The “Mayan Train” project aims to connect tourist destinations in Yucatán, including the historic Mayan sites from which it takes its name. Hotels will be built along the railway line. The country’s Defense Secretariat has already revealed more details about the hotels it will manage. Their wishes increase as time passes. The military want more. The expression “a Mexican army” takes on its full meaning”
The major “Maya train” project
This is the major project of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The “Mayan Train” is, as its name suggests, a 1554 kilometer tourist train, which is being built in southeastern Mexico. It should start circulating in 2024.
Several defense associations on the environment have alerted
The land on which the railway is built is particularly fragile because the subsoil of the entire Yucatán peninsula is traversed by an immense aquifer network which includes submerged caverns, among the longest in the world, and thousands of cenotes, natural pools and caves which are a natural jewel of the region. And this is the greatest fear of activists today: the vibrations caused by transport could cause landslides and the destruction of certain cenotes. We can also mention the increase in the number of tourists. Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum already attract more than 16 million tourists each year
Hotels in different states of Mexico
According to what the Forbes newspaper learned, the properties will be located in Edzná and Calakmul, in the state of Campeche (Sections 1 and 2 of the Maya Train); in Nuevo Uxmal and Chichen Itzá, Yucatán (Section 3); in the tourist destination of Tulum, in Quintana Roo, (Sections 5 and 6); and in Palenque, Chiapas (Section 1).
This is not a first for the military…
It is not the first time that members of the army have managed a hotel, since they did so during the works of Mexico City’s new airport, Felipe Ángeles International Airport. In this case, it was a 70-room establishment that had an investment of 233 million pesos (over $11 million).