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Mexican Drug Cartels

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_4755.html

The link above takes you directly to the U.S. Department of State’s general travel warning statement for tourism to Mexico. Throughout the statement there is no mention of Chiapas for drug-related violence, however it should be noted (as stated in the warning) that indigenous strikes, rallies and demonstrations are commonplace.

The following details of government and Zapatista relations will inform you of Ignacio Allende’s experiences with this conflict.

Zapatistas

In the three years we have traveled to Chiapas, we have never encountered any problems with the government or the Zapatistas.

During the 1994 conflict, the community we will be staying with did not participate in the insurgency and did not directly experience any violence. However, there are Zapatista autonomous communities near Ignacio Allende, the closest being about 20 minutes away. According to the 1996 San Andrés Peace Accords, the Zapatistas and the government have declared a cease fire; still the Zapatistas are very active in many facets of Chiapas’ government, institutions, and organizations, continuing their endeavors to improve the lives of the indigenous in Chiapas and the rest of Mexico and the Americas.

For the most part, tourists are welcomed and sought out from both sides. The government and the state’s civilian population understand tourism as a vital part of their economy, and the Zapatistas encourage the intellectual and innovative exchanges, and welcome the protection they receive by foreign presence.

As long as you stay with the group, which will always be with a local guide, and respect community norms and laws, as a group we should be very safe.

Neither the program coordinators, nor the community members of Ignacio Allende will be held accountable or responsible for any complications or injuries you suffer during the trip. However, we will assist in any way possible to make sure that you receive the best care and help possible.

ON WEEKENDS, IF YOU LEAVE THE COMMUNITY YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN AND YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED FOR THE DAYS YOU DO NOT STAY IN THE COMMUNITY. NEITHER THE COORDINATORS OF THIS PROJECT, NOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS OR ANY OTHER TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENTS.

Summer 2014 Program Dates
will be announced soon.
If you are interested please email info@helpchiapas.org