In Mesoamerica, where the Mexica was only the last hegemonic culture, many peoples had developed at different moments in history. Mexico is not only the legacy of the Aztecs, but also the accumulation of a culture which originated perhaps with the Olmecs in which many other admirable civilizations succeeded one another: Mayan, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Purépecha and many others.
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3    | Introduction

4    | Maya Culture

6    | Cancun


20  | The Maya and their environment

22  | Crococrun Zoo

23  | Puerto Morelos

25  | Playa Paraíso

27  | Punta Maroma

28  | Punta Bete

30  | Playa del Carmen

36  | Playacar

38  | Xcaret

44  | Paamul

45  | Puerto Aventuras

48  | Xpu-Há

49  | Kantenah . Xaac

50  | Yalkú

51  | Akumal

52  | Aktun Chen . Chemuyil

53  | Xcacel

55  | Xel-há

58  | Cenotes

59  | Tulum

68  | Cobá

71  | Muyil


72  | Sian Ka´an Reverse

74  | From Bacalar to Chetumal

76  | Costa Maya

78  | Archeological Zones of the south


79  | Isla Mujeres

83  | Contoy Island

85  | Hotbox Island

87  | Cozumel Island

94  | San Gervasio

95  | Map of Quintana Roo


Luis Alberto Martos

Photos by:

Patrick Gibersztein, alberto Friscione, Hilario Itriago, Adalberto Rios, Giovanni Dagli Orti,, Marco Antonio Pacheco

160 Photos-Illustrations
96 Pages
26 x 20 cm – 10.24 x 7.87 in
ISBN 978 607 7816 027

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Undoubtedly Quintana Roo is today the state with the greatest tourist development in Mexico. It has absolutely everything: Caribbean beaches, ecological reserves, archeological monuments, jungles, lagoons, gastronomic tradition, etc. At the same time it combines the most modern tourism with the most admirable vestiges of Mayan civilization.

Together with Tulum, Cobá and Kohunlich, visitors can stay in Cancún, Cozumel or in the Maya Riviera, the former being as imposing as the latter are paradisiacal.

This book describes the best way to get to know the attractions of Quintana Roo, such as the cove of Xel-Há, Xcaret, the beaches of Xpuha, Akumal, Paamul and Tankah, in addition to Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy. The latter was declared a National Wildlife Reserve in 1961: more than 70 species of birds live there and it is a refuge for many migratory species.

Towards the south, after Tulum, extends the Sian Kaan ecological reserve, the largest protected area in the state where wild boars, tapirs and jaguars live, as well as a great variety of birds.

It is difficult to find, in any part of the world, a coastline of such beauty as the coast of the Mexican Caribbean. Its transparent beaches and reefs leave the thousands of visitors who travel every year to Quintana Roo in awe, where large-scale ecotourism in no way conceals the echoes of the Mayan civilization.

Did you know that in the 16th century the coast of Quintana Roo was a constant target of attacks by pirates, such as Morgan and Laffite.

During the Colonial period, the region did not become populated by many settlements due to frequent attacks by pirates, which led the population to move to the interior of the peninsula. It is somewhat ironic that nowadays one of the most visited regions of the country should have been practically abandoned between the 17th century and end of the 19th century.

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