The project for the high-speed “Mayan train” is supported by president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who wants to connect more famous places like Cancún to lesser known places in the southern part of the peninsula. The line will connect the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Chiapas and allow easier access to Mayan archaeological sites.
According to early designs, the “Mayan train” will start in Cancún, a beloved destination that attracts millions of tourists each year, and reach as far south as Bacalar and Palenque. The objective of the whole project is to get people off-the-beaten track, and boost tourism by visiting areas that don’t see many visitors but still have a lot to offer in terms of archaeology and natural wonders. That doesn’t mean that more famous archaeological sites like Chichen Itza will be left out.
While the first stretch of the railway, from Cancún to Tulum, has received widespread approval and will be ready in a couple of years. According to the Associated Press, there are some doubts concerning the southern stretch which goes from Tulum to Bacalar as plans are still developing.
Construction on the massive infrastructure project, which should cost around US$5.2 billion(€4.56 billion) and end up being around 1500 kilometers-long, should begin in early 2019.