Cancun and the beach resorts are popular destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula, but beyond the beach there is a world of the Maya, one of the great civilizations of Latin America. Mayan cities were mysteriously deserted and later, when the Spanish came, thousands of Mayan books were destroyed.

Caribbean Coast
Chichen Itza
More Maya Ruins
Flamingo Reserves
The Yucatan Peninsula has an abundance of fun shopping, with many different "artisanas" products. Look for panama hats and big Mexican sombreros (they roll up to travel easily), embroidered blouses and dresses, silver jewelry, small carved stone animals or Mayan pyramids, dolls, flutes and drums. For the lazy life, bring home a hammock.

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