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1 INDEX See also Accommodations and Restaurant indexes, below. GENERAL INDEX Academic trips and language classes, Acanceh, 219 Accommodations, 70 71, See also Accommodations Index Akumal, best, best places to get away from it all, 9 Campeche, Cancún Ciudad Cancún, Isla Cancún, prices, 94 Chetumal, Chichén Itzá, Cozumel, green-friendly, 67 Isla Mujeres, Majahual, Mérida and environs, haciendas, Ocosingo, 263 Paamul, 165 Palenque, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, 166 Puerto Morelos and vicinity, Río Bec area, Río Lagartos, 246 San Cristóbal, Tulum, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Uxmal, Valladolid, 245 Villahermosa, Achiote, 31 Active vacations, best, 8 Adobo, 212 ADO buses (Cozumel), 131 ADO/Cristóbal Colón (Palenque), 257 Adventure trips, 68 Aerolitoral Mérida, 192 Villahermosa, 250 AeroMéxico, 52 Campeche, 230 Cancún, 86 Mérida, 192 Villahermosa, 250 Agua Azul waterfalls, 263 Aguacatenango, 264, 271 Aguas frescas, 30 AIM-Adventures in Mexico, 64 A(H1N1) influenza (swine flu), 1, 57 Air Ambulance, 90 Airport taxes, 53 Air travel, 50, 52 53, 287. See also specific airlines Campeche, 230 Cancún, 86 Chetumal, 181 Cozumel, Mérida, 192, 195 Playa del Carmen, 154 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 278 Villahermosa, 250, 252 AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators), 67 Akab Dzib (Temple of Obscure Writing; Chichén Itzá), 241 Aktun Chen, 168 Akumal, 146, Akumal Dive Adventures, 167 Akumal Dive Shop Playa del Carmen, 148 Puerto Aventuras, 167 Akumal Vacations, 167 Alacrán (scorpion), 59 Alamo, 87 Alaska Airlines, Cancún, 86 Allende, Ignacio, 23 All-inclusive resorts. See also Accommodations Riviera Maya, 162 Xpu-Ha, 166 All Sports Bar (Cozumel), 144 Alltournative (Riviera Maya), 149 Alma Libre (Puerto Morelos), 152 Alpargatas, 244 Altitude sickness, Alux (Playa del Carmen), 163 AMAT (Cancún), 90 Amate Books (Mérida), 197 Amatenango del Valle, 264, 271 Ambriz, Dr. G., 156 American Airlines (Cancún), 86 American Cetacean Society, 66 AMTAVE (Asociación Mexicana de Turismo de Aventura y Ecoturismo, A.C.), 68 Anexo Este (Chichén Itzá), 241 Angeles Verdes, 53 Animal-rights issues, 66, 67 Año Nuevo, 44 Anthropology museums best, 9 10 Museo de la Cultura Maya (Chetumal), 181, 182 Museo Regional de Antropología (Mérida), 210, 211 Museo Regional de Antropología Carlos Pellicer Cámara (Villahermosa), 10, Villahermosa, Aquarius Travel Fishing (Cozumel), 134 Aqua Safari (Cozumel), 133 Aquaworld (Cancún), 107, 108 Aqua World (Cozumel), 134 Archaeological Conservancy, 68 Archaeological museums and exhibits Museo de la Cultura Maya (Chetumal), 181, 182 Museo del Pueblo Maya (Dzibilchaltún), COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL

2 298 Archaeological sites and ruins Acanceh, 219 Balamkú, 189 Becán, 187 best, 5, 8 Bonampak, 8, 262 Calakmul, 5, , 229 Chicanná, Chichén Itzá, 236 Chincultic, 277 Cobá, Comalcalco, Cozumel, 137 Dzibanché (Tzibanché), Dzibilchaltún, 73, 191, Edzná, Ek Balam, 8, 148, 246 Isla Mujeres, 122 Kabah, Kinichná, 186 Kohunlich, 186 Labná, 226 Mayapán, 219 Muyil, 177 Palenque, 8, ATMs (automated teller machines), 56 ATV (all-terrain-vehicle) jungle tours, 109 Australia customs regulations, 49 Embassy of, 284 sustainable tourism, 67 Autobuses Riviera (Playa del Carmen), 155 Auto insurance, 51 52, 54 Avenida Juárez (Playa del Carmen), 156 Aventuras XTC (Xcalak), 178 Aviación de Chiapas (Villahermosa), 250 Aviacsa, 52 Cancún, 86 Chetumal, 181 Mérida, 192 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 278 Avis, 87 Cozumel, 131 Avocado, 28 Ayuntamiento (Palacio Municipal; Mérida), 208 Aztecs, 22 Beaches. See also specific beaches best beach vacations, 4 5 Cancún, 4, 106 Cozumel, 4, Isla Holbox, 247 Isla Mujeres, 4, Paamul, 165 Playa del Carmen, 4 Puerto Morelos, 151 Tulum, 5, 171, 172 Xpu-Ha, Becán, 184, 187 Beer, 31 Beverages, Biking and bike rentals Isla Mujeres, 116, 118 San Cristóbal, 267 Tulum, 171 Biodegradable sunscreen, 65 Birds and bird-watching, 8, 37 Celestún National Wildlife Refuge, Huitepec Cloud Forest, 272 Yucatán Bird Festival (Festival de las Aves de Yucatán), 46 Puuc Maya Route, Black beans, 28 Río Bec area, 177, Bacab, 36 Bling (Cancún), , 229 Sayil, 226 side trips from Chetumal to, suggested itineraries, Tecoh, 219 Toniná, tours, 68, 149 Tulum, 5, 8, 146, 148, Uxmal, Xcambó, 217 Xpujil, 187 Yaxchilán, 262 Architecture, books about, 39 Art, 33, 35 books about, 39 tours, 68 Arts and crafts. See Crafts Ash Wednesday, 45 Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), 67 Assumption of the Virgin Mary, 46 ATC Tours and Travel, 68, 277 Atlantis Submarines Cancún, Cozumel, 134 Bacalar, Bacalar Lake, Bahía Dive Shop (Isla Mujeres), 120 Baird, David, 61 Balam, 36 Balamkú, 189 Balankanché, Cave of (near Chichén Itzá), Ball court (juego de pelota) Chichén Itzá, 238 Cobá, 176 Palenque, 259 Uxmal, 222 Baluarte de la Soledad (Campeche), 232 Baluarte de San Carlos/ Museo de la Ciudad (Campeche), Baluarte de Santiago (Campeche), 233 Banderas reef, 120 Banks, 56 Barcos México, 129 Bargaining, tips on, 10 Bar Hopper Tour (Cancún), 112 Bazaar de Artesanías (Mérida), 212 Blue (San Cristóbal), 277 Blue Parrot (Playa del Carmen), 163 Blue Ray (Cancún), 108 Boat excursions and cruises. See also Ferries Cancún, Chiapa de Corzo and Sumidero Canyon, Cozumel, 134 dinner cruises (Cancún), 100 BOB Submarines (Cancún), 107 Boca Paila Fishing Lodge (between Tulum and Punta Allen), 148 Bonampak, 8, 262 Books, recommended, 39 40, 185 Bookstores Mérida, 197 San Cristóbal, 268 Bribes and scams, 62 Brisas Hotels & Resorts, 70 Buceo Médico Mexicano (Cozumel), 132 Budget, 87 Bugs and bites, 59 Buho s (Isla Mujeres), 127

