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Cancún & the Yucatán
2012
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                                                                                                                                                                          Cancún &
the Yucatán
2012
by David Baird, Shane Christensen
& Christine Delsol
with Maribeth Mellin
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 CONTENTS
List of Maps
vi
1
THE BEST OF THE YUCATÁN, TABASCO
& CHIAPAS
1
The Best Beach Vacations 2
The Best Cultural Experiences 7
The Best Archaeological Sites 8
The Best Active Vacations 9
The Best Museums 10
The Best Shopping 11
The Hottest Nightlife 12
The Most Luxurious Hotels 14
The Best Inexpensive Inns 14
The Best Restaurants 15
2
THE YUCATÁN, TABASCO & CHIAPAS
IN DEPTH
17
The Yucatán, Tabasco &
Chiapas Today 18
Looking Back: Yucatán, Tabasco &
Chiapas History 22
MAYAN TERMS & PHRASES
23
IT’S ALL IN THE GAME
24
A BASIC MAYAN GLOSSARY
25
OF HENEQUÉN & HACIENDAS
30
A TALE OF TWO HURRICANES
31
A STICKY HABIT
32
Art & Architecture 33
Religion, Myth & Folklore 37
2012: PROPHECY OR CHICKEN LITTLE?
38
THE MAYA PANTHEON
39
The Yucatán, Tabasco &
Chiapas in Pop Culture 40
Eating & Drinking 45
A DEBT OF GRATITUDE
47
DINING SERVICE TIPS
52
When to Go 52
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
53
WHAT’S BITING WHEN?
56
Lay of the Land 56
Responsible Travel 59
Tours 61
3
SUGGESTED YUCATÁN ITINERARIES
63
The Regions in Brief 64
IF YOU HAVE EVEN LESS TIME . . .
67
Northern Yucatán in a Week 67
The Yucatán in 2 Weeks 69
An Eco-Adventure for the
Whole Family 73
La Ruta Maya 75
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