Mexico is a destination with a wealth of historical attractions, and the country is hoping a new campaign will increase the profile of its national treasures.
The new campaign is being created by Mundo Maya – a promotional body linking the states of Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Yucatan and Campeche. Six of Mexico’s 27 Unesco World Heritage sites are found in these regions of the country.
Many of Mexico’s best-known historical treasures are Mayan ruins and archaeological sites such as the world-famous Machu Picchu site. A recent CNN story about tourism in Mexico featured many Mayan archaeological sites, including Chichen Itza and Palenque, in the Yucatan and Chiapas regions respectively. The World Treasures programme approached the executive director of the Global Heritage Fund, Jeff Morgan, to put together a list of top Mayan destination to explore in Mexico.
As well as Chichen Itza and Palenque, Mr Morgan picked out Tulum in Quintana Roo, which he described as “picturesque”. The coastal town was said to provide a large number of photo opportunities for visitors, and is positioned near the archaeological ruins of Tulum. The town is gradually expanding to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors, with around 40 small hotels to choose from and a handful of restaurants and beach bars.