The cave network, cenotes, and underground rivers in the tourist peninsula of Yucatan in Mexico, with caves sometimes open where sunlight plays on stalactites and crystal water, today PASSED in some part for large pillars on steel and cement that came with a mega project of the government.
The videos and photos published by Mexican environmentalists, who have been criticizing for years the damage to the main work of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador—the tourist,. Maya Trends and all the facilities around it show the underground transformation of one of the best attractions in the Mexican Caribbean.
Guillermo DChristy, a speleologist, water quality expert, and one of the many activists who criticized the environmental risks of the star project of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, published the material this week on his social networks to show that the theoretical conservationist promises the government has not fulfilled.
The videos, he said, were taken on Sunday.
“We are supposed to protect this system of caves and cenotes, and the promise is that it will not be touched,” DChristy said in recordings, referring to the government and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). “You lied to us, Mr. President.
“Yes, they are drilled, and concrete is injected into them,” he added. “We already have at least 12 big boreholes… The massage of tourism, big real estate developments, and the passage of the train through the forest is the worst ecocide that has ever been done in this area.”
The network of caves, cenotes—freshwater lakes—and underground rivers on the Caribbean coast of Mexico is a very sensitive area from an environmental point of view. They are the only source of fresh water in the region, as there are no rivers on this land formed by limestone.
But it also has important archaeological value because some of the oldest human remains in North America have been discovered there. Since the caves dried up about 10,000 years ago, people and animals used them before they flooded at the end of the last Ice Age, about eight thousand years ago, preserving much of what remains there.
DChristy found the pillars in a complex cave known as Aktun Túyul, near the town of Xpu Ha, about 100 kilometers south of Cancun, on the unfinished section of the railway that runs between Cancun and the city on the beach of Tulum.
The military company that built the train did not immediately respond to a request for comment by INAH.
López Obrador has promised that part of his controversial Mayan Train project, a 1,500-kilometer, $20 billion project linking the peninsula’s main tourist spots, will run along an elevated road supported by piles to avoid crushing or disturbing the roads. cenotes. In addition, the mega-project has cut down kilometers of forest.
Aktun T’uyul con 12 perforaciones para pilas de concreto y acero (que eventualmente se van a corroer y contaminarán el agua).@dprieto_ mintió. @lopezobrador_ mintió. No se están protegiendo cavernas y cenotes. El daño es irreparable.@OscarReboraQRoo
Urge proponer mitigación. pic.twitter.com/tq41tCFGbR
— Guillermo DChristy (@gchristy65) January 21, 2024
The president inaugurated the first sections of the train at the end of last year and wants to finish it before leaving office on October 1. The work is in the hands of the armed forces, whose functions in Mexico have increased during the presidency of López Obrador, who, in addition, will also manage tourism projects in the area.
Although the authorities promote the train as a transport that can be used for the transfer of locals and goods, the real source of significant income is tourists.
Criticism from environmentalists began even before construction began and increased as construction progressed. The president’s answer is always the same: that the environmentalists who criticize him are among his conservative enemies.