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Mexican State of Yucatán Buys Archaeological Site of Chichen Itza

The archaeological site of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan state, Mexico. - Yucatan's Government announced the purchase of 205,097 private acres of the Chichen Itza zone at a price of $17.6 US million dollars. The sale was described as a 'historical agreement' successfully achieved by the official entity 'Culture' in order to become this place into a patrimony of the people from Yucatan and Mexico.

A historic transaction between the Government of
Yucatán and
businessman Hans Jurgen Thies Barbachano yesterday allowed the State to
buy 83
hectares of land where the archaeological site of Chichen Itza sits for
million pesos ($17,800,150 USD). The negotiation, which ended two days
ago with
the signing of an agreement to purchase the land,
began more or
less a
year ago between the Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco and Hans Jürgen
Barbachano, the owner, who sought the care and protection of historical
monuments there to remain as heritage of the State of Yucatan.