Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources reports that the Tres Ríos hotel, located north of Playa del Carmen, has applied to expand its lodging center with the construction of 56 stilt sea houses.
According to the Environmental Impact Manifestation, the project will house 168 rooms that will be distributed in front of the hotel buildings in five sections. The promoter, Ecoturísmo Tres Ríos, plans to invest 860 million peso.
The promoter says the construction of the palafitos in the sea is better, since to continue to expand hotel infrastructure on the mainland impacts more and more flora and fauna.
The promotion company says they are authorized to begin construction in May, however, according to the list of approved projects issued by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, they do not have construction permits.
According to their environmental impact statement, “The tourist development in the region brings environmentally adverse situations that is why the project Palafitos Ecoturístico Tres Ríos seeks the generation of a binomial that allows a project that meets the demand for tourism infrastructure in the region, being at the same time environmentally sustainable, being low impact constructions, being supported on stilts in the sea, which allows the continuity of the marine flow and avoids the affectation of areas of forest cover.”
The same company is also applying for a second environmental impact permit that would allow them to build a series of channels to recover the hydrological basin in the area of the Tres Rios hotel so they can, in turn, preserve the wetland.