According to information provided by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Chichén Itzá will receive its Millionth Tourist of 2023 in the coming days. This emblematic place retains its status as the most frequented tourist attraction in all of Mexico.
From the beginning of 2023 to May, the flow of tourists to the 15 of the 17 archaeological sites in the region reached 1,260,674. Although this figure represents a decrease of 10.49% compared to the same period of the previous year, which registered 1,408,361 visitors, it is still a significant number.
In the broader picture, the arrival of tourists to archaeological sites and museums throughout Mexico registered a total of 8,129,085 people. This represents a considerable increase of 40.08% compared to the previous year.
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Chichen Itza alone attracted 929,826 tourists, which represents 19.66% of the total number of visitors to archaeological sites nationwide. It is followed by Teotihuacan in the State of Mexico, with 829,484 tourists (17.54% of the total) and Tulum in Quintana Roo, with 688,286 visitors, equivalent to 14.55%.
In fact, these three archaeological jewels accumulate more than 51.76% of all visits nationwide, that is, more than half of archaeological tourism is concentrated in these sites.
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In the national classification of influx, Uxmal occupies the seventh place, Ek’Balam ninth, Dzibilchaltún the 21st position, Mayapán is located in the 28th place, Kabah in the 30th, Izamal in the 43rd, Xkambó in the 44th, Aké in the 53, Labná in 62, Sayil in 70 and Oxkintok in 83.
It is important to note that, as a result of the closure of tourist sites due to the Covid-19 pandemic that began on March 23, 2020, the Balamcanché Caves and the Loltún Caves are still closed to the public. This means that these sites have been inaccessible for three years and two months.
Chichén Itzá, along with other splendid Mexican archaeological destinations, continue to prove to be a magnet for lovers of history and culture, and its ability to attract millions of visitors year after year is irrefutable proof of its importance on the world tourist map.
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