Jan 28, 2011, 10:07 AM
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I am planning a trip to La Mira in July for the graduation ceremony of my sister-in-law. We will fly into Ixtapa and then rent a car to drive to Michoacan. We will most likely drop the kids off with their dad in La Mira and spend the majority of the 5 days on the beach in Playa. The only travel will be to Arteaga for the graduation.
I have heard some stories about there being an influx of violence in Michoacan and even heard that as recently as Dec, there were gangs that were hijacking buses and burning them on the highway between Guerrero and Mich and that the Feds were closing the highways...
I never felt anything but safe in La Mira when I lived there and when I have visited since. But now even my suegra and my cunadas are scared to go back and are telling me I need to rethink going.
What is the real story about the problems down there? My ex who lives in La Mira/ Los Coyotes says its not any more of a threat than before, but he spends most of his time on the farm.
More information about me and the party I am traveling with: I am American, 29 yrs old, speak mostly fluent Spanish, and have lived in La Mira twice (2000-2001 and 2003-2004). Last time I was in Mich was May 2008. I have an 8 yr girl and a 6 yr boy who are half Mexican. My very white, non Spanish speaking boyfriend will most likely be going with us. We cant afford to fly into Lazaro.
I am looking for straight forward, nonbiased information about the situation so I can make an informed decision as soon as possible.
Thanks in advance.
"Self-trust is the first secret to sucess" R. W. Emerson