Archaeological sites across the Mexican Caribbean appear to be more popular than ever before, as visitor numbers have grown by over 80% compared to previous years. While places like Tulum and Isla Mujeres have attracted visitors for years due to their rich history, 2023 is expected to be a record-breaking year for most Quintana Roo sites. In this article, we’ll tell you why archaeological sites are exploding in popularity, and everything travelers need to know if they want to visit one.
The Popularity Of Archeological Sites Is Growing Quickly
According to new statistics published by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), more than 277,000 travelers visited the 12 main archaeological sites dotted around the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintan Roo in January. The impressive number represents an increase of 80% compared to last year, a strong indication that travelers are more interested than ever before in discovering Mexico’s historical legacy.
International travelers, especially those hailing from the U.S. and Canada, are especially keen on some of the region’s most popular sites, including Tulum, which also houses a broad range of spectacular all-inclusives.
In addition to its sunny weather and white-sand beaches, the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo is also home to the greatest variety of Mayan ruins in all of Mexico. Aside from offering a glimpse of Mayan history, which dates back centuries, travelers can also learn more about local culture and traditions in the many archaeological sites found across the region.
Although many sites, including Tulum, are easy to reach, several remain off the beaten path, at least until the completion of the new Maya Train, the Mexcian government’s flagship railway project. The massive undertaking will help travelers discover new destinations, such as Oxtankah, which have thus far been harder to reach.
These Are The Most Visited Archaeological Sites This Year
With over 131,000 visitors recorded in January alone, Tulum remains the most popular archaeological site in Quintana Roo. Aside from visiting the vast Tulum Archaeological Site (admission fee $4.50 per person), travelers can enjoy white-sand beaches and unique outdoor events, which the city has become known for.
Meanwhile, the Chacchoben ruins, situated in the southern portion of the state, are also experiencing a surge in popularity thanks to growing cruise ship traveler numbers. The ancient site features stunning pyramids and other valuable remnants of the Mayan civilization.
Located in neighboring Yucatán, the Chichen Itzá archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is by far the most visited historical destination outside of Quintana Roo. It is a popular location for day trips from Cancun and gives visitors some impressive insight into Mayan culture.
What Travelers Need To Know Before Visiting
Before exploring Quintana Roo’s ample collection of historical Mayan sites, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Travelers should first determine how to reach the main ruins. Destinations like Tulum or Chichen Itzá are reachable by bus – we recommend ADO – or private transfer from Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
We highly recommend booking a guided tour to make the most of your next archeological site visit. They usually include a professional guide who accompanies travelers throughout multiple sites and gives visitors in-depth knowledge about historical and cultural facts.
Lastly, travelers should be mindful of safety when visiting Quintana Roo’s main archaeological sites. While most destinations are safe for visitors, pickpockets can quickly turn a great experience into a terrible one, especially when tourists are distracted by monumental historical ruins. The Mexican government is continuing to step up the safety of the country’s most important ruins by deploying more troops and enhancing security.
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