The caves of Lol-Tun, one of the most important natural formations in Yucatan, and which is considered a sacred site by the ancient Maya, has a new lighting system with LED technology, an investment of 24 million pesos (1.8 million USD).
More than a mile long, with huge vaults, gouaches and formations of stalactites and stalagmites, Lol-Tun is one of the main tourist attractions in the southern part of the state.
In the inauguration ceremony of the new lighting system, presided by Governor Rolando Zapata Bello, it was announced that the site is visited by more than 40,000 people annually, of which 60 percent are foreign visitors, representing a significant economic benefit for the whole region.
For these reasons, it was decided to modernize both illumination and intercommunication technologies to make it more attractive to tourists and so increase the number of visitors.
The Minister of Tourism, Saul Ancona Salazar, stated that the state government will also improve public tourism infrastructure through the modernization and renovation of its main attractions.
In addition to the LED lighting system, which can be controlled by the tourist guides through their smartphones, an in-house control system was installed using state of the art fiber optic networks, Ethernet and audio channels.
The new LED technology will help to avoid glare strollers and light flares, providing greater security to tourists during their tour through the bowels of the vast cave system.
The new control system also allows the highlighting of specific rock formations and vestiges of Mayan culture that remain in the caves.
“The visit to the site has not only been dignified, but also lets us position it as one of the main tourist offers of Yucatán and the Mundo Maya” said Ancona Salazar.
Later, the governor and his delegation toured the system of caves of “Lol-Tun”, a Mayan word that means “Stone Flower”.
Lol-Tun is also the source of many Mayan myths and legends since pre-Hispanic times. More recently it was discovered that the indigenous Mayan rebels used the caves as a shelter during the nineteenth century “Caste War” in Yucatan.
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