What travelers should know about visiting Mexico after the earthquake.

Jess McHugh
September 22, 2017

Following a deadly 7.1 earthquake earlier this week, Mexico City is assessing the damage while preparing to rebuild.

Despite the intensity of the earthquake β€” the strongest in nearly a century β€” the airport reopened within hours of the event Tuesday, and the Mexico Tourism board quickly issued a statement noting that the city would continue to welcome visitors.

β€œThe Mexico Tourism Board, and the entire tourism industry, are focused on ensuring visitors in affected destinations receive any assistance necessary while continuing with their existing travel plans,” read an excerpt from a release issued Tuesday.

Dozens of buildings were leveled, while others sustained significant damage, Reuters reported. Marriott's Le Meridien Mexico City, Holiday Inn Mexico Coyoacan, and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Mexico Medica Sur all saw heavy damage and are closed for repairs, according to Travel Weekly.

Travelers should check directly with their hotel or rental, as many buildings escaped the earthquake relatively unscathed. Most tourist destinations, including museums and restaurants, are still open, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.

Seeing the frightening images of rubble and damaged buildings are enough to scare even intrepid travelers, but the city remains safe for visitors, and concerned travelers can continue to donate to rescue missions.

Mexico is also a vast country, with a host of destinations, including the Yucatan coast where Cancun and Playa del Carmen are located, with beautiful beaches and well-preserved Mayan ruins.

Travel + Leisure readers voted San Miguel de Allende, a city in Mexico's central highlands, as the world's best. Known for its Spanish colonial style architecture, more than 350 restaurants, and local artisans, San Miguel de Allende has something for every type of traveler.

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