The US state Department
has warned tourists to "completely avoid" five states in Mexico because of rampant crime levels and gang activity.
Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas have all been classified as a level-four risk, the Highest
in the scale.
That puts them at the same levels as conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Preliminary figures suggest that Mexico had a record number of murders in 2017.
State department advice for travellers to Mexico:Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving at nightExercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinosDo not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelleryBe extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMsHave a contingency plan for emergency situations