3 Bullfighting, 66 Bus hijackings, 54 Business hours, 283 Bus tours, Mérida, 207 Bus travel, 52, 55, 62 Campeche, 230 Cancún, Chetumal, 182 Chichén Itzá, 237 Cozumel, 131 Maya heartland, 190 Mérida, , 197 Palenque, 257 Playa del Carmen, 155 San Cristóbal, 266 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 278 Uxmal, 221 Valladolid, 244 Villahermosa, 250, 252 Cabs. See Taxis Calakmul, 5, , 229 Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, 73, 189 Calderón, Felipe, Calendar of events, The California Native, 68 Calle 60 (Mérida), 210 Calmecac, 70 Cambios Portales (Mérida), CAME bus station (Mérida), 194 Campeche, 192, en route to, Canada consulate, Cancún, 89 customs regulations, 49 Embassy of, 284 sustainable tourism, 67 visitor information in, 286 Cancún, accommodations, Ciudad Cancún, Isla Cancún, prices, 94 area code, 89 average temperatures, 44 beaches, 4, 106 brief description of, 72 climate, 89 consulates, 89 crime, 90 currency exchange, 90 drugstores, 90 emergencies, 90 finding an address in, 88 getting around, Internet access, 90 layout of, 88 luggage storage and lockers, 90 newspapers and magazines, 90 nightlife, 11, orientation, outdoor activities and attractions, police, 90 post office, 91 restaurants, Ciudad Cancún, dinner cruises, Isla Cancún, seasons, 91 shopping, 10, traveling to, 86 watersports, websites, 87 what s new in, 2 Cancún Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, 110 Cancún Hideaways, 91 Cancún Jazz Festival, 45 Cancún Mermaid, Puerto Morelos, 152 Cancún Municipal Tourism Office, 88 Cancún Tips, 88 Candlemas, 44 Canyon of El Sumidero, 281 Captain Hook Lobster Dinner Cruise (Cancún), Capt. Rick s Sportfishing Center (Puerto Aventuras), 166 Car accidents, Carbon offsetting, 67 Car breakdowns, 53 Cárdenas, Lázaro, 25 Car documents, 50, 51 The Caribbean Coast (Riviera Maya), activities along, 146, all-inclusive resorts, 162 between Cancún and Playa del Carmen, coastal stops north to south, 146 driving along, 157 exploring, what s new in, 2 Caribbean Savage (ferry), 109 Caribbean Village (Isla Mujeres), 122 Carlos n Charlie s (Cozumel), 144 Carnaval, 45 Cozumel, 133 Carranza, Venustiano, 25 Car rentals, 54, 288 Cancún, 87 Cozumel, 131 San Cristóbal, 267 Carretera Santa Pilar (Cozumel), 139 Car travel, Campeche, 230 Cancún, 88 Chetumal, 182 Chichén Itzá, 237 Cobá, 176 highway safety, 62 Mérida, 192, 194 to Mexico, Palenque, Playa del Carmen, 154 along Riviera Maya, 157 San Cristóbal, 266 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 278 Uxmal, 220 Valladolid, 243 Villahermosa, 250 Casa Bonita (Cancún), 112 Casa de Artesanías Amanecer (San Cristóbal), 272 Casa de Artesanías Tukulná (Campeche), 233 Casa del Alguacil (Magistrate s House; Mérida), 208 Casa de las Artesanías (Mérida), 212 Casa de los Jipis (Mérida), 214 Casa de los Metates (Temple of the Grinding Stones; Casa de los Sueños Resort and Zenter (Isla Mujeres), 121 Casa Na-Bolom (San Cristóbal), 269 Casa no. 6 Centro Cultural (Campeche), 233 Casanova, Victor, 134 Casas de cambio (exchange houses), 56. See also Currency and currency exchange Castillo Chichén Itzá, Cobá, 176 Labná, 226 Muyil, 177 Tulum,

4 300 Cathedral Mérida, 207 San Cristóbal, 269 Catholicism, 35 Cave of Balankanché (near Chichén Itzá), Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, 107 Cavern diving. See Cenotes and cenote diving Caves of the Sleeping Sharks (Cuevas de los Tiburones), 120 Ceiba trees, 37, 182, 218, 253, 259, 282 Celestún National Wildlife Refuge, 191, Celestún Wildlife Refuge, 73 Cellphones, 69 Cellular Abroad, 69 Cenote Dzitnup (Cenote Xkekén; near Valladolid), Cenotes and cenote diving, 8, 37 38, Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park (near Xel-Ha), 164 Ik-Kil, 243 Valladolid area, Cenote Xtoloc (Chichén Itzá), 240 Cenote Zací (Valladolid), 244 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 57 Central Group (Dzibilchaltún), 217 Centro Bilingüe (San Cristóbal), 268 Centro Cultural y Artesanal (Izamal), 215 Centro de Idiomas del Sureste (Mérida), 211 Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras (Isla Mujeres), 121 Centro de Salud (Isla Mujeres), 119 Centro Ecológico de Sian Ka an, 175 Centro Médico Centro Médico de las Américas (Mérida), 198 Centruroides, 59 Ceramics and pottery Amatenango del Valle, 271 Muna, 218 Chaac, 36, 221, 226 Chamula, 264, 271 Chankanaab National Park (Cozumel), 136 Chen Río (Cozumel), 137 Chetumal, side trips to Maya ruins from, Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, 3, 66, 249 Chiapas Tourism Board, 286 Chiapas Tourism Secretariat, 66 Chicanná, Chichanchob (Little Holes; Chichén Itzá, 8, 148, 191, accommodations, boat trips to, from Cozumel, 138 exploring the ruins, itineraries, 77 79, 82 other attractions near, 243 restaurants, 242 traveling to/from, 237 what s new in, 3 Chichén Viejo (Old Chichén), 241 Chicle, 27 Children, families with information and resources, traveling with minors, 49 Chiles, 28, 30 Chinchorro Reef Underwater National Park, 178 Chincultic, 277 Chocolate, 28 Christmas, 47 Christmas Posadas, 47 The Church (La Iglesia; Chichén Itzá), 241 Cinco de Mayo, 45 Cine Hollywood (Playa del Carmen), 163 Cinemas Cozumel, 144 Mérida, 208, 214 Playa del Carmen, 163 Cine Mérida, 208, 214 Cinépolis (Cozumel), 144 The City (Cancún), 113 City Museum (Museo de la Ciudad) Campeche, Mérida, 210 Ciudad Cancún (Cancún City), 88 accommodations, restaurants, The Classic Period, Click Mexicana, 52 Cancún, 86 Chetumal, 181 Mérida, 192 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 278 Villahermosa, 250 Cliff of the Dawn (Isla Mujeres), 122 Climate, Mérida, 197 Palenque, 257 San Cristóbal, 268 Clinics. See Hospitals and clinics Club and music scene, Cancún, Club Nitrox (Isla Mujeres), 128 Cobá, 148, , 246 boat trips to, from Cozumel, 138 CoCo Bongo (Cancún), 113 Cocos Cozumel (Cozumel), 137 Coffee, 30 Columbus Day, 46 Comalcalco, Comitán, 277 Community Tours Sian Ka an, 175 Conjunto Las Pinturas (Cobá), 176 Constitution Day, Consumer protection, Isla Mujeres, 119 Continental Airlines Cancún, 86 Mérida, 192 Continental ExpressJet, 250 The Convent Route (Highway 18), Cool (Isla Mujeres), 126 Coral Negro (Cancún), 111 Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), 65, 66 Coral reefs. See Reefs Coral Scuba Center (Isla Mujeres), 120 Corbelled arch (Labná), 226 Corn, 28 Corpus Christi, 46 Cortez, Hernán, Costa Maya, 3, 146 Country code for Mexico, 69 Cozumel, accommodations, all-inclusive vacations in, 130 area code, 132 beaches, 4, climate, 132 clinics, 132

