Campeche is among recommended destinations in Mexico. Campeche is among recommended destinations in Mexico.

A vacation destination too good to ignore

Travel writer says too little attention has been paid to peso's decline against dollar

The decline in the value of the Mexican peso against the American dollar has created a vacation destination that is “too favorable to ignore,” in the words of an internationally-known travel writer.

Moreover, says travel guide founder Arthur Frommer, tourists are not a target of drug gangs in Mexico, where “too little attention has been paid to the enormous recent drop in the value of the Mexican peso.”

He points out that a near-40% decline in the value of the peso in the past year has escaped mention by many travel commentators.

“The bearer of U.S. dollars now receives nearly 19 pesos for each one of those greenbacks, as compared with only 13 pesos 12 months ago. Enjoying a splendid meal in a top Mexico City restaurant now costs nearly 50% less,” Frommer wrote.

He quotes the U.S. State Department as saying “broad swaths” of Mexico are “quite safe,” but warns against U.S. border areas, Aguascalientes, Colima or Manzanillo, Tamaulipas, Durango and others listed in U.S. travel warnings.

That leaves a long list of safe destinations including the Yucatán peninsula, the Baja peninsula, Guanajuato, León, Campeche, Chiapas, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo and even Acapulco, but only within its tourist area, Frommer said.

Visitors will enjoy even greater value, he suggested, by choosing moderately-priced hotels patronized by Mexican tourists, where “you will end up enjoying some of the most gentle hotel rates in travel today.”

“The bulk of Mexico is populated by gracious, outgoing people showing warmth to the foreign tourist. It is too rewarding a tourist destination to be avoided simply because some of its areas — like the border areas — have become embroiled in drug-related violence.  Choosing wisely, you will enjoy a low-priced and entirely safe vacation.”

Source: Frommers (en)

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