Dangerous “stretch of silence” near Tulum, Mexico


Visiting Quintana Roo? Be careful if you’re planning to drive on the Tulum-Felipe Carrillo Puerto “stretch of silence”.

Quintana Roo´s violence does not stop and local authorities apparently are doing nothing about it.

CHETUMAL, Quintana Roo (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública) – In spite of the fact that federal, state and municipal security forces, as well as the armed forces, have committed to supporting surveillance on the Chetumal-Tulum highway to stop crimes, two new violent robberies were reported in the “Tulum-Felipe Carrillo Puerto stretch of silence”. This part of the road is called that way because of the scarce traffic, poor cellphone reception and lack of police surveillance.

According to police reports, thieves aboard a black Jeep Cherokee blocked the way of two vehicles to steal the passengers belongings and even their cars.

Section of the Tulum-Carrillo Puerto road called – “the stretch of silence”

The lack of police surveillance on this stretch of road meant a very unpleasant moment for the victim, a teacher travelling from Tulum to Felipe Carrillo Puerto in the early hours of the morning.

For trying to escape and resisting the robbery, the assailants brutally beat him, tied him up and threw him into a breach to take his money, his vehicle and his belongings.

A family was the victim of the second assault. In the vehicle was a married couple with their son. The perpetrator stopped the car, took the couple´s belongings, and attempted to sexually abuse the woman while beating up the man.

Despite promises by federal and state police to guard this stretch of road, the violent assaults have not been stopped and in the meantime, tourism drops.

When will this violence stop in Mexico´s number one tourism state? 

Source: The Riviera Maya Times