5 currency exchange, 132 emergencies, 132 exploring, fishing, 134 getting around, 131 Internet access, 132 layout of, 131 nightlife, 144 post office, 132 recompression chamber, 132 restaurants, seasons, 132 shopping, 138 snorkeling, 134 tours, 137 traveling to, trips to the mainland, 138 visitor information, 131 watersports, what s new in, 2 Cozumel Country Club, 138 Cozumel Vacation Villas and Condos, 139 Crafts, 10 Aguacatenango, 271 Amatenango del Valle, 271 Campeche, 233 Cancún, 111, 112 Cozumel, 138 Mérida, 212 Muna, 218 Puerto Morelos, 152 San Cristóbal, Tenejapa, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 280 Valladolid, 244 Credit cards, Crime, Cristo de las Ampollas (Mérida), CrocoCun (near Puerto Morelos), 150 Croozy Scooters (San Cristóbal), 267 The Cross of the Bay, 120 Cruises and boat tours. See Boat excursions and cruises Cruise ships and lines, 52 CruisesOnly, 52 Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Cancún, 90 Mérida, 198 Cuevas de los Tiburones (Caves of the Sleeping Sharks), 120 Cuisine. See Food and cuisine Culinary Adventures, 68 Cultural experiences, best, 5 Currency and currency exchange, Cancún, 90 Mérida, Playa del Carmen, 156 San Cristóbal, 268 Customs regulations, Cyber Isla Mujeres.com, 119 Dady O (Cancún), 113 Dady Rock Bar and Club (Cancún), 113 Daylight saving time, 285 Day of the Dead, 46 Deep-sea fishing. See Fishing Delta Airlines, Cancún, 86 Día de la Candelaria, 44 Día de la Constitución, Día de la Marina, 46 Día de la Raza, 46 Día de los Muertos, 46 Día de los Reyes, 44 Día de San Pedro, 46 Díaz, Porfirio, 24 Dietary red flags, 58 Dining. See also Restaurants Index Akumal, 168 Bacalar Lake, 181 best, Campeche, Cancún, Ciudad Cancún, dinner cruises, Isla Cancún, 101 Chetumal, 183 Chichén Itzá, 242 Cozumel, dining service tips, 32 Isla Mujeres, Mérida, Oxkutzcab, 227 Paamul, 165 Palenque, Playa del Carmen, , 163 Puerto Morelos, 153 Río Bec area, 185 San Cristóbal, Tulum, 174 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 281 Uxmal, 224 Valladolid, 245 Villahermosa, 255 Disabilities, travelers with, 63 Dive In Puerto Morelos, 152 Diving god, 171 Doctors. See also Hospitals and clinics Playa del Carmen, 156 San Cristóbal, 268 Dollar, 87 Dolphin Discovery Cancún, 110 Cozumel, 136 Isla Mujeres, 121 Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, 149 Dolphins, swimming with, 66 Cancún, 110 Cozumel, 136 Isla Mujeres, 121 Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, 149 Xel-Ha, 169 The Dovecote (Uxmal), 223 Drinking laws, 283 Drinks, Drugstores Cancún, 90 Mérida, 198 Playa del Carmen, 156 Dry season, 43 Dulcería y Sorbetería Colón (Mérida), 208 Duty-free shops, Cancún, 10 Dzibanché (Tzibanché), Dzibilchaltún, 73, 191, East Group (Kabah), 225 Eating and drinking, Eco-adventure itineraries, Ecochiapas, 66 Eco-theme parks and nature reserves, Huitepec Cloud Forest, 272 Eco-theme parks and reserves Aktun Chen, 168 Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, 189 Celestún National Wildlife Refuge, Sian Ka an Biosphere Reserve, 73, 149, 175 Xel-Ha, Ecotourism,

6 302 Ecotours, Mérida, Emergencies, 284 Campeche, 232 Cancún, 90 Enchiladas, 29 Entry requirements, Exchange houses (casas de cambio), 56 Executive car rentals (Cozumel), 131 Extreme weather exposure, 58 regional specialties, staples, tours, 68 Forum by the Sea (Cancún), Fox, Vicente, 25 Frijoles, 29 Frontier Airlines, Cancún, 86 Fuerte-Museo San José el Alto (Campeche), 233 Fuerte-Museo San Miguel (Campeche), 233 Fun Jet, 129 Ecoturismo Yucatán (Mérida), Edificio de las Monjas (Edifice of the Nuns; 241 Edventure Tours (Tulum), 149 Edzná, Ek Balam, 8, 148, 246 El Ayuntamiento (Valladolid), 244 El Caracol (Ek Balam), 246 El Caracol (Observatory; El Castillo Chichén Itzá, Cobá, 176 Labná, 226 Muyil, 177 Tulum, El Centro (Parque Francisco Cantón Rosado; Valladolid), 244 El Centro (Plaza Mayor; Mérida), 195, , 210 El Cocodrilo (San Cristóbal), 277 Electricity, 283 Elements of the Island (Isla Mujeres), 121 El Encuentro (San Cristóbal), 272 Elevation sickness, El Garrafón Natural Park (Isla Mujeres), 107, 108, Elios (Valladolid), 244 Elite (Mérida), 194 El Mercado (The Market) Chichén Itzá, 240 San Cristóbal, 269 El Mirador Guatemala, 188 Labná, 226 Sayil, 226 El Nuevo Olimpo (Mérida), 208, 214 El Palacio Labná, 226 Sayil, 226 El Palacio de los Estucos (Acanceh), 219 El Paraíso Beach Club (Tulum), 171 El Parque de la Marimba (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 El Sol Golf Cart Rental (Isla Mujeres), 118 Embassies and consulates, Fall Equinox (Chichén Itzá), 46 Families with children information and resources, traveling with minors, 49 Farmacía Cancún, 90 Farmacía del Carmen (Playa del Carmen), 156 Farmacías del Ahorro (Cancún), 90 Farmacía Yza (Mérida), 198 Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve (Cozumel), 136 Feast of San Isidro, 45 Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 47 Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Ferries Cozumel, 129 Isla Mujeres, 116 Playa del Carmen, 155 Festival de las Aves de Yucatán (Yucatán Bird Festival), 46 Festival of San Cristóbal de las Casas, 47 Festivals and special events, Fiesta Americana, 70 Fiesta Americana Coral Beach (Cancún), 114 Fiesta Inn, 70 Films Mexican, set in Mexico, 41 Fishing, 8, 47 Cancún, Cozumel, 134 Isla Mujeres, 120 Flamingos, 191, Food and cuisine, See also Restaurants drinks, health concerns, 58 Galenia Hospital (Cancún), 90 Garrafón Natural Reef Park (Isla Mujeres), 107, 108, Garrido Canabal, Tomás, 250 Gasoline, 53, 284 Gays and lesbians, International Gay Festival, 45 Gnats, 59 Golf Cancún, 110 Cozumel, 138 The Governor s Palace (Uxmal), 222 Gran Meliá Cancún, golf course at, 110 Great Acropolis (Edzná), 228 Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, 39, 65 Great Mesoamerican Reef (Gran Arrecife Maya), 107, 108 The Great Pyramid (Uxmal), Great Temple (Kabah), 225 Green Angels, 53 Greetings, 17 Greyhound-Trailways, 52 Grupo Cobá, 176 Guayaberas, Guayaberas Jack (Mérida), 213 Guide to Ancient Maya Ruins (Hunter), 137 Gum chewing, 27 Häagen-Dazs (Cancún), 90 Haciendas, Hacienda Sisal (Cancún), 114

