Barrio Palenque ecotourism project in the jungle of Palenque, Chiapas


Barrio Palenque, this is what we know

Barrio Palenque is a project that has already been 30% under construction and is part of the Mayan Train plan, have you already heard of it?

Barrio Palenque is a real estate project in the middle of the Mayan jungle, which will seek to create a city and a lodging center very close to the archaeological zone and the Magic Town.

The mission of Barrio Palenque

According to the Lucila Aguilar architectural firm, IXUA is an architectural and social project in the development stage that adds to the objective of intertwining the five states of southeastern Mexico.

On the other hand, it is designed to be a tourist center that will promote national and international visits to Mexico.

The firm comments on its website that IXUA is the beginning of a movement that leans towards a more sustainable planet (supported by the use of bamboo), which guarantees natural wealth, economic prosperity, and social justice for current and future generations.

“IXUA arises from the need to propose new ways of relating to the Earth. We set out to create a new comprehensive model in the social, labor, and economic aspects of energy for the region. We imagine an integrated community that will live in well-being and harmony. In this community, the talent of each person will contribute to the construction of a perfectly balanced ecosystem. “

The mission is to preserve the ancestral legacy and traditions and integrate technology in an area of ​​great natural and cultural wealth in Mexico.

IXUA and the Mayan Train

The architectural firm says that the Mayan Train will do more than connect the southeastern part of the country. It will create formal and constant jobs along the route, attracting national and international tourism.

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You will also succeed in communicating populations and cooperation at different levels. IXUA will inspire tourists to travel the entire route and extend their stay in Palenque, in the heart of IXUA. What is known so far is that neighboring towns will be incorporated into the community through an embassy scheme.

IXUA will house 28 embassies, where representatives of the regional localities will live. (…) They will function as nuclei where the peoples can sell their crafts and promote their cultures without intermediaries.

Bamboo Construction

The jungle existed first, and IXUA’s bamboo architecture gives the illusion of having grown from the ground, integrating in harmony with the landscape.

 Lucila Aguilar Architects

It is said that the neighborhood will be built through a sustainable building model using ecological techniques and innovative materials such as bamboo.

Currently, the construction industry is responsible for 40% of carbon emissions. Bamboo is a material that can revolutionize and reverse the negative impact that the industry has had on our planet. Structurally, bamboo is light and flexible but as strong and strong as steel and concrete.

On its page, the architectural firm indicates that bamboo captures 50 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare annually.

Bamboo is the center of the architects’ vision for IXUA. They hope that he will be an example to the rest of the southeastern part of Mexico and an inspiration to the world.

We designed it for the convenience of pedestrians with a network of car-free streets that adds a great variety, vibrancy, and connection with the nature of the area.

Walking through IXUA will allow the opportunity for admiration and union between visitors and locals.


The community spirit will be alive at IXUA. It will transmit secrets and the ancestral legacy of the southeast that defines Mexico as a unique country. Cooperation will be crucial to create a balanced ecosystem where the talents of each person enrich the community as a whole.


The office says that Palenque, along with its archaeological zone, is more than a strategic point in the southeast of the country.

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It is the origin of the thousand-year legacy of our ancestors, the most important ceremonial center of the Mayan culture, and a point of union between the ancient and current traditions that make it a magical space.

It serves as the heart of one of the most important rainforests in the country, a tireless source of culture and ecological wealth.

Areas of Barrio Palenque

It will be a project built on a 25-hectare site. On the page of Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos, there is a map with some areas that are planned to be built on this land.

Firefly House

It will be an amphitheater used as a space for exchange and learning, it will also show aspects that are part of the identity of southeastern Mexico.

Monarch Store

People from different parts of the region will display a wide variety of traditional, locally made products. Its central butterfly garden will create an unforgettable experience.


Nestled among the trees, the bamboo buds will function as eco-hotel rooms. They will be a distinctive feature of IXUA’s innovative architecture.

Villa Macaw

It will be for national and international students who attend the Polytechnic Institute (Campus Palenque). Allowing them to be active participants in the community and to interact with the people and their traditions.

La Nube

It will serve as a water tower and a gathering space for teachers and students who will be inspired to perceive a world full of possibilities.

Vigía Macaw

The tower will be an observatory for bird watchers and nature, it will also offer spectacular views of the village from above.

Saraguto Garden

It will be the social space of the local schools where there will be spontaneous conversations and new friends.

Lucila Aguilar

The participation of the architect Lucila Aguilar and her office began in the planning of the Mayan Train.

For Obras, she declared that she was invited by Rogelio Jiménez Pons, director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), to dialogue tables to talk about how to conserve the jungle.

In the conversations, Lucila Aguilar presented her idea “Barrio Palenque”, and two years later it was taken into account to make it come true. She is the head of IXUA, but will collaborate with other firms such as:

  • Tron Architects
  • Atelier One
  • Sustainable CIIMA


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