Last year, a good friend from this board, traveled through Baja, ferried across to Mexico's mainland, traveled south of Acapulco, then up through Copper Canyon, solo. He kept a journal with pictures of his experience, all positive.
In February I traveled to Mexico & spent two weeks in the Copper Canyon district with 6 others. Also met up with a couple guys that went down a week before us. Everyone had a great time. The food, scenery, people, hospitality were all over the top.
Mexico is a country...not a state or a city. It is full of millions of people that just want to get along, just like most of us. They go about their lives trying to make a living, just like most of us. If you go to Mexico & act like you are better than them, drink too much Tequila & become an ass, if you look for trouble you're probably going to find it. Use common sense just as you would here in the US.
I'll be going back in the Spring.
I would be the one that Sleddog is talking about in his post.
This is my analogy concerning the fear mongering that is so prevalant in the American media with respect to Mexico.
Though I am not disputing that there are murders in Mexico.
It would be similar to the London Times publishing a travel advisory to not travel to the USA because " last year alone there were in excess of 600 murders in New York City" ( apparently it is fine for Americans to kill other Americans) This may be very true. However it does not reflect the atmosphere of the entire country of USA.
Here is a stat, for 2009 there were 15,241 murders in the USA
Mexico is huge!
The American travel advisory's can be directly attributed to $.
The more people that are 'afraid to travel to Mexico" the more tourist $ will not be spent there. As it is a well know fact that most Americans do not 'travel' abroad.
In all likelyhood any vacation $ will now be spent within the borders of the USA.
During my solo ride which included crossing Baja California 5 times, ferried across the Gulf of California then rode Mex 200 south to Puerto Escondido. Then travelling north through Mexico City onward to the Copper Canyon. Not Once did I ever encounter anything but pleasurable experiences.
This ranged from the local taco stand, to dealing with the local Police, or Federale Police (as I regularly was getting lost and had to ask for directions)
Everyone was sincere, honest, and concerned about dispelling the myth that "Mexico" is dangerous. Yes there are areas not to frequent. Just as there are areas in every major city in the world that any one with a lick of common sense would not venture into.
From my travels I can assure you that when I travel into the United States I am more concened for my physical well being, than when I travelled in Mexico.
Not once was I not treated as being the ambassador to take back to Canada, and the USA my enjoyable experiences.
Even at most every Military check point was I told to enjoy Mexico, and have a great time!
Would I ever go back?
I can't wait to return!!