Tourists in the Riviera Maya will soon be able to interact with local artisans and purchase products showcasing traditional Mayan culture.
Maria Lezama, Governor of Quintana Roo, announced the creation of the Artisan Corridor of Tulum in a press conference.
The project aims to give local artisans the space to promote and sell local products.
It is one of the first projects by Governor Lezama’s administration to improve the tourist experience and develop the local economy.
In particular, the corridor will benefit local Mayan communities’ economic development.
The Artisan Corridor of Tulum will be the first artisan corridor in Quintana Roo.
The Secretary of Economic Development, Karla Almanza López, said this project would include spaces for local art exhibitions and infrastructure for commercial activities.
The corridor will consist of 4 workshops across Tulum. The workshops will all be located in tourist destinations, magic towns, or artisanal areas.
The locations will be Tulum, Manuel Antonio Ay, Francisco Uh May, and Macario Gomez.
New Initiatives In The Riviera Maya
Government and industry officials have been busy improving the tourist experience throughout Quintana Roo.
Let’s look at other new and upcoming ways tourists can interact with local culture and history in the Mexican Caribbean:
Art In Downtown Cancun
Tulum is not the only place tourists can experience the Riviera Maya’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.
A recent initiative in downtown Cancun also seeks to introduce tourists to the beauty of Mexican art.
Jornadas de Patrimonio, Arte, y Medio Ambiente, or Journals of Heritage, Art, and Environment, showcases Cancun’s downtown via guided programs showcasing local restaurants, art exhibitions, and Mercado 28.
City officials and local hotels have drafted two distinct two-hour programs to bring visitors out of their all-inclusive resorts and into the bustling downtown district.
“There are currently five graffiti walls included in the tour,” says Itze Delgado, one of the city planners working on the project.
This year’s local artwork focuses on environmental topics. The Riviera Maya is one of the most biodiverse regions on earth, and the local environment is a vital part of its cultural heritage.
Tourists touring Cancun’s downtown can find murals depicting some of Mexico’s most iconic endangered species, including jaguars, spider monkeys, and blue crabs.
History In Chichén Itzá
As archaeological discoveries pile up in Chichén Itzá, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History wishes to share findings with visitors.
Construction has begun on a new museum displaying more than 800 archaeological findings dug up in the Chichén Itzá Archaeological Zone.
Although no opening date has been announced, the museum, which is to be called Chichén Viejo, is already 75% completed.
Nature And Wildlife In Tulum
To preserve the rich ecological heritage of the Riviera Maya, the Mexican Secretariat of Agricultural, Territorial, and Urban Development (Sedatu) designated the jungles surrounding Tulum as a national park in 2022.
The area is now Jaguar National Park, named after the mysterious big cat it hopes to protect.
The park has become “a space to protect the natural, cultural, and historical wealth of Mexico.”
Head of Sedatu, Román Meyer Falcón, explained that the park “seeks to stop excessive urban growth, particularly in the city of Tulum.”
Not long ago, Tulum was a small fishing community. However, the natural beauty encapsulated by places such as Jaguar National Park turned the quiet town into a major tourist hotspot in recent decades.
New Hours At Chichén Itzá
To showcase the viral phenomenon, the “lunar snake,” Marco Antonio Santos Rodriguez, Director of Chichén Itzá Archaeological Zone, announced he intends to open up the park at night soon.
According to Santos Rodriguez, “the carrying capacity of these places is reduced, but tourists would be able to access it, perhaps with a prior reservation.”
Additionally, Santos Rodriguez is excited to reopen Chichén Itzá for sunrise and sunset.
He hopes these actions help “us remember that people lived in this city day and night.”
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