The Rough Guide to Cancun and the Yucatan: Includes the Maya Sites of Tabasco & Chiapas
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The Yucatan is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations, containing both the vibrant resort of Cancun and the historical sites of Chiapa and Tabasco. This guide to the Mexican peninsula reviews all the best hotels, restaurants, markets and music venues in the region."
“refried”, but “really fried”. Corn (maíz), in some form or another, also features in virtually everything. Boiled or roasted on the cob, slathered with mayonnaise, crumbly cotija cheese, chile-salt and lime, it is known as elote (a cupful of kernels is sold as esquites). Chewy, puffed, hulled kernels (pozole) are put in meaty soups and stews. Most commonly, though, corn is treated with lye and ground into masa, then formed into tortillas: ﬂat maize pancakes served in stacks to accompany your
and salt on the side. Lick the salt and bite into the lime, then take a swig of tequila (or the other way round). Silver (plata) is clear, young tequila, while reposado is somewhat aged, with a faint woody taste from their casks. Meant for sipping, añejo is aged longer; some approach Scotch in their smoky complexity. You can ﬁnd inexpensive good bottles in the grocery store – Cazadores reposado, for instance, is smooth and a little sweet, with a slightly lower alcohol content than others. Mescal
and strong coffee. Till 10pm; closed Sun. Entertainment and nightlife Cancún’s goal is to encourage some two million visitors a year to have fun, with the zona hotelera’s huge dance clubs, vast theme bars and top-volume everything. Downtown offers a less frenetic scene, as locals dance on weekends to traditional Mexican tunes at Parque de las Palapas or at romantic cabarets. The Teatro de Cancún (T 998/849-5580, W www.teatrodecancun.com.mx), at Km 4 in the zona hotelera, hosts special events,
to catch a (less bloody) ﬁght at a village ﬁesta, but the ring here does have a certain dusty ambiance (and good traditional bars around the outside). CANCÚN, ISL A M UJ E RE S AND I S L A HOL BOX Listings | Isla Mujeres Airlines InterJet, Palenque, between Cobá and Xcaret, in Plaza Hollywood T 998/892-0278. Aerosaab (T 998/865-4225, Wwww.aerosaab .com) runs charter ﬂights and tours to Isla Holbox, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. American Express Tulum 208 at Agua (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; T
from Mexico City or any point south and east, visit W www.ticketbus.com.mx, where you can check schedules and buy tickets for most ﬁrst-class and deluxe routes, as well as some second-class services. As many bus stations are located outside town, this website will spare you an extra trip to the terminal. Mérida, capital of Yucatán state, is also its transport hub. The main bus route to the city from Mexico City is via Villahermosa, then through Campeche, a twenty-hour ride (deﬁnitely opt for ADO