A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Saturday, December 10, 2016

US eases restrictions in revised travel alert Four states affected by U.S. State Department's revised travel advisory

US eases restrictions in revised travel alert

Four states affected by U.S. State Department's revised travel advisory

The U.S. State Department has updated and revised its Mexico travel warning, easing restrictions for three states and tightening them for a fourth.
The new advisory, issued yesterday, modifies restrictions for Chihuahua, Coahuila, Oaxaca and Sonora, while leaving unchanged those for 20 other states.
A significant change concerns Oaxaca, where violence in which eight people were killed in Nochixtlán in June triggered an earlier warning that said non-essential travel was to be avoided and that U.S. government employees should stay away from protests.
Now the U.S. government recommends that its personnel remain in tourist areas and forbids them from using public transportation in the city of Oaxaca.
Traveling on coastal highway 200 in the state is also forbidden except to transit between the airport in Huatulco to hotels in that town and in Puerto Escondido. The Isthmus region remains off-limits for U.S. government staff.
Restrictions on official and personal travel to Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua were reduced, although “criminal activity and violence remains an issue throughout the state of Chihuahua and its major cities.”
The advisory recommends that any travel between cities must take place only during daylight hours.
Personal travel to the Coahuila cities of Saltillo, Parras de la Fuente and Bosques de Monterreal is now allowed, but only during daylight hours and after adopting security measures.
Throughout the remaining territory of the northern state, however, “significant and continuing security concerns” remain in place due to “persistent violence and criminal activity . . . particularly along the highways between Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo.”
The updated travel advisory acknowledges that “Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades” and recommends that U.S. citizens traveling anywhere in the state limit their travels to main roads during daylight hours.
In Sinaloa, “where one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations is based . . . violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state.”
The advisory warns that all non-essential travel should be deferred, “except for the cities of Mazatlán, Los Mochis and the Port of Topolobampo.”
Restrictions on travel to the state of Guerrero remain in place for U.S. government personnel, while in the state of Tamaulipas “U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel due to violent crime.”
“The number of reported kidnappings in Tamaulipas is among the highest in Mexico,” continued the advisory, warning that “state and municipal law enforcement capacity is limited to nonexistent in many parts of the state.”
Caution, “particularly at night,” is recommended in the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, given the high rate of homicides reported there this year.
With regard to the state of Michoacán, “U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel except to the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cárdenas, and the area north of federal toll road 15D.”
There are no warnings or restrictions for the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Puebla, Querétaro, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Yucatán.
The U.S. State Department advisory acknowledged the efforts in combating organized criminal groups by the Federal Police and Army personnel.
“U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel,” stated the document.
It also warned that “in some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them.”
“You should cooperate at all checkpoints,” recommends the advisory.
The travel warning replaces the one issued on April 15. The full document can be seen here.
Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)
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