4. The Misperception of Mexico

The drug war is real, but the country is not all doom and gloom

Mexico, the Sea of Cortez.

Mexico, the Sea of Cortez. Not all doom and gloom, is it?     Photo: AlexPears/flickr

It is not entirely accurate to call Mexico safe. But the U.S. media never put the danger in perspective: According to a recent story in the Washington Post, of the 2,500 municipalities in Mexico, only 80 (fewer than 5 percent), have been affected by the drug war, which in turn accounts for only 3 percent of the country’s crime. Of the 4.7 million Americans who traveled to Mexico between January and October of this year, very few were harmed. While it’s wise to avoid the northern Mexico border altogether, states like southern Baja California, Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Yucatán are not only safe enough for travel, parts are stunning. Just be sure to register with the U.S. Embassy and check the American Embassy ‘s Mexico Security updates here before you leave.

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