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Entrance fee to Tulum National Park up for debate

Tulum, Q.R. – Officials announced they are considering charging a fee to enter Tulum National Park.

The director of Sian Ka’an, Omar Ortiz Moreno, made the announcement over the weekend, saying they are analyzing the possibility of installing an entrance fee for Tulum National Park.

“It is something that we are exploring and are working with the relevant authorities about. The consideration has been proposed at the federal level,” he said.

As it is now, those wishing to enter Tulum National Park can do so without entrance fees. There are at least four points of entrance to the coastal area from the road where people can access the beaches as well as the archaeological site.

The state government is working with the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the National Commission of Protected Areas to consider adding a bike path inside the park. They are also working with the municipal government about proposing these beaches for Blue Flag status.

The park has seen investments over the years with the installation of three monitoring towers along the four kilometers of coastline where staff from the Directorate of Civil Protection are able to monitor beach goers. According to Armando Angulo Castilla of Civil Protection, this is the only service provided by the municipal government.

Former Sian Ka’an director, Wadi Hadad, says that there are at least one million visitors entering the park each year.

It is through the National Institute of Anthropology and History, that the federal government currently charges admission to pre-Hispanic monuments inside the park. The final decision is to be decided by the federal government.

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