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More families who live in the state are discovering the natural and cultural paradise that surrounds them thanks to a new state program – Viajemos por Quintana Roo

exploring-rgb5The administration of the Governor Carlos Joaquín González, through the State Secretariat of Tourism, continues to encourage more and more families to get to know and enjoy the natural and cultural paradise that surrounds them, as well as to strengthen the pride and sense of belonging of those who live in the State of Quintana Roo.

As part of the Viajemos por Quintana Roo (We Travel Through Quintana Roo) state program, which seeks to reduce the inequality for those who have lacked the opportunity to travel and  “own” the paradise in which they live, families from the northern and southern parts of the state have started to enjoy some of Quintana Roo’s travel destinations.

Members of the Ministry of Public Security and their families, who live in the state capital, took a tour along the Chetumal-Tulum route on Saturday. They traveled 171 miles north to visit the beaches of Xcacel-Bahía de Tortugas and the Xcacelito cenote (natural sinkhole). They then visited the “Magical Town” of Tulum and its legendary archaeological zone from the post-classic period of the Maya Civilization and took a souvenir photo of the walled city that overlooks the Caribbean Sea.

Simultaneously, children and 6th graders from the Tenochtitlan primary school in Bacalar traveled 170 miles in a Mayab bus. While in Playa del Carmen, in the Municipality of Solidaridad, they took a walk along the Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), and when they reached the Fundadores Beach, they enjoyed sports such as swimming, soccer and beach volleyball.

At 7 a.m., families from the island of Cozumel traveled from the San Miguel dock to Playa del Carmen aboard a modern ferry, thanks to the donation of the tickets by the Ultramar Company. Participants enjoyed the sunrise, and then took an Autocar bus to travel 100 miles south in Quintana Roo to the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto where they visited the Santuario de la Cruz Parlante (Shrine of the Speaking Cross), the Maya-Catholic church, the Pila de los Azotes (Whipping Basin), the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the city’s Santa Cruz Museum. Loaded with excitement and memories, the families then returned to the beautiful island of Cozumel.

The Viajemos por Quintana Roo program has three options: promotions and discounts for those who have their own transportation to travel to the destinations in Quintana Roo with options available on the site; low-cost routes for those who want to travel but do not have their own means of transportation, and routes that are completely free for underprivileged groups.
One month after the program was officially launched by Governor Carlos Joaquín and the State Secretary of Tourism, Marisol Vanegas Pérez, there are already more than ten different routes designed to mobilize 30,000 people living in Quintana Roo throughout 2017.


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