Archive for July, 2011

Mexico President Returns to Chichen Itza Today (Sunday)

July 30th, 2011 by ejalbright

UPDATEDMexico President Felipe Calderon will be at Chichen Itza tomorrow today to meet with one of his counterparts, but news agencies seem unsure exactly which one his counterpart from Columbia.
Diario de Yucatan reports that Calderon will meet with the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; the news service SIPSE reports it will be with the president of Guatemala, Álvaro Colom.
What is known for sure is that Mexico’s president will be there. Tourists should expect high security and possibly even a temporary closure of the archaeological zone.

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Promoter: Paul McCartney Sought to Play Chichen Itza in November

July 17th, 2011 by ejalbright

Talks to bring a Paul McCartney concert to Chichen Itza are ongoing, said the promoter of previous concerts at the ancient city, and the hope is have the former Beatle sign on the dotted line for a November performance.

Earlier reports indicated that McCartney was sought to play Chichen Itza in 2012, but according to the promoter behind the event, they want him before the end of the year.

“We are making progress in our talks but still nothing,” said promoter Dario de Leon Pereira, who in conjunction with the state of Yucatan has staged concerts by Placido Domingo, Sara Brightman, and Elton John at Chichen Itza. The promoter spoke to the Diario de Yucatan just before a Shakira concert in Merida, the capital of Yucatan state.

Two years ago the arm of Yucatan state government announced that McCartney was slated for 2011, but months later the governor said that date had been pushed that date back to 2012, part of a McCartney “farewell tour.” Then the plan was to have Mexican singer Juan Gabriel perform at Chichen Itza in November of this year, part of the celebration of the Mexican bicentennial. If de Leon Pereira is correct, apparently McCartney now is being sought for November.

“We set out to get him and hopefully he can come as it would also be a historical thing, a fantastic combination with Chichen Itza, which is so beautiful,” de Leon Pereira said.

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INAH Closes Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza

July 16th, 2011 by ejalbright

INAH, the federal agency that manages the ruins at Chichen Itza, has closed public access to the Great Ball Court for cleaning and excavation.

The Diario de Yucatan reports that the monument will be closed for three months while work is conducted on the west side.

The Great Ball Court is the largest in all of Mesoamerica, and one of the major attractions at Chichen Itza. The decision to close it was a source of discord by the licensed guides of Chichen Itza. They criticized the timing of the work, which falls during the summer break of students and a time when many families travel.

INAH has hired 100 people from the surrounding communities of Piste, Oxkutzcab, Xcopteil, Tohopkú, and Xocempich, to do the work. The project is supervised by Jose Guadalupe Huchim, who is the INAH director in charge of the Maya site of Uxmal.

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Mexico Goes Multimedia for 2012 Tourist Campaign

July 14th, 2011 by ejalbright

The Mexican government will be encouraging tourists to help it countdown to the end of the Maya calendar on Dec. 21, 2012.

The office of the President of Mexico last month unveiled a promotional video for the “Mundo Maya,” or Maya World. Ten archaeological sites are featured in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

At the end of the video, the audience is asked to “la cuenta de hará historia … una nueva era comienza,” which I translate as, “The countdown that will make history … a new era commences.”

The video is part of an 18-month-long promotional campaign promoting tourism in the region of Mexico once dominated by the Maya civilization. You can watch it on YouTube HERE.

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