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Is it safe to travel to the city of Iguala in Guerrero, Mexico?

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As of 2015, the U.S. Department of State advises individuals to avoid all non-essential travel to the state of Guerrero, except for Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. In 2013, Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico, with more than 2,000 reported homicides and 207 kidnappings.

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The U.S. Department of State warns that self-defense groups operate free from government control in many area of Guerrero. Members of these groups are typically armed and often maintain roadblocks around the state. Although these groups typically do not target tourists, they are unpredictable and volatile.

While most of the recent violence in Mexico is due to criminal activity and drug trafficking, U.S. citizens fall victim to this violence as well. In 2013, 81 Americans were murdered, and that figured increased to 100 in 2014.

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