Cancun, Q.R. — According to the National Fund for Tourism Promotion, a section of the Maya Train between the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo will be eliminated, saving more than 5 million peso.
Alejandro Varela of la Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (Fonatur) says that a 55-kilometer stretch of train connection between the two states has been modified, specifically between Valladolid and Cancun.
He says that the modification was made as a cost-benefit and will instead, run from Valladolid passing through Cobá to Tulum, adding that the modification will decrease the overall cost of the project by 5.5 million peso.
Varela explained that once passengers arrive in Tulum, there will be a double track, so they will be able to easily travel in both directions between Playa del Carmen and Cancun with Puerto Morelos as the mid-point.
CEO of Fonatur, Rogelio Jiménez explained “It does not mean that the train does not go to Cancun. It stops being a round circuit and takes a perpendicular to Tulum from where it will run north from Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Cancun.
“In the south it continues as it was, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and then Escárcega and Calakmul.”
He added that another benefit of the modified route will be the positive impact to the area of Cobá to facilitate access to the area’s archaeological sites.