With January in full swing, students across the country are asking the same question. How much longer until Spring Break again? Quickly followed by "so where are we gonna go this year?" Well perhaps this year, you'll want to leave select spots of Mexico off your travel plans.
Officials have issued a strict "do not travel" warning and listed five states of Mexico that they are cautioning tourists to avoid. They have made note of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Tamaulipas as having the same level of danger as Syria and Somalia.
The formerly mentioned states have always shown risk of homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery. However, with the newest warning, the five states show the highest level of potential danger in all of Mexico. This is the result of the areas being full of drug cartel activity.
Violence has taken over 22,409 casualties in Mexico through 2017. This is the highest recorded toll since statistics were released in 1997. The five states include several Mexican resorts and the country is seeing a major hit to their tourism - although popular destinations like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco have yet to be listed as explicitly dangerous.
Mexico's Minister of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, has expressed that while respectful of the warnings given, he wants to ensure potential tourists know that there are [other] destinations which are still safe to visit.