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U.S. Updates Travel Warnings To Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Department of State has updated its travel warnings to Mexico, and some tourist attractions and the neighboring state of Sonora made it onto the list.

 

The increase in organized crime in certain parts of Mexico can put U.S. travelers at risk, according to the U.S. government.

 

RELATED: To hear an interview with Fronteras Desk's Rodrigo Cervantes on KJZZ's The Show, click here.

 

The new travel warning advises caution in some well-known tourist cities, such as Los Cabos in Baja California, and Cancún and Cozumel in the Yucatán Peninsula.

 

According to the warning, Sonora state is a key region for drug and human trafficking. The government suggests using main roads, driving during the day and exercising caution on the Highway 15 corridor.

 

And for those planning to visit Puerto Peñasco, the advisory recommends using the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta and Sonora border crossing.

 

Personal travel is prohibited for U.S. government personnel in Acapulco, on the Pacific coast.

 

Some areas have no advisories, like Mexico City and the state of Guanajuato.

 

This travel warning replaces a previous one, issued last December.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.