A cau­tion on Yu­catán

Los Angeles Times - - WELLNESS TRAVEL -

Your Yu­catán ar­ti­cles were fine, but any travel there should come­with a warn­ing [“Sweet Spots” by Jody Jaffe, May 31].

A few years ago I took my wife and kids to the Yu­catán and trav­eled all over that penin­sula on our own for about a month. (The Travel sec­tion should have men­tioned the fa­mous and in­cred­i­bly tasty sausages of Val­ladolid.)

As we were driv­ing through down­town Mérida, the po­lice pulled us over. They searched our car for drugs (there weren’t any), then de­tained us while try­ing to drum up some other bo­gus charge. One of them toldme all our trou­bles would go away if I’d just al­lowthem (therewere four of­fi­cers) to rape my wife. I pre­tended not to un­der­stand.

We even­tu­ally got out of this ter­ri­fy­ing sit­u­a­tion, but as you can imag­ine, it put a damper on our va­ca­tion.

Mex­ico needs tomake a lot of changes be­fore we’ll go back— and it used to be our fa­vorite coun­try to visit. WIL­LIAM STOUT Pasadena

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