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Mayan ruins reopening

Reopening of Archaeological Sites in Quintana Roo

Last updated Sep 10th, 2020.

Travelers rejoice! The good news continue: this morning the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH in Spanish) announced the coming reopening of the archaeological sites of Northern Quintana Roo. The sites of Tulum, Cobá, San Gervasio and Muyil will be reopening their doors this coming Monday September 14th and will remain open until further notice. That same day at noon Quintana Roo’s Governor and the national directors for INAH and FONATUR (National Fund for Tourism) will host a small reopening ceremony in Tulum.

For as long as the risk of Covid-19 continues at the current level, these archaeological sites will operate with strict safety measures and reduced capacity. These are the safety measures to keep in mind:

  • The use of face-masks is obligatory at all times and with no exception
  • Visitors must go through a health screening where they will have their body temperature measured as well as been given hand sanitizer; people with temperatures of over 37.5C (99.5F) will not be allowed to enter
  • Visitors must keep a safe distance of at least 1.5m (5ft) from other guests
  • Groups will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, this includes guided groups as well
  • Ticket booths will operate from 9am to 3pm
  • Tulum will have a cap of 2,000 visitors per day while Cobá will be capped at 1,000 visitors. Muyil and San Gervasio do not have stablished limits due to their smaller and less-visited nature

What about Chichen Itzá?
As of Friday, September 11th we have had official confirmation that the archaeological sites in the state of Yucatán (where Chichen Itzá is located) will begin to reopen on the 14th, Chichen Itzá will remain closed until the 22nd once all the others have reopened. The same safety measures that apply to sites in Quintana Roo will apply to sites in Yucatan; with the exception of schedule: sites will be open from 8am to 5pm with 4pm being the last admission time.
However, all special performances, including “Kukulcan Night’s” light and sound show are suspended until further notice.