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leslieq Apr 3rd, 2017 08:21 PM

Safety in Cuilican, Hermosillo, Cananea
My husband and brother are hoping to do some ancestry research in Mexico (Mexican born parents, sons born in USA).

I'm a little concerned about the safety of the trip they are planning. They would like to visit Culiacan (where their mother was born) and travel to Hermosillo (where records are kept for Cananea where they think their father was born).

Are there still fake cops, carjackings, etc...all that worrisome stuff going on? These areas (at least Culiacan) have suffered from the cartels in recent years, and Hermosillo and Cananea are not exactly tourist hot spots. They would need to drive or take a bus between these cities.

I hate to be alarmist and I myself went to Prague when there were Russian tanks still circling the city...but I was young and foolish back then!

Our relatives are not in these cities anymore, so we don't have anyone local to ask. My husband is also going to call the US consulate in Hermosillo at my request, but I've gotten great advice from local experts on Fodors in the past on a whole variety of issues.

Muchas gracias.

baldone Apr 4th, 2017 12:14 PM

You might want to sign up to Lonely Planet's "Thorntree" and post your question in their Mexico forum. The participants there are more widely traveled than most on Fodor's.
FWIW, I've driven extensively in other so-called hotspots in Michoacan, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon, without incident except for a ticket outside Nuevo Laredo. The only reason I even mention this is because the travel advisories in those states sound similarly dire to that of Sonora, but the reality is that as bad as the advisories sound, 'bandidos' are not waiting around every bend in the road in Mexico waiting to kidnap you. You will probably encounter some military checkpoints, however.

suze Apr 4th, 2017 01:07 PM

I agree about checking other sources. I'm a regular reader of the Fodor's Mexico forum and haven't seen that region or those cities mentioned in the past.

leslieq Apr 4th, 2017 03:14 PM

Thanks to both of you. Will definitely check into the Lonely Planet forum, which I had not heard of.


suze Apr 4th, 2017 03:59 PM


WoinParis Apr 5th, 2017 12:20 PM

Someone recently said Mexicans were drug dealers and rapists. Somebody 'important'. Who could that be ? A US guy I'm sure so I'd check more....He must know wht he is talking about.

leslieq Apr 5th, 2017 07:13 PM

suze and baldone,

I got a really detailed response on Thorntree...thanks so much for the advice!!!

WoinParis...guess our politics are similar, but this is a totally different issue.

Thanks, all

WoinParis Apr 6th, 2017 01:02 AM

Good to read !

I'm quite busy with Mexicans at work and I call my colleague the drug dealer and he calls me the guy from the hellhole...

This being said, I have never felt unsafe in Mexico but have not been where OP mentions. Of course I avoid places where cartel gangs might gather.. Like I do when in Chicago : each time I've been there I heard on the radio that some shootings did 5-10-15 deads but in a remote neighbourhood where no tourist would ever set foot in.

baldone Apr 6th, 2017 11:17 AM

you might also want to google up a Mazatlan expat forum or 2 as I'm sure there are those that drive or have driven at least part of that route.

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