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Despite warning, Mexican officials say resort areas are safe

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Mexico tourism officials this week were working to protect their tourism industry following a new U.S. travel warning that included some of the country’s most lucrative resort regions.

The updated warning advises travelers of increased homicide rates in the popular resort states of Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, and the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum, marking the first time the State Department issued such a warning for the popular resort regions.

“The overwhelming majority of those incidents have taken place in locations not frequented by international tourists, such as inner-city areas or private properties,” the Mexico Tourism Board said in a statement, adding that the Mexican government and its tourism industry were working toward trying to prevent violent incidents from occurring in areas frequented by international tourists.

“Los Cabos is completely safe,” said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director for the Los Cabos Tourism Board.

Esponda said that the destination is booming. He said he didn’t know why the State Department had updated its warning now or whether the update was at all politically motivated during a time of increased tensions between the U.S. and Mexican governments.

“Tourism has to be completely unrelated to any political environment,” Esponda said. “The fact that tourists travel to a country is precisely to know more of the culture, to enjoy, to relax. Not to be related to any political situation.”

Los Cabos recorded 2.1 million international tourists in 2016 and is on track to welcome 2.4 million this year.

For the past several years, the State Department has had an evolving travel warning in place for Mexico addressing the risks of travel in certain parts of the country due to the activities of criminal organizations.

“U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican states,” the updated travel warning says; it replaced a Dec. 8, 2016, version.

The current warning says that U.S. citizens should be aware that the state of Quintana Roo “experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.

Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred,” the warning states. The language was similar in a section about Baja California Sur.

In a statement this week, Quintana Roo tourism secretary Marisol Venegas Perez emphasized that the updated warning was intended to be a message of additional precaution for travelers and doesn’t suggest any restriction on travel to Quintana Roo. She added tourism numbers in the state continue to grow, as do investments in its tourism economy.

Courtesy of Michelle Baran

A Little Taste of Bolivia

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We’d like to offers a small insight of the breathtaking country BOLIVIA.

Impressive icebound peaks and high-altitude deserts of the Andes, rainforests and savannahs of the Amazon basin, Bolivia offers travelers stunning scenery, legendary landmarks and a indigenous heritage.

Where to Go:

Spend a few days in the fascinating city of La Paz, which combines a high-altitude setting with a blend of traditional indigenous and modern urban cultures. La Paz is also close to Lago Titicaca, the massive azure lake close to the Peruvian border. The best start for your adventurous Amazon visit is the town of Rurrenabaque, close to the rainforests of Parque Nacional Madidi and the wildlife-rich Río Yacuma.  And of course do not miss Uyuni! A region of high-altitude deserts and half-frozen, mineral-stained lakes, populated by wild flamingos. And this is just the beginning.

Bolivia surprises with unique and barely-visited landscapes and cultures.
This country offers their travelers everything that is considered most exotic and mysterious about South America.

A country of great beauty, stunning landscapes, and unique attractions. A country with the highest capital city in the world, the largest salt flats in the world, mountains, jungles, lakes, and everything else in between.

Stretching from the majestic icebound peaks and bleak high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast savannahs of the Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates. This mystical terrain boasts scores of breathtaking attractions including stark otherworldly salt pans, ancient Inca trails and towering volcanic peaks. Landlocked at the remote heart of South America, Bolivia rewards the adventurous travelers and encompasses everything that outsiders find most exotic and mysterious about the continent.

Go on an Adventure – Visit Bolivia!

What is Travel is S.W.E.L.L.?

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