On September 19, a 7.1-magnitute earthquake shook Mexico, leveling several buildings and causing damage to life and limb.
The earthquake struck less than two weeks after an 8.2-magnitude tremor rocked the country’s southern coast. In some areas, like the town of Juchitán, a hotel and bar became rubble.
Despite the destruction, travelers should know that it’s still safe to travel to Mexico. Even in Mexico City, most tourist destinations are still open to the public.
Unfortunately, many buildings were damaged in the popular and historic El Centro and Roma districts of Mexico City, according to Fortune. Beyond the city, other areas in the states of Puebla and Morelos were hard hit.
Travelers who would prefer to avoid areas that have been damaged by the powerful earthquake will find that Mexico has plenty of other wonderful tourist destinations, including the Spanish colonial city of San Miguel de Allende and the Yucatan Coast.
These areas are safe, and have not been impacted by the natural disaster. “[These] top travel destinations,” the Latin American Travel Association said in a statement, “are completely unaffected…”
What airports are open in Mexico?
In the immediate aftermath of the Mexico City earthquake, flights were suspended into and out of the Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México. Flights were diverted to nearby airports in Guadalajara, Toluca, and Acapulco.
After runways and facilities were cleared for safety, the airport was quickly reopened.
Does Mexico City have power?
A recent report suggests that some 4.8 million people were left without power after the September 19 earthquake. Within less than 24 hours, 92 percent impacted by electrical outages have been restored.
Travelers should expect normal electrical and natural gas service during their trip to Mexico.
Which resorts in Mexico were impacted?
A handful of Mexican hotels and resorts were affected by the earthquake, including Marriott’s Le Meridien Mexico City and the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Mexico Medica Sur.
According to the Mexico Tourism Board, however, most hotels, museums, and restaurants are open for businesses.
Travelers with existing plans and booking should check directly with their hotel or vacation rental to be certain that the property didn’t sustain any damage during the earthquake.
How to donate to earthquake relief:
Travelers interested in helping those impacted by Mexico’s two major, recent earthquakes should reach out to local nonprofits like Topos México, the Mexican Red Cross, and Fondo Unido México.
Volunteering during your trip to Mexico is a great way to turn your vacation into a charitable act. And while Mexico City is still very much open to tourists, the victims of the natural disasters do desperately need help.
Should you still travel to Mexico?
Even in the wake of tragedy, travelers should still travel to Mexico. Many of the sites and amenities available to visitors are open and welcoming visitors.
Tourism is crucial to the country’s economy and, with an estimated $2 billion in repairs on the horizon, Mexico can’t afford to lose this huge source of income.
Travelers who feel uncomfortable visiting Mexico City can opt instead to volunteer during the trip, lending hands to the rescue and rebuilding efforts.