Some unsettledness today in Sinaloa

Very little current news here in Mazatlan, you all pretty much know more than we do.

Sandy please let me know if you have landed here, worried about you both.

Plus the Canadian consulate reached out to those of us who are registered with them.

A drug cartel is creating chaos in Culiacan, Mazatlan, Los Mochis and Gusave. The airports, schools, many businesses, most restaurants and sporting events have all been cancelled until further notice. The Canadian government has asked us to stay home until further notice. Even the local lancha between the Isla and Mazatlan was shut down for several hours today. Burning trucks blocked the entrances into Mazatlan as well as to our airport. There was shooting from the airborne government airships to the bad guys on the ground at the Mazatlan airport ( per King David ).

I have no idea how the news spread so very quickly. The mercado was shut down very quickly.

Centro and other parts of the city were shut down rapido.

Click here for a concise update on what is happening. Another article here. This is the latest information I can get.

Wow, Soriana’s parking lot is empty.

Not much activity on the beach today.

All entrances to Mazatlan were blocked off so no one could enter the city from any entrance especially the Federales, National Guard, etc.

All of this chaos was because the government re captured EL Chapo’s son.

This is the entrance off of HWY 15 to the Mazatlan airport. From the news article “after Guzman’s capture’s they reinforce security at the exits of Mazatlan”.

This is the exit to Isla de la Piedra enroute to the airport. The turning lane on the left as you look at the photo. The overhead sign on the left indicates a turn to the Isla.

Yet another block to the airport. As far as we can figure out the cartel wanted to control the airport so that El Chapo’s son could not be flown out of Sinaloa. We have read that he has been transported to Mexico City, we have no idea from where or how. All major airports as well as schools in Sinaloa have been shut down until further notice.

We are more than safe. We are no where near any fires or gunshots. We did see a few military helicopters fly over earlier in the morning. We all feel very safe. However there were a few from RV1 who had gone into Mazatlan early in the morning and of course they could not get back.They did get back mid afternoon once the launchas started operating again.

Colin even walked the girls twice today on the beach.

Life certainly is interesting.





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20 thoughts on “Some unsettledness today in Sinaloa

  1. Peter from Maine says:

    Saludos Contessa! Were most restaurants on Isla closed too?

    1. Yes they were. So lovely to hear from you again and to know that you are still out there. I will never forget your visit.

  2. Jim and Barb says:

    Crazy! Hope things settle down soon!

  3. Colleen says:

    Strange times….

  4. Jannose says:

    Stay safe!

  5. Hopefully this gets resolved quickly so your life can get back to normal!

    Stay safe

    1. We are back to normal.

  6. Lucy says:

    Hi contessa & Colin, hope U’ll doing ok down South & FAR from where troubles; just read Los Mochis & Mazatlan airports are closed. Keep safe, best wishes for U all 4. Happy 2023 !

    1. We are safe and all is back to normal.

  7. Dolores Tanner says:

    Well, that is scary….

  8. Maxx Trails says:

    I have been thinking of you guys, so glad to hear you are safe and I pray it stays that way!

  9. Linda Sand says:

    Glad to hear you are able to stay home and stay safe. I hope nothing expands closer to you. This took me back to the race riots of 1967 in Minneapolis when Plymouth Avenue was on fire. Scary stuff.

  10. Karen says:

    So glad you posted today, very happy to hear that you’re safe and sound,we were concerned for your safety. I wonder how los glorias is making out? I would think no driving in or out at the moment. I am hopeful to be heading to PV area next week. Stay safe my friend our thoughts and prayers to your family and friends from us

    1. Playa los Glorias has not been affected at all form what I have read. It was a oe day event, all is well.

  11. SandyM says:

    Arrived early afternoon Jan 4, 2023. Safe and sound in Centro.

    1. Thank you for the up date and your message.

  12. Judith says:

    So everybody got home pronto and stayed out of the way. Only thing to do. Poor Mexico, as they say. For years. Such a wonderful place with so many wonderful people.

  13. It was quiet here on Thursday in the Cerritos area. The stay at home order was precautionary. I think that short term visitors were frightened but those of us who have been coming to Mazatlan for many years were not. The north american news has blown things out of proportion to the actual situation. We went to the beach in the afternoon and there were a moderate amount of people. Yesterday the Mazatlan airport opened. Buses, taxis and restaurants were back to normal. CAPTA is a good source of information while social media is not. Misinformation creates unnecessary fear. Sinaloa can likely expect repercussions from the cartel for this arrest but life goes on.

    1. Yes Capta is the best.So glad that I was all over with in one day.

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