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Tulum ruins visitor numbers surpass Chichén Itzá

Tulum, Q.R. — Updated figures show that the Tulum ruins are the second most visited site in Mexico this year, surpassing visitor numbers of Chichén Itzá.

Adriana Velázquez Morlette of the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Quintana Roo, says in the first two months of the year, the archaeological remains of Tulum were placed as the second most visited in the country, surpassing the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.

Between January and February of this year, she said Tulum received 205,360 visitors, a figure only surpassed by Teotihuacán, in the State of Mexico. In contrast, Chichen Itza received 195,312 people, more than 10,000 fewer visitors than Tulum.

The head of the INAH in Quintana Roo stressed that little by little, Tulum has been displacing Chichén Itzá as the second most visited archaeological site in the country, noting last year, both sites finished with similar numbers.

It wasn’t until the first two months of 2018 that figures show Tulum had surpassed the Yucatan ruins of Chichén Itzá. Velázquez Morlette says one reason more people are choosing Tulum is simply distance. Many tourists are preferring to visit Tulum rather than travel the distance to Chichén Itzá.

She added that over the Easter holidays, the sites of Tulum and Coba were the most frequented with Tulum counting more than 75,000 visitors and Coba 19,000, figures she says are 15 percent higher than last year.

Of those visiting the sites, Velázquez Morlette says that 70 percent were foreign tourists with the 30 percent balance being national visitors.