By John Pilger
Expatriate journalist and film-maker John Pilger writes approximately his fatherland with life-long affection and a passionately severe eye. during this absolutely up-to-date variation of A mystery state, he can pay tribute to a bit recognized Australia and tells a narrative of excessive political drama.
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Book a day tour or drive. Return to Mérida for your last night. See p 44. @ 1 day. 25 6 Uxmal. As you head south, you’ll see the amazing Maya ruins of Uxmal. Some contend they’re as good as Chichén Itzá’s, but they’re definitely less crowded, more compact, and—at press time—still climbable. Clearly marked roads lead you to this ancient city, which features the Pyramid of the Magician, Nunnery Quadrangle, Governor’s Palace, and the Great Pyramid. Like Chichén, they offer an evening light show. Stay overnight at the Lodge at Uxmal, just outside the entrance.
Take Route 186 about 110km (68 miles) east of Xpujil. Then head north on Route 307 for about 37km (23 miles) to Bacalar. 9 Lake Bacalar. You’re on your way home now from Xpujil. com). Spend the night 37km (23 miles) north of the city at Rancho Encantado (y 998/884-1181; www. com), a lovely hotel on the edge of ★★★ Lake Bacalar, known as the Lagoon of Seven Colors. For more details, see p 82. @ 1 day. Take Route 307 about 211km (131 miles) north of Lake Bacalar to Tulum. Local men hunt for snakes and small animals near the House of the Magician at Uxmal.
The Best Full-Day Tours 20 Xcaret now thrives on the thousands of tourists who visit daily. The highlight here is the snorkel trip down an underground river. Other attractions include an inviting snorkel lagoon, beatific beaches, dolphin swims, an aviary, an orchid garden, a Mexican graveyard, horse shows, and four big restaurants. But Xcaret’s pièce de résistance is its evening spectacular—which is just that. Through music and dance, more than 300 performers tell Mexico’s colorful history. See p 14.