Tourists who arrive in Quintana Roo take advantage of their stay to visit the archaeological sites, which has been reflected in the increase of visits to these spaces during this Easter holiday season.
According to the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur), in 2022 Quintana Roo received one million eight hundred twenty-six thousand five hundred ninety-four visitors in the state’s archaeological sites, representing a 25 percent increase compared to 2021.
The Tulum archaeological site has been the most visited, with one million four hundred five thousand one hundred forty annual visitors, who come to explore this space located along the Caribbean coast and built by the Mayans in the thirteenth century.
Visitors can reach it through tours contracted from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, public transport vans that drop tourists at the entrance of the site, or by private car, entering through the federal highway 307.
Access is from Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the INAH charges 90 pesos for entry. Additionally, a fee of 58 pesos must be paid to the Commission of Protected Natural Areas.
In Chacchoben, an archaeological site located south of the state, visitors can explore and learn more about the history and culture of this Mayan city, which is located in the municipality of Bacalar and was built around the year 200. It is known for its impressive ceremonial structures and unique architecture.
Due to its distance, the optimal way to get there is through a tour contracted from the state capital or some other point in Quintana Roo, although it can also be done on your own, by private car, through the short route Chetumal-Mérida. It is open from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission costs 75 pesos.
Meanwhile, El Meco, located in the municipality of Benito Juárez, was built around the year 300 and is known for its impressive ceremonial structures and unique architecture. It is located at kilometer 2.7 of the Puerto Juarez-Punta Sam road and is easily accessible by public or private transport. It is open from Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission costs 70 pesos.
“These archaeological sites are a testament to Mexico’s rich history and a reminder of the importance of preserving our cultural heritage for future generations,” highlighted the government of the state of Quintana Roo in a press release.
In recent years, the state of Quintana Roo has become an increasingly popular destination for national and international tourists, thanks to its natural beauty, cultural richness, and tourist infrastructure. The archaeological sites are just one of the many attractions that make the state an ideal place to visit.
Apart from the archaeological sites, the state also boasts stunning beaches, ecological reserves, adventure parks, and cultural activities, among other attractions. For example, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, located south of Tulum, is a natural paradise that covers more than 500,000 hectares of land and sea, and is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including some endangered ones.
In addition, the state has several theme parks, such as Xcaret, Xel-Há, and Xplor, which offer a variety of activities and experiences for all ages, from swimming with dolphins to zip-lining and exploring underground rivers.