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New Editions of My Guidebooks to Cancun/Mayan Riviera and Chiapas

I’m pleased to say that I have updated both of my guidebooks (in May 2018): the Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary (4th Edition) and Your Chiapas Adventure: San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, Mexico 5-Day Itinerary (2nd Edition).

Both guides are published by Unanchor, which means that they are more than guidebooks, but detailed itineraries to each region. You don’t have to follow the itineraries exactly, however–in both I give lots of options: activities that are relaxing or adventurous, beaches that are world famous or barely visited, gourmet restaurants or public markets, and fancy hotels in colonial mansions or rustic bungalows in the jungle.

In sum, the guides are for travelers who want practical, detailed information so they can travel independently and make the most of their trip. Either guide will pay for itself the first time you follow my advice for a restaurant, hotel, museum, or public transportation. I even include inside tips for traveling to other destinations in Mexico by bus, plane, or rental car.

You don’t need a Kindle to read the guidebooks–you can download a free Kindle reader from Amazon. Or you can buy the .pdf version directly from Unanchor.com.

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Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary (4th Edition)

Updated May 2018. 

Most famous for Cancun, the Mayan Riviera is Mexico’s travel wonderland, a jungle coastline of white-sand beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, laid-back colonial towns, and cenotes—the crystal-clear, freshwater caves and sinkholes found throughout the flat limestone sponge of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Many visitors stay at a resort in Cancun. These all-inclusive monstrosities can be a good deal. You’ll be right on the beach, have a pool, get unlimited food and drinks, and all-in-all have a fun, relaxing vacation.

But even if the package includes some tours, you won’t get to know Mexico… Read more at Amazon.com (or click the book icon):

Also available here at unanchor.com.

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Your Chiapas Adventure: San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, Mexico 5-Day Itinerary (2nd Edition)

Updated May 2018. 

One of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, colonial San Cristobal de las Casas sits in a wide valley of the forested Central Highlands in the southern state of Chiapas. Founded in 1528, it’s not polished to a museum shine, but not rundown either. Its vibrant international scene blends seamlessly with the local Mayan population, many of whom come from nearby autonomous communities protected by the Zapatista army.

About five hours away is Palenque, an enormous, ancient Mayan city where you can climb tall pyramids and wander down jungle paths while streams bubble and howler monkeys howl.

A visit to Chiapas shows you an exotic side of Mexico full of friendly people and lovely landscapes… Read more at Amazon.com (or click the book icon):

Also available here at unanchor.com.

If you’d like a sample of either guidebook, click the cover of the book in Amazon to see the first ten or so pages. If you’ve already bought an earlier edition, thank you very much! Please write me at nohaybroncablog (at) gmail.com and I’ll send you the new edition.

To get an idea of the style and content of both books, please take a look at these articles:

15 Money-Saving Tips for Cancun and the Mayan Riviera

Top 12 Places in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

8 Tips for Visiting the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza

One Week in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas: What to Do?

8 Tips for Budget Travel in Chiapas

If you have any questions, either about the guidebooks or the places described in them, please leave a comment below.

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Thank you, kind reviewers

We all know that in today’s world, any frustrated loser can fill any comment section with insults, nastiness, and lies.

Just look at YouTube—search for any great piece of music, from classical to contemporary, and you’ll see idiotic hostility and inexplicably high numbers next to the “thumbs down” button. I mean, who the hell would give a thumbs down to Glenn Gould?

This is also true for reviews on Amazon. Look up your favorite book and you’re bound to see awful reviews by people who probably haven’t read it. “This was assigned in a class and I couldn’t get through it” seems to be a common one.

In fact, last year Amazon changed its rating system because of thousands of negative reviews left on Hillary Clinton’s book Stronger Together: A Blueprint for America’s Future, among others. Now reviews by “verified purchases” are given much more value in the total accumulated one to five stars.

Most of those people never read her book; the reviews were motivated purely by politics. And I’m not here to defend Clinton, merely point out the problem. This also applies to Trump’s Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America and Trump: The Art of the Deal.

Netflix too has changed its rating system, possibly at the request of Amy Shumer, who received loads of one-star ratings on her most recent standup special, which she claimed was because of her jokes against Trump.

So, with all this happening, let me say how nice it is to read positive reviews of my guidebooks on Amazon!

I woke up this morning to the ninth five-star review of my guide to San Cristobal and Palenque, Chiapas. Thank you, thank you very much.

And while there are a few critical reviews of my older (but recently updated, in March 2017) guidebook to Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, most are positive, thoughtful and insightful. And even some of the negative ones aren’t fully negative, but also add in a little bit of positivity.

I think it’s easy to find the motivation to write a negative review—and I’m talking about genuine reviews, not the ones written by lunatics who never bought the product. It’s understandable: You bought something, you didn’t like it, and now you can tell it to the world.

(By the way, I consider the critical reviews on my Cancun guide to be genuine reviews. If you wrote one, please understand that I’m not talking about you when I talk about “frustrated losers,” and please contact me so I can send you the updated version! I’m sure you’ll like it better.)

Similarly, why leave a positive review? When you buy something, you expect it to be good, so most people wouldn’t bother to take the time to review it.

So, just in case any of you happen to read this, thank you. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a positive review, especially in this time of so much negativity and so many platforms to express it. For an independent writer like me, positive reviews and comments are hugely important, and I appreciate them very much.

My Guidebook to San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

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My second guidebook for Mexico, Your Chiapas Adventure: San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, is now in its 2nd edition, updated in May 2018. It focuses on the two major destinations in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state: Palenque, an ancient Mayan city of climbable pyramids surrounded by thick jungle, and the lovely colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas.

The book is for independent travelers who want to experience the distinctive culture, nature, history and food of this fascinating region. It also includes insider tips for other places in Chiapas, including low-key beach villages, indigenous small towns, the towering Sumidero canyon, and more Mayan ruins. The guidebook’s extensive appendix provides detailed information on transportation, hotels, restaurants, communicating in Spanish, safety, and much more.

You can purchase Your Chiapas Adventure: San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, Mexico from Amazon.com, which provides a free reader for those of you without a Kindle, or directly from publisher Unanchor.com, where it can be accessed online and downloaded as a .pdf.

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Here’s the beginning of the description on Unanchor.com:

One of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, colonial San Cristobal de las Casas sits in a wide valley of the forested Central Highlands in the southern state of Chiapas. Founded in 1528, it’s not polished to a museum shine… More Details

Please click the book to view on Amazon.com:

 

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