TULUM, Mexico – In a significant development, Tulum’s rich cultural and natural heritage is set to receive a remarkable boost with several exciting projects in progress. The head of the Secretariat of Agrarian and Territorial Development and Urban Planning (Sedatu), Román Meyer Falcón, announced these initiatives during a recent visit to the municipality.
Highlighting the ongoing efforts, Meyer Falcón noted, “From the federal highway, you can enter the archaeological zone of Tulum and the new section of the Jaguar National Park. Today, we are launching new projects, including a sighting tower.”
A substantial investment of approximately 2 billion pesos is being funneled into various developments within Jaguar Park. Meyer Falcón assured, “We are continuously inspecting the progress every 15 days, as time is of the essence, but we are confident that we can open the park by the end of the year.”
One of the pivotal projects in the works is the connection of the Tulum station of the Mayan Train with the Jaguar Park. This connection will span nearly 800 linear meters, providing direct access from the station to the park. Furthermore, a new deceleration lane is being constructed on the highway leading to the park, with two distinct access points: one from the station and another from the highway. These improvements will also feature a roundabout and an additional deceleration lane.
The centerpiece of these developments is the construction of a viewing tower, strategically positioned within the newly designated 300 hectares of the Protected Natural Area. From this tower, visitors will have the unique opportunity to gaze upon the archaeological wonders of Tulum and the breathtaking scenery of the park with unaided eyes.
Exploring other elements of the project, Meyer Falcón explained, “The southern access viewpoint is especially symbolic, serving as a principal gateway alongside the central access point, where the new Museum of Mayan Culture is scheduled to be located. The northern access will lead to the Mayan Train station.” This 19-meter-high structure will provide tourists with an all-encompassing view of the archaeological site, the entire stretch of the Jaguar National Park’s coastline, and a panoramic vista of Tulum City.
Importantly, Meyer Falcón emphasized that access to these remarkable structures will be free, ensuring they become focal points where tourists can purchase tickets to explore the archaeological zone. The entire project is being coordinated in close collaboration with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), with the latter agency set to operate the Jaguar Park.
These developments promise to enhance Tulum’s appeal as a cultural and ecological destination, offering an enriching experience that seamlessly blends history and natural beauty, all in one breathtaking setting. As the projects near completion, Tulum stands at the brink of an exciting new era in tourism and preservation.