Adventure Guide to the Yucatan, Cancun & Cozumel, 2nd by Bruce W. Conord, June Conord

By Bruce W. Conord, June Conord

Winner, "Best trip Book," North American trip newshounds Assoc. Covers many areas no longer even pointed out in competing courses. Take to the mountain trails, swim in hidden cenotes, watch the solar upward push on a seashore close to the traditional Maya port of Pol? (where the authors celebrated the sunrise of the hot millennium). stopover at Bohemian Playa del Carmen, or history-rich Cozumel, the place the Spanish first set foot at the North American continent.

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The sap, called chicle, was the latex originally used for chewing gum. An inevitable consequence of this demand was the need for the Maya chicle workers to push farther and farther into the unexplored jungle to find fresh trees. When they did so, they found many of the lost cities of their Classic ancestors. DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, DOUBLE YOUR FUN Chewing gum was introduced to North America, indirectly, by the “villain” of the Alamo, Mexican General Antoñio Lopez de Santa Ana. The General chewed the rubbery but tasteless chicle as a habit.

Ornithologists working with the Amigos de Sian Ka’an estimate there are 6-9,000 varieties of birds in the protected wetlands. Even neophytes like us can appreciate the mesmerizing sight of a sharpwinged frigate floating effortlessly on the sea breeze; the unexpected thrill of a flock of bright-green parrots rising from trees; or the spectacular dive of a cormorant, who splashes into the water at one spot only to pop up somewhere else. Stroll in the main plaza in Valladolid at dusk and listen to the loud cacophony of bird calls as a flock settles in for the night.

In 1536, after the Spanish had been initially driven out of the Yucatán, the ruler of the Xiú at Maní decided it was a good time to offer thanks to the gods at the Cenote of Sacrifices in Chichén Itzá. Nachi Cocom, the great grandson of the surviving Cocom son, granted the Xiú ruler safe passage through his province on the way. He entertained the 40-man traveling court for four days until, at a banquet on the last evening, he and his warriors suddenly turned and butchered their Xiú guests. This treachery caused a civil war between the two most powerful kingdoms in the Yucatán.

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