Updated travel advisory

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:53 (404 days ago) @ senora2

I have been coming to Mexico since 1970. I am American and bilingual. I/we (my husband and I) brought our son along since he was 6; he is now 34 and also bilingual. We first visited Zihuatanejo when my son was in 5th grade. Loved it. Every other year thereafter, Dane traveled with me (and many American Spanish students). We visited Isla Mujeres, Merida, Acapulco, Oaxaca, Hautulco, Zihuatanejo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, etc. Zihuatanejo was always our favorite until 3 years ago.
My husband, Hugh, and I spent 5 winters (2 months every year) in Zihuatanejo from 2010 until 2015. Zihua was our second home, but no longer. There were signs...overheard conversations from taxi drivers and store owners like Arturo. We decided not to return 3 years ago though this year I almost suggested we go again next year. Not anymore. You may think the US State Department is alarmist; I do not. I respect their advice. As far as your claim that our government doesn't want us to spend dollars in Mexico, I disagree. My American dollar buys a great deal more there. We now look for other travel opportunities...Costa Rica, Portugal, et. Al. I just want you to know at age 70 and a well-seasoned traveler, I would heed the advisory re: Guerrero and the other 4 states with a no travel recommendation. Con respeto, Senora

My wife was born here long before your first visit, and though my first visit here was only 4 years after yours, I have lived and worked here for close to 29 years now. You may not have been aware that there were armed rebel groups operating in the State of Guerrero during your first visit. They kidnapped the governor to make their grievances known after government forces murdered innocent rural village dwellers who dared to criticize the thieves in our government, but instead of honoring the supposed pact they had agreed to for the kidnapped governor's release, Gov. Rubén Figueroa Figueroa ruthlessly hunted down and executed their leader, many of his family members and many of the common folks who supported the former school teacher turned rebel named Lucio Cabañas. Most of us here in Guerrero consider Lucio Cabañas a hero. Figueroa's son also became governor but was forced to resign in disgrace after he ordered a massacre of campesinos organizing political opposition. Whatever "signs" you saw or whatever you overheard in conversations from 2010 to 2015 only demonstrate to me that you were previously apparently blissfully unaware of Guerrero's true lawless nature. But the biggest danger in Guerrero isn't rebels or criminals. It is and has always been our government. A government full of too much corruption and impunity. They are who most good and decent citizens have historically feared. They are who are responsible for disappearing hundreds and possibly thousands of our citizens during the Guerra Sucia. There would not be criminal cartels operating with impunity in our state were it not for their collusion with caciques and politicians.

Even so, we are not at war with anyone. We have no nuclear missiles pointed at anyone and it is unlikely any are pointed at us. We have no terrorists. Gunslingers and ammosexuals cannot walk into the nearest sporting goods store to arm themselves and commit a massacre. No one is shooting up people in our schools, movie theaters, malls or churches. And frankly foreign tourists have rarely been the targets of any kind of violence. Much less than in almost any other tourist destination, including Florida.

So while I respect your opinion, I strongly disagree with your conclusions and I regret that you saw the need to register on my Message Board for the sole purpose of expressing such negative sentiments about a place that warmly welcomed you and your family year after year with open arms.

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