Before the start of Yucatán’s summer holidays, only six of the state’s 18 major archaeological sites were open to the public. That will one day change, officials promise.
Pandemic protocols, which for a long stretch shut down tourism in Yucatán, will be gradually eased once doctors report an end to the recent spike in COVID cases.
The persistent spread of coronavirus has kept all of Yucatán’s ancient Mayan sites from a total opening, said INAH spokesman Eduardo López Calzada.
Most sites still closed are in the Puuc region, the hilly southern part of the state. The big exception there is Uxmal, considered by many to be the grandest of all Yucatán’s Mayan ruins.
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Chichén Itzá continues to be the most visited site. Its 2.5 million visitors in 2019 generated revenue that INAH — the nation’s anthropology agency — depends on. It is Mexico’s second-most popular tourist destination, next to Teotihuacán northeast of Mexico City.
Revenue for sites in operation is much less in 2021 as authorities limit crowds. Still, Chichén Itzá is large enough to allow 3,000 visitors at a time. Up to 10,000 paying tourists visit each day.