The archaeological zone was visited by 2.6 million people, according to the INAH
In 2022, nearly 700 million pesos were obtained for the payment for the entrance to Chichén Itzá: the archaeological zone was visited by 2.6 million people, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The director of the Archaeological Monuments Zone of Chichén Itzá, Marco Antonio Santos Ramírez, indicated that on average, the daily entrance to the site was 7,123 tourists, and the payment for access was just over two million pesos.
Therefore, in the four days that the protest – highway closure – stopped entering the pre-Hispanic city, 28,000 visitors, and the economic loss is 8 million pesos.
Of the total amount captured in 2022, only the INAH obtained about 170 million pesos, a resource that was directly captured by the Federation Treasury, while the State government obtained about 500 million pesos.
In Yucatán, of the total money collected by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), for payment for access to sites, only five percent is returned to the 12 municipalities where there are pre-Hispanic sites, but only Tinum It takes advantage of the federal resource, since the other municipalities continue without specifying the agreements with the INAH.
Therefore, the Tinum City Council would receive a total of 8.2 million pesos, so it is the commune that disposes of the federal resource that is granted annually and is the one in charge of using the money.
While the INAH charges 85 pesos per person, while the State government the fee is close to 500 pesos.
Every day, between six thousand and seven thousand national and foreign tourists come to the site, although it has the capacity to accommodate up to 15 thousand walkers, but it is not intended to saturate this pre-Columbian city.
During the past year, 2.6 million pesos attended the capital of the Itzáes, with a daily average of 7,123 people.
Therefore, it is the most visited archaeological zone in the entire country, surpassing Teotihuacan and Tulum, even, of the total archaeological tourism that goes to Yucatán, 80 percent goes to Chichén Itzá.
Chichén Itzá is an archaeological site declared as a Zone of Archaeological Monuments and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
Even, on July 7, 2007, the pre-Hispanic city was named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Currently, it is one of the most important sites in the world, at the same level of Machu Picchu, in Peru; the Tah Majal, Agra, in India; the Parthenon, in Greece; the Chinese wall, and the Pyramids of Egypt, among others.