Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The town of Chichen-Itza was established during the Classic period close to two natural cavities (cenotes or chenes), which gave the town its name “At the edge of the well of the Itzaes”. The cenotes facilitated tapping the underground waters of the area. The dates for this settlement vary according …

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Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The urban layout and architecture of Tlacotalpan represent a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean traditions of exceptional importance and quality. It is a Spanish colonial river port on the Gulf Coast of Mexico which has preserved its original urban fabric to an exceptional degree. Its outstanding character lies in its …

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Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka’an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mexico

From the World Heritage inscription: Sian Ka’an is situated on the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Where possible, boundaries were defined to coincide with natural features: the site is bounded by the Caribbean Sea and the barrier reef to a depth of 50 m in the east; by …

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Thoughts on Acapulco

I’ve been in an internet black hole the last several days in Mexico. Here are a few observations from my brief stay in Acapulco, Mexico: I booked a place via Hostelworld.com. It turns out it was quite a bit out of town. The taxi ride from the airport was 610 pesos, and that was the …

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