Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The year in photos from Mexico

Take a visual tour of Mexico’s year – from north to south, from triumphs to tragedies – with this selection of pictures from each month of 2023.


Culiacán garbage truck on fire
Immediately after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, on Jan. 5, presumed cartel members launched a series of armed attacks around Culiacán, and major travel routes around the state were blocked with burning vehicles. (Alma Fonseca /


Protesters in cities all over Mexico showed up in the streets to express support for a robust National Electoral Institute in February after the president’s electoral reform bill was passed. It was later struck down by the Supreme Court. (Fernando Carranza García/Cuartoscuro)


19th century mummies from Guanajuato at the Tianguis Turistico
Guanjuato’s infamous mummies were displayed as a part of the state stall at the Tianguis Turístico in Mexico City in March, leading to some public health concerns. (Mario Jasso/Cuartoscuro)


Iztapalapa Passion of the Christ
Mexico City’s Iztapalapa, the site of Mexico’s oldest example of the country’s Holy Week passion play traditions, attracts millions of viewers each year and widespread participation from the borough’s residents. (Galo Caños Rodríguez/Cuartoscuro)


Popocatépetl volcanic activity
In May, the active Popocatépetl volcano, which straddles the states of México, Puebla and Morelos, experienced tremors and explosions, putting the area on high alert. (Mireya Novo/Cuartoscuro)


Heat wave and drought
Low levels of rainfall across Mexico caused drought in many states, including in Campeche (seen here). June also saw an intense heat wave across much of the country. (Michael Balam/Cuartoscuro)


Cancún beach in the summer
Cancún was the busiest tourist destination over the summer vacation, with 73% to 82% occupancy over July. (Cuartoscuro)


Tortilla race in Puebla
Children as young as 7 participated in the 29th annual tortilla race in Tehuacán, Puebla and it was won by a 12 year-old girl. (MIREYA NOVO/CUARTOSCURO.COM)


The country celebrated Independence Day with parades like this one in Mérida, Yucatán. (Cuartoscuro)


Damage from Hurricane Otis
Hurricane Otis made landfall as a Category 5 storm in Acapulco on Oct. 25, the most powerful to ever hit Mexico’s Pacific coast. (Cuartoscuro)


Migrants show solidarity with Acapulco
On Day of the Dead in Tapachula, Chiapas, migrants showed their solidarity with victims of Hurricane Otis in Acapulco. (Cuartoscuro)


Maya Train inauguration
The first phase of the 1,554-kilometer Maya Train railroad was inaugurated on Dec. 15 by President López Obrador. (
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Refugees displaced by an armed attack on their Chiapas town stand in the bleachers of a open air sports court and look at proceedings below through a protective wire fence

Over 4,000 residents flee Chiapas town following armed attack

Thousands in the Chiapas town who fled a June 4 armed attack by a criminal group refuse to go home until authorities can ensure their safety.
An endangered vaquita swimming in the ocean

May vaquita porpoise survey finds fewer specimens than in 2023

The survey, which takes place annually in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California, recorded the lowest-ever number of individual vaquitas.
Man in uniform and hard hat spraying auditorium seats for mosquitos, surrounded by pesticide fumes.

Study shows dengue cases in Mexico primed for widespread expansion

As dengue cases in Mexico continue to rise in 2024, a new study predicts that the mosquito-borne virus will affect 81% of Mexico by 2039.