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Old June 14th, 2012, 06:20 PM
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The United States just issued a new travel warning for all us citizens traveling to Mexico.
Sopme arrests have been made against the violent Zeta drug cartel. And threats against us citizens have been made..the US state department issued the warning on Tuesday.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Prior to traveling outside of the USA I always check the web page of the USA State Department .
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Old June 15th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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No new advisory on their website, Current Travel Warnings, the latest is for Philipines.

For locations most ofter visited by cruisers (from the 08 Fed 2012 advisory):

For Caribbean cruises:
Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are the major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify their exact locations: No advisory is in effect.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza are the major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify its exact location: No advisory is in effect.

For Pacific cruises:
Jalisco Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta are the major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify their exact locations: You should defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas. You should also exercise caution when traveling at night outside of cities in the remaining portions of this state. The security situation along the Michoacán and Zacatecas borders continues to be unstable and gun battles between criminal groups and authorities occur. Concerns include roadblocks placed by individuals posing as police or military personnel and recent gun battles between rival TCOs involving automatic weapons.

Sinaloa: Mazatlan is a major city/travel destination in Sinaloa -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify its exact location: You should defer non-essential travel to the state of Sinaloa except the city of Mazatlan where you should exercise caution particularly late at night and in the early morning. One of Mexico's most powerful TCOs is based in the state of Sinaloa. With the exception of Ciudad Juarez, since 2006 more homicides have occurred in the state's capital city of Culiacan than in any other city in Mexico. Travel off the toll roads in remote areas of Sinaloa is especially dangerous and should be avoided. In the last year, the city of Mazatlan has experienced a level of violence (primarily confrontations between TCOs) not seen before and incidents of violence are occurring more frequently in tourist areas. USG personnel are permitted to travel between the Mazatlan airport and the tourist areas only during daylight hours. We recommend that any other travel in Mazatlan be limited to the tourist areas (Zona Dorada and the historic town center). In 2010 there were over 300 narcotics-related murders within the city, compared to fewer than 100 in 2009. In the first seven months of 2011, there were 300 narcotics-related murders.

Baja California (South): Cabo San Lucas is a major city/travel destination in the Southern portion of Baja California -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify its exact location: No advisory is in effect.

This would include Ensenada I would think:
Baja California (north): Tijuana is a major city/travel destination in the Northern portion of Baja California -see attached map to identify its exact location: You should exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. Targeted TCO assassinations continue to take place in Baja California. Turf battles between criminal groups proliferated and resulted in numerous assassinations in areas of Tijuana frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours throughout the city. In one such incident, an U.S. citizen was shot and seriously wounded. According to the Government of Mexico, as of August 2011, the city’s murder rate was approximately 20 per 100,000. During 2011, 34 U.S. citizens were the victims of homicide in the state. In the majority of these cases, the killings appeared to be related to narcotics trafficking.
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All I stated was the exact words from the US state department....they are warning all US Citizens who plan to travel to Mexico....nothing more..nothing less...

I am not sure if the Zeta drug cartel will adhere to the certain areas in question, I would think they can actually go where they want...And the threat was just towards Americans.

Not too long ago there was only a warning to U.S. citizens to not travel to 2 of 31 states in Mexico...That warning is now issued to 14 of 31 states in Mexico...

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Old June 20th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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Maybe some of you like to read this article by the british TV/Radiostation BBC with more and also positive news about Mexico.
BBC News - Viewpoint: Time to look beyond Mexico drug violence
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Old June 20th, 2012, 02:29 PM
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It is such a shame...I remember the days as a child when we would drive as a family down to Mexico to Horse Tail Falls and ride the donkeys (adults rode horses..lol) to the falls. It was so beautiful and safe back then...It also taught us kids a lesson about how fortunate we were to have food on the table, clothes on our backs and running water!! We saw so many desperately poor children along the way living in shanties with dirt floors and no running water.
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