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Government hoping to open Xcabal ruins in Bacalar this year

Bacalar, Q.R. — The Ministry of Tourism says they are hoping that this will be the year in which they can open the archaeological ruins of Xcabal in Bacalar.

Head of the Ministry of Tourism Marisol Vanegas Pérez says that they hope to open the ruins to the public, which is projected to be a great detonator of tourism in the southern area.

“Xcabal is a project that interests us a lot because it would detonate the southern part of the state, which includes the Bacalar municipalities and Othón P. Blanco,” she said.

She said that they recently held a meeting with the director general of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Diego Prieto Hernandez, to talk about advances that have been made, noting that the state government has already allocated money varying projects that include topographic work and access roads, among others.

She says that now they are working on reaching an economic agreement with the ejidatarios to proceed with the public opening of the site.

Marisol Vanegas says that the government secretariat, headed by Francisco López Mena, is in charge of negotiating with the ejidatarios for the payment of the hectares that occupy the periphery of that archaeological zone.

“We are ready to continue with the opening work the moment they indicate we have legal certainty about the land, which we hope is this year since we already have operators and tour groups making reservations,” she added.