Mexican cartel violence leaves some Mayan ruins inaccessible to tourists

January 30, 2024

Multiple ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico are inaccessible due to cartel violence in a blow to tourism in the country’s southern state. Drug cartel violence in Chiapas has exploded over the last year, hurting tourism — a major source of economic opportunity for locals of the Mexican state near the Guatemala border. 4 Mexico’s government is telling tourists they can no longer explore two popular Mayan sites due to rising cartel violence. 4 Drug cartel violence in Mexico has hurt tourism — a major source of economic opportunity for locals. 4 Tour guides told the publication that gunmen often line the road to a major Mayan site famous for its murals.