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Tulum ruins surpass expectations, creates new record number of visitors

Tulum, Q.R. — The National Institute of Anthropology and History says that over the 2018 summer months, the ruins of Tulum broke its previous record for visitors.

Adriana Velázquez Morlet, delegate of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) says that the sargassum did not deter visitors, which is a factor since part of the attraction at the Tulum ruins is its beach area.

He says that this summer, the archaeological zone of Tulum received more than 300,000 visitors, surpassing their figures of 250,000 from the summer of 2017.

“We had the impression that we were going to have fewer visitors because of the sargasso, but as the season got underway, it was an exceptional season in terms of visitors where we had more than 300,000. It is a record number. The number of foreign visitors has grown a lot,” said Velázquez Morlet.

The archaeological site of Tulum is noted as the most visited in the state of Quintana Roo, followed by Cobá, in the same municipality. Other popular ruins in the state include San Gervasio in Cozumel and Chacchoben in the south.

Velázquez Morlet pointed out that 80 percent of the visitors this summer were foreigners with only 20 percent being national tourists. The castle of Tulum, facing the Caribbean Sea, is a favorite with everyone he says.

“The archaeological sites of Quintana Roo are almost always in second place (nationally). Teotihuacán is the most visited, where there, 80 percent of the tourists are nationals, but in Chichén, we mainly receive foreigner visitors too,” he said.

In the state of Quintana Roo there are currently 13 archaeological zones open to the public with the possibility of a 14th, which is Chakanbakan, however, the government is still working on a deal with the ejidos of Bacalar to access the site.