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Iximché Neglect leads to poor tourism 7 years 4 months ago #5347

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Iximché Neglect leads to poor tourism

The archaeological site of Iximché in Tecpán Guatemala, Chimaltenango, receives few visitors due to various factors, highlighting the lack of signage on the access road and parking area, the museum is neglected and conditions the toilets are inadequate.
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BY JOSE ROSALES Chimaltenango

GUATEMALA - Salvador Pira, President of the Chamber of Tourism (Camtur) indicated that this archaeological site has been a significant decline for two years, since before the visit received annually about 50 thousand tourists.

At that time occupied the third place of the most visited archaeological sites in the country, but since late 2009 statistics indicate that only about 20 thousand passengers entered the year. "We are concerned that the tourist has Iximché away because the economy has a heavy blow, as the artisans and restaurants are hurt", he said.

"We believe that another factor causing the low of the low number of visitors is no longer allowed access to the mounds and structures, because it finds its conservation," said Pira.

They seek solutions

Victor Hugo Sanchez, vice president of Camtur Tecpán, said to give a solution to the problem that confronts the ceremonial center, have requested financial support from the international community.

"We have plans to make improvements in health, signaling the perimeter to the parking area, and order the museum so that they can better observe the artifacts," explained Sanchez.

The anthropologist Fredy Carlos Ochoa said to provide better service on this site were trained 27 local youths, in order that they may be to support community guides the visitor on a tour of the facility. "The participants received knowledge of anthropology and history for three months," said Ochoa.

The mayor of Guatemala Tecpán, Jiatz Longino said that to regain the tourism, the municipality has provided municipal office move that unit to a gazebo in the park Iximché, so that tourists have more access to information.

The change was

Karen German, of the municipal tourism office, said that by 2012 Iximché be part of the ceremonial centers which perform the activities of the new dawn of the Maya. According to the schedule, will have activities in March, June, September and December this year.

Hamilton Muñoz Hernández, community guide, said that trying to give the whole story of the archaeological center for the domestic and foreign tourists travel more enjoyable. "Some visitors leave a tip, but intended for the renovation of the museum," he explained.

Courtesy Prensa Libre
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