telemundo. Rivera was 43 years old.

Fully comfortable in English and Spanish, Rivera was at the height of her career and stood out not only as one of the very few Latin women consistently on the charts, but also as the only Latina singer...

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