7 Hacienda Sotuta de Peón (near Mérida), 200, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, 200, 217, 218 Hamacas El Aguacate (Mérida), Hammocks, Mérida, Handicrafts. See Crafts Hard Rock Cafe (Cozumel), 144 Health concerns, Henequén, 24, 200 Hernández, Roberto, 201 Hertz, 87 Hidalgo, Father Miguel, 23 Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park (near Xel-Ha), 148, 164, 169 High-altitude hazards, High season, 43 Highway 18 ( The Convent Route ), Hilton Cancún Golf & Spa Resort, golf course at, 110 History of the Yucatán, Tabasco and Chiapas, books about, 39 pre-hispanic civilizations, Holbox, Holy Week, 45 Horseback riding Cancún, Cozumel, 137 San Cristóbal, 270 tours, 68 Hospital de la Armada (Isla Mujeres), 119 Hospitals and clinics Cancún, 90 Mérida, 198 Hospitén (Cancún), 156 Hostels, 64 Hot chocolate, 30 Hoteles Camino Real, 71 Hotel Na Balam (Isla Mujeres), yoga classes, 121 Hotels, See also Accommodations Index Akumal, best, best places to get away from it all, 9 Campeche, Cancún Ciudad Cancún, Isla Cancún, prices, 94 Chetumal, Chichén Itzá, Cozumel, green-friendly, 67 Isla Mujeres, Majahual, Mérida and environs, haciendas, Ocosingo, 263 Paamul, 165 Palenque, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, 166 Puerto Morelos and vicinity, Río Bec area, Río Lagartos, 246 San Cristóbal, Tulum, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Uxmal, Valladolid, 245 Villahermosa, House rentals and swaps, 71 HSBC Bank (Isla Mujeres), 119 Huerta, Victoriano, 24 Huitepec, 76 Huitepec Cloud Forest, 272 Hunter, Bruce, 137 Hurricane Gilbert, 26 Hurricanes, 44 Hurricane Wilma, 26 Hwy. 180, 243 Hyperbaric Center of Iglesia de Jesús (El Tercer Orden; Mérida), 210 Iglesia de Santa Lucía (Mérida), 210 Iguana Bike (Tulum), 171 Ik-Kil, 243 IMAC, 67 Immigration and customs, 50 Independence Day, 46 Indigo (Cozumel), 138 Info-Akumal, 167 Insect repellent, 59 Inspiración (Cozumel), 138 Instituto de las Artesanías (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 280 Instituto Jovel (San Cristóbal), 268 Insurance, 285 Interactive Aquarium (Cancún), 110 InterJet, 52 Interjet, Cancún, 86 InterMar Cozumel Viajes, 133 International Gay Festival, 45 International Pier (Cozumel), 131 Internet access, 70 Campeche, 232 Mérida, 198 Playa del Carmen, 156 Ireland, Embassy of, 284 Isla Beckons (Isla Mujeres), 123 Isla Cancún (Cancún Island), 88 accommodations, restaurants, Isla Contoy, 73, 107, 122 Isla Holbox, whale sharks of, 247 Isla Mujeres, , accommodations, area code, 119 beaches, 4, currency exchange, 119 emergencies, 119 fishing, 120 getting around, hospitals, 119 Internet access, 119 layout of, 118 nightlife, outdoor activities, post office, 119 restaurants, shopping, 123 taxis, 119 telephone, 119 tourist seasons, 119 traveling to, visitor information, 117 websites, 118 what s new in, 2 Isla Mujeres Farmacía, 119 Itineraries, suggested, Iturbide, Agustín de, 23 The Itzáes, 22 Itzamná, 36 IVA (value-added tax), 57 Ixchel, 36 Ixtab, 36 Izamal,

8 304 La Parroquia de San Servacio The Maya Interior, what s Jardín Botánico Dr. Alfredo (Valladolid), 244 new in, 3 Barrera (near Puerto La Punta, 120 Maya K iin (Mérida), 194 Morelos), 150 La Ruta Maya, suggested Mayapán, 219 Jax Bar & Grill (Isla Mujeres), itinerary, Maya ruins 127 Las Palapas Chimbo s (Isla Acanceh, 219 JetBlue, Cancún, 86 Mujeres), 127 Balamkú, 189 Jet skis, Cancún, 106 Latino s (San Cristóbal), 277 Becán, 187 Joseph Bonaparte, 23 Latitud 16, 66 best, 5, 8 Journey into Amazing Caves Le Chef (Cozumel), 141 Bonampak, 8, 262 (IMAX production), 169 Librería Dante (Mérida), 197 Calakmul, 5, , 229 Juárez, Benito, 23 Liqueurs, 31 Chicanná, Birthday of, 45 Liquid Blue Divers (Cozumel), Chichén Itzá, 236 Juego de pelota (ball court) 133 Chincultic, 277 Chichén Itzá, 238 Literature, 40 Cobá, Cobá, 176 Little Holes (Chichanchob; Comalcalco, Palenque, 259 Cozumel, 137 Uxmal, 222 The Lobby Lounge (Cancún), Dzibanché (Tzibanché), Jungle Cruise (Cancún), Jungle Spa (Puerto Morelos), Lobster Dinner Cruise Dzibilchaltún, 73, 191, 152 (Cancún), Loco Gringo, 167 Edzná, Loltún, Ek Balam, 8, 148, 246 Kabah, López Obrador, Andrés Isla Mujeres, 122 Kahlúa, 31 Manuel, 26 Kabah, Kanasin, 218 Los Cinco Soles (Cozumel), Kinichná, 186 Kinich, Kohunlich, 186 Kinichná, 186 Los Delfines (Cozumel), 144 Labná, 226 Kohunlich, 186 Los Pingüinos (San Mayapán, 219 KoKo Nuts (Isla Mujeres), 128 Cristóbal), 267 Muyil, 177 Kukulcán Plaza (Cancún), 111 Low season, 43 Palenque, 8, Kukulkán, 36 Puuc Maya Route, Kuzamil Snorkeling Center Río Bec area, 177, (Cozumel), 134 Mac, Juan, , 229 Madero, Francisco, 24 Madonna and Child (Mérida), Sayil, 226 La Adelita (Isla Mujeres), 210 side trips from Chetumal 128 Magdalena, 264 to, Labná, 226 Magistrate s House (Casa del suggested itineraries, Labor Day, 45 Alguacil; Mérida), La Cañada (Palenque), 257 Mail, 285 Tecoh, 219 La Galería (San Cristóbal), Majahual, Toniná, Malls, Cancún, 111 tours, 68, 149 Lago Bacalar, Mama, 219 Tulum, 5, 8, 146, 148, Lagoonview Marina & Fishing Club (Cancún), 107 Manchones reef, 120 Uxmal, Mambo Café (Mérida), Lágrimas de la Selva (San Mariachi, 42 Xcambó, 217 Cristóbal), 272 Marimba music, 41 Xpujil, 187 La Iglesia (The Church) Marinonis (fishing boat), 120 Yaxchilán, 262 Chichén Itzá, 241 Marítima Chankanaab, 130 Medical requirements for Cobá, 176 The Market (El Mercado; entry, 50 La Isla Shopping Village Médica San Miguel (Cancún), 112 Maximilian of Austria, (Cozumel), 132 La Madonna (Cancún), 113 Archduke, 23 Mercado de Artesanías de Lamanai (Belize), 183 Maya culture and people, Valladolid, 244 Landa, Diego de, Mérida, Language, 285. See also best cultural experiences, 5 accommodations, Spanish classes etiquette and customs, area code, 197 La Pared (San Cristóbal), bookstores, 197 gods and goddesses, 36 business hours, 197

