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El Faro Chetumal reopens to public as lighthouse museum

Chetumal, Q.R. — The emblematic El Faro Chetumal (lighthouse) in Chetumal is officially open to the public. The lighthouse museum opening was announced by Quintana Roo Governor Mara Lezama at the start of the long weekend.

“The lighthouse is located on Colegio Militar Avenue in front of the Bay and is now open to the public,” she reported Saturday. The old lighthouse had not been used since the covid pandemic. After an extensive renovation, it is now a public attraction, being reopened again as a public museum.

The lighthouse, which was once a guide for sailors, was built in the mid-20th century for maritime purposes. It is now a tourist attraction that houses historical data on the state capital city as well as regional navigation history. It also offers visitors an interactive simulator with which they can navigate a boat on Caribbean waters.

The old lighthouse is a historical museum reopened to the public free of charge. Photo: CGC March 16, 2024.

Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa recently toured the newly renovated lighthouse accompanied by the Director of the Comprehensive Port Administration (APIQROO) Vagner Elbiorn Vega prior to announcing its official reopening.

El Faro offers a navigation simulator for visitors. Photo: CGC March 16, 2024.

The El Faro Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free of charge. Visitors can arrange for an official Apiqroo guided tour of the facility.