Playa Del Carmen , Mexico (PressExposure) December 23, 2009 -- One of numerous attractions for Mexico Real Estate is the rich culture and history which many areas of the country offer, including current Mexican culture, beautiful colonial cities and the archeological sites of pre-European civilizations. In some parts of the Yucatan Real Estate area, theme parks presenting this rich combination of cultures, such as Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, already offer not only an attraction to tourists, but regular events which are excellent outings for residents as well. Recently, it has been announced that Merida Real Estate will benefit from a high-profile project of this type to present a detailed experience of ancient Mayan culture to both visitors and residents of the peninsula.
On December 21, 2009, at the foot of a giant ceiba tree near a cenote, work was started for a project to build a "Palace of Mayan civilization" in Yaxcaba community, located near the archaeological site Chichen Itza. The governor of the state of Yucatan said that the project was connected to a "resurgence" of Mayan culture and the attractions of Yucatan on a worldwide level.
Located about 55 miles of Merida and 12 miles from the world famous archeological zone Chichen Itza the new exhibition will allow its guests to feel, see and interact with how the Mayans lived, what they planted and ate and their customs.
At the ceremony for beginning the project, a Mayan ritual, called "Jets'Luum" meaning "calm the earth," was performed by a Mayan priest for the winter solstice at a cenote in the middle of the forest that surrounds this region. An offering was made to a Ceiba tree, which is sacred to the Mayans. The new project will be divided into several stages and will receive an initial investment of about 6 million dollars; the park has been called "a kind of Disneyland but with culture" and history.
In the short term the new park is expected to attract over 500 thousand additional tourists to the State of Yucatan. The construction work of the first three stages of the Palace of the Mayan civilization will formally start in 2010. Further stages will be built through various funding sources, mostly private.
The current plan is for the first two stages will be complete during 2012, with a cost of about $25 million US. Other stages will be continued in the future. Besides providing an important new activity for visitors and residents of the Yucatan Peninsula alike, the project is opening up new roadways and infrastructure for further development and economic progress in the area.