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When you bring the kids take cold and fever pills, rash cream and tummy upset pills. These medications are very expensive at the resorts.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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MUSEUMS IN THE YUCATAN PENINSULA

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One would imagine that the Yucatan Peninsula would abound with museums filled with magnificent objects. This is however not the case as years of looting have seen most of the objects found, sold to foreign collections. The Mexican government is opposed to this practice and you could end up in jail attempting to smuggle or even purchase antiquities illegally.

There is a national consciousness now regarding saving their heritage that has not always been prevalent. In fact a couple years ago armed locals attacked a science team when they attempted to move a stele from a remote site. The locals laid claim to the stele and the scientists who were taking the stele to the national museum in Mexico City were forced to flee for their lives.

What does exist is worth seeing and the museums are by no means something to miss. Simply by visiting, you are expressing your interest and your admission fee goes towards supporting the efforts of the museums, always strapped for money.

The majority of information signs at the museums are in Spanish with very little English.



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Name:Museo de Antropologia e Historia
Location:South side of the Centro de Convenciones in the Zona Hotelera.
Visit Time:1 hr
Of Interest:Jewely , skulls and other interesting artifacts.



MERIDA MERIDA

Merida has 2 museums to visit and a zoo that contains 3 specimens of the Yucatan Rattle Snake. If you stay downtown near the main-square you are within walking distance to all 3 locations.

Name:Museo Regional de Antropologia
Location:Located on the corner of Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43.
Visit Time:1 hr
Of Interest:There are copper and bronze items here.

Name:Museo Nacional de Arte Popular
Location:Located on Calle 59 between Calles 48 and 50.
Visit Time:1/2 hr - 1 hr
Of Interest:There are many traditional Maya garments as well as ceremonial masks.

Name:Hacienda Yaxcopoil
Location:33 kilometers or 20 miles (30 minutes) south of Merida
Visit Time:1/2 day - 1 day    
Of Interest:There is much to see here with a ruin site close by.

Name:Parque Centenario
Location:Calli 61 and Avenida de los Itzaes
Visit Time:1 - 3 hrs
Of Interest:Has a zoo with 3 Yucatan Rattlesnakes.


Enterance to Parque Centenario where the zoo is located.



DZIBILCHALTUN DZIBILCHALTUN

Dzibilchaltun ruin site has a small museum, which is worth visiting. There are a number of large statues of ballcourt players and other fascinating objects.



CHICHEN ITZA CHICHEN ITZA

Chichen Itza ruin site has a small museum containing some interesting artifacts.



XCARET XCARET

Xcaret has a number of models of ruin sites, which gives you a good vantage point to see the layouts as opposed to a map. There is also a recreation of a Mayan family residence on a stream which you swim by and view the habitation from the water. This is a lot of fun. Xcaret is located in the Maya Riviera between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.



CAMPECHE CAMPECHE

There are 2 museums in Campeche. One is right at the main-square of Campeche City. It contains a large number of steles. There is no sign at the entrance indicating there is a museum there and you have to either simply stumble in or know it is there. The second museum is a short distance away [4-km] but is cumbersome to get to. The best thing to do is to take a taxi, there and back. There is also a small display of model Spanish ships and a dungeon located in the most southern baluarte on the coast, which is a 10-minute walk from the main-square.

Name:Museo de Estelas Maya
Location:On the north side of Plaza Moch-Cuouh at the Baluarte de la Soledad.
Visit Time:1/2 hr
Of Interest:Contains many real steleas.

Name:Fuerte de San Miguel
Location:4 km south of Plaza Moch-Cuouh along the coast road with a 1 km walk up a hill from Avenida Escenica.
Visit Time:1 hr
Of Interest:Lots of fine pottery here.



CHETUMAL CHETUMAL

There is an interesting museum in Chetumal. It is high-tech and contains a number of computer based multimedia exhibits. There are also a number of excellent models of temples and buildings.

Name:Museo de la Cultura Maya
Location:Located on Acenida de los Heros between Colon and Avenida Gandhi.
Visit Time:1 hr
Of Interest:This museum has many casts of steleas and models of temple. It has a reconstruction of the Bonampak tomb and codexes.

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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