- Tapa blanda: 115 páginas
- Editor: Avalon Travel Publ; Edición: None. (1 de octubre de 2011)
- Colección: Moon Handbooks
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1612381197
- ISBN-13: 978-1612381190
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº856.181 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Moon Maya 2012: A Guide to Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras (Moon Handbooks) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – oct 2011
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"I don't even sneeze in Central America without asking Josh Berman how to hold my hanky. Simply put, he knows it all." --Andrew Zimmern, chef, author, and host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" "An essential guide for travel in the Maya world at a pivotal moment in time." --Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones and Mayaquest expedition team leader "A unique travel guide...fun and practical." --Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There
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December 21, 2012 is an important date for the Maya; it marks the end of the Long Count, a 5,125-year cycle of the Maya calendar, and the world's transition into a new era. Some believe this transition will be peaceful; others warn it will be nothing short of explosive. But there's one thing everyone can agree on: Traveling to the Mundo Maya in the year 2012 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity--and it's not to be missed. Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present--and Moon Maya 2012 is the guide to the best of these celebrations. From Palenque and Tulum to Tikal and Uaxactun, from Caracol to Copan, Central America expert Joshua Berman details the top offerings of each destination: Maya-themed sporting events and reenactments, ceremonies, dances, festivals, important archaeological sites, and more. Packed with strategies for planning a 2012 trip, lists of the organizations and tourism boards offering the best packages and tours, and easy-to-read maps to help you navigate your way through them all, Moon Maya 2012 gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.Ver Descripción del producto
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Josh knows the Mayan countries and the Mayan culture. His book takes you on a journey through the most important sites to visit; why you want to visit them; how to visit them; he even tells you which ones to skip. The book is full of so many details, with maps, websites, detailed descriptions -- that if you have any interest at all in the Long Count Calendar and the importance of December 21,2012 -- you MUST read this book. Once you read it for the first time, then go back, read it again and take notes of the places that you want to visit first, start making your schedules and plans, and then check out Josh's recommendations. Make sure you "take Josh" along with you on your trip -- he'll be a great silent guide and companion.
The book also lists many of the special events and tours that are being conducted during 2012 by the host countries, tour agencies and various resorts and hotels. And, yes, as one reviewer noted some of the offerings are expensive. I operate of Succotz in Belize next to the Mayan site of Xunantunich and some of the places mentioned for that country, like Chaa Creek, are high end and expensive. But make no mistake, you are likely to get your money's worth. *However* any place you stay at in these countries will be able to hook you up with local tours and you will see these advertised all over the place. You can easily find other places that are much cheaper and still nice.
The book has plenty of website listings and other sources of information for doing your own planning. With this book you can easily do these sites yourself. If you are unfamiliar with Mayan history it can be well worth hiring a guide. Licensed guides are frequently out at the entrances to sites, especially the larger ones. And if traveling to remote sites, like Caracol in Belize or Tikal in Guatemala guides are also good for safety reasons. Guides can also assist you with other Maya sites not so well known or frequented. Finally, some Mayan sites, especially caves, require a licensed guide to escort you in.
2012 is going to be an exciting year for tourism in the Mundo Maya and this book is a great starting point for your trip.
If you're interested in the Mayan calendar, the Mayan people and the Mayan archaeological sites.. and, plan on visiting any of them in 2012.. this book condenses all that you will need for traveling and the various celebrations that are planned for 2012!
The maps are fantastic too! When one is at the various sites.. you have to crowd around a guide.. to get a glimpse of the maps... far better to see it in advance.. and know which areas are a MUST see! At Chichen Itza.. we had gone in 2011.. and missed the Solar Observatory.. after reading more.. we realized how much we'd missed.. and had to return in 2012 to see it! Lots more hidden in the jungle.. you just need the information.. to know.. where to look! This book.. gives you that information!!
For those with only a whiff of Mayan history, this book will convince you that the place to be on December 21, 2012 is standing within the shadow of a Mayan pyramid. That is the date when a 5,126 year Mayan era ends and a new one begins. That's right- a new one which means the world ain't going to end just yet. Real estate prices have to increase first. Mayans predicted that this new era would be of "transformation" or possibly "movement." Scholars disagree on the translation. Across four nations, there will be celebrations. I'll be there too, doffing my cowboy hat to pretty girls, smiling and talkin'. "Bax ka' wali?" If they don't smile, I'll add in Spanish, "¡Qué linda! Ven por acá bonita." Course I'll only do this while my wife is off buying a soft drink. She has no sense of humor but quite a good sense of revenge (like Lorena Bobbitt). Being an Aztec, you can't be too careful, especially when you're sleepin'.
If you are a Central American novice, the Mayan people created a great civilization between 1800 B.C. and about 900 A.D. (about when Rome fell). Over a three thousand year span, they became great mathematicians (inventing the zero centuries before the Europeans discovered it in the Middle East), wonderful astronomers (who correctly predicted that our solar system would pass through the center of the Milky Way on December 21, 2012), as well as a practical people. They built great cities aligned with the southern cross, created a calendar more accurate than that of the Europeans five centuries later and authored a written language which we can now read. The Greeks of the New World, they cultivated corn, vanilla, chocolate, squash, beans, chili pepper, manioc and onions. They also grew cotton and wove cloth. They traveled hundreds of miles by long canoe, collected salt and also mined and processed copper into half-moon shaped blades used with a handle. They mined and traded turquoise. They also used natural rubber to create a ball and invented an interesting sport played on stone courts. Rumor has it even they could beat the pumas. Like the Greeks, they were lords over city-states which vied for power, sometimes in confederations. Today, scientists believe that their great cities were abandoned after long droughts that led to starvation and war.
The book is printed with dual columns, color photos and maps. Normally, I buy three different guide books with a credit card, run to a photocopy joint, copy the good stuff, paste it on paper and then ask the clerk to put a binding on it. Once accomplished, I return the book for credit, most naturally. But not this one! Heck this book not only has everything but also fits into your cargo pants' leg pocket! That's right-forget the backpack. The book slides right into your pocket. There's climate data, information about tourist seasons, recommendations for shots. Whew! Baby, it don't get better than this. Lorenzo sez five stars.
The author is another former volunteer, por supuesto. He's been guiding folks around these four countries for more than a decade and it shows. He's also written two other guides: one for Belize and one for Nicaragua. Buy a book written by a maestro.