Despite COVID-19, Chichen Itza is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico

Archaeological tourism in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CANCUN, Mexico - Oct. 12, 2021 - PRLog -- Although the COVID-19 is not over, the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza is the most visited in the country with an average of one million visitors, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)

Statistics from INAH reveals that the ancient Mayan city has received 1,136,059 visitors from January to September 2021, which represents 31.4% of the total visits to archaeological sites in the country.

Tulum, one of the most popular sites in the Riviera Maya, ranks in second place with 692,923 tourists, and 19% of the total visits to archaeological sites. The third place is for Teotihuacan, with 511,511 visitors and 14% of the total visits. Among these three sites, it concentrates 64.4% of the total archaeological tourism in the country.

During the first nine months of the year, in Yucatan, archeological tourism increase 59.7% with the arrival of 1.4 million visitors, which was 60% more than in the same period of 2020 when 815,445 reached the state.

From the total of visitors, one million 397 thousand 965 went to archaeological sites and 16,290 people entered the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History "Palacio Cantón".

From the total number of tourists, 691,215 were nationals, and 723,040 foreigners. 81.3% went to Chichén Itzá, followed by Uxmal, with 109,066 people, 7.8%; Ek Balam, with 63,075; 4.5% and Mayapán, with 27,735 tourists; 2%.

These figures are quite positive despite COVID-19, but there are some archaeological sites that remain closed due to the pandemic. Acanceh, Aké, Chacmultún, Grutas de Balankanché, Grutas de Loltún, Kabah, Labná, Oxkintok, Sayil and Xlapack these are the sites that are closed in Yucatan.

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