The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for Mexico after eight bodies were found in the streets of Cancun.
The bodies of a man and a woman were found in an abandoned taxi Tuesday, and the dismembered bodies of two men were found in several plastic bags at another spot.
Also Tuesday, one man was found bound and shot to death. The prosecutors’ office for the state of Quintana Roo said another man was killed while lying in a hammock, yet another was found shot and covered in a plastic bag.
Details of the eighth body were not immediately available.
None of the killings occurred in the city’s beach-side hotel zone.
“Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery, is widespread,” the advisory says.
Officials advise you do not travel to the following states due to crime:
If you decide to travel to Mexico, officials have release the following tips:
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving at night.
- Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
To read the complete travel advisory, click here.
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