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Keep the modern day enemies at bay…

31 July 2008

Tourism is here to stay, but where exactly the tourists stay is becoming a problem.

(NVTV, India):

Ancient ruins perched on steep cliffs overlooking Carrinbean coast make for a perfect location for the holidayers. But at the same time this scenic beauty is exposed to damage by unregulated tourism.

Mexico is tightening the belt on conserving its heritage. The civic authorities of Tulum have decided to shut numerous big and small hotels for they may pose a threat to the health of 800- year-old Mayan ruins.

Adriana Velasquez, Director of Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) says:”The archaeological site of Tulum-Tanka has an extension of 691 hectares which includes not only the fortified area and Tanka but also houses, factories and the residential area of the ancient Mayans. It is very important to protect this area.”

The plan is to boost tourism while protecting the Mexico’s history, culture and environment.

“For us is very clear that the growth must be done in the correct order so Tulum becomes a municipality with a lot of potential for growth but not losing its ecological ambience,” says Marciano Dzul Caamal, Mayan leader of Tulum.

Tulum is one of the most important sites of Maya culture in Mexico. The site served as a watchtower for the Mayans to keep sight of enemies approaching by sea.

The drive to clean up the region is part of Mexicos programme to involve the young generation to rescue their ancient ruins, and much like their ancestors, keep the modern-day enemies like builders at bay.

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