Ever since 4 Americans had been kidnapped in Mexico, two of which brutally murdered, the media has launched into a defamation marketing campaign in opposition to the nation, portray it as an ‘unsafe’ vacation spot regardless of the uncommon nature of violent incidents involving vacationers.
When the Texas Government issued a warning in opposition to journey to Mexico, and U.S. Congresspeople denounced the nation’s obvious leniency in dealing with crime, the Mexican President himself felt coerced to step in and claimed Mexico is ‘safer’ than the United States.
Now, even essentially the most staunch of critics are being pressured to rethink their remarks as Mexico reasserts its standing as a low-risk nation.
A surprising metropolis within the state of Yucatan has simply been named the second most secure in all of North America:
Merida Is Safer Than Most Major Cities In The U.S.
Merida has been titled the second most secure metropolis in North America by Ceoworld Magazine, one of many main enterprise publications within the States, crushed to the primary spot by Quebec City within the Canadian French-speaking province of Quebec.
The journal assessed 334 cities worldwide based mostly on their security indices and crime degree indicators, and the capital of the Yucatan ranked because the twenty first most secure vacation spot globally, charting greater than each main U.S. vacation spot.
In truth, the highest-peaking U.S. metropolis on the list is Salt Lake City.
Merida additionally outperforms locations perceived as not dangerous by American audiences, equivalent to The Hague within the Netherlands, the place the International Court of Justice is situated, and Geneva, Switzerland, the European headquarters of the UN.
Its excessive peak on the chart tells of how tourist-friendly Merida is, contemplating any historically ‘safe’ place you might have visited within the United States, Canada, or Mexico would nonetheless not attain the protection ranges locals and guests alike get pleasure from within the Yucatan gem – excluding the Quebecois capital, after all.
Very Low Crime Levels
As The Cancun Sun reports, crime ranges in Merida vary from ‘low’ to ‘very low’ on each single metric accessible for session, setting the small metropolis other than the much more harmful border areas between the States and Mexico, or elements of Quintana Roo the place the consumption of illicit medicine had fueled an increase in gang exercise just lately.
In addition, the state of Yucatan is considered one of solely two areas in Mexico the United States Government lists below its Level 1 Travel Advisory, that means it’s as secure as could be.
Yucatan shares this standing with extraordinarily peaceable nations equivalent to Iceland, Portugal, and Denmark.
In sum, Merida is the closest to European requirements you’d get in North America, excluding Quebec City, and never solely in the case of security: its Iberian-inspired cityscape is a sight to behold.
One Of The Prettiest Historical Cities In Mexico
Merida is usually portrayed as one of the prettiest post-Columbian settlements in Mexico, housing an intensive listing of Spanish Catholic shrines, Baroque cathedrals, and conventional 18th and Nineteenth-century colonial mansions.
Aesthetically, one might argue it belongs within the Iberian Peninsula, the place the Spanish motherland is situated, however past its apparent European essence, Merida has retained a lot of its Mayan character: in spite of everything, the indigenous individuals of the Yucatan Peninsula had been the unique settlers.
Many European-built monuments within the metropolis had been constructed from disassembled elements of much more historical Mayan buildings, together with the landmark Cathedral of Merida, and the multi-ethnic character of the inhabitants is proof of centuries of cultural clashes between Spaniards and natives.
Some of the ruins and archaeological zones within the Mayan World are discovered close to Merida additionally: the long-lasting Chichen Itza is a brief 1hr 45min drive from the town, whereas Uxmal is barely an hour away.
Dzibilchaltun, a lesser-known Mayan outpost well-known for its well-preserved Temple of the Seven Dolls, sits solely 17 miles North of downtown Merida.
A Laid-Back Cultural Destination
If you’re searching for an energetic nightlife and the energetic party scene generally related to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the like, maybe Merida wouldn’t be your cup of tea: it’s an inland, surprisingly quaint capital, and cultural actions are the major vacationer supply.
However, for those who’re eager on escaping the overtouristed coast, raving within the jungle isn’t your concept of enjoyable, and experiencing a extra genuine aspect of Mexico the place vacationers are handled as precise company moderately than mere cash dispensers, then Merida is unquestionably the place try to be headed.
There are a restricted variety of worldwide flights touchdown at Merida International Airport, however as soon as the Tren Maya launches on December 1, getting from Cancun to Merida might be easier than ever before, with the scenic prepare to finish the journey in below 4 hours.
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