Visitors to the Mexican Caribbean who need to journey off the overwhelmed path will quickly be capable to hop on a ‘Mayan Train‘ in direction of not less than two model new locations, whereas nonetheless benefitting from stronger connectivity between present 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 possible 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 around the globe 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 tens of millions of holiday makers yearly, its potential is way from being totally explored, with quite a few seaside getaways and scenic journeys nonetheless comparatively unknown to foreigners.
Mexico’s much-anticipated new attraction, the Tren Maya is an intercity prepare that may 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’ manner may increase tourism between Mexico and Belize and encourage vacationers to go to different Mayan landmarks throughout the border.
It is price noting that, from February 2022, these hoping to go to Belize on a day journey from the Mexican Riviera will likely 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 determination on the prepare route might have lastly been revamped 3 years because the undertaking 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 will 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 inns 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 yr spherical for seaside breaks.
Cancún Airport is, in actual fact, one of the busiest hubs in Mexico.
Following complaints, the prepare has been re-routed and can not run parallel to Federal Highway 307. Instead, it’ll journey behind the lodge entrance, with the controversial elevated part beginning in Playa del Carmen and working for a way more modest 10 km solely.
The Mayan Riviera Hotels’ Association (AHRM) seems to have approved of the new plan and even supplied to collaborate with the undertaking.
How Much Will The Scenic Journey Cost And Will Cancún Be On The Route?
As the Mayan Train is nonetheless in growth, no bulletins have but been made relating to ticket fares, the ultimate variety of stations it’ll serve and which present vacationer locations will likely be on the route.
It is protected to say that, whatever the final result, the objective is to attach the principle locations within the Riviera whereas opening new ones. On that word, 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, despite the fact that they’re at the moment working not on time on account of fixed modifications to the undertaking.
Once opened, the Tren Maya will supply guests to the Mexican Caribbean an alternative to tour the area totally and see all of the major sights alongside the coast, and additional inland.
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