He’s out to prove that Mexico is safe for your tourist dollars. He’s also out to prove that at 49, he’s still virile and adventurous. President Felipe Calderon’s guided tour through Mexico, “Mexico: The Royal Tour” airs on our local PBS stations tomorrow.
Naturally, this safety tour draws on Yucatán in a big way. Calderon climbs the pyramids and dives down a cenote. Calderon also descends into the 1,000-foot-deep Sotano de las Golondrinas cavern and helps a Lacandon Indian paddle a boat down a river in a jungle in southern Chiapas state.
I can’t wait to see this. Not so much for Calderon, who I know little about, but to see Yucatán represented on American television.
“In the 30-minute videos, Calderon breaks from his image as a lawyerly policy wonk best known for launching a bloody, controversial offensive against drug cartels,” Yahoo news reports.
At least once a week I search my TV listings for “Mérida” and “Yucatán” and get nothing. At best, I see Mérida on a weather map when I’m watching news on Galavision. Sometimes, I just need more proof that Yucatán isn’t a figment of my imagination. This show might help me shake that suspicion.