75.2 F
Mérida
Thursday, October 21, 2021
###

Visiting Chichén Itzá to be a little more expensive

Latest headlines

Coronavirus deaths in Yucatán include a 14-year-old boy

While coronavirus deaths in Yucatán have recently declined, victims are at times very young.

New jobs report offers some much needed good news for Yucatán’s economy

Officially at least, the recovery has come earlier than expected. It was announced in October 2020 that the lost jobs would be recovered in roughly two years — but many are skeptical. 

Scientists discover a massive underground cave network in Yucatán

The cave system extends from the Chuy Ha Cenote, in the municipality of Kaua, to the Aktun Kaab dry cave, in Santa Rita — which is roughly 85 kilometers away in a straight line. 

Botánica Alfabeta — Flowers are this photographer’s hidden talent

Weddings took up most of Fabrizio’s time, until the pandemic halted all social events. Then, as most anxious personalities did, he turned back into his hobbies to find purpose and inspiration.
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.
Visitors have begun returning to Chichén Itzá in greater numbers since the beginning of the holidays. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Admission fees to Yucatán’s archaeological sites will rise Feb. 1. The confusion will remain the same.

Mexican visitors to Chichén Itzá will now pay 239 pesos, up from 210. The fee for international visitors will now be 539 pesos, up from 497.

This price hike comes exactly one year since the last increase. The price of admission to archaeological sites in Yucatán includes both one fee payable to Mexico’s Institute for History and Anthropology (INAH) as well as to Yucatán’s Ministry of Culture (Cultur). 

Costs also vary according to a five-point rating system developed by INAH, with larger and more visited attractions costing more. In the AAA category are sites in Yucatán such as Uxmal, Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam — along with other widely visited attractions in other states such as Mixtla, Palenque and Teotihuacán.

An experienced tour guide, Sergio Solis, told Yucatan Magazine that tourists are already baffled at the ticket office.

“Visitors find the price structure at archaeological sites very confusing,” said Solis. “They see the INAH fee is 200 pesos and they take out 200 pesos only to find that they have to pay more because of an additional fee to CULTUR. It’s crazy that on top of everything else, tourists are expected to stand in two different lines to pay! This is to say nothing of myriad additional fees they often required to even approach the area in which the site lay — as is often the case with nature reserves. It should all be one single payment… tourists don’t care about bureaucratic price structures or politics, they just want to visit these historic sites.” 

After a record-breaking year in 2020, Chichén Itzá has received but a fraction of its average traffic. However, according to several sources, over the Christmas holidays these numbers started to rise. 

Admission to all archaeological sites remains free on Sundays for both Mexican citizens and International residents of Yucatán. 

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

Make your projects a reality with a little help from the pros at ACE Hardware

The place with the helpful hardware folks celebrates its first year in Mérida.

Construction at Xcaret’s new theme park near Valladolid shut down

Construction at Xcaret’s Xibalba theme park in Yucatán has been halted after a surprise inspection by Mexico’s federal environmental agency, Profepa.

A new campaign demands junk food ban in Mexican schools

Junk food consumption has increased along with the obesity epidemic, which one of the critical risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Good news for Yucatán’s sea turtles

Sea turtles continue to be endangered in Yucatán, but a new study suggests that their numbers are beginning to recover. 

More remains of the world’s largest shark found in the depths of a cenote in Yucatán

The megalodon, or “big tooth” is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 2.3 to 3.6 million years ago from the early Miocene to the Pliocene periods.

The untamed beauty of Hormiguero and its exotic wilderness

Part of its appeal likely has to do with the fact that it is rarely visited by tourists because of how poor the roads needed to access it are

Casa Alta Blanca: Easy, peaceful beach living

Casa Alta in Telchac Puerta is on the market. Photo: Yucatan Beach & City Properties When John Bradshaw...

COVID cases continue steady decline as vaccines for teens arrive

Yucatán's health ministry reported a steady drop in new cases this week. Daily infections averaged around 208,...

ELLA: Mérida hosts a weeklong international lesbian festival

The grand opening took place at Casa Thó, located in Paseo de Montejo. A special Meet & Greet was held with Diana Deskarados, renowned Youtuber, and Tigre Jimenez, Boxing Champion. 

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...