TULUM, México – In the ever-evolving landscape of Tulum, the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development (SEDATU) is set to deliver the Jaguar Park project, encompassing the archaeological zone and beaches, by late January or early February. This announcement comes from Román Meyer Falcón, the head of the department, during his recent visit to Tulum.
During a follow-up visit on January 12th, the federal official toured the Tulum National Park polygon to supervise the ongoing works. These will be handed over to federal agencies such as the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) for management.
“We are on the right track. We’ve already handed over the most significant part, this module to INAH, including the lighthouse and the INAH staff’s campsite. This forms the main area and the central nucleus,” Falcón emphasized. He mentioned that the main access is already established, and the completion of beach accesses and the southern access, featuring a lookout point and mobility improvements, is imminent. “We hope to conclude by the end of January or early February,” he stated.
Concerning the traders who have been at the main entrance for years and fear displacement due to these developments, Falcón noted that this issue falls under the jurisdiction of INAH, SEDENA, and local authorities. “We are fully disposed to help, but we are not the park operators. We merely deliver the project and construct. The management is undertaken by the state government, INAH, and SEDENA,” he clarified.
In the newly integrated 300 hectares, previously an airstrip and now part of the Jaguar Park, SEDENA is constructing a hotel in the archaeological zone. The Site Museum of Maya Culture is also being built, with completion expected by March. Regarding circulation, Falcón explained that once the Jaguar Park is fully operational, the primary mode of transport will be a fleet of electric vehicles connecting the museum, hotel, beaches, and ruins. However, this electric circuit will not entirely restrict motorized vehicles, as access to services and hotels will be allowed at specific times.
The Jaguar Park project reflects Tulum’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage while adapting to modern tourism and environmental needs. By integrating electric mobility, Tulum is taking a significant step towards sustainable tourism, a key aspect in the preservation of its unique ecological and archaeological sites.
As the park nears completion, its impact on the local community, tourism, and the preservation of Tulum’s heritage will be closely monitored. The collaboration between federal agencies and local authorities in managing and operating the park will play a pivotal role in its success and sustainability.
This development promises to enhance Tulum’s appeal as a tourist destination while ensuring the preservation and appreciation of its rich cultural and historical roots. With Jaguar Park, Tulum is poised to set an example in balancing development with heritage conservation, a challenge many historical sites face worldwide.