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Yucatan is ready to open archaeological zones

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

We are frequently being asked: "When will Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba be open again?"

Monday, September 14

  • Tulum, Coba, Uxmal, Xcambó, Mayapán, Izamal, Ek Balam, Muyil and San Gervasio


COBA: The main structure "Nohoch Mul" remains closed and currently not accessible to climb.

Tuesday, September 22

  • Chichen Itza and Dzibilchaltun

Under the strict measures established by the new normality and in order to ensure the safety and well-being of its operational personnel and visitors, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), will begin the gradual opening of archaeological zones and museums in the state of Yucatan, starting on Monday, September 14.

Archaeological Site of Ek Balam


Las Coloradas will be opening for tourists on September 15th

Through the INAH Yucatan Center, the guidelines for health protection issued by the Ministry of Health will be applied in all archaeological sites, and specific actions will be implemented for the orderly and safe return of the public and workers, with the objective of caring for their health and reducing the risk of contagion of the SARS CoV-2 virus.

Under such criteria, the on-site visit will be restarted in the archaeological zones of Uxmal, Xcambó, Mayapán, Izamal and Ek Balam.

All special opening hours, as well as Kukulcan Nights, are suspended.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, September 22, the archaeological zones of Chichen Itza and Dzibilchaltun will reopen; in the first, under a strict protocol, the permitted capacity will be 3,000 visitors per day; and in the second, the cenote, the Temple Parado and the Mayan Village will be closed.

The seven archeological zones at the state of Yucatan will be open from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The last access to these sites will be at 4:00 pm.

Ball Court at Chichen Itza
Opening hours (2020) of Chichen Itza from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The last access to these sites will be at 4:00 pm.

Only groups with a maximum of 10 people will be allowed to enter, including groups guided by tour operators. Special schedules, as well as Kukulcan Nights, are suspended.

In order to enter the archaeological zones and museums, the public will have to wear a mask from their arrival, for the protection of the personnel who will issue the ticket, as well as those who check the tickets at the entrance modules. Those who do not carry mask will not be allowed access.

Visiting hours for Coba, Tulum and Muyil are from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when the last ticket will be sold.

The visitor must maintain, at all times, a healthy distance, establishing a separation between people of at least 1.5 meters, with the exception of children, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors are encouraged to avoid physical contact with handrails, doors, signs or surfaces, as well as to wear masks.

The opening will be done with 30% of the load capacity according to the particularities of each site, which will be increased according to the advance of the epidemiological traffic light.

The sale of tickets to the archaeological sites is only at the box office. Both in the archaeological sites and in the enclosures that make up the INAH Museum Network, fees and exemptions from payment will be applied in the normal way.


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