Cancun, Q.R. — The newly pitched Maya Train that will travel from Cancun to Palenque will have a total cost of 4 billion peso and a track, once complete, of more than 830 kilometers.
President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that the idea behind the train is to bring tourism to the forgotten-about places in the south of the country. When done, he says the train will connect Cancun with cities in the south of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Trans-Insular Tourist Train will have a total of 12 stations, a route of 833.9 kilometers and an infrastructure cost of 4 billion peso.
He says that up until now, tourism efforts in the southeast of the country have focused on sun and beach and that “the great growth of hotel infrastructure, dedicated to this sector, is causing severe damage to the ecological and social environment of the area.”
Global travel experts point out that the countries that best preserve their cultural and natural heritage will be tomorrow’s most competitive destinations in world tourism. The Transpeninsular Tourist Train of the Southeast is a differentiated tourism product, which involves several easily accessible archaeological sites since “current tourism does not allow the development of the Mayan natives and strongly degrades their natural and cultural environments”.
According to the project, the train will travel 833.9 kilometers to cover the route from Cancun to Palenque with main stops in Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Calakmul to increase the attractiveness of the Mundo Maya tourist product and, consequently, the worldwide flow of tourists interested in culture and ecology”.
Construction for the new train is expected to begin in early 2018.