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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

After nearly two years of closure due the the covid-19 pandemic, the Maya archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá in the Mexican state of Yucatán received more than 26,000 national and international tourists during the the three-day holiday weekend, to celebrate the spring equinox from Saturday, March 19, through Monday, March 21.

Under strict sanitary restrictions guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Chichén Itzá, built by the Maya civilization in about 600 AD, reopened at the start of this year with limited numbers of visitors allowed.

Notwithstanding, the site, one of the largest Maya cities ever built, received more than 2 million visitors during the first two months of 2022, according to state government figures.

“We consider 2022 as the year of tourist recovery in which we hope to break the records of several indicators prior to the pandemic,” said Secretary of Yucatán Tourism Development Michelle Fridman Hirsch.

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