Cancun & the Yucatan for Dummies by Victoria Veilleux

By Victoria Veilleux

The incredible beach of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula is a various playground the place you could bask on pristine shorelines, discover old ruins, play golfing or tennis, move cycling, snorkeling or scuba diving, do severe purchasing, or break out to a secluded lagoon. With information on Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, plus the within sight ruins, this pleasant consultant can provide the low down on:

  • Everything from particular spa stories to nature preserves and ecoparks
  • Accommodations starting from a luxurious hotel the place visitors can dabble in a Viking-clad kitchen or the place rooms unfolded in the course of the jungle to a European-style resort that provides Spanish classes or a relaxed beachside palapa (thatch-roofed) inn
  • All types of eating innovations, together with clean seafood, neighborhood specialties comparable to beef pibil, papadzules, and poc chuc, or Thai, Argentinean, or Italian cuisine
  • 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 bunch of marine and animal life
  • The Panoramic Tower on Isla Mujeres. the place you get a gorgeous 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 recent social scene
  • Night lifestyles, together with stay track venues, tequila bars, activities bars, cafes, and lots of areas the place you could dance the evening away

Like each For Dummies trip advisor, Cancún & the Yucatán For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t leave out — and what you could skip
  • The top resorts and eating places for each budget
  • Handy Post-it® Flags to mark your favourite pages

Whether your notion of definitely the right holiday is motion, solar, and continuous enjoyable or an break out to   a relaxed haven the place existence strikes alongside in natural mañana mode, this advisor gets you in your manner with out problemo, amigo.

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There is (Is there . . ) ¿Hay (. . ) eye? What is there? ¿Qué hay? keh eye? Yesterday Ayer ah-yer Today Hoy oy Tomorrow Mañana mah-nyah-nah Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into the Yucatán 31 English Spanish Pronunciation Good Bueno bweh-noh Bad Malo mah-loh Better (best) (Lo) Mejor (loh) meh-hohr More Más mahs Less Menos meh-nohss No smoking Se prohibe fumar seh proh-ee-beh foo-mahr Postcard Tarjeta postal tar-heh-ta pohs-tahl Insect repellent Repelente contra insectos reh-peh-lehn-te cohn-trah eensehk-tos Do you speak English?

A mushroom-flavored black fungus that appears on corn in the rainy season; considered a delicacy. Masa Ground corn soaked in lime; the basis for tamales, corn tortillas, and soups. Mixiote Rabbit, lamb, or chicken cooked in a mild chile sauce (usually chile ancho or pasilla), and then wrapped like a tamal and steamed. It is generally served with tortillas for tacos, with traditional garnishes of pickled onions, hot sauce, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges. Pan de muerto Sweet bread made around the Days of the Dead (Nov 1–2), in the form of mummies or dolls, or round with bone designs.

In most of the Yucatán there is no surface water; instead, rainwater filters through the limestone into underground rivers. In the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancún and most of the areas explored in this book are located, there are several protected areas which are among the region’s most beautiful, wild, and important. 3 million-acre) Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, conserving a significant part of the coast in the face of development south of Tulum. Isla Contoy, off the coast of Isla Mujeres and Cancún, is a beautiful island refuge for hundreds of birds, turtles, plants, and other wildlife.

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