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Mexico
2011
                                                                                                                Mexico
2011
by David Baird, Shane Christensen,
Christine Delsol & Joy Hepp
with Maribeth Mellin
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 CONTENTS
LIST OF MAPS
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1 THE BEST OF MEXICO
1
1
The Best Cultural Experiences . . . . . . 1
2
The Best Archaeological Sites . . . . . . 4
3
The Best Beach Vacations . . . . . . . . . . 5
4
The Best Active Vacations . . . . . . . . . . 6
5
The Best of Natural Mexico . . . . . . . . . 7
6
The Best Places to Get Away
from It All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
7
The Best Art, Architecture &
Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
8
The Best Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
9
The Best Luxury Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . .11
10
The Best Inexpensive Inns . . . . . . . . .13
11
The Best Spa Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
12
The Best Mexican Food & Drink . . .15
2 MEXICO IN DEPTH
17
1
Mexico Today: Viva La Vida . . . . . . . .17
2
Looking Back at Mexico . . . . . . . . . . .19
Malinche: Mexico’s First
Tour Guide
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
It’s All in the Game
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
The Return of Quetzalcóatl
. . . . . . . . .22
A Sticky Habit
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
¡Hola!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
3
Eating & Drinking in Mexico . . . . . . .29
A Debt of Gratitude
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Dining Tips
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
4
Lay of the land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
5
Myth, Religion & Spirituality . . . . . . .36
6
Art & Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
7
Books, Film & Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO MEXICO
45
1
When to Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Calendar of Events
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
2
Entry Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
3
Getting There &
Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
4
Money & Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
What Things Cost in Mexico
. . . . . . . .62
5
Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Smoke-Free Mexico?
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
6
Crime & Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Two More Authors Give Their Two
Cents: Safety in Mexico
. . . . . . . . . . . . .66
7
Specialized Travel Resources . . . . . .69
8
Responsible Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
9
Special-Interest & Escorted Trips. . .73
10
Staying Connected. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
11
Tips on Accommodations . . . . . . . . .78
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