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Cancun - Further reading

Further reading on Cancun

  • Friar Diego de Landa wrote a superb book on Mayan culture and civilization, which, ironically enough, he actually played a major role in wiping out. It's called Yucatan Before and After the Conquest.
  • Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan and Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, by John L Stephens, are fascinating accounts of adventure and discovery by the enthusiastic 19th century amateur archaeologist. Both books contain superb illustrations by architext Frederick Catherwood, who accompanied Stephens in 1839 and 1841 as he explored a large part of the Mayan region. The two works have become classics in the literature on ancient Mayan cities.
  • Travelers' Tales of Mexico, edited by James O'Reilly & Larry Habegger, is a very readable anthology containing about 50 articles and essays on all sorts of Mexican places and experiences, and it includes a number of compelling articles about Yucatecan adventures. The book makes for excellent in-country reading.

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