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Maya Train from Cancun to Tulum will have cable-stayed bridges

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the section of Maya Train from Cancun to Tulum will have cable-stayed bridges. During his weekend tour of the area, he reported from Cancun the latest change in the Maya Train project.

López Obrador, along with Diego Prieto, the General Director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, announced the latest adjustment Sunday.

“It is modern communication, of course, taking care of the environment, our natural resources and archaeological sites,” López Obrador said during the announcement.

Using a model, Diego Prieto explained that the viaduct will help preserve the Garra de Jaguar cave which includes an underground river, flooded caves and a cenote. It will have a length close to 290 meters.

He said that INAH underwater archeology staff worked in coordination with the INDI consortium to prevent contamination of the aquifer.

The head of the Institute explained that elements from the Pleistocene have been found, such as the remains of saber-toothed tigers and giant pangolins, as well as cultural elements that made up the sacred sites of the Yucatan Peninsula.

He said they plan to create a cultural route starting at Puerto Aventuras which will include four archaeological sites. The sites, he said, will be Paamul II, the Garra del Jaguar cave, Cueva de las Manitas and the Ocho Balas cave, which will be made publicly available in a non-invasive way.

Quintana Roo Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa, who also attended the Maya Train update announcement, maintained that the project will be the platform that will show the world the archaeological and natural wealth of the country.