Masks and sana distancia can apparently coexist with fun in the sun, as demonstrated by Mexicans and foreigners visiting tourist hotspots here during the Christmas, New Year and Dia de Reyes holidays.
While visitors may not have exactly turned up in droves equal to earlier years, Mexican tourists were noticed thronging places such as Puerto Vallarta, while U.S. travelers are making a splash in the Riviera Maya, as well as the Los Cabos region, attracted by a sophisticated ad campaign commissioned by the local tourism board.
“The Facebook pages for expats have been bombarded with questions: ‘Is it safe to come to Mexico?’” reports Guadalajara resident Kimball Wheeler.
If prospective tourists indeed are open to enticement, the trend toward tourism flies in the face of Mexico’s high death rates from Covid-19 (the fourth highest in the world) and its hospitals nearly full with virus patients. But it aligns well with the country’s economic dependence on tourism and its unusually relaxed policies for entering tourists. (Negative Covid test results or quarantining after arrival are not required.)