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2 New Museums In The Mexican Caribbean You’ll Be Able To Visit With Opening Of The Maya Train

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The official launching of the Maya Train later this year massively increases the availability and scope of historical and cultural attractions for travelers across the Mexican Caribbean.

Ancient mayan ruins and greenery in tulum

With travelers increasingly keen on discovering Quintana Roo’s centuries-long Mayan history, officials have decided to launch two new museums dedicated to the ancient civilization.

As the opening of the Maya Train inches closer, here’s why these new Mayan history museums are worth including on your next Mexican Caribbean getaway.

Maya Train Route Going Through the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

Authorities Investing In Two New Museums As Historical Tourism Soars In Popularity 

The Maya Train is the Mexican government’s flagship infrastructure project that is set to shake up the way travelers explore and get around the Mexican Caribbean.

The 1,500-kilometre-long railway system will connect Cancun to major tourism hubs in the region including Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Chichen Itzá. Once it officially begins operations in December this year, officials expect the number of travelers visiting Tulum to skyrocket.

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That growing demand translates to a greater need to educate thousands of travelers on the rich history of the Mexican Caribbean and especially the Mayan civilization. Tulum, home to the largest collection of Mayan structures and temples, will soon have a new museum dedicated to the ancient civilization. 

Diego Prieto, the head of the National Institute for Anthropology and History, revealed more details about the ongoing project during a press conference this week on the state of the Maya Train. 

A white sand beach and ruins in Tulum

According to the high-ranking executive, the first of the two museums will be situated in the Jaguar National Park, and will house exhibitions on the historical and cultural diversity of the Mayan peoples that inhabited the Mexican Caribbean coastline all the way from Quintana Roo to Yucatán. 

The construction of the museum is nearly complete and work is expected to wrap up later this fall. 

Meanwhile, work on a second museum is already underway, although it is expected to be finalized much closer to the opening date of the Maya Train. The museum, based in Calakmul, in Campeche, will display hundreds of valuable archeological discoveries pertaining to the massive ruins. 

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The museum will be a turning point of the Calakmul archeological site, one of the oldest in the region, and is expected to boost traveler interest in the stunning location. 

Here’s The Latest On The Maya Train

Officials are continuing to work on the Maya Train, a massive project involving thousands of construction workers and hundreds of archeologists.

Several crucial archeological discoveries have been made in the past few months, especially along the 7th section of the railway project, which runs from Bacalar to Escárcega. 

Travelers on top of a cliff in Tulum archeological zone

So far, authorities have uncovered more than 35,000 objects along the Maya Train route, as well as several hundred biological samples. Although mainly an infrastructure project, experts are benefitting from a massive amount of new discoveries that provide invaluable insight into Mayan history and the rich eco-diversity that characterizes the Mexican Caribbean.

Officials are also implementing the Archeological Zone Improvement Program, an initiative to fund and revitalize the Mexican Caribbean’s forgotten Mayan ruins. The program encompasses a total of 26 ruins, including the famous Cobá archeological zone, which recently re-opened its doors to travelers after an extensive renovation.

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The program will help ensure that once the Maya Train is complete, smaller archeological sites will be able to cope with growing traveler numbers. The renovations will address issues like signage, public bathrooms, and other practical issues.

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