9 climate, 197 consulates, 197 currency exchange, drugstore, 198 exploring, festivals and special events, 196 getting around, 197 hospitals, 198 Internet access, 198 itineraries, layout of, nightlife, 214 police, 198 post office, 198 restaurants, seasons, 198 shopping, side trips from, street scene, 5 traveling to, 192, visitor information, 195 what s new in, 3 Mérida en Domingo, 196 Mescal, 31 Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance, 66 MexGay Vacations, 63 Mexicana, 52 Cancún, 86 Mérida, 192 Villahermosa, 250 Mexican-American War ( ), 23 Mexican embassies, 286 Mexican fiesta nights (Cancún), 114 Mexico Art Tours, 68 Mexico Boutique Hotels, 71 Mexico Tourism Board, 285 MexicoTravel.net, 68 Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo (ZOOMAT; Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 280 Miniaturas (Mérida), 212 Misol Ha waterfalls, 263 Moctezuma II, 22 Modutel (Cozumel), 132 Money and costs, Monte Albán, Montebello National Park, 277 Montes Azules, 76 Moon Palace Spa & Golf Club, golf course at, 110 Moped rentals. See also Scooters Isla Mujeres, 116 Mordida, 62 Mosquitoes, 59 Movie theaters Cozumel, 144 Mérida, 208, 214 Playa del Carmen, 163 Mr. Sancho s (Cozumel), 136 Muelle Internacional (Cozumel), 131 Muna, 218 Mundaca Travel and Real Estate (Isla Mujeres), 123 Municipal Tourism Office (Cozumel), 131 Murals, 35 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán (Mérida), 208 Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) Campeche, Mérida, 210 Museo de la Cultura Maya (Chetumal), 9, 181, 182 Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, Museo del Ambar (San Cristóbal), 269 Museo del Pueblo Maya (Dzibilchaltún), Museo Regional de Antropología (Anthropology Museum; Mérida), 9, 210, 211 Museo Regional de Antropología Carlos Pellicer Cámara (Villahermosa), 10, Museo Templo y Convento Santo Domingo (San Cristóbal), 270 Museums. See also Anthropology museums; Archaeological museums and exhibits best, 9 10 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán (Mérida), 208 Museo de la Cultura Maya (Chetumal), 181, 182 Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, Museo del Ambar (San Cristóbal), 269 Museo del Pueblo Maya (Dzibilchaltún), Museo Templo y Convento Santo Domingo (San Cristóbal), 270 Music, Muyil, 175, 177 Na Balam hotel bar (Isla Mujeres), 127 Napoleon Bonaparte, 23 National car rentals, 87 Nature preserves, 73, 76. See also Eco-theme parks and reserves Navy Day, 46 Newspapers and magazines, 285 New Year s Day, 44 New Year s Eve, 47 New Zealand customs regulations, 50 Embassy of, 284 Nextel, 69 NH Hoteles, 71 Nightlife Cancún, 11, Cozumel, 144 hottest, Isla Mujeres, Mérida, 214 Playa del Carmen, 163 San Cristóbal, 277 Nohoch Mul Group (Cobá), 176 The North Temple (Chichén Itzá), 238 Northwest Airlines (Cancún), 86 The Nunnery Quadrangle (Uxmal), Obregón, Alvaro, 25 Observatory (El Caracol; Ocosingo, 263 The Olmecs, 18, 34 Om (Playa del Carmen), 163 Om Bar and Chill Lounge (Isla Mujeres), 128 Optima Car Rental (San Cristóbal), 267 Orange Festival (Oxkutzcab), 227 Outdoor activities. See also Watersports Cancún, Riviera Maya (the Caribbean Coast), 146, Over-the-counter drugs, 59 Oxkutzcab,

10 306 Passport Card, 48 Playa Linda, ferries to Isla Paamul, 165 Pellicer Cámara, Carlos, 250 Mujeres from, The Palace Pemex, 53 Playa Mía (Cozumel), 136 Palenque, 258 Performing arts, Cancún, 114 Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres), Xlapak, 226 PETA (People for the Ethical 108, Palace Group (Kabah), 225 Treatment of Animals), 66 Playa Palancar (Cozumel), Palace of Masks (Kabah), 225 Petrol, Palacio de Gobierno Pingüinos (Isla Mujeres), Playa San Francisco (Mérida), 195, (Cozumel), 136 Palacio de las Bellas Artes Pirate fortress, Isla Mujeres, Plaza Caracol (Cancún), 111 (San Cristóbal), Plaza de Santo Domingo Palacio Montejo Pisté, 237 (San Cristóbal), (Mérida), 208 Planning your trip, 1 2, Plaza La Fiesta (Cancún), 111 Palacio Municipal (Ayuntamiento; Mérida), accommodations, Plaza Mayor (El Centro; Mérida), 195, , 210 customs regulations, 196, Plaza Xibalba (Dzibanché), 185 Palancar Reef, 133 entry requirements, Police, 285 Palenque, 8, getting around, Cancún, 90 PAN (Partido Acción health concerns, Mérida, 198 National), 25 Internet access, 70 Portal de Granos (Mérida), 212 Panadería La Hojaldra (San money and costs, Post office Cristóbal), 275 safety concerns, Campeche, 232 Panadería La Reyna (Isla special interest trips, Cancún, 91 Mujeres), 126 specialized travel Panama hats, 214 resources, Pantanos de Centla, 73 sustainable tourism, Mérida, 198 Papaya, 28 telephones, PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática), 25 Paradise Beach (Cozumel), 136 traveling to Mexico, Paradise Cafe (Cozumel), 137 when to go, Pre-Hispanic civilizations, Parking, Playa del Carmen, 156 Platform of the Eagles Parque Cepeda Peraza (Chichén Itzá), 238 PRI (Partido Revolucionario (Parque Hidalgo; Platform of Venus (Chichén Institucional), 25 Mérida), 210 Itzá), Profeco (Procuraduría Parque de la Madre Playa Bonita (Cozumel), 137 Federal del Consumidor) (Mérida), 210 Playa Caracol (Cancún), 106 Cancún, 90 Parque Francisco Cantón Playacar Golf Club, 148 Rosado (El Centro; Playa del Carmen, 146, Progreso, 191, 217 Valladolid), Pronatura, 272 Parque-Museo La Venta accommodations, Puerta de Tierra (Campeche), (Villahermosa), 10, 250, area code, , 253 beaches, 4 Puerta Maya (Cozumel), 131 Parque Nacional Palenque, boat trips to, from Puerto Aventuras, 146, 148, Cozumel, Parque Principal (Campeche), currency exchange, 156 Puerto Calica, doctors, 156 Puerto Morelos and vicinity, Parque Santa Ana drugstore, , (Mérida), 210 Internet access, 156 Pulque, 31 Parque Santa Lucía layout of, 156 Punta Allen, 175 (Mérida), 210 nightlife, 163 Punta Allen Peninsula, 170 Parroquia de San Servacio orientation, exploring, (Valladolid), 244 parking, 156 Punta Langosta (Cozumel, Partido Acción National post office, 156 Ticul), 131 (PAN), 25 restaurants, , 163 Punta Morena (Cozumel), 137 Partido de la Revolución seasons, Punta Sam, 116 Democrática (PRD), 25 shopping, 10 Puuc Maya Route, 192, 194, Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), 25 south of, , traveling to, Pyramid of Five Stories Pasaje Picheta (Mérida), 208 what s new in, 2 3 (Edzná), 229 Paseo de Montejo (Mérida), Playa Lancheros (Isla Pyramid of the Magician 196, 211 Mujeres), 120 (Uxmal), 221

11 Pyramid of the Masks (Kohunlich), 186 Pyramid of the Painted Lintel (Cobá), Quetzalcóatl, 19, 22 Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue; Playa del Carmen), 156 Quintana Roo, 73 Quintana Roo Tourist Board, 286 Quinta Real Grand Class Hotels and Resorts, 71 Rainy season, Rancho Loma Bonita (near Puerto Morelos), 150 Rancho Palmitas (Cozumel), 137 Rancho Punta Venado (near Playa del Carmen), 148 Recompression chamber, Reefs anatomy of, 134 Cancún, Chinchorro Reef Underwater National Park, 178 Cozumel, 133 Felipe Carrillo Puerto area, 177 Isla Mujeres, 120 Puerto Morelos, 152 Regions in brief, Religion, myth and folklore, Resort clothing, 10 Restaurants. See also Restaurants Index Akumal, 168 Bacalar Lake, 181 best, Campeche, Cancún, Ciudad Cancún, dinner cruises, Isla Cancún, 101 Chetumal, 183 Chichén Itzá, 242 Cozumel, dining service tips, 32 Isla Mujeres, Mérida, Oxkutzcab, 227 Paamul, 165 Palenque, Playa del Carmen, , 163 Puerto Morelos, 153 Río Bec area, 185 San Cristóbal, Tulum, 174 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 281 Uxmal, 224 Valladolid, 245 Villahermosa, 255 Revolution Day, 46 Río Bec area, 177, , 229 Rio Lagartos Nature Reserve, Río Lagartos Wildlife Refuge, 73 Riviera Maya (the Caribbean Coast), activities along, 146, all-inclusive resorts, 162 between Cancún and Playa del Carmen, coastal stops north to south, 146 driving along, 157 exploring, what s new in, 2 Rock music, 42 Roman Catholicism, 35 Rosca de Reyes, 44 Ruins and archaelogical sites Acanceh, 219 Balamkú, 189 Becán, 187 best, 5, 8 Bonampak, 8, 262 Calakmul, 5, , 229 Chicanná, Chichén Itzá, 236 Chincultic, 277 Cobá, Comalcalco, Cozumel, 137 Dzibanché (Tzibanché), Dzibilchaltún, 73, 191, Edzná, Ek Balam, 8, 148, 246 Isla Mujeres, 122 Kabah, Kinichná, 186 Kohunlich, 186 Labná, 226 Mayapán, 219 Muyil, 177 Palenque, 8, Puuc Maya Route, Río Bec area, 177, , 229 Sayil, 226 side trips from Chetumal to, suggested itineraries, Tecoh, 219 Toniná, tours, 68, 149 Tulum, 5, 8, 146, 148, Uxmal, Xcambó, 217 Xpujil, 187 Yaxchilán, 262 Ruta Maya, Sacred Cenote (Chichén Itzá), 239 Safety concerns, Sailboards, Cancún, 106 Sailing, Cancún, 106 St. Peter and St. Paul s Day, 46 Sammulá (near Valladolid), 246 San Andrés, 264 San Antonio de Padua (Izamal), 215 San Bernardino de Siena (Valladolid), 244 Sanborn s Mexico Insurance, 52 Sanborn Tours, 64 San Cristóbal de las Casas, 5, accommodations, area code, 267 books about, bulletin boards, 268 climate, 268 coffeehouses, 276 currency exchange, 268 doctor, 268 exploring, getting around, 267 layout of, 267 Maya villages and countryside near, nightlife, 277 orientation, 266 parking, 268 post office, 268 restaurants, road trips from, shopping, 10, telephone, 268 traveling to, 266 visitor information,

