By Lynne Bairstow, David Baird

In Cancun and the Yucatan, you could get pleasure from beautiful seashores, exhilarating adventures, or rejuvenating rest. you could visit Playa del Carmen with its hip social lifestyles or Isla Mujeres, the place existence strikes alongside in a manana mode. even if you must discover old Mayan tradition or modern-day margarita tradition, get pleasure from a siesta or a fiesta, remain in a sumptuous hotel or small palapa resort, search out most sensible archaeological websites or the liveliest nightlife, this pleasant advisor is simply the price ticket with the inside track on: the easiest shorelines, recognized for powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters Cozumel, a diver’s paradise with a myriad of water actions based round its recognized reef World-class scuba diving, snorkeling, cenote diving, fly fishing, golfing, tennis, or birding scrumptious neighborhood specialties buying jewellery and real Mexican crafts like all For Dummies go back and forth advisor, Cancun & the Yucatan For Dummies, moment variation, contains: Down-to-earth trip-planning recommendation What you shouldn’t miss—and what you could bypass the simplest lodges and eating places for each finances convenient Post-it Flags to mark your favourite pages

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Chichén Itzá: Stand beside the giant serpent head at the foot of the El Castillo pyramid and marvel at the architects and astronomers who positioned the building so precisely that shadow and sunlight form a serpent’s body slithering from peak to the earth at each equinox (Mar 21 and Sept 21). See Chapter 15. ߜ Ek Balam: In recent years, this has been the site of the most astounding archeological discoveries in Mexico. Ek Balam’s main pyramid is taller than Chichén Itzá’s, and it holds a sacred doorway bordered with elaborate stucco figures of priests and kings and rich iconography.

Over the 3 centuries of the colonial period, Spain became rich from New World gold and silver, chiseled out by Indian labor. A new class system developed. Those born in Spain considered themselves superior to the criollos (Spaniards born in Mexico). Those of other races and the castas (mixtures of Spanish and Indian, Spanish and African, or Indian and African) occupied the bottom rungs of society. It took great cunning to stay a step ahead of the avaricious Crown, which demanded increasing taxes and contributions from its fabled foreign conquests.

The precise nature of this Toltec influence is a subject of debate. But there is an intriguing myth in central Mexico that tells how Quetzalcoatl quarrels with Tezcatlipoca and through trickery is shamed by his rival into leaving Tula, the capital of the Toltec empire. He leaves heading eastward toward the morning star, vowing someday to return. In the language of myth, this could be a shorthand telling of an actual civil war between two factions in Tula, each led by the priesthood of a particular god.

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