“Mayan Train” soon again in Yucatan

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A railroad track designed to bring visitors from the northern part of the peninsula of Yucatan in México will give way to the hight-speed “Mayan Train” starting in 2019.

The train also will giving tourists easy access to the most significant Mayan archaeological zones in Mexico, connecting three states: Quintana Roo, Campeche and Chiapas.

The high-speed tourism has been on and off the books in Mexico for at least six years the Yucatan Times Newspaper said. Recently became a campaign promise for Mexico’s newly elected president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). After a meeting last week with his new cabinet, who begin their terms on December 1, 2018, AMLO prioritized his commitment to 35 campaign promises, including the train.

According to the newspaper the National Tourism Development Fund known as Fonatur will be in charge of the infrastructure project, which is expected to cost 100 billion pesos ($5.2 billion USD).

The objective is to develop cultural tourism in the archaeological zones of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Chiapas. The proposed line will commence in Cancun and run through Tulum, Carillo Puerto and Bacalar-Xcabal, Quintana Roo. It will then continue on to Calakmul and Becan in Campeche before terminating in Palenque, Chiapas.

An attractive and popular Mayan in the peninsula are the ruins of Chichén Itzá that was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period.

Chichen Itzá means “mouth of the wells of the water wizards” and it was one of the most important cities during the era of Mayan peak. Outstanding among its imposing architecture is the 55 meter high building called The Castle, constructed with the purpose of preserving peace and be true to the wishes of nature’s gods.

A train called Maya Express was cancelled in Yucatan in 2015.

The Maya civilization fully developed writing system. They excelled in art, architecture, mathematics, calendar and astronomical system.

That culture developed in an area that encompasses southeastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador.

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