12 308 San Francisco Reef, 133 Snorkeling Taxis, 54 Akumal, 167 Cancún, Cozumel, 134, 136 Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, 152 Tankah Bay, 170 Xcaret, 164 Xel-Ha, Sociedad Cooperativa Turística (Isla Mujeres), 120, 122 Sound-and-light show Chichén Itzá, 237 Uxmal, 221 South Africa, Embassy of, 284 Spa del Mar (Cancún), 96 Spa Itzá (Playa del Carmen), 148 Spanish classes Mérida, 211 San Cristóbal, 268 The Spanish Institute, Spas, Playa del Carmen, 148 Spas and spa resorts, Puerto Morelos and vicinity, Special events and festivals, Spring Equinox, 45 Starwood Hotels, 201 Street food, 31 Structure 6 (Dzibanché), 186 Structure 38 (Dzibilchaltún), 217 Student travel, 64 Sub See Explorer Cancún, 107 Cozumel, 134 Sun exposure, 58 Sunscreen, biodegradable, 65 Super Chomak (Akumal), 168 Sustainable tourism, Swimming, Isla Mujeres, Swine flu, 1, 57 San Gervasio (booklet), 137 San Gervasio (Cozumel), 137 San Juan Chamula, 271 San Miguel (Cozumel), 128 layout of, 131 Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 23 Santa Rosa Wall, 133 Savana (Tulum), 171 Sayil, 226 Scams, 62 Scooters Cancún, 89 San Cristóbal, 267 Scorpion (alacrán), 59 Scuba Cancún, 107 Scuba diving, 8. See also Cenotes and cenote diving Akumal, 167 Cancún, Chinchorro Reef Underwater National Park, 178 Isla Mujeres, 120 Puerto Morelos, 152 Scuba-Mex (Paamul), 165 Sculptured Spaces (Isla Mujeres), 122 Seasons, Mérida, 198 Playa del Carmen, Sea turtles, Isla Mujeres, 121 Selva del Ocote, 76 Selvática (Cancún), 149 Semana Santa, 45 Senior travel, 64 Señor Frog s, Cozumel, 144 Shopping best, 10 Campeche, 233 Cancún, 10, Cozumel, 138 Isla Mujeres, 123 Mérida, Playa del Carmen, 10 San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal de las Casas, 10 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 280 Valladolid, 244 Sian Ka an Biosphere Reserve, 73, 149, 175 Smoking, 60 Sna Jolobil (San Cristóbal), 273 Tabasco, 3, 66, 249 Tabasco Tourism Board, 286 Tabos reef, 120 Taller de Artesanía Los Ceibos (Muna), 218 Tamales, 29 Tankah Bay, Tank-Ha Dive Center (Playa del Carmen), 148 Taxes, 285 Cancún, 87, Mérida, 197 Playa del Carmen, 155 San Cristóbal, 266 Villahermosa, 252 Teatro Ayala (Mérida), 214 Teatro Daniel de Ayala (Mérida), 210 Teatro Peón Contreras (Mérida), 195, 210, 214 Tecoh, 219 Tejidos y Cordeles Nacionales (Mérida), 214 Telcel, 69 Telephones, 285 Téllez, Luis, 183, 184 Temple 13 (Palenque), 258 Temple 14 (Palenque), 258 Temple of Jaguars (Chichén Itzá), 238 Temple of Obscure Writing (Akab Dzib; Chichén Itzá), 241 Temple of Panels (Templo de los Tableros; Chichén Itzá), 240 Temple of the Church (Cobá), 176 Temple of the Cormorant (Dzibanché), 186 Temple of the Count (Palenque), 259 Temple of the Cross (Palenque), 258 Temple of the Deer (Templo del Venado; Chichén Itzá), 240 Temple of the Foliated Cross (Palenque), 258 Temple of the Frescoes (Tulum), 172 Temple of the Grinding Stones (Casa de los Metates; Temple of the Inscriptions (Palenque), 258 Temple of the Macaws (Uxmal), 223 Temple of the Owl (Dzibanché), 185 Temple of the Seven Dolls (Dzibilchaltún), 217 Temple of the Skulls (Tzompantli; Chichén Itzá), 238 Temple of the Sun (Palenque), 258

13 Temple of the Warriors (Templo de los Guerreros; Templo de las Inscripciones Iniciales (Temple of the First Inscriptions; Chichén Itzá), 241 Templo de los Dinteles (Temple of the Lintels; Chichén Itzá), 241 Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors; Templo de los Tableros (Temple of Panels; Templo del Venado (Temple of the Deer; Chichén Itzá), 240 Templo de San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal), 270 Tenejapa, 264, Tennis Cancún, 110 Teotihuacán, Tequila, 30, 31 Three Kings Day, 44 Thrifty, 87 Ticket Bus, Cozumel, 131 Ticul, Time zone, 285 Tipping, 285 Toilets, 285 Toll-free numbers, 69 Toll roads, 53 Toltecs, 19, 22 Tomatoes, 28 Tomb of the High Priest (Tumba del Gran Sacerdote; Toniná, Topping, 32 Tortillas, Tourist Help Line, 284 Tourist information, Campeche, 230 Cancún, 88 Chetumal, 182 Cozumel, 131 Isla Mujeres, 117 Mérida, 195 Palenque, 257 San Cristóbal, 267 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 280 Valladolid, 244 Villahermosa, 252 Tourist Migration Form, Transportadora Carnaval (Mérida), 207 Transportes Rodolfo Figueroa Palenque, 257 San Cristóbal, 266 Transportes Terrestres (Cozumel), 131 Trek America, 68 Tricycle taxis, Isla Mujeres, 118 Tropical illnesses, 59 Tula, 19, 22 Tulum, 5, 8, 146, 148, beaches, 5 boat trips to, from Cozumel, 138 suggested itineraries, 80, 81, 84 what s new in, 3 Tumba del Gran Sacerdote (Tomb of the High Priest; Turista (diarrhea), 58 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tzibanché (Dzibanché), Tzompantli (Temple of the Skulls; Chichén Itzá), 238 Ultrafemme (Cancún), 111 Ultramar (ferry), 109, 116 Cozumel, 129 Unión Regional de Artesanías de los Altos (San Cristóbal), 273 United Airlines (Cancún), 86 United Kingdom consulate, Cancún, 89 customs regulations, 49 Embassy of, 284 sustainable tourism, 67 visitor information in, 286 United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), 65 United States consulates Cancún, 89 Mérida, 197 customs regulations, 49 Embassy of, 283 visitor information in, Universidad de Yucatán (Mérida), 210 US Airways, Cancún, 86 U.S. Department of State travel advisories, 60 Uxmal, 8, 192, en route to, itineraries, 78, 80, 82 Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), 71 Vacation-Spot, 71 Valladolid, 191, Value-added tax (IVA), 57 Vanilla, 28 Vaquería regional (Mérida), 196 Ver y Wine (Cancún), 114 Viajes Na Chan Kan (Palenque), 263 Viajes Shivalva (Palenque), 263 Villa, Pancho, Villahermosa, Visas, 48 Visitor information, Campeche, 230 Cancún, 88 Chetumal, 182 Cozumel, 131 Isla Mujeres, 117 Mérida, 195 Palenque, 257 San Cristóbal, 267 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 280 Valladolid, 244 Villahermosa, 252 Viva México (Cozumel), 138 Volaris, 52 Cancún, 86 Mérida, 192 Volunteer travel, 67 War of the Castes, 24, 178, 226, 243 Water, drinking, 58, 286 Water skis, Cancún, 106 Watersports Cancún, Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto area, 177 Xcaret, 164 Xel-Ha, Water Taxi, Isla Mujeres, 117 Weather, Websites airline, hotel, and car rental, Cancún, 87 Isla Mujeres,

