MEXICO CITY (appro).– The United States government issued a travel alert for young people who plan to visit the tourist destinations of Quintana Roo –Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum– for this “spring break”, and advised them to take “additional precautions”.
Last Monday, while President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed in his morning conference that Mexico is safer than the United States, the US State Department asserted: “Crimes, including violent crimes, can happen anywhere in Mexico, including in the popular tourist destinations.
“Citizens of the United States should take extra precautions in the downtown areas of popular ‘spring break’ destinations, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, especially after sunset,” he said.
In its statement, the State Department recalled that drug possession is illegal in Mexico and warned that US citizens “have become seriously ill or have died in Mexico after consuming synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription drugs.”
He also warned about the risks of sexual crimes, of consuming altered medicines, as well as the legal risks associated with consuming alcohol in public places, carrying firearms or staying with an irregular immigration situation.
In 2022, two Canadians were murdered in Playa del Carmen apparently for debts between international gangs of drug and arms traffickers.
In 2021, further south, at the destination of Tulum, two tourists – an Indian-born California travel blogger and a German woman – were caught in an apparent crossfire by rival drug traffickers and killed.