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Are you still doing excursions given the current state in Mexico?


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#1 BBtoB

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    Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:41 PM

    My focus of this discussion is how many of you are still taking excursions and traveling off the resort given the temperature of the Mexican situation with the Drug Cartel and heightened concerns for safety in Mexico.

    We had planned to have an excursion day to either Tulum and Xel-Ha (both are Great!), but I am not sure people will want to leave the resort with all the Road Check points I have read about in past posts.

    Is the current situation in Mexico keeping you from doing Excursions, or are you still planning those off site fun outings for your guests? FI and I have already done those on past adventures and also Chichen Itza (so we are fine with skipping), but most of our guests have not had the chance to do these great activites. I know there was some talk of swimming with the Dolphins etc.from some guests. Should we still proceed with these outings? I realize it is pretty safe in this area. But just not sure it is a good idea.

    Let's chat! What are you all doing?

    ****P.S. So I did a search for this specific topic, I found Excursions separate and also Safety in Mexico separate, but nothing on whether you are still planning those Excursions in this present time. Both are great search topics, but I felt this was a timely issue not addressed in past posts. I didn't see a place for this topic so I apologize if this is the wrong place.

    #2 akbeach

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      Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:46 PM

      A friend of ours just got back from Cancun last week and had no problems with excursions. There were check points on the road but they weren't too bad. I think we are going to do guided excursions instead of going off on our own like we had originally planned. I would let your guests decide.
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      #3 BBtoB

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        Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:13 AM

        The check points sound a bit nerve racking...but we will definitley give everyone the option. Not sure if we will partake yet.

        #4 Jacilynda

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          Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:57 AM

          I personally think that this topic really goes along w/ the safety in mexico. any of the girls who said it would be safe in that thread are probably going to say the same thing here that they still have intentions of doing their excursions. I have yet to hear of someone cancelling them. I think that you should just follow the same safety measures you would on vacation (just like the safety thread goes into detail about)

          #5 BBtoB

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            Posted 03 April 2009 - 10:39 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Jacilynda
            I personally think that this topic really goes along w/ the safety in mexico. any of the girls who said it would be safe in that thread are probably going to say the same thing here that they still have intentions of doing their excursions. I have yet to hear of someone cancelling them. I think that you should just follow the same safety measures you would on vacation (just like the safety thread goes into detail about)
            Thank you for your thoughts.

            #6 kiki317

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              Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:20 AM

              We're going anyways. I'm not going all the way to Mexico and NOT seeing the pyramids! also, we'll be going scuba diving too. i'm not gonna worry about any of that- I'm being positive :)

              #7 BBtoB

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                Posted 03 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by kiki317
                We're going anyways. I'm not going all the way to Mexico and NOT seeing the pyramids! also, we'll be going scuba diving too. i'm not gonna worry about any of that- I'm being positive :)
                Yeah, that is how we are feeling too. I think I was more wondering if anyone had taken excursions lately and how did that go. FI and I had a talk and he said let's do it! We had so much fun at Xhel-Ha last time we are going back. It was amazing to swim with all the Sting Rays and 3 ft long fish! Life is too short to let fear rule. I never have before and not going to now!

                Thanks!

                #8 Jeremy Herman PhotoVideo

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                  Posted 03 April 2009 - 04:28 PM

                  Hi!
                  I think that the american media are doing a huge thing of a very isolated problem.
                  Most of the drug war is happening in Ciudad Juarez , wich is very close to the US border.
                  The Riviera Maya and other tourist locations are not affected at all.I've been living in Mexico for 6 years, and i never had any problems, i actually feel more insecure in the US these days...Don't cancel the excursions, in my opinion, Tulum and Chichen Itza are amazing ruins, i got married in Tulum last year, did all of these with my family and friends, everybody loved those archeological sites.
                  Even in the case of military check points, know that the mexican military are young and very courteous people, never had a problem travelling all over mexico for years...
                  I hope this will help!

                  #9 ACDCDCAC

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                  Posted 03 April 2009 - 04:40 PM

                  sorry but i understand you would like to know separately about excursions, but this really is a subject that has been coverered extensively. as jac mentioned above, anyone that said it is safe to vacation in the other threads would have the same things to say about excursions while on vacation. and those that dont think it is safe to vacation there should probably not only not do excursions but should probably not bother getting married there too.

                  sorry if that was harsh but im just so sick and tired of this subject. as jeremy so correctly stated above, the trouble is NOT in or around resort towns. it is in places like juarez, tijuana, mexico city. the safety checkpoints are not things to be worried about, they are things to help keep you safe.

                  i am going to close this thread.




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