So far on this trip to some of Mexico’s beachfront hotspots, we’ve met all kinds of people from all over the world. And get this - they are all just having an amazing time; enjoying themselves, taking the sun, discovering new activities and enjoying familiar ones.
But what about the Mexicans themselves? How do they fit into this equation? Are they a gang of bloodthirsty drug-dealers? Certainly not. The truth is that they are a nation of people that at heart are just like us. They want to live their lives working and enjoying themselves with their friends and families. It’s as simple as that. Imagine that 30% of your country’s economy depended on tourism – and that someone very persuasive was telling your customers to stay away from your country because of something that basically would not affect them at all. The plain fact is that there are literally millions of Mexicans who depend on tourism to live: to feed, clothe and house their families. And they do an admirable, honest job of it. A whole population of people should not pay for the sins of a tiny minority that has nothing to do with them. It’s just common sense.
We’ve been trying to let the people of Canada and the world know that it is patently ridiculous to boycott a country as fabulous as Mexico because of a problem that hardly touches most of it and has it’s origins in our own need for… distraction? I mean, where do you think the drugs that are at the raison d’etre of this issue are going, anyway? It is certainly no coincidence that the recent violence in Mexico finds its focal point at the U.S. border.
Anyone who has ever been to this country knows that Mexicans are a kind and generous people. We interviewed three generations of a Canadian family today on the beach in Zihuatanejo, and their story, more than any other we’ve filmed in the last week, illustrates the reality of traveling in Mexico. They are a family taking a six-month sabbatical from their busy lives back in Calgary to drive wherever their inspiration takes them – all over Mexico. Watch the video. It speaks for itself. Then try not to think about whether or not your circumstances would allow you to do something similar!
As for us, in Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo we have
found yet another fantastic travelling destination. Zihuatanejo offers all the charm and
character that a small coastal city possibly can, and it’s younger sister
Ixtapa just up the road rounds out the offerings for the tourist in this region
with it’s opulent resorts, spas, golf courses, marina, and fine dining. It is hard to imagine a better pairing of two