cp0915 wrote:Fletch wrote:... happens everywhere, everyday, in every country (including the good ol' USA).
No, it doesn't. I specifically referenced a group of hikers at high elevation in a foreign country "exploited" by someone with a gun, in an area with a history of significant instability. (The precise position our OP could find himself in, by the way.) The Ecuador incident wasn't mere hazing-gone-wrong, and there was no indication that it had anything to do with dope. But there's every indication it had to do with a local thug preying on "defenseless" tourist hiker-types, out of their element and with nothing but some food and water on their backs.
I don't want to pick a fight, but if you think rape, murder, robbery, and kidnapping don't happen everywhere in the world, you need to get out more. The issues going on in Mexico (like other posts suggest) are related to the drug trade. Stay out of the drug trade and you should be OK. But much like any place in the world (including Las Vegas), 'wrong place, wrong time' situations do happen. Your reference to a situation in Ecuador was vague. High altitude hiking in Ecuador, or Iran, or the Himalaya, or Africa, and climbing the volcanos in Mexico share the same risks as every other place in the world. But if you climb the volcanos with a kilo of cocaine in your pack, then you are asking for trouble. All other risks are the biproduct of hiking in a foreign country (in general) and not unique to Mexico in any other way. Local thugs are everywhere. That's all im saying.