Solo travel can be one of the most rewarding ways to explore the world whether youd rather spend it on a desert island or in a frenetic new city here. Today, the Maya still live in the Yucatán, in many cases remarkably true to their old traditions and lifestyle. While the southern coastline is pounded by the Pacific Ocean, gentler Caribbean waters lap the white-sand beaches and coral islands that fringe the regions eastern shores. It passes through jungle territory dotted with ruins, collectively known as the. Inimitable Maya textiles continue to be worn, especially in the highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, and some isolated communities still observe the 260-day Tzolkin calendar of their ancestors.
The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget is packed with epic road trips, adventure activities, ancient ruins, beach hideaways, wildlife watching, atmospheric colonial cities and all the best festivals. Full-colour photos and more than 90 maps. Discover Belize's highlights with stunning photography and extensive information on everything from the country's magnificent Barrier Reef - the longest in the Western Hemisphere - to its mist-shrouded jungles. Of approximately nine million indigenous Maya, Guatemala is home to over six million, with around two million in Mexico, and the rest in smaller communities in Belize and Honduras. Now that the civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala are over, the only ongoing conflict in the region is in the Chiapas highlands, where a Zapatista-led rebellion has been smouldering since 1994; this has little effect on travellers to the area, though.
Its an astonishingly diverse environment, with the hot, scrub-forested plain of the Yucatán peninsula in the north blending gradually into the lowland jungle of the centre, and in the south a spectacular mountainous region, studded with volcanoes and crater lakes and draped with pine and cloudforests. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Detailed colour maps and in depth coverage of how to get around go hand in hand with inspirational itineraries and authoritative accounts of every attraction. Theres an excellent network of roads of varying quality almost constantly traversed by buses. Explore every corner of Belize with more user-friendly maps than any other guidebook.
We like to keep things fresh. Whether you're taking in the astonishing Maya site of Tikal, relaxing in the laidback colonial city of Antigua, shopping for crafts in a traditional highlands market or trekking through the jungle, The Rough Guide to Guatemala is your essential guide. Also featured are insider recommendations on where to stay, eat and drink, whatever your budget, plus shopping in the village markets. Campeche state, by contrast, boasts a huge area of tropical forest, the. This staggering ancient and modern cultural heritage is matched by the regions equally rich natural environment. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Belize, relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best resorts, hotels, spas, and restaurants for all budgets.
Target Audience Group Trade Classification Method Dewey Decimal 917. Practical information on a range of activities, from exploring the flora and fauna of the cloudforest to diving off the coral islands of the Caribbean. Five hundred years before the Renaissance, moreover, the Maya had developed a sophisticated perspective in art. The star is the enormous site of , deep in the forest reserve near the Guatemalan border. Having survived almost five hundred years of colonial oppression and political persecution, there are unmistakable signs of a cultural reawakening, as Maya throughout the region develop a renewed sense of pride in their unique identity. Discover Belize's highlights with stunning photography and in-depth information on everything from the country's magnificent Barrier Reef - the longest in the Western Hemisphere - to its mist-shrouded jungles. It's packed with detailed coverage of Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya, as well as in-depth descriptions of all the accessible Maya sites, from world-famous Chichén Itzá and Palenque to fabulous, barely known destinations like Calakmul or Sayil.
From the top of its main pyramid, the tallest in the Maya world, the forest stretches to the horizon like a green sea. Incisive historical and cultural essays illuminate lost civilizations and their modern descendants, while pithy reviews seek out the best places to eat, drink, and stay in southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Throughout the region, however, the network of national parks and reserves is growing, offering protection to some spectacular wildlife, including jaguars and other cats, lumbering tapirs, monkeys and an incredible number of bird species. This is how most people travel and, though not always comfortable, taking the bus is a quintessential Central American experience you may find yourself sharing a seat with a Maya woman and her three kids, or even a chicken or two. Very minimal wear and tear. A guide to help you choose a resort area in cancun and the riviera that fits your travel style and budget. The latter half of the nineteenth century saw the Caste Wars, when the Maya briefly gained control of the entire peninsula.
We had a great time on perhentian kecil island and really loved it why first of all warm crystal clear water very nice for swimming and snorkeling second the. The aim was to boost tourism by creating longer, lighter evenings. The guide includes extensive and reliable reviews of all the best places to eat, drink and stay for visitors on every budget. The culture and language remain a strong source of pride that sets this area apart from central Mexico. This is a land whose natural attractions would draw visitors anyway and indeed the Caribbean coast of Mexico, and to a lesser extent the cayes of Belize and Hondurass Bay Islands, are big resort areas but its the chance to visit the monumental ruins of ancient Maya cities, some of them stranded in dense, tropical rainforest, that sets the region apart. It covers all the Central American countries and features first-hand reviews of affordable accommodation, cheap places to eat, laidback bars and thrilling outdoor adventures. The Rough Guide to Belize also features sections featuring Belize's splendid underwater life, plus its ancient Mayan pyramids and sites.
Make the most of your time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Belize, now available in ePub format. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. South of Tulum, the , encompassing mangroves thick with birdlife and coral reefs offshore, briefly slows the march of progress. In northern Yucatán state, the landscape is relatively spare: shallow, rocky earth gives rise to stunted trees, and underground springs known as cenotes are the only source of water. There is plenty of practical advice when travelling to remote highland areas, plus detailed information on jungle treks, river rafting and volcano climbs.
Once the province of Maya rebels and palm-plantation owners, the Caribbean coast is now the so-called Riviera Maya, which includes the towns of and. Fully updated, it includes detailed accounts of every attraction and destination, along with clear, colour maps which will show you everything Guatemala has to offer, including ancient Maya sites, colonial cities, rainforest ruins and stunning lakes. It was one of the most successful fights against colonialism in the New World. Along with extensive practical detail on hotels, hostels, restaurants, bars and clubs, there's full coverage of activities, whether you want to dive with whale sharks, swim in hidden cenotes, cycle around ancient sites or simply chill on the beach. The land they chose, which we know today as the Maya World, extends through southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and a sliver of El. Safety is a real issue, however, and, though its the usual pickpocketing and bag-snatching that most travellers need to worry about, where risks are more significant weve outlined them in the text. The countless Caribbean islands of the Yucatán, Belize and Honduras are served by regular boats and ferries; while internal flights can save days of travel and wont necessarily break the bank.
For the vast majority of modern Maya, Spanish has always been a second language, and their nominally Catholic but increasingly evangelical faith is still tempered with traditional religious customs. Topical coverage of each country's culture and politics, with background articles on history, wildlife and ecotourism. Candid reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink, in all price ranges. The Rough Guide to Guatemala is packed full of insider tips about off-the-beaten-track destinations, hiking trails, surf spots, kayak and rafting trips and jungle walks, as well as reviews of all the best hotels, cafés, restaurants and bars for every budget. Also featured are insider recommendations on where to stay, eat and drink, whatever your budget, plus shopping in the village markets. The guerrilla fighters were eventually pushed back into the wilds of southern Quintana Roo, and held out until the early twentieth century, ending their struggle with conciliation from the Mexican government. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Belize, relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best resorts, hotels, spas, restaurants and activities for all budgets.