ROGER asked in TravelCanadaToronto · 9 years ago

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is safe to travel for canadian?

22 Carnival Splendor cruise ship passengers robbed in Mexico

Tourists, whose ship had sailed from Long Beach, were on a bus in Puerto Vallarta when hooded gunmen took cameras, money, watches and other valuables. Twenty-two guests on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship out of Long Beach were robbed at gunpoint in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last week as they traveled by bus Mexican port city of Puerto Vallarta, according to cruise ship officials Hooded gunmen intercepted the tourists' bus about 5 p.m. Thursday as it returned from the pueblo of El Nogalito, according to the Mexican newspapers El Norte and La Jornada. The gunmen took cameras, money, watches and other valuables before fleeing.

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  • SteveN
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    9 years ago
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    Travel to Mexico has become increasingly dangerous for tourists. Even those who are in what is considered "safe" tourist havens have been either caught in a "wrong place, wrong time" situation, or have actually been targeted by criminal gangs who know they can make easy cash. This is the incident you were referring to:

    http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/story/2012-02-2...

    As you pointed out, Canadians have been the target of some of these attacks in Mexico:

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/02/21/1940...

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/25/tor...

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/04/bc-m...

    http://www.mexinada.com/canadiens-tues-au-mexique/...

    Canada has even issued a travel advisory for the country:

    http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapp...

    But now the good news. Since 2009, over one million Canadians have visited Mexico each year and returned safely. The odds of you being killed, assaulted, or robbed tend to be very low. So the odds that you will go down to a Mexican resort, have a good vacation, and come back safely are very good. Indeed, a friend of mine just came back from a week in Cancun and exploring the Mayan ruins.

    My reason for not visiting the country is that if something does happen, there is almost no recourse. We hear stories of corrupt policemen and government officials that have to be bribed. Or taxi drivers who are partnered with private clinics, so if you get hurt (by accident or done deliberately to you) they can try to fleece you for treatment. The driver gets a cut of whatever the clinic can wring out of you.

    Until the government does something to address crime and corruption in the country, my travel dollars will be spent in places where I see less of that behavior.

  • 9 years ago

    My neighbours just got back from a month in Puerto Vallarta and the only thing that happened to them was that they caught colds.

  • Millions visit Mexico every years & nothing happens to the vast majority.

    I'd say those are pretty good odds.

  • 9 years ago

    That could happen in the States or Canada. Safe? Nowhere is safe.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Go to Peru instead. It's sexier and they have llamas! =D

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