Tourism in the Riviera Maya will change forever this December when the Maya Train begins operations. The train will make tourist destinations across the Yucatán Peninsula more accessible for visitors.
Even before the train is inaugurated, the tourism industry is preparing for new arrivals.
As soon as this July, 6 new hotels will open along the Maya Train route, according to the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena).
Let’s look at some of the new hotels that will open up along the Maya Train route for tourists this year:
Nuevo Uxmal Hotel
The Nuevo Uxmal Hotel is the closest of the new hotels to opening, according to Sedena.
While the other hotels listed have completed less than 4% of their construction, the Nuevo Uxmal Hotel has completed over 30% of its construction and is expected to be ready for business this July 30th.
The hotel will be in Santa Elena, Yucatán. Santa Elena is a small town, but it hopes to benefit from the Maya Train and bring in more tourism.
The top attraction in Santa Elena is the Uxmal Archaeological Zone. Uxmal is known for being a center of Mayan cosmology, and its most notable attraction is the Pyramid of the Magician.
The hotel will have 160 rooms, a gym, a restaurant and bar, and pools.
Hotel In Palenque
Another planned hotel will be in Palenque, Chiapas.
This hotel will have 160 rooms, a gym, restaurants, and bars.
It will be around a mile away from the Palenque Archaeological Zone. The zone is known for its intricate architectural features set against lush jungle habitats.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being an “incomparable achievement of Mayan art.”
According to UNESCO, “Palenque bears a unique testimony to the mythology and the rites of the Mayas, notably in the incredible number of sculpted reliefs on interior walls of the palaces and temples.”
Hotel In Edzna
Another hotel tourists will soon be able to enjoy along the Maya Train Route will be located in Edzná, Campeche.
This hotel will have 160 rooms, a gym, a restaurant, and a bar.
It will be located just over half a mile from the Edzna Archaeological Zone. Edzna is a popular day trip from the city of Campeche.
Tourists in Campeche flock to one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets in order to see the Great Acropolis and other impressive features.
Hotel In Chichén Itzá
One planned hotel will be located in one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Mexico, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán. This hotel will have several pools and a cafeteria.
It will be located next to the Chichén Itzá Visitors Center, around 600 meters from the Chichén Itzá Archaeological Zone.
The most visited archeological site in Mexico, Chichén Itzá is a must-see for any tourist visiting the Mexican Caribbean.
The Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Ball Game Court are two of the most iconic ruins from the ancient Mayan world. In addition to the new hotel, local and national authorities are working on many projects to improve the tourist experience at this well-known destination.
Tourists will soon be able to visit a brand-new museum at Chichén Itzá dedicated to artifacts unearthed in the archaeological zone and during the Maya Train construction.
Hotel In Tulum
Tulum is another popular destination in the Riviera Maya that will have a new hotel soon.
This hotel will have 352 rooms, several pools, a gym, and a restaurant.
It will be located inside Jaguar National Park, just under 2 miles from the Tulum Archaeological Zone and Tulum’s beaches.
It is expected to open on November 30, 2023.
Tulum is another one of the most popular spots in the Riviera Maya. The Tulum Archaeological Zone attracts many tourists who want to find picturesque views of Mayan ruins overlooking the Mexican Caribbean.
Hotel In Calakmul
Calakmul, Campeche is also looking to attract more tourists with a new hotel once the Maya Train is running.
It will be located about 5 miles from the Calakmul Archaeological Zone, which is another site hidden deep in the rainforest.
Located close to the Guatemalan border, Calakmul is a must-visit for tourists who hope to experience Mexico’s history and ecology at once.
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