If you are planning a trip to Cancun, there are a number of great guides to the history, culture and tourism of the area. The Cancun User’s Guide by Jules Siegel provides insider tips on travel recommendations and language issues, as well as fresh insight on the culture and history of the Yucatan region from the perspective of an American family living in the area for 25 years.

Guides such as Lonely Planet Yucatan, the Rough Guide to Yucatan, Fodor's Cancun , Cozumel , Yucatan Peninsula 2006 and Frommer's Cancun , Cozumel & the Yucatan 2006 provide useful planning tools and maps for your trip.

There are also a number of excellent sources of information on Cancun online. Jules Siegel’s website www.cafecancun.com provides numerous recent articles about Cancun and area as well as tips on where to go and what to see on and off the beaten path. Another useful online guide can be found at www.allaboutcancun.com. The Rough Guide to Cancun and Cozumel is a digital source available for download.

If you are interested in some of the history of Mayan resistance and colonization in the Yucatan region, The Caste War of Yucatan by Nelson Reed is a detailed and informative account. Or if you want to enjoy a thrilling mystery set in the Cancun region, James McNay Brumfield’s A Tourist in the Yucatan makes for an exciting, light read.

The destruction of the local mangroves and pollution of the waterways, both marine and fresh, is as a result of overdevelopment, negligible regulation of hotel wastewater and endemic corruption. The most important and breathtakingly unique feature of the whole region is the underground Yucatan Aquifer, described as the world's longest underground river, with it's stunning 'cenotes', or freshwater pools, crystal clear and containing both vital groundwater and an interconnected and spectacular ecology.

For a review on the situation, see the (Australian) ABC's Foreign Correspondent (12 March 2013).

On the plane or at the airports and hotels in Cancun you will also receive a multitude of free guide magazines and maps, most of which are provided by the tourist attractions and resorts themselves. The editorial content will be influenced by advertising, but nonetheless the information is quite useful.

 


 

Recommended Books About Mexico, the Yucatan and the Maya:

  • Lee Foster, Mexico: The Devil's Piñata
  • Joyce Gregory, In Search of the Lacandón Maya
  • Donald G. Schueler, The Temple of the Jaguar: Travels in the Yucatán
  • Michael D. Coe, Breaking the Maya Code
  • Carl Franz, The People's Guide to Mexico
  • Peter Canby , The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya
  • Richard Rodriguez, Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father
  • Abbas, Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask
  • Eric Rabinowitz, People's Choice Guide.com: Cancún Travel Survey Guide Book
  • David Freidel,  A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
  • Diego de Landa, Yucatan Before and After the Conquest
  • John Lloyd Stephens Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vols. I and II
  • Ellen R. Kintz, Life Under the Tropical Canopy: Tradition and Change Among the Yucatec Maya (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)
  • John Montgomery, Maya-english/english-maya Dictionary And Phrasebook (yucatec) (Dictionary & Phrasebook)
  • Gary Loyd Bevington, Maya for Travelers and Students: A Guide to Language and Culture in Yucatan
  • Jeanine Kitchel, Maya 2012 Revealed,Demystifying the Prophecy