Palenque Mayor Carlos Morelos Rodríguez, together with various authorities, toured the grounds where work will begin Monday on the Mayan Train.
Through a Facebook account, the local council shared images showing machinery and personnel, as well as authorities supervising the work.
The fact that the train passes through land considered sacred has not gone unnoticed.
A “Ritual of the Native Peoples to Mother Earth” will be held Sunday in various communities where the train will pass. Rails stretching 1,500 kilometers will connect Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo.
In one ceremony, representatives of the 12 indigenous people in Chiapas will request consent from Mother Earth. The ritual, in an old airstrip in Palenque, will include Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
When questioned about the environmental impact studies that this project implies, the President indicated they are complete, and that the train meets the approval of local communities.
Ceremonies will also be held simultaneously in Edzná and Becán, Campeche; Chichén Itzá; Tenosique, Tabasco; and Tulum.