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Once upon a time there was a little newsboy who was very, very poor and he only sold old newspapers because he didn't have enough money for new ones.

People didn't by his newspapers because they were all so out of date, and they wanted new newspapers.

So the little newsboy never sold any, and every day he accumulated more and more old newspapers.

What the little newsboy did was put up a paper recycling plant, and he became a millionaire, bought out all the newspaper businesses and the news agencies, prohibited publishing current news, and thus obliged people to read only news of the past.

In the papers on sale today, for example, you'd read that the Zapatistas are about to arrive in Mexico City and that they'll meet with the Villistas there.

You can't quite make out the date, but it seems to either 1914 or 1997.

Tale of the
Little Seamstress

Once upon a time, there was a little seamstress who sewed mightily on his sewing machine. The other machines in his neighborhood laughed at him, and shouted: "Fairy! Only old women are streamstresses!" So the little seamstress sewed shut the mouths of everyone who made fun of him. That is why, to this day, we do not know how the story ended, because no one could tell it.

I N A H

Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History known as INAH for its Spanish abbreviation) is the federal government bureau established in 1939 to guarantee the research, preservation, protection, and promotion of the prehistoric, archaeological, anthropological, historical, and paleontological heritage of Mexico.

This bureau is responsible for the over 110 thousand historical monuments, built between the 16th and 19th centuries, and for 29 thousand archaeological zones found all over the country, although is it estimated there must be 200 thousand sites with archaeological remains. Of these 29,000, 150 are open to the public.

COBA RUINS PAC-CHEN TOURS

Coba Pac-Chen Tour: With Transportation

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INCLUDES: Air-conditioned transportation, guide, entrance fee to Coba ruins site and Pac-Chen Mayan village, lunch, non alcoholic drinks during lunch and rappel equipment.

Pac-Chen is a real Mayan village located deep in the jungle with a community community of approximately 100 indigenous people.

At Pac-Chen Mayan village you can learn about the ancient traditions of the Maya culture and you will even get the opportunity to repel deep into the beautiful cenote “Balam Kim” and swim in its blue waters.

Departure: Cancun
Rates: Adult $119.00, Child $79.00
Hours: Daily 6:30 am to 6:30 pm
Itineraries: Daily departures between 6:30 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. from your hotel's main entrance. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed after the reservation process. Return to your hotel at around 6:30 p.m. Duration: 12 hours approximately.

Departure: Mayan Riviera
Rates: Adult $119.00, Child $79.00
Hours: Daily 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
Itineraries: Daily departures between 7:00 and 8:35 a.m. from your hotel's main door. First to Coba ruins, lunch the on to Pac-Chen. Return between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at your hotel's main door. Duration: 9 hours approximately.

Departure: Playa del Carmen
Rates: Adult $119.00, Child $79.00
Hours: Daily 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
Itineraries: Daily departures between 6:40 and 7:50 a.m. from your hotel's main door. First to Coba ruins, lunch the on to Pac-Chen. Return between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at your hotel's main door. Duration: 9 hours approximately.

Rates are in US Dollars
NOTE: Drinks at the buffet lunch are not included.

Not recommendable for children under 6 and overweight persons as there is physical effort involved and it can get real hot.



COBA GENERAL TOUR INFO

If you are taking a video camera you must pay $5.00 extra to use it. You pay at the front gate at the ruin site. [You pay for the rights to video the park.] This does NOT apply to cameras.

Take a jacket/blanket/towel with you for the bus ride because the air-conditioning is always on "freezing".

It is safe to leave things like blankets, hats etc on the bus but we do not recommend leaving anything valuable. The bus driver will not let anyone who is not on the tour get on the bus so you do not have to worry about the bus driver or tour guide or any Mexican stealing anything. If anything goes missing it is another tourist.

At the ruin sites do NOT cross any marked lines or enter any restricted areas. Even if you think nobody is watching you we can guarantee that somebody "is".



COBA COBA RUINS TOUR TIPS

Your tour bus first enters a large parking lot and lets you off. The front entrance has stores and restaurants where you can buy books, maps, videos and arts and crafts. This is where the public washrooms are as well.

Buy water at the entrance! There is no where to get it inside.

Take lots of film with you. You cannot stop during your tour to go look for film but you can buy film, batteries and disposable cameras at the front gate.

If you see an interesting book at any of the booths at the entrance you should consider buying it there because you may not see that book anywhere else.

Better to ware hiking shoes over sandals if you want to climb up things. This is because your feet get all sweaty and it becomes easy to slip unless you have really tight well fitting sandals.

Bring a nap-sack to carry your stuff on your back.

Do NOT climb up the big Nohoch Mul pyramid if you are afraid of heights, suffer from vertigo or have any reservations. Do NOT let your friends or family talk you into it if you have the slightest apprehension. If you disregard this advice and some how manage to make it to the top you will be terrified.

NOTE: If you are middle age or over and totally out of shape physically [like us] and decide to climb up and down the pyramids and temples during your tour keep in mind that you will feel it the next day. To climb the steps you use a lot of muscles you normally don't use and these muscles will become sore the next day if you over do it.

Keep an eye on your children at all times and warn them not to walk off into the jungle. There are many paths that just go straight into the jungle and they are very easy to get lost in. We speak from experience.

Use bug spray here regardless of what time of the year you visit.

Pay close attention to your guide and you will learn a lot about the Maya and Coba ruins.

You do not do that much climbing on this tour but you do a lot of walking so we recommend comfortable shoes or sandals here.

The bus ride to Coba is interesting. The bus ride from Cancun to the turn-off is around an hour and a half. From Playa del Carmen the ride is 30 - 45 minutes. Then you turn off the highway and enter the jungle. You start going down in elevation as you drive deep into the thick forest of semi-tropical flora. During certain times of the year the Tarantellas are in abundance and many can be seen crossing the road. Many turn into Tarantula Pancakes.



Coba Pac-Chen Tour: With Transportation

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