Frommer's Cancun and the Yucatan 2012 (Frommer's Color Complete)
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- Insightful commentary on Maya architecture, from Tulum on the coast to Chichén Itzá in the interior, Palenque in Chiapas, and more
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some also have pools. But many inexpensive places have hard beds or a bottom sheet too small to stay tucked in. Prices quoted here include the 17% tax; most hotels include tax in their rates, but always ask to be sure. The best variety of hotels is in and near the Centro, where most of what you’ll want to see is within walking distance. The closer you stay to the central plaza, the more subject you are to street noise, so choose your room with that in mind. Hotels along the Paseo de Montejo tend
state offices but is open to the public on weekdays. It is most famous for its massive Carrara marble stairway, curving to the open, light-filled second story. Surrounded by pale mint-green walls punctuated by white columns and sinuous Moorish arches, you feel like you’re standing on a colossal tiered wedding cake. Art Nouveau curlicues in the iron railings and black-and-white checkerboard floors are, well, the icing on the cake. Calle 10 btw. calles 51 and 53. No phone. Free admission.
it all. The ruins are open daily from 8am to 5pm, service areas from 8am to 10pm. Admission for foreigners is 234 pesos, free for children 11 and younger. A video camera permit costs 45 pesos. Parking is extra. You can use your ticket to reenter on the same day. The sound-and-light show is held at 7pm fall and winter and 8pm spring and summer, and costs 72 pesos. The narrative is in Spanish, but headsets are available for rent in several languages. The real reason for attending is the lights,
Children of Men (2006), and other international productions. In Amores Perros (2000), Alejandro González Iñárritu (director of 21 Grams) presents a keen glimpse of contemporary Mexican society through three stories about different ways of life in Mexico City that converge at the scene of a horrific car accident. His Academy Award–nominated Babel (2006), another tour de force, features a Mexican border scene that is realistic, exhilarating, and frightening all at once. His Biutiful brought a
workers and business owners reside). Just before the arch are a couple of grocery stores and a laundry service. Just inside the arch, to the right, is the Hotel Akumal Caribe. If you follow the road to the left and keep to the left, you’ll reach Half Moon Bay, lined with two- and three-story condos, and eventually Yal-ku Lagoon, a snorkeling park. To rent a local condo, contact Akumal Vacations (www.akumalvacations.com; 800/448-7137 in the U.S.) or Loco Gringo (www.locogringo.com). Both bays