A spectacular handcrafted model of Tulum was recently unveiled at Xel-Há Park. Featuring 400 buildings and 4,000 miniatures of people and animals in an area of 295 square feet, it depicts the ancient Mayan city at the height of its glory in the Post-Classic period.

The model was created by 15 Mexican artists with the help of experts on the Mayan culture and shows what daily life would have been like in Tulum or Zama (“dawn” in Maya), as it was known in ancient times. Priests and rulers worship in the city’s temples, fishermen unload their catch and merchants from all over the Maya World gather to barter their goods in the busy port.

In other news, on March 22, World Water Day, Xel-Há Park was awarded the EarthCheck Gold Certification for its sustainable management policies, becoming the first tourist park in the world to receive this prestigious accolade.