14 310 Websites (cont.) for Mérida, Chichén Itzá, and the Maya interior, 191 Zermatt (Cozumel), 141 Zinacantán, 264, 271 Zona Hotelera (Cancún), 88 Deseo Hotel + Lounge (Playa del Carmen), Dreams Cancún Resort & Spa, 97 traveler s toolbox, 286 El Bocadito (Cobá), 177 Weekend trips, suggested ACCOMMODATIONS El Cantil Condominiums itineraries for, 77 Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, 66 Whale sharks of Isla Holbox, 247 Wi-Fi access, 70 Wildlife, See also Birds and bird-watching CrocoCun (near Puerto Morelos), 150 Río Bec region, Xcaret, 164 Yumká, 253 Women travelers, 64 World Health Organization (WHO), 1, 57 World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 65 Acanto Hotel & Suites (Playa del Carmen), 157 Al Cielo (Xpu-Ha), 166 Amar Inn (Puerto Morelos), 152 Ana y José (Tulum), 172 Aqua (Cancún), 92 Aventura Spa Palace (Xpu-Ha), 162 Azulik (Tulum), Balamkú Inn on the Beach (Majahual), 179 Bel Air Collection Hotel & Spa (Cancún), 98 Best Western Hotel Maya Tabasco (Villahermosa), 254 Boca Paila Fishing Lodge (Cozumel), 141 El Cozumeleño (Cozumel), 130 El Mesón del Marqués (Valladolid), 245 Esencia (Xpu-Ha), The Explorean (near Kohunlich), 184 Fairmont hotel (Mayakobá; near Playa del Carmen), 153 Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancún), 92 Fiesta Americana Mérida, 198, 200 Flamingo Cancún, Flycatcher Inn B&B (Uxmal), 223 Freedom Paradise (Tulum), 162 (Punta Allen Peninsula), Genesis Retreat Ek Balam Xcalak, (Valladolid), 245 Xcambó, 217 Xcaret, 149, boat trips to, from Cozumel, 138 Xel-Ha, 149, Xibalba, 187 The Xiu, 22 Xlapak, 226 Xpu-Ha, Xpujil, 187 Xtabentún, 31 Cabañas Paamul, 165 Cabañas Tulum, 174 Casa Cenote (Tankah Bay), 169 Casa de los Sueños Resort & Spa Zenter (Isla Mujeres), 123 Casa Felipe Flores (San Cristóbal), 273 Casa Mexilio Guest House (Mérida), 202 Casa Quetzal (Valladolid), Hacienda Blanca Flor (near Mérida), 201 Hacienda Chichén Resort (Chichén Itzá), 241 Hacienda Petac (near Mérida), 201 Hacienda Puerta Campeche, 234 Hacienda San Antonio (near Mérida), 201 Hacienda San José Cholul (near Mérida), Hacienda San Miguel Yal-ku Lagoon (Akumal), 167 Casa Sandra (Isla Holbox), (Cozumel), 140 Yaxchilán, 8, 262 Yoga, Isla Mujeres, 121 Yucab Reef, 133 Yucatán, exploring the heartland, Yucatán Ballet Folklórico, 196 Yucatán Bird Festival, 46 Yucatan Peninsula Travel, 123 Yucatán Today (magazine), 195 Yucatán Tourism Board, 286 Yucatech Expeditions (Cozumel), 133 Yumil Kaxob, 36 Yumká, Casa San Juan (Mérida), 203 Ceiba del Mar (Puerto Morelos), 150 Chan-Kah Resort Village (Palenque), 259 Chicanná Eco Village (near Xpujil), Coco s Cabañas (near Playa del Carmen), 154 Condumel Condobeach Apartments Value (Cozumel), 139 Copacabana (Xpu-Ha), 166 Costa de Cocos Dive & Fly- Hacienda San Pedro Nohpat (near Mérida), 201 Hacienda Santa Rosa (near Mérida), 201 Hacienda Uxmal and The Lodge at Uxmal, 223 Hilton Cancún Golf & Spa Resort, 92, 94 Holiday Village White Sands (Cozumel), 130 Hospedaje Esmeralda (Ocosingo), 263 Hotel 49 (Río Lagartos), 246 Hotel Akumal Caribe, Fishing Resort (near Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland, The Lodge at Chichén Zapata, Emiliano, 24 Majahual), Zapatista Liberation Army, 249, 266 Zapotec, 18, 19, 252 Cozumel Palace, 130 Cuzan Guesthouse (Punta Allen), 175 Itzá, 242 Hotel Baluartes (Campeche), 234

