Tulum, one of the most visited cities in Quintana Roo, will now see armed guards or fully armed military around the area heading into the busy spring season. In an effort to boost safety for travelers, officials announced that the National Guard will be deployed to patrol some of Tulum’s main attractions.
This comes after last week’s exercise where over “50 elements of the National Guard participated in an operation on the beaches of the Tulum National Park” according to
La Jornada Maya. The area is expecting a record number of travelers and authorities want to ensure that visitors are safe and protected while visiting the area.
This is common practice at Mexican Caribbean resort hotspots and Tulum is the latest area to be added after recent rising crime rates. The area has experienced negative headlines with gang-related violence as most recently there were two deaths at a local hostel.
The National Guard will patrol areas including popular beaches, the Archeological Zone as well as the massive Tulum National Park. Troops are actively patrolling these areas to ensure there is safety and tranquility for visitors and local employees.
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Tulum has been a burgeoning destination for travelers seeking a sun-filled mystical vacation amongst stunning verdant nature. It presents a unique blend of ancient Mayan history and continually ranks as one of the most popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.
The growing wave of tourists is only set to grow larger following the completion of the Maya Train later this year.
Tulum is expected to be a safe destination for travelers and is currently under a Level Two travel advisory. The U.S. Department of State are urging travelers to be cautious when visiting but can be at ease that most resorts around-the-clock security.
National Guard troops will also be tasked with seeking out illegal street vendors and drug traffickers in the area.