We realize there are other posts about this topic on the forum but situations change, and vary by area.
We have booked flights and are in the midst of a good deal of planning for a trip to Yucatan/Mayan Riviera (but avoiding the large resorts and renting a car between Tulum and Merida to get around).
Now we have received more reports of hazardous conditions in Mexico - all again due to the drug cartels and ongoing disputes within the country. A man was hurt coming off a cruise ship, another was injured and could not find medical assistance because emergency staff were too busy tending to priority incidents related to drugs, and a female traveller was attacked while walking through the resort she was staying at. Anyone else hearing these reports on the radio or in the newspapers at all?
We have read the government safety warnings and noted that they were restricted to certain areas, and we have heard from some other travellers who still feel Mexico is safe. But at the end of the day (and when travelling with kids) how can we really tell?
Any thoughts on this would be most appreciated. We have been waiting almost two decades to return to Mexico owing to continued reports of crime and violence there and we are just plain tired, tired of the drug cartels and what they are ultimately doing to the Mexican people, who like the rest of us, could benefit from tourism.