In a recent update on the status of the new Maya Train, Mexican transport authorities revealed that the railway network will have a total of 20 stops offering tourists the chance to see over 190 cultural and historical attractions around the Mexican Caribbean. When complete in 2024, the Maya Train will massively benefit visitors in the area who can easily travel to a number of top destinations around Quintana Roo. We’ve rounded up some of the main stops along the new route.
The Maya Train is a massive 1500-kilometer-long railway network currently being built in southeast Mexico. The new railway network capitalizes on the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula.
This train station to the east of Cancun will focus on showcasing the area’s rich biodiversity and offer tourists a gateway to the nearby Holbox island, which is home to some of the top beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. Although the station is still being developed, visitors can already catch a glimpse of the innovative conceptual design.
Puerto Morelos will be one of the main stops along the Mexican Caribbean, giving visitors a unique chance to visit some of the best cenotes in the area in addition to other natural wonders. Tourists can also take advantage of the state’s vibrant coral reefs and snorkel in the nearby Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.
Tulum is home to some of the most impressive ancient ruins in all of Quintana Roo. Thanks to the Maya Train, tourists will be able to enjoy the location’s archaeological collections as well as secluded Caribbean beaches. The train station will be built northeast of the city center, granting easy access to several of the city’s top attractions including Tulum National Park or the nearby archeological zone. Meanwhile, Tulum Airport will also have a dedicated train station.
Felipe Carillo Puerto
Tourists headed south to Bacalar or Chetumal can stop at Felipe Carillo Puerto, one of the state’s most historically significant towns. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in Mayan history and traditions at the Kíichpam K’áax ecotourist center. Meanwhile, the Tihosuco ruins and museum tell the tale of the Mayan civilization.
Located in southern Quintana Roo, Bacalar is a true Caribbean gem, where nature meets history. From the Bacalar station, tourists can head to some of the top destinations including the famed Lagoon of 7 Colors with its stunning blue waters. For a taste of local history, visitors can admire the 18th-century San Felipe de Bacalar Fortress.
Jaguar National Park
In addition to stopping in areas rich with natural history, the Maya Train will also prioritize access to the abundant wildlife found across the Mexican Caribbean. One of the new national parks being created along the route is the Jaguar National Park in Tulum. Measuring over a thousand hectares, tourists will find a range of sightseeing activities as authorities work to preserve the area’s flora and fauna.
Playa del Carmen
The Maya Train will also stop at Playa del Carmen, one of Quintana Roo’s most popular tourist destinations. Featuring a wavy, marine-inspired design, the train station will be built on an elevated structure along the Cancun-Tulum highway. Situated between the city’s commercial and resort area, the train station is conveniently located near many points of interest including Cozumel.
Cancun International Airport will be one of the train’s main stops as millions of people fly to the airport each year. From the station, tourists can head north or south depending on their destination. The stop will also allow for convenient transport to popular resort destinations including Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
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