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After the rebirth of tourism in recent years, Mexico’s popularity among tourists continues to grow. From city cathedrals to cenotes, visitors keep coming to explore all that Mexico has to offer.
In an effort to keep up with demand, Mexico is expanding its tourism offerings all over the map. Today, there are a growing number of ways to spend your time in this country of complex history, ancient wonders and stunning beaches. No matter what you’re looking for, Mexico probably has you covered.
Mexican authorities recently announced three new attractions scheduled to open this year, giving travelers another reason to visit this beautiful county.
Mazatlán: Sea of Cortez Aquarium
Commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Pacific”, the resort town of Mazatlán has recently become increasingly popular with both short-term and long-term travelers. This Pacific cruise port is known for its beautiful beaches and year-round sunny weather.
There is no shortage of things to do in Mazatlán, a favorite pastime is a simple stroll along the 13km seawall known as the Malecón. This seawall/promenade is one of the longest of its kind in the world. After a morning walk by the sea, you can explore the beautifully preserved historic center, starting from Plaza Machado.
As of March 2023, another must-do in Mazatlan is discovering the new Aquarium. The Mazatlan Aquarium is designed to increase the city’s profile as a leader in marine biology. Called the Sea of Cortez Aquarium, it will be the largest in Latin America and one of the 10 largest aquariums in the world. The space honors both the nearby Sea of Cortez and the world-famous Jacques Cousteau in both its namesake and its exhibits. At the time of writing, admission is $5 USD for adults and $3 USD for children.
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Mexico City: Amphibium, Axolotl Museum
Another new Mexican animal-themed attraction recently opened in Mexico City. It’s no secret that Mexico’s capital city already has a huge list of impressive museums worth visiting, and one more has just been added to the list.
Called the Anfibium, this museum focuses on Mexico’s beloved endangered salamander, the axolotl. Located in the popular Chapultepec Park, this FREE museum consists of laboratories, wetlands and a conservation center. The interactive nature of the museum is intended to help deepen the public’s appreciation and understanding of these elusive animals.
Therefore, conservation and protection of the axolotl can be better achieved with more public education about the declining species. In addition to including a variety of axolotls, the museum also houses more than 30 other species of amphibians for the public to enjoy.
Yucatan Peninsula: The Mayan Train
A long-awaited project is finally scheduled to open later this year, offering tourists a new way to explore the famous Yucatan Peninsula. The Mayan Train has been rumored for years among those hoping to explore some of the more than 200 ancient Mayan ruins in the region.
Although development of the Maya train has been delayed and contested for years, it looks like this is the year its engines will finally fire. The construction of the rails of this project led to many new discoveries. As they discovered numerous new Mayan ruins and historical sites, local residents and conservation groups became increasingly concerned about the preservation of these sites.
Construction controversies aside, the connectivity that the Maya train will bring cannot be disputed. The Maya train will operate on a circular route, covering approximately 1,500 km, crossing five states and stopping at 21 stations. Connecting Cancun, Tulum, Mérida, Playa del Carmen and other lesser-known cities, authorities have expressed their hopes that the Maya train will be used by tourists and locals alike. It should also be noted that the train will be patrolled by special security and police, which will help put passengers at ease regarding any security concerns that may arise.
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