Discovering the Magic of the Tren Maya

A Journey through the Heart of Southern Mexico

Greetings, intrepid travelers and culture lovers! Have you ever dreamed of a trip that transports you through stunning landscapes while soaking up ancient cultures and archaeological sites? Stop dreaming and get ready for a unique experience! The Mayan Train is waiting for you, promising you an adventure that will be etched in your memory forever.

What is the Tren Maya?

Imagine a train that transports you through centuries of history, culture and natural beauty. The Mayan Train (Tren Maya) is an impressive project in the south of Mexico, designed to unite the ancient wonders of the Mayan civilization and the vibrant life of modern cities.

Although it is not yet completed and only a few stations are available, the project has already begun to transform the region. With a planned length of approximately 1,554 kilometers, this train journey will offer a unique blend of tourism, cultural immersion and economic development, all while respecting and preserving the beautiful landscapes it passes through.

Like all passenger trains, it has a tourist category and a Luxury category where you can enjoy larger spaces and personalized attention.

It also has a restaurant car inspired by local aquatic landscapes and the style of Luis Barragán (Mexican architect). Here, passengers can savor the rich regional cuisine, enjoying panoramic views with seats oriented up to 45 degrees towards the windows. It is the perfect place to share moments with loved ones or make new friends.

Map of Tren Maya route in the south of Mexico

The Route: A Journey Through Cultures and Landscapes

From the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea to the dense jungles that are home to ancient Mayan ruins and majestic ceremonial centers, the Mayan Train route is a treasure map waiting to be discovered.

Each stop is a new chapter in a book of stories to tell, filled with local artisans, breathtaking natural wonders, and culinary delights that will delight your senses.

It's not just a train ride; It is a journey through the beating heart of the southern states of Mexico.

It will pass through the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo at an average speed of 160 km/h and will have 7 sections or segments with their respective stations which will be:

Section 1, stops and stations

  • State of Chiapas:
  • Palenque Station
  • State of Tabasco:
  • Boca del Cerro Station
  • Tenosique Stop
  • El Triunfo Station
  • State of Campeche:
  • Candelaria Stop
  • Escarcega Station

Section 2, stops and stations

  • State of Campeche:
  • Carrillo Puerto / Champoton Stop
  • Edzna Station
  • S.F. Station Campeche
  • Tenabo Stop
  • Hecelchakan Stop

Section 3, stops and stations

  • State of Campeche:
  • Calkiní Stop
  • Yucatan State:
  • Maxcanú Stop
  • Uman Stop
  • Merida Teya Station
  • Tixkokob Stop
  • Izamal Station

Section 4, stops and stations

  • Yucatan State:
  • Chichén Itzá Station
  • Valladolid Station
  • State of Quintana Roo:
  • New Xcan Stop
  • Leona Vicario Stop
  • Cancun Airport Station

Section 5, stops and stations

  • State of Quintana Roo:
  • Puerto Morelos Station
  • Playa del Carmen Station
  • Tulum Station
  • Tulum Airport Station

Section 6, stops and stations

  • State of Quintana Roo:
  • Felipe Carrillo Puerto Station
  • Limones Stop
  • Bacalar Station
  • Chetumal Station

Section 7, stops and stations

  • State of Quintana Roo:
  • Kohunlich Stop
  • Xpujil Station
  • State of Campeche:
  • Calakmul Stop
  • Centennial Stop

At this point you may be wondering: What is the cost of traveling on the Mayan Train? Rates vary depending on the traveler's profile. If you traveled the 7 complete sections, the prices range between $170 USD for a local tourist and $190 USD for an international tourist.

Why the Mayan Train is a Must See

Why should you add the Mayan Train to your bucket list? Because it is a trip that offers much more than beautiful views. It is an opportunity to connect with the heartbeat of the Mayan culture, to learn from their ancestral wisdom and to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people.

Plus, it's an eco-friendly adventure that supports local communities, making it a win for both travelers and the planet.

Planning Your Trip: Tips and Tricks

Ready to embark on this exciting adventure? Here are some tips to make your Mayan Train experience memorable:

Advance Reservation:Even though the train isn't finished yet, it's important to keep an eye on the news and book your tickets and accommodations in advance when they become available.

Pack Light, Think Green: Remember that it is an ecological trip. Pack lightly and opt for sustainable options whenever possible.

Embrace Local: Immerse yourself in local culture by sampling delicious regional cuisine, interacting with local artisans, and absorbing the cultural richness that each stop has to offer.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you adventure aboard the Mayan Train and discover the treasures that southern Mexico has in store for you!