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The Rough Guide to Cancun and the Yucatan: Includes the Maya Sites of Tabasco & Chiapas Paperback – August 29, 2011
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When Zora moved to New York City (from New Mexico via New Jersey, Indiana, the Netherlands and Egypt) in 1998, she chose where to live based on the 24-hour produce stands in lovely Astoria, Queens. Inspired by her borough's diverse foodstuffs, she started the supper club Roving Gastronome in 2001, and later developed Sunday Night Dinner with Tamara Reynolds, which was the inspiration for their cookbook, Forking Fantastic!: Put the Party back in Dinner Party.
In her work as a guidebook author for Rough Guides, Moon and Lonely Planet, Zora also picks up new flavors on the road. She pays special attention to street carts, produce markets, and local culinary specialties, and the finds wind up in her guidebooks, as well as on her home table.
Zora writes about her cooking and travels on the blog Roving Gastronome (www.rovinggastronome.com).
Top Customer Reviews
My 2 cents would be not to change money at the airport which (as is typical everywhere) gives you a pretty bad rate. Some banks are better than others (HSBC, fe was not so good); it may be a good idea to use a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees. Speaking of which, a friend paid for a dinner in Cancun with a CC and found next week $35,000 charge on his card... so ATMs may be the way to go. If you talk to agents at bus stations etc be aware that they may not disclose complete schedules - fe, they may only tell you about "primera clase" buses thinking the Segunda clase to be too rough for the impatient Westerner. I also found the food at simple outfits (say, the Bazaar in Valladolid) to be often comparable (or superior) to the servings at fancy 5 star places. Do not be deceived by the glitter. And do not forget to swim in cenotes. The one at Ek Balam is magical.
The guide is concise and up-to-the-point. No fat. I recommend it. Given its quality, I only wish it was more extensive, with more info about the sites. If you are into Maya ruins, you could check the Cardogan guide instead, which I found to be superb.
There were details that were in this guide that were not in the tours, so it was a perfect compliment. Thanks you again Rough Guide! You never disappoint.
As for the cenotes, there is no explanation of Dos Ojos or a clear section on it. It is one of the most spectacular of all the cenotes, and the price and tour times for Rio Secreto were way off. They did not provide any good information on access to the beach in Tulum (I recommend Playa Paraiso-parking, showers, bathrooms, food, nice chairs & recliners.)
Also, their advice in taking out insurance for a rental car is way wrong. Most visa cards cover property damage and the whole schtick that the rental car agencies try to pull over on us at the check-out counter is shameful. I paid $125 for a rental car for 8 days unlimited mileage. If I would have taken out the insurance, I would have paid about $600. Mexico is not the U.S. as far as personal injury lawsuits are concerned. Just give your regular insurance information and leave.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think you would be better off if you brought another guide book with you. This book is more oriented to someone that is traveling outside main cities. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John guitar
I bought this because of all the negative reviews of the Lonely Planet, which is what I would normally purchase. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emily Love
This was a good guide, included the finer parts of Yucatan.Published 11 months ago by sharon waldman
My husband used this book while traveling in the area for business and felt like it did a great job directing him to the best use of his time off.Published 12 months ago by ellen foster
A number of good tips about transportation around Cancun, interesting to learn about haggling and some of the tricks you have to avoid on the street. Read morePublished 12 months ago by newparadigm
We used this guide during our recent trip to Tulum. We found the restaurant recommendations accurate (although one had closed) and the description and recommendations to the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andrew P. Valenti
Great detail. Maps are also detailed. Mostly black and white photos. I purchased about 5 guide books (compulsive). I have to re-read this one. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bonnie
Few photos and not enough explanation for Cancun. If you go to Cancun only, I recommend to choose other books.Published on November 16, 2013 by Yoshio Saito