Visitors to the Mexican Caribbean who wish to journey off the overwhelmed path will quickly have the ability to hop on a ‘Mayan Train‘ in the direction of a minimum of two model new locations, whereas nonetheless benefitting from stronger connectivity between current vacationer hotspots like Cancún and Tulum.
As introduced by Javier May Rodríguez, the brand new common director of the National Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur), the opening of the brand new vacationer hall, which has already been delayed once, will now probably occur within the final quarter of 2023 and preparations are underway.
Maya Kaán And Rio Hondo More Accessible Than Ever
The Mexican Caribbean is thought world wide for its luxurious resorts, islands surrounded by crystal clear water, and well-known Mayan monuments such because the ruins of Tulum, which provide vacationers a glimpse of an historic previous and permit them to attach with the native historical past.
Even although the area already advantages from a profitable tourism marketing campaign and attracts thousands and thousands of tourists yearly, its potential is way from being absolutely explored, with various seashore getaways and scenic journeys nonetheless comparatively unknown to foreigners.
Mexico’s much-anticipated new attraction, the Tren Maya is an intercity prepare that can run alongside the shoreline and open locations vacationers might not even have heard of earlier than.
Among these enlisted are Maya Kaán and the Hondo river route, which runs throughout a lot of the worldwide border between Mexico and the Central American nation of Belize.
While Maya Kaán boasts some of the Mayan Riviera’s most impressive ancient Mayan settlements and unexplored pure reserves, the ‘Rio Hondo’ approach may increase tourism between Mexico and Belize and encourage vacationers to go to different Mayan landmarks throughout the border.
It is value noting that, from February 2022, these hoping to go to Belize on a day journey from the Mexican Riviera can be anticipated to adjust to stricter entry necessities and purchase the Belize Travel Health Insurance.
On an extent, Mexico’s National Tourism Fund (Fonatur) already has an intervention strategy aimed at sustainably developing the new tourists destinations, which leads us to assume a remaining resolution on the prepare route might have lastly been revamped 3 years because the mission was first launched.
Opportunity Or Threat?
The Tren Maya is a hotly debated matter within the Mexican tourism sector. Since first being announced in September 2018, it has drawn criticism from the hotelier enterprise group within the Mayan Riviera, particularly in locations like Cancún.
Among their issues was the development of a 49.8 km elevated viaduct that may run parallel to the Federal Highway 307, specifically the one entry to the Caribbean’s main vacation spot. The unique scenic route, which has already been scrapped in favor of an alternate one, would additionally require some accommodations to cede coastal land to be used.
Known as Route 5, the railway line would inevitably jeopardize lodge operations. As argued by hoteliers on the time, coastal fields are their “strongest asset”, with American and Canadian vacationers flying over all 12 months spherical for seashore breaks.
Cancún Airport is, the truth is, one of the busiest hubs in Mexico.
Following complaints, the prepare has been re-routed and can now not run parallel to Federal Highway 307. Instead, it should journey behind the lodge entrance, with the controversial elevated part beginning in Playa del Carmen and operating for a way more modest 10 km solely.
The Mayan Riviera Hotels’ Association (AHRM) seems to have approved of the new plan and even provided to collaborate with the mission.
How Much Will The Scenic Journey Cost And Will Cancún Be On The Route?
As the Mayan Train is nonetheless in improvement, no bulletins have but been made relating to ticket fares, the ultimate variety of stations it should serve and which current vacationer locations can be on the route.
It is protected to say that, whatever the consequence, the objective is to attach the primary locations within the Riviera whereas opening new ones. On that be aware, the Cancun to Tulum part already began construction nearly a year ago.
Recently, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Adán Augusto López Hernández reassured the general public and native communities the prepare will be fully operational by the end of 2023, regardless that they’re at present working not on time because of fixed modifications to the mission.
Once opened, the Tren Maya will provide guests to the Mexican Caribbean an alternative to tour the area totally and see all of the important sights alongside the coast, and additional inland.
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