TULUM, Mexico – Tour guides at the Tulum Archaeological Zone are currently facing one of the most challenging off-seasons they’ve ever encountered, prompting them to implement “solidarity breaks” due to the noticeable drop in tourist numbers.
In an interview, Julio César Villagómez Villalobos, a local guide, explained that they’ve had to split into two groups and distribute their working days throughout the week because there has been a significant decrease in visitors to the archaeological site.
He further noted that the influx of visitors is well below the usual 1,500 daily entries, with the majority arriving through tourist agencies from Cancún and the Riviera Maya, which provide their own guides.
De aproximadamente 400 personas que visitan el sitio arqueológico de forma independiente, los guías locales sólo logran interactuar con alrededor de 40%, añadió.
Alejandro Torres Perera, otro guía que trabaja dentro de la zona arqueológica, señaló que algunos de sus compañeros ahora trabajan solo una o dos veces por semana debido al menor flujo de visitantes.
“The activity in the archaeological zone is notably low, but it’s a widespread issue affecting not only us but also taxi drivers, boat operators, and other tourism service providers,” he concluded.