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The Maya Train will soon be a reality for millions of visitors in Cancun and across the Mexican Caribbean, enabling a completely new way to discover the Yucatan Peninsula’s hidden treasures. 

Archeological, cultural, and historical tourism are three travel trends that are set to skyrocket in popularity with the launching of the Maya Train.

Aerial view of the large pyramid in chichen itza

Chichén Itzá, the largest and most famous Mayan ruins in the region, is gearing up for a record number of visitors.

As part of the preparations for the new railway system, officials are working on a new visitor center that will provide thousands of travelers with practical information on the stunning ruins.

sunrise in the chicehn itza ruins

With just a few days to go before the first section of the Maya Train officially opens, here’s the latest on Chicen Itza’s upcoming visitor center.

Yucatan’s Main Mayan Site To Benefit From New Visitor Center As Travel Numbers Explode

The Maya Train is the most significant infrastructure undertaking in the recent history of the Mexican Caribbean.

Comprised of over 1,500 kilometers of railway tracks, the new train system will connect five states across the Yucatan peninsula, offering travelers a new way to get around the sun-drenched region.

@drewhacks i love that dog at the end 🇲🇽 welcome to Chichén Itzá! #mexico #travel #drewhacks ♬ original sound – DrewHacks

Although traditional resort hubs will grow massively in popularity thanks to the new railway system, the Mexican Caribbean’s numerous Mayan sites are preparing for thousands of new daily visitors. 

This week, officials revealed more details about a new visitor center in Chichén Itzá, the most prominent Mayan ruins in the region.

Situated some 200 kilometers west of Cancun in the beautiful state of Yucatán, these marvelous ruins are a testament to the prowess of the ancient Mayan civilization.

@victorialeandra This is why Chichen Itza is one of the 7 world wonders 😍👀 #mexicotravel #travelmexico #chichenitzamexico ♬ original sound – VICTORIA LEANDRA

Although the massive archeological site has already been the most popular destination for history lovers for quite some time, the Maya Train will make it easier than ever for visitors to enjoy the historical wonder.

Travelers will soon be able to reach Chichén Itzá from Cancun and the Riviera Maya, boosting the attraction’s popularity. 

And with so many first-time visitors expected to flock to the ruins, officials have unveiled more details about Chichen Itzá’s new visitor center.

Upon arriving at the location’s Maya Train station, travelers will be able to access several facilities with historical and practical information on the ruins, providing just the right amount of information for day trip visitors. 

@larysako Mysterious song of the Mayan sacred bird quetzal is heard when you clap #mystery #aliens #mayan #mayans #chichenitza #mexico #vacation #viral ♬ original sound – Larissa

According to Fonatur, the public agency responsible for executing the new project, “the Visitors’ Center is designed to meet a range of potential guest needs,” adding that new parking spaces for cars and tour busses are also under construction. 

The massive investment comes at a cost of over $40 million, representing a huge financial commitment from authorities. 

And with historical tourism set to explode over the coming years, officials are also working on new high-tech facilities for researchers and archaeologists to help preserve the historical value of the ruins. 

@ecolibriumgloballiving Get ready to ride the rails of history on the #MayaTrain, exploring ancient ruins and vibrant cultures along the way! 🚈✨ #RivieraMaya #TrenMaya #ExploreMexico #EcolibriumGlobalLiving #Tulum #Yucatan #Cancun ♬ sonido original – Ecolibrium Global Living

The ongoing construction plan is part of the Promeza program (Program for the Improvement of Archeological Zones), an initiative that aims to highlight the historical value of Yucatan’s stunning Mayan sites.

Combined with increased traveler numbers thanks to the Maya Train, sites like Cancun’s El Meco and El Rey as well as Tulum’s Cobá are expected to surge in popularity. 

@turismo.tren.maya The Mayan Train is an infrastructure project thats seeks to promote tourism and economic development in the southeastern region of México. Follow us to know more about the Mayan Train. #TrenMaya #mayantrain #mayantrainroutes ♬ sonido original – Turismo Tren Maya

Travelers can currently visit Chichen Itzá by bus, car, or by booking a guided tour. Soon, however, visitors will be able to travel to the stunning pyramid on section four of the Maya Train, which also stops at nearby Valladolid and Izamal.

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