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Mayan-themed resort planned on the Mexican Riviera Maya

The Mayan-themed Amikoo Resort Destination theme park, an $840 million project, will be built on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It will be developed by Grupo Gala Resorts & Entertainment and Grupo IUSA. “Amikoo means ‘friend’ in the Mayan language,” explained Angel Rodriguez, president of Grupo Gala.


The project includes two phases, the first of which will combine a top-quality museum, resort, and themed attractions with a presentation of Mayan culture. The first phase of the project will be the Amikoo theme park with 24 attractions. Attractions will include the Amikoo Surf Spot, a giant wave pool and artificial beach, Fly Over Mexico, a panoramic flight simulator taking visitors over of the country’s landmarks, a submarine simulator called Mexico Seas that will show guests Mexican sea life, and something called ‘Pirates of Bacalar.’ The Maya Anthropology and Archeology Museum, and Amikoo Downtown with 340 hotel rooms, shops, entertainment, and restaurants are also part of the first phase.

The second phase will include 1,000+ more hotel rooms, plus four distinct zones. The Park Maya Extreme will be a lush jungle-themed area. Maya Adventure will be a recreating of an ancient Mayan city. Maya Discovery will be an interactive historical exhibition of Mayan anthropology and archaeology. Amikoo Land, home of the park’s Amikoo Family characters, will be a family-focused area with shopping and restaurants.

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