August 3, 2010 3:39 PM

Mexico seeks more tourists — but is it safe to go?

White beaches, colonial cities, Mayan pyramids, world-class cuisine — these are some of the obvious draws that bring 22 million foreigners to Mexico each year. Beautifully crafted ads on cable TV and in mass-market magazines show no images of another facet of the nation: the bloody war between drug cartels that's made parts of northern Mexico more akin to Afghanistan than a tranquil holiday destination.

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