Although my college years and beyond were spent enjoying forays over the border to experience the culture and empty landscapes of Mexico, that was then and this is now. I have not returned for many reasons, but have longed too. What recently has given me pause is the U.S. State Department Warning urging citizens to defer unnecessary travel to Mexico.

However I have a writer friend who takes delight in visiting countries on that list, so with his advice I chose to disregard that warning and travel to Mazatlan. I was not sorry. I found it a safe environment far removed from the violence plaguing other areas of Mexico, a cultured city busily balancing the old and new. I trust these images will entice you to visit as well.

Written by: Steve Smith
Photographed by: Steve Smith

Steve-Smith-and-Christine-Johnson-250Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. Together with his wife and co-pilot Christine Johnson, their college days were spent enjoying many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. Today these excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, they believe this is the true way to experience different cultures.

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