Tulum Beach, Riviera Maya

Yucatan’s New Train! Merida to Riviera Maya.

Yucatan’s New Train! Yeah, We’re Excited Too.

Say what you want about Mexican President Peña Nieto, but he has the debonaire good looks to rival any telenovela actor.

And he wants to bring us our very own high speed train! Well done, Señor President.

Last week, Peña Nieto announced that the Mexican government will be investing $100 billion (not a typo) in the country’s transportation infrastructure, including new airports, airport remodels, upgraded seaports, more miles of highway, and best of all… a high speed train through the Yucatan Peninsula.

The plans for the new train line show up in two phases. Phase 1 (the thick red line on the map) will connect the huge colonial city of Merida with Punta Venado, near Playa del Carmen. Along the way, the train will make stops at some of our favorite Yucatan towns like Valladolid and Chichen Itza.


The bad news? A train to Cancun won’t  happen until Phase 2, represented by the red dotted lines on the map.

So it looks like in a few years, locals and vacationers in the Riviera Maya will have quick and easy access to the vibrant history and culture of the Yucatan Peninsula, making weekend getaways much, much easier. We’re still curious about whether or not the prices for the high speed train will be worth the faster trip. Time will tell

Source: Cancun 360


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