Yucatan - Chetumal, Merida & Campeche

Yucatan - Chetumal, Merida & Campeche

by Vivien Lougheed
     
 

The border town of Chetumal is the capital of Quintana Roo State and at the most southern section of the Yucatán Peninsula. The mouth of the Rio Hondo is also here. Those coming and going to Belize can change buses or stop for one night, while others may come to shop. It's a pity so few stay longer because there are numerous interesting ruins within a day's… See more details below

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The border town of Chetumal is the capital of Quintana Roo State and at the most southern section of the Yucatán Peninsula. The mouth of the Rio Hondo is also here. Those coming and going to Belize can change buses or stop for one night, while others may come to shop. It's a pity so few stay longer because there are numerous interesting ruins within a day's journey, the local museum and botanical gardens are good and the Lagoon of Seven Colors is just 20 miles (37 km) from the town center. Bacalar Lagoon, the second-largest in Mexico, is about the same distance away. Just offshore are the Chinchorro reefs, known for their rusting shipwrecks. If you're interested in some of these things, away from the party scene of Cancún and adjacent communities, then I encourage you to stay longer. Chetumal in Mayan means "a place with lots of red cedar" and the Maya populated the Chetumal and Balcalar Lagoon area for a few hundred years. The first non-Maya to live here was the shipwrecked Spaniard, Gonzolo Guerrero, who married the chief's daughter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588437341
Publisher:
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
1,033,708
File size:
4 MB

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