As we approach the end of the year, we are facing more and more challenges in terms of travel. Well, there are challenges of all kinds in all industries, but since this site is about travel, we will stick to that.

If you’re eager to travel, you may have already done some research and found that, unfortunately, many countries are still closed to international tourism or they’re open but the restrictions are so rigid that travel to those places becomes impossible. Well, I’ve got good news for you. Mexico is open and waiting for you with open arms! That’s why today we will share with you Mexico travel updates for October 2020.

If you would like to know what’s going on in Mexico recently, keep on reading for more information.

An Unrelenting Hurricane Season

A few palm trees being battered by a hurricane.

Hurricanes seem to be the norm this year. Just in October alone, we have already had 3 hurricanes or tropical storms: Gamma, Delta, and more recently, Zeta.

The most active Atlantic hurricane season on record took place in 2005, but experts fear if this trend continues, we will beat that record in no time. The hurricane season does not end until November 30. We’re still one month away, and anything could happen during that time.

This year has been so active that meteorologists ran out of names and started using the letters of the Greek alphabet. That should give us some idea of the severity of this season.

The Yucatán Peninsula has been one of the most affected areas in Mexico. Many cities in the area are been battered this month.

As a preventative measure, the local government closed all the archaeological sites and museums in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatán until further notice. We can’t wait for this hurricane season to be over. We will keep you updated.

Paseo Santa Lucia Reopened

Artificial river and a white building behind it.

The Paseo Santa Lucia, an icon in Monterrey, reopened its doors this past October 2. This is a favorite among both locals and tourists. It was inspired by the famous River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.

Management implemented several measures to secure the safety of visitors. Some of them include:

  • Mandatory face masks.
  • Social distancing.
  • Temperature checks before boarding.
  • Operation of boats at a 50% capacity.
  • No pregnant women, seniors over 65, or minors under 12 are allowed.

The new hours will be Monday through Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Have you been there yet?

Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato City

Several dancers performing on stage.
Courtesy: https://festivalcervantino.gob.mx/

Festival Cervantino is the most important art festival in Mexico. It is held in Guanajuato City every year. It showcases the best of music, opera, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, among other disciplines. There are always guest performers from other countries. This year, there were performers from 13 countries.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local government decided to make it virtual this year. People were able to watch live transmissions of all events for free. Although we missed attending in person, it was a huge success.

If you have never been to this festival, you’re missing out on a lot. It’s one of the busiest seasons in Guanajuato City. It’s always held in mid-October. Mark your calendar.

Interjet: On the Verge of Bankruptcy?

Several people inside an airplane cabin.

We have been keeping a close eye on this Mexican airline. It has been in the spotlight as of late and not for the best reasons. The truth is, its problems just seem to get worse.

Earlier this month, Mexican tax authorities seized the airline’s bank accounts for a debt that reached almost $140,000,000.

There’s also a strike scheduled for October 30. Interjet’s employees are not happy at all.

We wrote about Interjet’s woes in detail in a previous post. If you would like to learn more about what’s going on with this airline, you can click here. In the meantime, do NOT book any flights with this airline. Opt for more reliable airlines like VivaAerobus and Aeromexico instead.

U.S.-Mexico Border Closure Extended…Once More

The word stop written in red letters on a gray brick wall.

It didn’t surprise us when we heard that the border between Mexico and the U.S. would remain closed for non-essential travel for one more month. The border has been closed since March 21, and the closure has been extended monthly ever since. Many believe it won’t reopen before the end of 2020.

The U.S. leads the world in COVID-19 infections, with more than 8.2 million confirmed cases. To prevent the spread of the virus, both governments have decided to keep their shared border closed. Air travel between both countries is still allowed, though. Experts say the next three months will be crucial. As we approach winter, we can’t but think what’s going to happen. We will keep you posted.

Día de Muertos Celebrations

Several people dressed in traditional white clothes and holding marigolds and candles in their hands.

The Día de Muertos is one of Mexico’s most important celebrations where people honor the memory of their loved ones. They set up altars and decorate them with flowers, candles, food, and other things that the person liked when he lived. It is held on November 2 every year.

Several pueblos mágicos are visited around that date. One of them is Tepoztlán in the southern state of Morelos. Many people visit the town to see the ofrendas at the cemetery, but this year that won’t be possible. The local government announced that no tourists will be allowed in town between October 30 and November 2. There will be control points at the entrances to prevent any tourists from entering. Only locals will be allowed.

Another famous town that holds celebrations is Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán. This year, to control the spread of the virus and reactivate the local economy, the local government announced that celebrations will take place under strict measures. Cemeteries will be limited to a 50% capacity, there won’t be any mass events like concerts, and the sale of alcohol will be prohibited.

Conclusion

This month has been quite eventful. We have had to face a virus that refuses to go away and lots of hurricanes that have reminded us of the power of nature.

We have had to adapt to the current situation. There are mixed feelings about reopenings, but the truth is, we can’t close everything indefinitely. We have to find some balance and act responsibly. They say we’re getting close to finding a vaccine, so we only can do what is in our hands and hope for the best.

There you have it. Have you attended any of the events mentioned above? If you haven’t, I highly recommend you do it at least once. You won’t regret it.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below, and I will do my best to reply as soon as possible. I’d also appreciate it if you shared this information with your loved ones. Someone might find this useful. Bon voyage!

Mexico Travel Updates October 2020.

6 Replies to “Mexico Travel Updates – October 2020”

  1. Interesting update. Thank you for informing me about the status of travel to Mexico and some of the events. The Paseo Santa Lucia looks very inviting; I have never been to that. I love water and rivers so I think I would find it enjoyable. The Día de Muertos has always frightened me. I understand now that it is to honor the dead. But masks of skulls still disturbs me.
    I was happy to see the available reviews for the VivaAerobus and Aeromexico. That is very helpful. And it is helpful to know that flights between Mexico and the US are allowed. Looking forward to more posts about this beautiful country.

    1. Hi, Barbara,

      Your comment is much appreciated. As long as I can help someone, I’ll be glad to continue.

      Feel free to check out my other articles for more info and tips. Have a great day!

  2. This situation with Covid is so crazy, the Mexico/US border is not the only one that is closed. I wonder how it goes on in the months ahead, and after Christmas. We can’t be locked for ever.
    Even though airports still work, many flights are cancelled and the testing before and after flying just puts me off, travelling by car saves you that.
    Thank you on the updates, much appreciated.

    1. Hi, Lenka,

      I know! This pandemic is driving us crazy! We are so tired of hearing the same things on the news. It seems like a never-ending story.

      You’re right. It seems driving is the method of travel these days. Airlines are frequently canceling their flights due to low demand and government restrictions.

      I hope everything gets better in the upcoming months.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Hi Enrique!
    Thanks for sharing this post! I have been to Mexico in 2017 in Cancun, Valladolid, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen. After reading your post the pictures of sunny Mexico and the Caribbean Sea appeared in my head again! It was such a lovely journey. I hope to visit Mexico sometime again. Yes, travel industry was damaged so badly during this year, and we all can only hope that this time of uncertainty and the hurricane season will be over soon!
    Stay safe,
    Alex

    1. Hi, Alex,

      Glad to hear you’ve visited Mexico! Cancun is one of the top attractions in the country, but we have many others. I hope you visit again soon when the situation allows it. Feel free to check my posts for some ideas. Thanks for commenting.

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