15 Hotel Básico (Playa del Carmen), 158 Hotel Belmar (Isla Mujeres), 125 Hotel Bonampak Tuxtla (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 Hotel Cabañas María del Mar (Isla Mujeres), 124 Hotel Caribe (Mérida), 202 Hotel Casa Mexicana (San Cristóbal), 273 Hotel Casavieja (San Cristóbal), 274 Hotel Central (Ocosingo), 263 Hotel Ciudad Real (Palenque), 260 Hotel Colonial (Campeche), Hotel Copacabana (Xpu-Ha), 162 Hotel Cozumel & Resort, 130 Hotel Del Mar (Campeche), 234 Hotel D Gomar (Isla Mujeres), 125 Hotel Dolores Alba (Chichén Itzá), 242 Hotel Dolores Alba (Mérida), 203 Hotel Don Quijote (San Cristóbal), 274 Hotel Eco Paraíso Xixim (Celestún), 216 Hotel El Paraíso (San Cristóbal), 274 Hotel Francis Arlene (Isla Mujeres), 125 Hotel Francis Drake (Campeche), 234 Hotel Holiday Inn Puerta Maya (Chetumal), 182 Hotel Lab Nah (Playa del Carmen), 159 Hotel Laguna (Bacalar), Hotel Los Angeles (Chiapa de Corzo), 282 Hotel Lunata (Playa del Carmen), Hotel Maison Lafitte (Mérida), Hotel María Eugenia (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 Hotel Marionetas (Mérida), 202 Hotel Maya Tucán (Palenque), 260 Hotel Maya Tulipanes (Palenque), 260 Hotel MedioMundo (Mérida), 203 Hotel Mucuy (Mérida), Hotel Na Balam (Isla Mujeres), 124 Hotel Nachancán (Chetumal), 183 Hotel Palacio de Moctezuma (San Cristóbal), 274 Hotel Plaza (Ticul), 220 Hotel Plaza Independencia (Villahermosa), 254 Hotel Posada del Mar (Isla Mujeres), 125 Hotel Provincia Express (Villahermosa), 254 Hotel Real del Valle (San Cristóbal), 275 Hotel Regional San Marcos (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 Hotel Tierra Maya (near Majahual), 180 Hotel Villa Rolandi Gourmet & Beach Club (Isla Mujeres), Hotel Xibalba (Palenque), 260 Hotel Zací (Valladolid), 245 Hyatt Villahermosa, 254 Iberostar Cozumel, 130 Ibero-star Quetzal (Tucán; Playa del Carmen), 162 Jardín de Marieta (Playa del Carmen), JW Marriott (Cancún), 94 La Casona Real (Cozumel), 140 La Hacienda Xcanatún (Mérida), Le Méridien Cancún Resort & Spa, 96 Los Itzaes (Playa del Carmen), 159 Mansión de los Angeles (San Cristóbal), 274 Maroma (near Puerto Morelos), Marriott Casa Magna (Cancún), Mayakoba Residential Golf & Spa Resort (near Playa del Carmen), 153 ME (Cancún), 98 Meliá Cozumel, 130 Misión Palenque, 259 Occidental (Cozumel), 130 Omni Puerto Aventuras, 166 Petit Lafitte Hotel (near Puerto Morelos), 153 Playa Azul Golf-Scuba-Spa (Cozumel), 139 Playa Maya Value (Playa del Carmen), 159 Posada Dos Ceibas (Tulum), Posada El Moro (Puerto Morelos), Posada Lucy (Rio Lagartos), 247 Presidente InterContinental Cozumel, 141 Puerta Calakmul (near Calakmul), 185 Radisson Hacienda Cancún, 99 Rancho Encantado Cottage Resort (Carretera Bacalar- Felipe Carrillo Puerto), 181 Rancho Sol Caribe (Punta Allen), 175 Rey del Caribe Hotel (Cancún), Rio Bec Dreams (near Xpujil), 185 Ritz-Carlton Cancún, 96 Riu Palace Las Américas (Cancún), Royal (Cancún), 97 Sandos Playacar (Playa del Carmen), 162 Secreto (Isla Mujeres), 124 Shangri-La Caribe (Playa del Carmen), 158 Sol y Luna (Cancún), 100 Suites Vima (Cozumel), 140 Temozón (near Mérida), 201, 204 Temptation Resort & Spa Cancún, 99 The Tides Riviera Maya (formerly Ikal del Mar; Playa Xcalacoco), 151 Uayamón, 201 Villas Arqueológicas Chichén Itzá, 242 Villas Arqueológicas Cobá, 177 Villas Arqueológicas Uxmal, Villas Delfines (Isla Holbox), Villas Flamingo (Akumal), 167 Villas Flamingos (Isla Holbox), 247 Vista del Mar (Cozumel), 140 Vista del Mar Hotel and Condos (Akumal), 168 Wyndham Cozumel Resort, 130 Xbalamqué (Cancún), 100 Xpu-Ha Palace (Xpu-Ha),

16 312 Zamas (Tulum), 174 Zoetry Paraíso de la Bonita (near Puerto Morelos), 151 El Oasis (Playa del Carmen), 160 El Pirata (Puerto Morelos), 153 El Príncipe Tutul Xiú Lorenzillo s (Cancún), 101 Los Carboncitos (Playa del Carmen), 163 Los Pelícanos (Puerto RESTAURANTS (Mérida), 205 Morelos), 153 El Shrimp Bucket (Cancún), Los Tulipanes (Villahermosa), Aioli (Cancún), 101 Alberto s Continental (Mérida), 205 Amaro (Mérida), 205 Angelo (Isla Mujeres), 126 Azafrán (Tulum), 174 Bazar Municipal stalls (Valladolid), 245 Bodo s (Puerto Morelos), 153 Cabaña del Pescador (Lobster House; Cozumel), 142 Cactus (Campeche), 235 Café Alameda (Mérida), 206 Café Cito (Isla Mujeres), 127 Café de Yara (Palenque), 262 Café La Selva (San Cristóbal), 276 Café Museo Café (San Cristóbal), 276 Café San Cristóbal, 276 Capicúa (Cozumel), 143 Casa de Frida (Mérida), 205 Casa de las Margaritas (Cancún), Casa Mediterránea (Playa del Carmen), Casa Rolandi (Cancún), 102 Casa Rolandi (Isla Mujeres), 126 Casa Vieja (Campeche), 235 Cenaduría Portales (Campeche), Charlie s (Tulum), 174 Club Grill (Cancún), 101 Cocos Cozumel, Comida Casera Toñita, 141 Copal (Tulum), 174 David Lau s (Puerto Morelos), 153 Doña Tina (Tulum), 174 Don Cafeto s (Tulum), 174 Eladio s (Mérida), 206 El Amigo Mario (Cozumel), 141 El Asador de Manolo (Playa del Carmen), 161 El Buen Gusto (Chetumal), 183 El Chaac Mool (Santa Elena), 220 El Edén (San Cristóbal), 275 El Fogón Norteño (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 El Mesón del Marqués (Valladolid), 245 El Moro (Cozumel), 143 El Templo (Mérida), 205 Emiliano s Moustache (San Cristóbal), Fiesta (Chichén Itzá), 242 Flamingo (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 French Quarter (Cozumel), 142 Guido s (Cozumel), 142 Gustino (Cancún), 102 Harry s (Cancún), Hotel Básico (Playa del Carmen), 160 Jangada (Villahermosa), 255 John Gray s (Puerto Morelos), 153 Labná (Cancún), 105 La Buena Vida (Akumal), 168 La Casa del Agua (Playa del Carmen), 160 La Casa del Pan Papalotl (San Cristóbal), 276 La Choza (Cozumel), 143 La Cocay (Cozumel), 142 La Cueva del Chango (Playa del Carmen), 161 La Destilería (Cancún), 104 La Flor de Santiago (Mérida), 206 Laguna Grill (Cancún), 103 La Habichuela (Cancún), La Ideal (Chetumal), 183 La Nave (Tulum), 174 La Paloma (San Cristóbal), 275 La Parrilla (Playa del Carmen), 160 La Parroquia (Campeche), 236 La Pigua (Campeche), 235 Las Campanas (Valladolid), 245 La Selva (Palenque), 262 Las Pichanchas (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 La Suegra (Puerto Morelos), 153 La Tarraya Restaurant/Bar (Playa del Carmen), 161, 163 La Vagabunda (Playa del Carmen), 161 Le Café d Amancia (Puerto Morelos), Madre Tierra (San Cristóbal), 276 Media Luna (Playa del Carmen), 161 Normita s (San Cristóbal), % Natural (Cancún), 105 Oscar y Lalo s (Punta Solimán Bay), 169 Paloma Bonita (Cancún), 103 Parrilla Suiza (Tuxtla Gutiérrez), 281 Périco s (Cancún), 105 Pierre (San Cristóbal), 275 Pingüinos (Isla Mujeres), Pizza Rolandi (Cancún), Prima (Cozumel), Puerto Madero (Cancún), 103 Restaurant del Museo (Cozumel), 144 Restaurante Cenote Azul (Bacalar), 181 Restaurante Kantún (Mérida), 206 Restaurante Pantoja (Chetumal), 183 Restaurant Los Almendros (Mérida), 206 Restaurant Maya and Maya Cañada (Palenque), 262 Restaurant Tuluc (San Cristóbal), 276 Restaurant y Hotel Calakmul (Xpujil), 185 Rolandi s (Isla Mujeres), 127 Roots (Cancún), 106 Sanborn s (Villahermosa), 255 Su Cabaña Suiza (Oxkutzcab), 227 Sunset Grill (Isla Mujeres), 126 Super Carnes H C de Monterrey (Playa del Carmen), 160 Thai (Cancún), Turtle Bay Café and Bakery (Akumal), 168 VIPS (Villahermosa), 255 Vito Corleone (Mérida), 204 The Wynston (Cozumel), 142 Yaxché (Playa del Carmen), 160 Zamas (Tulum), 174 Zazil Ha (Isla Mujeres),