A tour bus owned by the popular Xcaret Group recently caught on fire in the Cancun Hotel Zone, with 25 people on board. The fire was not caused by criminals, like a number of other buses and transport vehicles in recent days, but rather an electrical issue, according to preliminary assessments. Although the bus completely burned, it is important to note that nobody was injured during the accident.
The incident took place around 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 20th, in the main tourist area of the city. It didn’t take long for police and firefighters to arrive, but despite their efforts, the tourist bus was completely burned and unsalvageable. Authorities, at the time that the incident occurred, indicated that the fire was possibly caused by a short circuit in the vehicle’s electrical system.
#AlMomento Bomberos (@BomberosCancun) apagan incendio de autobús de la empresa #Xcaret en el kilómetro 25 del Boulevard #Kukulcán de la zona hotelera de #Cancún. La unidad trasladaba a 25 turistas, no hay lesionados @TransitoBJ @PCivilCancun pic.twitter.com/mFUz5ROZIB— vertienteglobal.com (@VertienteGloba1) September 20, 2022
Xcaret Group operates a very popular ecological park in Playa del Carmen and is developing a new theme park in Valladolid, which is in the Mexican state of Yucatan, only a couple of hours from Cancun. The company also has its hands in the hotel industry and is currently in the process of developing more hotels in the Riviera Maya region. They plan to expand the company’s portfolio with an additional eight hotels to be built over the next 10 years.
Many people who visit Cancun make the trip to Xcaret Park, which offers 50 different attractions to enjoy while visiting. Both nature activities, as well as cultural activities are available for visitors to the park. The park gives curious tourists the opportunity to learn about the area, with cultural presentations like the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show, and adventurous visitors the chance to explore their wild side with activities like swimming in underground rivers, ziplining through the jungle, and exploring local cenotes.
Xcaret tourist buses transport parkgoers, who include transportation in their packages, to and from the hotels in the Cancun Hotel Zone. It is unclear if the fire took place while getting ready to take visitors to the park or if it occurred at the end of the trip while returning tourists to their hotel properties. Typically these buses are safe, as very few safety incidents have been reported in the past, and the buses have transported thousands of tourists to and from the park since the park’s opening in 1991.
This isn’t the first time that an Xcaret property has been in the news this year, as there was a shooting in an Xcaret hotel earlier in the year. While the media made a big deal of the shooting, and the U.S. State Department issued safety warnings to those traveling to Mexico following the attack, no tourists were injured during this incident either. The shooting turned out to be a hit on a member of a criminal organization who fled Canada and ended up in Quintana Roo.
The Mexican state of Quintana Roo is home to the popular vacation destination Playa del Carmen, which is where Xcaret Park is located. It is also home to Cancun, a city that receives millions of tourists every year, many of which make the two-hour trip to explore all that the park has to offer during their trip. For those that do not wish to take the park’s own transportation to and from the park, there are other options.
The local Ado bus line is one option, but service hours can make it difficult to plan the day. There is also the option of renting a vehicle to make the 2-plus hour trip from Cancun to the park. The Xcaret tourist bus does remain the best option, though, and should be considered a safe way to travel to the very popular ecological park, as the recent fire was a very isolated incident that was not caused by any intentional wrong, according to information available now.
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