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New initiative boosts tourism in inland Quintana Roo

Governor of Quintana Roo Mara Lezama Espinosa announced the Beyond the Sun route, a new tourism project that seeks to create economic opportunities in less-visited areas of the state, particularly Lázaro Cárdenas municipality.

During Monday’s presidential morning press conference, Lezama said that the new tourist route will be a great opportunity to boost the economy of Lázaro Cárdenas and to improve the region’s connectivity.

A man stretches his arms out in front of a massive tree with a trunk at least double his wingspan.
Solferino’s Millennial Tree, also known as the Tree of Life, is an ancient ceiba tree in the town of Solferino. (Facebook / Árboles extraordinarios de Yucatán)

“With an environmental and socioeconomic perspective, this project will allow the millions of people who visit #QuintanaRoo to explore archaeological sites, cenotes, underground rivers, caves, artisan workshops, flora, fauna, gastronomy, and adventure tourism,” Lezama wrote on Twitter.

Where is the Beyond the Sun route?

The Beyond the Sun route will cover the northern area of Quintana Roo. It will pass through villages such as Pacchen, Nuevo Xcán, Nuevo Durango, El Cedral, Kantunilkín, Solferino and the port city of Chiquilá, near Holbox island.

What are the tourist attractions on the route?

The route will include interpretive nature trails, a lagoon and the Jaguar Cenote in Pacchen, Lezama said. In Nuevo Xcán, visitors can explore its underground rivers, cenotes and participate in colorful wood art workshops.

Nuevo Durango will attract visitors interested in the Tumben Kuxtal cavern (Mayan for “new life”) and the Chulub Chac organic garden. It will also host embroidery and hammock weaving workshops.

In El Cedral, tourists will visit the Tres Lagunas lagoon system and the deer conservation reserve.

The municipal seat of Kantunilkín will showcase the region’s gastronomy with a variety of traditional dishes, prepared by Maya women.

A man in a baseball cap sits in a canoe in a flooded forest.
Visitors paddle through the cork forest of El Corchal. (Facebook El Corchal Solferino)

The Millennial Tree, a sacred tree of over 750 years of age, will be a tourist attraction in Solferino, as well as its orchid garden and the El Corchal wetland.

Finally, the Chiquilá port will become a tourist and commercial destination where people traveling to Holbox will be able to buy artisanal pieces from local producers.

Lezama said that the new route is a key component of Section 4 of the Maya Train as Nuevo Xcán will be home to one of the train’s stations.

This week, the government said that Section 4 is now focusing on completing the route’s five stations, which are over 80% finished, as the Maya Train prepares to start operations in less than 60 days.

With reports by Milenio and La Jornada Maya

New initiative boosts tourism in Quintana Roo’s less-visited inland region

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