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pacomartin
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March 19th, 2012 at 9:20:55 AM permalink

President Obama's Daughter Arrives in Oaxaca
Malia Ann Obama, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, arrived on a commercial flight to Oaxaca for a private tour on the evening of Friday March 16th. Surrounded by a security team, Malia Obama arrived at the headquarters of the commercial airport in the capital to join a group of twelve young teenagers from a United Airlines commercial airliner departed from Houston, Texas. Official information states that President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama's oldest daughter, who is thirteen, has an escort of twenty-five agents composed of marines and members of the Secret Service. All will wear black suits and use radio communication. Private security escorted Malia Obama in three armored trucks to Hotel Camino Real, located in Oaxaca's Historic Central District. According to her leaked agenda, during the weekend Malia will visit the "El Arbol del Tule," the archaeological site of Monte Alban, and the towns of San Martin Tilcajete, the site of many local handicrafts, and San Bartolo Coyotepec, in addition to the main attractions in the city of Oaxaca.

Camino Real is 91 rooms in a 16th century convent, and is one of the most expensive hotels in the city. But there are many charming mini hotels in the city, that are less expensive. Non stops from the USA only consist of one regional jet from Houston per day which unfortunately leaves too early in the morning for most connections. Most people fly to Mexico City and change planes or switch to the bus. There are cheap flights from Tijuana Airport if you live within driving distance.

Oaxaca City was the center of riots in 2006. A new governor badly handled a teacher's strike which was a Spring ritual for over two decades.
buzzpaff
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March 19th, 2012 at 9:26:27 AM permalink
Nueva Laredo Just to relive drunken days in the early 60's. One drunk one night I let my buddy drive. He must have been drunker than me. Kept turning right again and again to stay on ALTO street.
I imagine inflation there too. Used to pay a kid $1 to watch the car and $5 to the policia right off for trouble to come. And I bought a stuffed coyote for only $13.
pacomartin
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March 19th, 2012 at 11:09:12 AM permalink
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Kept turning right again and again to stay on ALTO street.




Every town has an ALTO de sarcástico street.
SanchoPanza
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March 19th, 2012 at 12:00:59 PM permalink
In the pre-screening to donate blood last week, some new and alarming questions about stays in Mexico cropped up. Visiting wide swaths of Mexico, including Cozumel, are grounds for deferral. Cancun, the blood bank said, is not yet.
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March 19th, 2012 at 12:26:00 PM permalink
I was deferred from donating blood for a year after a cruise ship I was on in 2007 stopped in Santa Cruz Huatulco. I think that's in Oaxaca. The claim by the Red Cross was that they considered the entire state a malaria risk area.
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March 19th, 2012 at 2:09:21 PM permalink
From the Isthmus of Tehuantepec south, concern for malaria, Chagas and especially dengue is understandable. Several areas in the Bajio and elsewhere were surprising.
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March 19th, 2012 at 2:41:56 PM permalink
I imagine Cabo is pretty safe, but I think it is technically part of orange county, CA. Whats the scoop with Guadalajara... I have always wanted to go there. Is it caught up in the drug violence or is that mainly a border issue?
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October 16th, 2013 at 6:03:10 PM permalink
This just in: Family is considering a trip to Tepoztlan, Morelos (near Cuernevaca) for a week around Christmas. The resort package includes cooking and language classes. It seems attractive, but it is expensive. Thoughts?

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oscar33
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October 16th, 2013 at 7:25:48 PM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

Quote: teddys

Colombia and Guatemala were also brought up as possible destinations. I think Colombia would be a great place to visit, and would go in a heartbeat even though there is a State Department warning about it. Guatemala has a homicide rate on par with some of the worst places in the U.S., like New Orleans. But does that mean we shouldn't go there? How much should we live in fear?



I have visited Columbia as well, and there is a difference than in Mexico. Columbia is a lot more violent, and they do target Americans. I would think carefully about that trip. Why not go to Peru instead?



If you are going to criticize the country, at least spell it correctly please. Colombia is absolutely not more violent than Mexico. And I guarantee more Americans have had trouble in Mexico than in Colombia in recent times.

Colombia is a fantastic country. I would definitely recommend a visit.

Oscar
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October 18th, 2013 at 2:15:38 PM permalink
Quote: oscar33

Quote: pacomartin

Quote: teddys

Colombia and Guatemala were also brought up as possible destinations. I think Colombia would be a great place to visit, and would go in a heartbeat even though there is a State Department warning about it. Guatemala has a homicide rate on par with some of the worst places in the U.S., like New Orleans. But does that mean we shouldn't go there? How much should we live in fear?



I have visited Columbia as well, and there is a difference than in Mexico. Columbia is a lot more violent, and they do target Americans. I would think carefully about that trip. Why not go to Peru instead?



If you are going to criticize the country, at least spell it correctly please. Colombia is absolutely not more violent than Mexico. And I guarantee more Americans have had trouble in Mexico than in Colombia in recent times.

Colombia is a fantastic country. I would definitely recommend a visit.

Oscar



That post was two years old, and I am sorry about misspelling the word. The word "Columbia" is so common in the USA that it is easy to go there without thinking.

I remember Medellín as a beautiful city with charming people when I went there in the 1970's. And for a long time it held the title of Murder Capital of the World. So I don't view my comment as criticism of the country. Most people have little or no control over the violent and powerful.

I admit to being heavily influenced by the Colombian film


A good friend had her uncle stationed in the Colombian embassy (of Canada) for many years, and they were very worried about their people. The cartels were targeting Americans and Canadians sometimes.

There are almost no organizations deliberately targeting people from the USA in Mexico. The threat of robbery is naturally augmented by the idea that foreigners have more money.

The violent crime rate in both Colombia and Russia has plummeted in recent years. The latest murder rates for a select group of countries is below.

91.6 Honduras
69.2 El Salvador
45.1 Venezuela
41.4 Belize
40.9 Jamaica
39.2 U.S. Virgin Islands
38.5 Guatemala
38.2 Saint Kitts and Nevis
35.2 Trinidad and Tobago
31.4 Colombia
27.4 Bahamas
26.2 Puerto Rico
25.2 Saint Lucia
25.0 Dominican Republic
23.7 Mexico
21.6 Panama
21.0 Brazil
18.2 Ecuador
12.6 Nicaragua
12.3 Bermuda
10.3 Peru
10.2 Russia
10.0 Costa Rica
4.7 United States
1.6 Canada

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