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Путеводитель по Канкуну и полуострову Юкатан из серии Eyewitness shuttle most sensible 10 (на английском языке). Мексиканский полуостров Юкатан известен восхитительной природой и большим количеством достопримечательностей, в том числе архитектурными памятниками, сохранившимся со времен цивилизации майя. Решив посетить Юкатан, в том числе город Канкун - крупнейший населенный пункт полуострова, не забудьте взять с собой этот путеводитель. Он поможет вам сориентироваться в развлечениях, местах отдыха и достопримечательностях региона. В красочном издании есть информация о пляжах для отдыха, подводного плавания и серфинга, памятниках цивилизации майя, лучших курортах и клубах, местах детского отдыха, исторических колониальных городах, парках дикой природы, лучших местах для любителей рыбалки, а также справочная информация (карты, сведения об отелях, общественном питании и т.д.).
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1860–1910: Henequen Boom The Yucatán’s economy is transformed as global demand soars for sisal rope, made from the henequen cactus. This “green gold” is the best rope in the world until the arrival of synthetics in the 1950s. Vast new wealth is reflected in Mérida’s extravagant mansions, theaters, and other attractions for henequen magnates and hacienda-owners. The boom even partly survives the Mexican Revolution, which begins in 1910. 1971: Tourism Arrives Another economic transformation begins as the first hotel opens in Cancún, the dawn of the tourism era.
Its displays provide an overview of the Mayan world that illuminates visits to the ruins themselves. The arcaded square of Santa Lucía (above), dating in part from 1575, is the most romantic of all Mérida’s old squares. Free concerts of traditional music take place every Thursday (see p63). The Trios Walk around the Plaza Mayor on most evenings and you’ll see groups of men in threes, dressed in white shirts and black trousers, and carrying guitars. These are the Yucatán trios, traditional troubadours available for hire to play romantic serenades.
D Map C2 Iglesia de Jesús, Mérida Built for the Jesuit Order and completed in 1618, the Jesús has a gilded Baroque interior that contrasts strikingly with the simplicity of the Franciscan churches. On the exterior, look out for traces of carvings on some of the stones – they were taken from Mayan temples (see also p27). San Antonio de Padua, Izamal The vast monastery of Izamal, painted ocher and white like the rest of the town (see p40), 42 Doorway, La Mejorada d Map C2 La Mejorada, Mérida This large church with a very Spanish-looking plain façade was built as part of a major Franciscan friary in 1640.