mardi 31 août 2010

Mexicos (1)

We have visited three Mexicos: the Tourists's Mexico, the real Mexico and the Mexico that was.

The Dreanland, Gran Bahia Principe Akumal, one week, all included and everything at will, in a gated compound, where honest hard working Mexicans toil for 400 pesos per week, 40$US, plus tips (reportedly included in the all included), taking no chances we tipped and added many por favors for good measure. A pair of jeans or shoes costs upward of 500 pesos.

The Akumal lobby
Villa 68
The view from our rear balcony.

The Mexico seen outside the gates is much different than the scenes pictured above. Our biggest surprise: heavily armed police checks points (filtros) everywhere but the tourist buses breezed through so fast that  I could not snap a picture of them; cars and trucks were pulled over and searched. -Locale and federale policias- and the army were involved. See Mexico (2)
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2 commentaires:

  1. Awesome photos. I've enjoyed looking at these posts. I've been to the border towns but never into other parts of Mexico.

    I was just looking at an online article today about the paradoxical situation in Mexico. Crime and violence in soaring, but the tourist business is still doing very well considering the World economy. The tourist Mexico and the daily Mexico are separate to a large extent.

  2. Yesterday an attack on a bar in Cancun killed eight people. The drug war seems to be spreading to tourist Mexico. Since tourism is the main employment source in those parts it could kill them economically.