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Cancun Tourists Can Explore This Hidden Gem Destination After Introduction Of New Maya Train

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As the inaugural route of the highly anticipated Maya Train prepares for its departure next month, the Yucatan Peninsula is ready to be blown open to tourists like never before. 

Up and down the region, an endless list of Maya ruins, ‘magical towns’, and secret beach spots are preparing themselves to be discovered by hungry tourists in search of something a little different from the already popular vacation zones and hotspots. 

river in punta san julian among mangroves with tourists kayaking

While Quintana Roo and Yucatan are set to become even busier by connecting tourists to a number of incredible spots that are already quite well known, one state that is going to be on the radar of many more people is Campeche.

Campeche is rich with historical and archeological gems, as well as some incredible natural beauty, making it a must-see place to visit now that it is becoming easier than ever to get to.

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In particular, Ciudad del Carmen is a hidden gem that might get your attention. It is home to stunning landscapes, the Magical Town of Isla Aguada, and the island of Punta San Julian. 

The Long Awaited Maya Train 

The Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula have been crying out for better public transport systems ever since they began experiencing record-breaking summer and winter seasons within the tourist sector. 

Now, the Maya Train, which began its conception in 2018, is set to connect tourists and locals alike up and down the country, affordably taking them through the Mayan Zone to uncover lesser-known zones and communities that would have once gone unnoticed by the majority.

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Its first route will set off December 15th, from Palenque, Chiapas to Cancun, and will be the first of many, with the route to Campeche expected to launch next year. 

“Segment 3” of the Maya Train will travel from Calkiní, Campeche to Ixmal, Yucatan, and will be stopping at a number of locations, each unique in their attractions and offerings, far removed from the stereotypical version of Mexico that so many people experience, like the extremely popular Cancun hotel zone. 

train tracks

Magical Town Of Isla Aguada

With miles and miles of unspoiled beaches which have a more tranquil and untouched feel compared to places such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, Isla Aguada is a small fishing port that is surrounded by the waters of the Gulf Of Mexico and Terminos Lagoon, “Laguna de Términos”.

Here is the unbeatable spot to view the incredible dolphin sanctuary, giving you a chance to view these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat, as well as take part in a number of Watersport activities and view the rest of the island’s mesmerizing biodiversity.


Add a ton of beautiful beach locations and some tasty, local marine cuisine to boot, and you will have found yourself a perfect magical town before most tourists explore the region. 

Punta San Julián 

A hidden gem within Ciudad del Carmen is Punta San Julián, which is likened to the stunning beaches of the Riviera Maya and will want to be on your list of places to visit if you are in the area. 

With crystal clear blue waters and the peaceful, tranquil vibe that so many sought after, this fairly untouched beach is complete with shallow waters and little waves, with a backdrop of luscious jungle mangroves.

Perfect for water enthusiasts, the beach is a playground for swimmers who want to spend all day doing exactly that, as well as kayaking and boat trip options for those wishing to explore the mangroves to witness different seabirds that nest in the region. 

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If you are a lover of seafood, you will be able to enjoy some local cuisine with fried fish, oysters and shrimp on offer, though options are limited due it still being a hidden spot.

There are also little to no amenities that sell provisions for tourists, such as umbrellas and sunscreen, so make sure you are fully prepared before you arrive. 

As Campeche becomes unlocked to tourists via the new Maya train, it is only a matter of time before these hidden gems become less so, so why not be the first to check them out?

Campeche, Mexico. Independence Plaza in the Old Town

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Saturday 2nd of December 2023

Are there accommodations in this new region of Mexico? Punta San Julián or Campeche?