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EXPLORING YUCATAN: A Traveler's Anthology

FOR CENTURIES, explorers, adventurers, artists, naturalists and archeologists have recorded their experiences of work and travel in Yucatan: Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Bishop Diego de Landa, John Lloyd Stephens and Désiré Charnay among many others.

Their vivid memoirs give us historic insights into the attitudes of the past, document how conditions have changed over time, and help to illuminate the present in this exotic tropical region of Mayan Mexico.

Now, for the first time, a broad and varied selection of these classic writings have been excerpted and collected in one volume to entertain and enlighten today's traveler to Yucatan. The selections are organized geographically around the major Mayan sites and regions of the Yucatan peninsula, from Campeche on the Gulf coast to the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo and its Maya hinterland.

The narratives are accompanied by numerous historical and new illustrations, including several by Richard Perry, who also selected and edited the anthology.

Essential reading for the armchair and active traveler along the Ruta Maya.

With maps, glossary & full index.


320 pages 6"x 9"
ISBN 0-9620811-4-0

Now available direct from Espadaña Press. Order online or from your favorite book dealer.

List of Authors:
Channing Arnold Frans Blom Peter Canby
Désiré Charnay Antonio de Ciudad Real James Cook
Bernal Díaz del Castillo Macduff Everton David Freidel
Thomas Gann Richard Halliburton Diego de Landa
Tomás De La Torre Augustus & Alice Le Plongeon Teobert Maler
Gregory Mason Alfred & Ann Maudslay Henry Mercer
William Miller Arthur Morelet Sylvanus Morley
Earl & Anne Morris Benjamin Norman Frederick Albion Ober
 Michel Peissel Richard & Rosalind Perry Nelson Reed
Phillips Russell Juan Cueva Santillán Robert Stacy-Judd
John Lloyd Stephens Edward Thompson J. Eric Thompson
Alfonso Villa Rojas Jean-Frédéric Waldeck Wilhelm, Prince of Sweden




The Authors

Chapter One: First Impressions

Chapter Two: From Campeche to Mérida

Chapter Three: Uxmal and the Puuc Hills

Chapter Four: Izamal and the North Coast

Chapter Five: Chichén Itzá

Chapter Six: From Valladolid to Cobá

Chapter Seven: Cruzob Country

Chapter Eight: The Caribbean Coast

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