Mexico has just introduced the El Tren Maya, aka The Maya Train, which stretches for 290 miles and connects the Yucatán peninsula’s archeological sites. As if that weren’t enough, there are plans to expand the track another 600 miles. Learn everything there is to know about this epic journey, here.
The Reason for the Maya Train
Professor of anthropology at the University at Albany SUNY, Marilyn Masson, explained that the new train isn’t just for promoting tourism. Masson said, “There is a large section of the interior of the peninsula that doesn’t have highways or roads. In the more remote sections, the train could potentially help these communities be better connected to the outside world.” Masson’s point is highlighted by the fact that the train has sole access to certain landscapes across Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Yucatán.
The Maya Train will have 34 stations across Mexico, including a stop at the famous Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá. Passengers will be able to purchase tickets in one of three classes – Xiinbal, Janal, or P’atal train. Xiinbal is the standard ticket, offering large windows to view the landscape. With Janal, passengers can enjoy a meal during their journey. While the P’atal train offers a sleeper car service.
As of the time of writing, tickets range from $43-$68, depending on which class one opts for.
Treehouses are having a moment in the hospitality world, with luxury treehouse hotels and vacation rentals popping up more than ever. Inspired by childhood fairytale dreams, these unique abodes offer guests beautifully decorated accommodations with modern comforts in a rustic feeling. Texas has to offer some of the best treehouse rentals for a memorable vacation.
Leaf Tree House, Fredericksburg
Combining eclectic design with tranquility, this beautiful treehouse looks like something out of a fairy tale. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, this vacation rental is full of character with a tulle bed canopy, a hanging shelf with a record player, and a comfy built-in reading nook beside a big arched window. While the ground floor features a comfortable sitting space, the second floor includes a semi-open lounge area, complete with a bathtub.
Redwood Tree Haus, New Braunfels
This unique swim-up treehouse boasts a large shared pool. This vacation rental in Texas features rustic décor with plenty of wood accents and a large shared pool. The living room also includes a massive tree-like structure, with lush greenery covering the rooftop and a wooden walkway outside. Offering two bedrooms and one bathroom, this treehouse also has a hot tub, a children’s playground, and cabanas.
The Hive, Glen Rose
This classic A-frame treehouse comes with oversized windows, allowing the guests to enjoy the surrounding scenic views. The main floor of the property features a living room with a kitchenette and a small dining table for four. The highlight, however, is the large suspended porch with light-decorated tree branches piercing through the wooden floorboard. Lounge furniture and the built-in net hammock make stargazing a great experience here.
Hobbit’s Nest Tree House, Lost Pines
This private ‘Hobbit’ treehouse in Texas will transport anyone to another world! Led by a rustic hanging walkway, it is completed with exposed wood beams, round stained-glass windows, and a canopy bed. The French doors of the single bedroom open to a balcony with a scenic view. You can relax for the whole day in the shaded patio, explore Bastrop State Park nearby, or else go kayaking in the Colorado River, just 10 miles drive away.
The Nest Tree House, Spicewood
Located 35 miles northwest of Austin, Texas, this unique treehouse features multiple structures connected by staircases and bridges. This property offers easy access to nearby art galleries, vineyards, and water sports activities. With eco-friendly architecture, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom treehouse includes circular-shaped spaces constructed with recycled materials. It also houses a picnic area, seasonal pool, barbecue, and a nearby creek.