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Craft vendors of Chichén Itzá: should they stay or should they go?

by Yucatan Times
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Artisans of Chichén Itzá continue to await a dignified space to work and offer their products to national and international tourists who visit the archaeological site, since Yucatan does not yet have federal resources.

“The talks to solve this problem are still ongoing”, said the director of the Board of Cultural and Tourism Units of the State of Yucatan (Cultur), Mauricio Díaz Montalvo.

In this regard, he explained that it is the federal government headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), in coordination with the government of Yucatán, responsible for analyzing the options to resolve the conflict that has been an issue for many years now.

In that sense, Díaz Montalvo stressed that today the area has an excessive number of vendors and added that the state government needs to solve this situation, but without the federal resources, there is nothing they can do.

“Right now we are analyzing all the options together with the Federal Government to reach an agreement,” Mauricio Díaz Montalvo, director of the Board of Cultural and Tourism Units of the State of Yucatan (Cultur) concluded.

TYT Newsroom with information from laverdadnoticias.com

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Frank Huonker May 1, 2022 - 11:38 am

Buenas Dias, I am a tourist from Germany and visited Chizén Itzá with my children in April 2022. First I was surprised to see so many local vendors on the way to the entrance and on the grounds of the archeological site. Thoughts like “they always want to sell something and get money from you” and “there are far too many people around here” went through my head. Then, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that this is just how it might have been in times when Chizén Itzá was in use. People, markets, vendors, colours, merchandise, noise etc. And this was real: Mayan people offering their crafted goods. In my opinion the Maya locals should be allowed and even have the right to sell their crafts on these ancient grounds. First of all it is their heritage, second their prices are very low compared with the entrance fees, highway poll, souvenir shops in Cancún, charges everywhere you go and whatever you want to see in México. On top, many things they sell are real crafts of Maya or other people in México. There is hardly if any plastic stuff from China at all. Let them earn some extra living by using the attractions their ancestors created by selling things they created and promote their culture throughout the world even if they have been designed to attract tourists.


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