April 6, 2024
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9 Ancient Sites Revamped between Cancun and Tulum

TULUM, Quintana Roo – The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) has announced significant progress in the rehabilitation of Tracts 5, 6, and 7, which encompass the regions between Cancun, Tulum, Chetumal, and Escárcega. Spearheading this ambitious project is Fonatur’s head and project leader, Javier May.

This endeavor goes beyond mere restoration efforts, as simultaneous works are being carried out to revitalize nine archaeological zones across the aforementioned areas. Diego Prieto, Director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), emphasized the importance of the ongoing research and re-adaptation initiatives. Among these sites, Tulum, the country’s third most-visited archaeological zone, is poised to offer public access to previously unexplored areas.

Prieto outlined the collaborative efforts between the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas and the Secretary of National Defense, which will be instrumental in the development of the El Jaguar National Park project centered around Tulum. This joint venture seeks to harmonize conservation and cultural preservation, ensuring the sustainable growth of the region while protecting its natural and historical heritage.

9 Ancient Sites Revamped between Cancun and Tulum

Furthermore, the ongoing investigations and rehabilitation efforts extend to other significant archaeological sites, including Muyil and El Meco, both situated within Tract 5. Prieto revealed a remarkable discovery made just this week: a sculpture depicting a death deity, characterized by its hauntingly mortuary features.

The newfound sculpture represents a significant addition to Mexico’s rich archaeological tapestry, shedding light on the ancient beliefs and customs of the civilization that once thrived in this region. Prieto marveled at the intricacies of the sculpture, describing it as an “impressive figure, bearing an expression of mournful countenance.”

As the restoration efforts continue, it is becoming increasingly evident that this project is poised to transform Tulum into an unparalleled cultural and archaeological destination. With its sun-drenched beaches and mesmerizing Mayan ruins, Tulum already attracts millions of tourists each year. The opening of new public areas within the archaeological site will undoubtedly enhance the visitor experience, providing them with unprecedented access to historically significant sites that were previously off-limits.

9 Ancient Sites Revamped between Cancun and Tulum

Visitors to Tulum will soon have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the splendor of an ancient civilization, exploring areas that were once reserved for the eyes of a select few. The rehabilitation and research efforts being undertaken by Fonatur and INAH are not merely restoring structures; they are breathing life into history, offering a glimpse into the rituals, beliefs, and artistry of the Mayan people.

With each new discovery, Tulum’s allure as a cultural and historical gem continues to grow. The commitment of both Fonatur and INAH to preserving and showcasing Mexico’s heritage is commendable. Their joint efforts in the rehabilitation of these archaeological zones are poised to shape Tulum’s future, balancing tourism development with sustainable conservation.


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