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The Facts About Safety in Yucatán

Violence dominates much of the news about Mexico, but thousands of miles away from the troubles in Northern Mexico is an oasis: the state of Yucatán and the city of Mérida, home to our semester and summer Mexico programs. Map of Mexico

Numerous writers and safety experts have touted the state of Yucatán as a tranquil, vibrant destination that shouldn't be confused with the drug cartel killings in the north. The following articles and links will explain more about the safety and peace of southern Mexico:

"Yucatán, the safest state in the country." -Gobierno del Estado Yucatán 

Mexico Safety Flyer

"While incidents occur, Yucatán has consistently scored at the top of nationwide rankings of safety." -The Yucatan Times

“Yucatan has been evaluated with the highest scores among 8 different categories in terms of safety, employment and other factors.” (article in Spanish) - El Financiero

“If you’re still wary of going to Mexico, think of Yucatán as a country apart – many of its residents do.” -San Francisco Gate

"Yucatán’s low homicide rate is slightly lower than the rural U.S. States of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Maine.” -Banderas News

"On the Yucatán, a Home Rich in History and Colorful Designs" -New York Times

“The state, with roughly the same population as Kansas, saw two drug-related deaths in 2010. Wichita, Kansas, alone saw six gang-related killings over the same period.” -CNN

“Not only is the climate near perfect, the culture, shopping and safety are something to rave about.” –Thrive Global

Five Myths about Mexico's Drug War -Washington Post

The Truth About Mexico

Mexico's Safest Destinations

U.S. State Department Travel Warning for Mexico-Warning notes that no travel advisory is in effect for the state of Yucatán.

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