By Victoria Veilleux, David Baird
The surprising sea coast of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula is a various playground the place you could bask on pristine shorelines, discover historic ruins, play golfing or tennis, move cycling, snorkeling or scuba diving, do severe procuring, or get away to a secluded lagoon. With information on Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, plus the within reach ruins, this pleasant consultant provides the low down on: every thing from specified spa studies to nature preserves and ecoparks lodgings starting from a luxurious lodge the place site visitors can dabble in a Viking-clad kitchen or the place rooms opened up in the course of the jungle to a European-style hotel that gives Spanish classes or a relaxed beachside palapa (thatch-roofed) hotel all types of eating concepts, together with clean seafood, nearby specialties similar to beef pibil, papadzules, and poc chuc, or Thai, Argentinean, or Italian delicacies Diving into the transparent depths of the Yucatán cenotes (natural wells) Birding at Isla Contoy, with greater than 70 species of birds in addition to a number of marine and animal existence The Panoramic Tower on Isla Mujeres. the place you get a beautiful view of the island and Cancun Day journeys to the archeological websites at Tulum, Chichén Itzá, and Ek Balam The pedestrian-only Avenida five in Playa del Carmen that’s the new social scene evening existence, together with reside tune venues, tequila bars, activities bars, cafes, and lots of areas the place you could dance the evening away like all For Dummies shuttle advisor, Cancún & the Yucatán For Dummies, third version contains: Down-to-earth trip-planning suggestion What you shouldn’t pass over — and what you could pass the simplest inns and eating places for each funds convenient Post-it® Flags to mark your favourite pages even if your thought of the right holiday is motion, solar, and continuous enjoyable or an get away to a relaxed haven the place lifestyles strikes alongside in natural mañana mode, this consultant gets you in your method without problemo, amigo.
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In this popular game that was part ritual, part sport, players on two teams tried to knock a hard rubber ball through one of the two stone rings placed high on either wall of a ball court, using only their elbows, knees, and hips (no hands). According to legend, the losing players paid for defeat with their lives. C. Our understanding of this period is only sketchy, but Olmec influences are apparent everywhere. The Maya perfected the Olmec calendar and, somewhere along the way, developed their ornate system of hieroglyphic writing and their early architecture.
Fly-fishing off the Punta Allen and Majahual Peninsulas: Serious anglers enjoy the challenge of fly-fishing the saltwater flats and lagoons on the protected sides of these peninsulas. See Chapter 14. ߜ Birding: The Yucatán Peninsula is an ornithological paradise, with hundreds of species awaiting the birder’s gaze and list. One very special place is Isla Contoy, with more than 70 species of birds as well as a host of marine and animal life. See Chapter 12. ߜ Getting a bird’s-eye view: On Isla Mujeres, The Panoramic Tower is the best way to get the lay of the island, not to mention a stunning view of Cancún.
There are also some unique attributes to beverages in Mexico. All over the country, you’ll find shops selling jugos (juices) and licuados (smoothies) made from several kinds of tropical fruit. They’re excellent and refreshing; while traveling, we take full advantage of them. You’ll also come across aguas frescas — water flavored with hibiscus, melon, tamarind, or lime. Soft drinks come in more flavors than in any other country we know. Pepsi and Coca-Cola taste the way they did in the United States years ago, before the makers started adding corn syrup.