Northern Mexican Violent States

Chihuahua
The Mexican government has reported that approximately 1900 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez in 2011. Although there has been a decrease in homicides in 2012, this city still has one of the highest rates in Mexico. Chihuahua City has seen an increase in violent crime over previous years. You should avoid travelling to this state.

Coahuila
You should avoid travelling to this state. The state continues to experience high rates of violent crimes and narcotics-related murders. Criminal organizations compete for territory and coveted border crossings into the United States.

In September 2012, more than 100 prisoners escaped from a prison in Piedras Negras. The cities of Torreon and Saltillo have also seen an increase in violent crimes including kidnappings, armed car-jackings, and murders.

Durango
Several areas of this state continue to experience high rates of violence and remain volatile. Avoid travelling to this state.

Nuevo Leon
Avoid travel to this state, except for the metropolitan area of Monterrey. Sporadic gun battles and attacks on casinos and adult entertainment establishments continue. Criminal organizations have kidnapped and murdered internationals, even when ransom demands are met. They also continue to attack local government facilities.

San Luis Potosi
The entire length of highway 57D in San Luis Potosi and portions of the state east of this highway toward Tamaulipas are particularly dangerous. You should avoid travel to this state, except for the city of San Luis Potosi, where you should exercise caution.

Sinaloa
One of Mexico's most powerful criminal cartels is located in this state. You should avoid travel to this region, except for the city of Mazatlan where you should exercise caution. This state's capital city of Culiacan has the second highest recorded homicide rate in Mexico. Travel off toll roads in remote areas of this state should be avoided. Travel in Mazatlan should be limited to Zona Dorada and the historic town centre.

Sonora
Sonora is a key region for human trafficking and international drug trading. It can be extremely dangerous for travellers.Avoid travelling within the triangular region formed by the cities Nogales, Sonoyta, and Caborca. You should also avoid the eastern edge of the State. Avoid areas south of the city of Ciudad Obregon, with the exception of travel to Alamos. If visiting Alamos, travel only during daylight hours and use only the toll Highway 15 and Sonora State Road 162.

Exercise caution when visiting the coastal town of Puerto Peñasco.

Tamaulipas
Avoid travelling on Tamaulipas highways outside of Matamoros, Reynosa, and Nuevo Laredo due to the risk of armed robbery and car-jacking. Nuevo Laredo has experienced a number of grenade attacks, particularly against night clubs.
While no highway routes through Tamaulipas are considered safe, many of the reported incidents have taken place along the Matamoros-Tampico highway, especially near San Fernando and the area north of Tampico.

Zacatecas
Avoid travelling to this state except for the city of Zacatecas, where you should exercise caution. The north-western portion of this state is notably dangerous and insecure.

Gun battles between criminal groups and authorities occur in the area of the state bordering Jalisco. There have also been reports of roadblocks and fake checkpoints on highways between Zacatecas and Jalisco.

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