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Entry fees at Progreso’s new dinosaur park irk public

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Yucatán’s new educational attraction has not even opened yet but is already fueling complaints. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Online backlash surged after prices for admission to Progreso’s new dinosaur-themed park were announced.

The new attraction in Chicxulub, called “Sendero Jurasico,” will be charging an admission of 200 pesos per adult and 100 per child. 

Though for some this may not sound like all that much money, it’s important to remember that the daily minimum wage in Yucatán currently stands at 173 pesos. 

To add insult to injury, the park also announced that it will be charging 30 pesos for parking.

“To take my family I am looking at least 680 pesos before transportation or food. That is a lot of money for most,” said Mérida resident Sergio Cabrera. 

The municipality of Progreso also announced that it would be setting up a public transit route to the new park for 10 to 15 pesos per person. 

The new park will feature dozens of large statues of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures along a path nearly a mile long. 

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There have also been complaints that this park, billing itself as an educational attraction, is getting the science wrong. 

“The dinosaurs are all mixed up and belong to different eras including the cretaceous, triassic as well as precambrian. These eras are tens of millions of years apart yet this is not communicated at all,” noted Progreso resident Abraham Araujo. 

Sign outside the yet to be inagurated Sendero Jurasico. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Chixulub is named after the impact site of a crater roughly 180 kilometers in diameter that is believed to have killed off the dinosaurs. 

The heat produced by the Chixulub impact liquified the ground and created the network of cenotes for which Yucatán is famous.

Progreso also recently completed the construction of another similar attraction, a museum located across from the port city’s boardwalk called El Museo del Meteorito, or The Meteorite Museum.

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