Tulum, the jewel of Mexico, undermined by organized crime

Tulum, the jewel of Mexico, undermined by organized crime


REPORT – In 2021, the coastal state of Quintana Roo welcomed more than 12 million tourists. But this jewel of the Mexican economy has been shaken by violence as several major shootings have erupted in recent months.

Special Envoy to Tulum, Mexico

It’s 11pm when Inspector Armando Portillo and his colleague Ricardo Diaz Marin begin their 24-hour guard. The two municipal policemen begin their night of patrolling the streets of Tulum, a posh resort in the state of Quintana Roo. In the city center, the atmosphere is like every night at the party, the bars and restaurants are full of tourists who come to let go and enjoy the sweetness of the Caribbean.

«Obviously, the most common crimes are drug trafficking. It is a tourist area and people come here for fun, not always in the healthiest way. That’s why we’re attacking this point, because obviously if people come here to consume it generates violence.Says Inspector Armando Portillo.

Violence has become symptomatic throughout the region. On the night of Saturday, May 21, a shooting broke out in the middle of the “quinta avenida”, a commercial artery…

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