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Luxury Hotel Construction in Jaguar Park, Tulum – Environmental Concerns & Hidden Facts

The construction of a luxury hotel in Jaguar Park, Tulum, is progressing rapidly under the oversight of the National Defense Secretariat. However, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) has not yet published the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement. This has raised concerns about whether the project is adhering to environmental commitments.

The planned hotel, set to be the largest along the Maya Train route, will feature 352 rooms, multiple pools, a spa, temazcal, and other amenities. It will be linked to the Maya Train station and the new Tulum International Airport. The hotel is part of a broader project spearheaded by President AMLO, which is purportedly aimed at conserving the jaguar.

Yet, Semarnat's lack of transparency regarding the project's Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) has made it challenging to evaluate the potential environmental impact of the luxury hotel. The available information is restricted to documents related to another hotel on the Maya Train route in Edzná, Campeche. This leaves many questions unanswered about the true environmental impact of the construction.

According to reports, Semarnat is required to publish the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) for six hotel projects associated with the Maya Train. These projects are located in Palenque, Tulum, Calakmul, Edzná, Nuevo Uxmal, and Chichén Itzá. This requirement comes from the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), which has emphasized the significance of these documents in assessing the ecological impact of such constructions.