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Moon Yucatán Peninsula

By and
Eleventh Edition, November 2013
Pages: 516

Price: $19.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598807820

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612386164

Experienced travel writers Liza Prado and Gary Chandler offer up their best advice on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula—from exploring Mayan ruins and Caribbean beaches to visiting hotspots like Mérida, Cancún, and Playa del Carmen. Prado and Chandler include unique trip ideas for a variety of travelers, such as Pyramids and Palaces, Diving and Snorkeling, and A Family Affair. With essentials on dining, transportation, and accommodations for a range of budgets, Moon Yucatán Peninsula gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Yucatán Peninsula

Enjoy the very best of Yucatán Peninsula with these itineraries:
    • The Best of the Yucatán
    • A Family Affair
    • 10 Days of Ecoadventure
    • Pyramids and Palaces
    • Into the Wild
    • Classics of Yucatecan Cuisine
    • Under the Sea
    • Cenote Hopping
Explore what Yucatán Peninsula has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • Isla Cozumel
    • Cancún including Isla Mujere and Isla Holbox
    • The Riviera Maya including Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Há, Akumal, Tankah Tres and Soliman Bay
    • Tulum and Southern Quintana Roo including Cobá, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, La Costa Maya, Laguna Bacalar, Chetumal and Vicinity
    • The State of Yucatán including Mérida, The Puuc Route and Vicinity, Celestún, Progreso, East of Progreso, Izamal, Mérida to Chichén Itzá, Chichén Itzá, Valladolid, Ek’ Balam, Río Lagartos and San Felipe
    • The State of Campeche including Campeche City, The Chenes Region, South of Campeche City, and Río Bec Region
    • Palenque including Palenque Archaeological Zone and Town, Along the Río Tulijá, Villages Along the Carretera Fronteriza, Bonampak Archaeological Zone, and Yaxchilán Archaeological Zone
Resources include a Spanish Glossary, Yucatec Maya Glossary, and Spanish Phrasebook

Liza Prado was working as a corporate attorney in San Francisco when she decided to take a leap of faith and try travel writing and photography. Ten years later, she has coauthored 18 guidebooks and written numerous feature stories and travel blogs to destinations throughout the Americas. Her photographs have been published by Moon Travel Guides, Lonely Planet, and travel websites like Gogobot and

Since her first visit to the region more than a decade ago, the Yucatán Peninsula has remained one of Liza’s favorite places to travel. For this assignment, she dived on coral reefs and snorkeled through cenotes, clambered on Maya ruins and paddled through mangroves, spied monkeys and tropical birds, explored colonial cities and cobblestoned towns, caught a few local bands, and listened to rock-star DJs—all with two kids in tow (well, at least part of the time).

A graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School, Liza currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with husband and coauthor Gary Chandler and their children, Eva and Leo.

Gary Chandler grew up in a small ski town south of Lake Tahoe, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, and also studied abroad in Mexico City and Oaxaca. After graduation, Gary backpacked through much of Mexico and Central America, and later Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. His first guidebook assignment was covering the highlands of Guatemala, which was followed by assignments in El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere.

Gary has contributed to almost 30 guidebooks, many coauthored with wife and fellow travel writer/photographer Liza Prado. Between assignments, Gary earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University, worked as a news reporter and criminal investigator, and published numerous articles and blogs about travel in Latin America. He and Liza have two children and live in Colorado.