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Calle 15 #500B
X 16A y 18
Col. Maya
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(999) 911-0790

Travel to YucatanTravel in the Yucatán Peninsula is Always Safe!

These days, safety is a concern travelers to any place in the world have — weather traveling as an individual or in a group.  The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE has recommended that all travelers worldwide be aware of local conditions before traveling. You’ve seen recent headlines from the MEXICO CITY area that has depicted political turmoil and protests. Some may worry that such turmoil may spill over to  Mérida. But, no need to worry, we would post travel information right here on our website. Or would call registered students and/or their sponsors directly if there were a concern.

The truth is that Mérida is 950 miles (1550 kilometers) from Mexico City, and is as untouched by political strife as Minneapolis would be by a political protest in Washington DC. Your travel to Mérida will be by direct  flight from one of several U. S. cities, or you can arrive via modern bus from Cancún. Either way is as safe as any travel between large cities in the U.S.A.

In order to put to rest any worries you may have, we have asked Miguel Cerón, a dual-citizen businessman, to talk candidly about the political atmosphere and safety in Mérida. He is the administrative director of the Institute of Modern Spanish — and as you will see, is our “in-house expert” on Mexican history and current affairs.

Below is Miguel’s  answer (Summer 2011):

  • The Yucatán is the safest state in Mexico.  Our Yucatán Capitol City  of  Mérida prides herself  on safety and cleanliness. My wife, two sons and I have lived here for years. My wife is from Iowa and we both graduated from college there.
  • Since the Mexican Independence (1810-1821), Yucatán has supported conservative federalism. We’re laid back and calm about our politics.
  • Mérida is a conservative city where capitalism and free trade are supported by the people. Our community thrives on direct commercial trade with the U.S.A. We think along the same lines as the Fox/PAN government.  Our citizens are in agreement with the outcome of our recent Presidential election (PAN won with Felipe Calderon).   
  • While other states in the Central and Northern parts of Mexico obviously supported Calderon’s election as well, there are problems in those areas for other reasons. 
  • For example, Oaxaca’s problem comes from a legitimate request from the teacher’s union to equalize all teacher’s salaries to a single schedule (right now teacher’s salary vary by zone).  The problem is complex, but vandals and corrupt politicians have turned a legit claim into  political strife, demanding that the current Governor step down.   
  • México City has a different problem.  Andres Manuel López Obrador, the defeated presidential candidate from PRD is angry and   he wants to be president, regardless of the outcome of the democratic election. His followers are quickly diminishing, and his political career seems to be over, but the problems he has caused for Mexico City are significant.  As CNN reports, “More and more Mexicans want Lopez Obrador, a former mayor of the capital, to end the protests.”   Mexican newspapers report that 77% of Mexican’s want the protests to end.
  • The distant states of Michoacan (protests), Chihuahua (U.S. border state), Chiapas (Zapatistas & political unrest) and Baja California (hurricane) are all going through different problems, unrelated to the election, and of no real concern for travelers coming to the Yucatán Peninsula.
  • As do U.S.A. cities of similar size, even Cancún has minor drug trafficking problems, but local and federal law enforcement is ever vigilant and do not let it affect tourism.
  • You’ll notice that the Yucatán Peninsula is shaped something like a dog’s head facing east, with Mérida at the ear and Cancún at the nose.  Mérida is a large, modern city serendipitously located in the heart of ancient and historical curiosities to be found nowhere else in the world. Our state of Yucatan is, however, both geographically and socially isolated, so we are far from other problems that may exist elsewhere in Mexico.  It is safe now and always to come to Yucatan.
  • Our state of Yucatan is open for business. Our business is education (especially Spanish language immersion), guided excursions, and home stays. We want guests to our hometown to be completely safe AND well hosted! So plan now to join me for a margarita (or Coke) by our pool, or take a guided excursion to the Gulfport of Progreso or to any one of many ruins of ancient Mayan cities.
¡Hasta Pronto! ¡Adios! (for now)
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