After over two years of closing due to the pandemic, a handful of archaeological sites in Yucatán remain off limits.
Aside from being closed for such a long time, Loltún and Balamcanché are reportedly in particularly bad shape given the particularly active storm season of 2020.
“If all goes according to plan, we will be able to reopen these archaeological sites to the public by the beginning of the summer season in late June,” said José Arturo Chab Cárdenas of the INAH.
Furthermore, the INAH recently announced that it would soon be opening the recently uncovered ancient city of Xiol.
However, despite the green light from INAH, Dzibilchaltún has remained closed for the better part of a year.
This has been the result of a series of unexpected closures and reopenings that began in June 2021, when a group of protestors claiming ownership over the land blocked the gates to the site.
In 2021, Chichén Itzá became the most visited archaeological site in all of Mexico for the first time, easily beating out Teotihuacan, near Mexico City. This is likely explained by Chichén Itzá’s proximity to Cancún and the Mayan Riviera.