Temporary closure of the archaeological zone of Tulum does not affect tourism in Cancun
Published by Ana Cirilo on May 22, 2023
The temporary closure of the Tulum archaeological zone from May 15 to June 1 has had minimal impact on tourism in Cancun, according to local tour vendors. They stated that the main packages they sell in the city are for Isla Mujeres, which is why they have experienced little effect. Tourists visiting the area prefer the proximity and engaging activities available on Isla Mujeres, as well as the reduced presence of sargassum, allowing them to enjoy a full day on the island.
While acknowledging the significance of Tulum as an important archaeological site, vendors in Cancun remain calm, as their clients continue to choose Isla Mujeres. They emphasized that business operations have been unaffected and are proceeding as usual. One vendor expressed that despite Tulum’s closure, they are maintaining a normal workflow due to the popularity of Isla Mujeres and the diverse range of activities it offers.
To accommodate the situation, tour vendors have sought alternative options to offer their customers. They have started promoting visits to the nearby Muyil archaeological zone, which shares similarities with Tulum.
Additionally, they have increased the availability of packages to visit the renowned Chichén Itzá, a popular destination for both national and international tourists. These adjustments have been met with optimism by visitors, who come to experience the broader Mayan culture rather than focusing solely on a specific site.
While vendors in Cancun continue to operate at the same capacity as previous weeks, they acknowledged that tour vendors in Playa del Carmen may experience greater repercussions. The majority of trips to Tulum are concentrated in that area.
Nonetheless, the closure is seen as temporary, and the National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) has assured them that they are making every effort to expedite the rehabilitation process. Vendors remain confident that the situation will soon be resolved.
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