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Old 02-21-2014   #691 (permalink)
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Excellent article that reflects a lot of my sentiments.

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Marco Polo..this is also my first post so I too will probably be ridiculed from the "playa can do no wrong club"......did you notice they all are trying to sell something????

The majority of people in the Yucatan seem to have there heads in the sand when it comes to acknowledging the violence that affects the MAJORITY of Mexico at this time.
YES the Yucatan is safe at this time and I hope it stays that way but your not in Kansas Dorthey.

With that said I am building a house in Playa and will be relocating there in a few months.
I have lived in Mexico for 10 years on the Texas border and until around 4 yrs ago thing were peaceful here and natives here would brag about how peaceful it was and how they would never be like T.J. or Juarez.

I was a business owner here...key word is was...lost it to the Zetas, have paid mordida, cuota, ransoms.....and have the t shirt to prove it. This peaceful area has turned into a living hell and it is not JUST the border towns but whole states on the border and even deep into the interior like Mich., Guero. Oxa.... just to name a few.

I am moving to Playa because I do feel safe to walk around but I am not naïve because I see the "signs" there that I saw here years ago. For example the unspoken secret is all the businesses on the famous 5th avenue are paying piso, mordida, cuota to either the pelones, Zetas, or the Gulfos......Just like it was here years ago here only a select few paid...whore houses...after hours bars and smugglers.

I too have driven all over Mexico in the PAST but would not at this time drive too playa from the Tx border...All of Tamps....Veracruz is just to dangerous...

Thanks Marcopolo for being honest with your comments.....people need to hear the truth and not just some sales pitch.......ya mi voy

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Seriously?

I've lived in Mexico for 10 years, though I will admit that over the past 5 of those, through unforeseen circumstances, I've spent nearly as much time in the US. The first five full years, I lived here full-time. I've driven here from the US four times and I've traveled throughout the Yucatan peninsula and into Chiapas and Campeche. I've even driven the full length of the stretch of highway dubbed the most dangerous in the country and witnessed only an increased police presence with helicopters overhead and vehicles on the road. I've NEVER been shown even any disrespect, much less violence. I've witnessed violence exactly ONCE throughout that time.

In Merida, the most lovely of cities, I saw a man - whom I consider to be a "pimp" of the poor Chiapan women trying to sell their wares on that city's sidewalks - walk to one of those women and backhand her in public. It broke my heart.

Horrible though that was, that's the extent of all the violence I've ever personally witnessed in this country over the nearly 20 years I've known it. Of course I'm aware that if one involves oneself with the drug trade in any way, the chances of experiencing violence expand greatly. Not being in control of one's faculties in public puts a person at risk as well. Walking in places one shouldn't walk at night puts one at risk. And these risks happen not just in Mexico but ANYWHERE in the world when a person is careless and exposes himself to situations that aren't safe. Here, there, or anywhere.

It's people like YOU who really bother ME by trying to generate fear where fear is not valid. Especially when you show up on this forum with an initial post like this one.

Go ahead and generate awareness of one's surroundings. Generate wise-decision making. Point out the behaviors that might put a person at risk.

But please STOP being a fear monger and trying to paint an entire country with the dark brush of fear/danger that it simply doesn't deserve. Mexican people, on the whole, are the kindest, most generous, loving, and helpful people I've ever been around in my life. I can't let anyone label a country full of wonderful people as evil, as you are apparently trying to, without speaking out against it. In my opinion, you can take YOUR opinions elsewhere.

Awesome post. Simply awesome.
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Sinaloa Cartel chief 'Chapo" Guzman arrested - CNN.com
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That is huge!
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Now if they can just keep him in jail!!!
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My take on the safety of Mexico - Mexico Maligned

I write a quirky travel blog called TravelByTerry. I write on all different travel subjects but many tend to be about Mexico. I wrote a post regarding the safety of Mexico called Mexico Maligned. It is my humble effort to offer a corrective to the media's tendency to unfairly paint Mexico with one broad brush. See what you think of my take on this important subject.
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I write a quirky travel blog called TravelByTerry. I write on all different travel subjects but many tend to be about Mexico. I wrote a post regarding the safety of Mexico called Mexico Maligned. It is my humble effort to offer a corrective to the media's tendency to unfairly paint Mexico with one broad brush. See what you think of my take on this important subject.
A fresh new perspective and well written blog - thanks for posting!
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Now if they can just keep him in jail!!!
If he is extradited to the US and jailed there it is possible that his significant influence will be curtailed. If he is jailed in Mexico, assuming he stays in custody, it will be quite easy to maintain control of his group and its activities from behind bars. Sad to say...
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protect yourself is the key

There is no a completely safe place on this planet, however ,one can minimize the risk of becoming a victim of crime if is alert and use common sense to protect yourself.
Greetings playenses, have a nice day

saludos a todos los playenses, que tengan un excelente día

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If he is extradited to the US and jailed there it is possible that his significant influence will be curtailed. If he is jailed in Mexico, assuming he stays in custody, it will be quite easy to maintain control of his group and its activities from behind bars. Sad to say...
Yep, unfortunately so...
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Yep, unfortunately so...

Looks like he will be staying in Mexico.
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Business as usual. To much money involved
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Please advise me about moving to Playa del Carmen... I am American citizen but was born in Cuba, my boyfriend is Peruvian Citizen and we both want to move together.... please tell me everything a brand new person would want to know.... like living conditions, jobs, security,,,, I really would appreciate your time..
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Excellent article that reflects a lot of my sentiments.

Mexico Maligned
GREAT article! If I had a nickel for every time I've tried to stress these point to my boyfriends family....well, I would be able to pay for everyone on this forums' trip!
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