Amikoo Theme Park Resort Announced for Mayan Riviera

By James Careless

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A “new friend” totaling $840 million will be spent to build the Mayan-focused Amikoo Resort Destination Theme Park on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera (between Cancun and Playa del Carmen).
“Amikoo means ‘friend’ in the Mayan language,” said Angel Rodriguez, president of Grupo Gala, during a Tuesday press conference highlighting the project that includes two phases. The resort will be developed by Grupo Gala Resorts & Entertainment and Grupo IUSA.
“The whole concept of Amikoo is based on the wonderful Mayan cosmogony (the Mayan view of the origins of the universe),” Rodriguez said.
The Amikoo complex will combine a top-quality museum, resort, and themed attractions with a culturally respectful presentation of Mayan culture in an environmentally sustainable manner. To this end, 85 of the project’s 120 acres will be preserved in their current natural state.
Phase One of the Amikoo project will include the Amikoo Theme Park with 24 attractions, along with restaurants and shows.
The park will also be home to the Maya Anthropology and Archeology Museum, and Amikoo Downtown with 340 hotel rooms, shops, entertainment, and restaurants. Among the property’s attractions will be “Mares de Mexico” (a submarine scientific expedition simulator), a “Fly Over Mexico” flying theater, and “Amikoo Surf Spot” (a combined wave pool and artificial beach).
Phase Two will include 1,000+ more hotel rooms, plus the Maya Discovery interactive historical exhibition, Maya Extreme (home of the five sacred Maya trees), Maya Adventure (an ancient Mayan city), and Amikoo Land (home of the park’s Amikoo Family characters).