Great Links

We personally vetted the following places and are pleased to mention them here.  Costa Rica links follow some very good books!


Ron Mader's planeta site is Latin America's premiere eco-tourism site. It offers a wealth of information and a chance to participate — maybe even contribute — in changing the world.

Flycatcher Inn

The Flycatcher Inn is a charming little B&B near the Uxmal Maya ruins in Yucatán, Mexico. It's a great place to base a visit to the ruins along the Ruta Puuc, or just sit and watch the yellow bellied flycatcher birds in the trees. Plus Santa Elena is an authentic Maya/colonial town. Say hola to Kristine & Santiago from us.

Los Dos Cooking School and B&B

Chef David Sterling offers personalized classes in traditional Yucatecan as well as contemporary cooking in his beautiful Colonial B&B in Merida. Looks great and tastes yummy!


Explore the natural Maya World, refuge of great biodiversity of flora and fauna, lush jungles, the second largest coral reef in the world, underground natural springs (cenotes) and whales sharks at Holbox.


A premium tour company that specializes in authentic tourism experiences with the Maya culture, both old and new.  Trained archaeologist and naturalist guides.  Approved Elderhostel and birding tour leaders.

Colonial Mexico

Españada Press offers some of the best collections of historical guides to Colonial Mexico missions — ruined and active — with wonderful line ink drawing illustrations. Fascinating website. Retablos, missions, monasteries, cathedrals — must-have books for the keenly curious.

Yucatan Today

Yucatan Today is the leading tourist guide of Merida, Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula and was recently voted the best tourism website in Mexico!

P.S.  We love the graveyard in Merida and always leave flowers for Alma Reed.



A Nelson Cocom Mystery — by Hubert Smith

Maya Apocalypse is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery novel set in modern Yucatán.  It draws on the powerful legend of the Speaking Cross, a symbol around which the 19th century Maya began an uprising of unspeakably bloody proportions.  The Cross exists today, will it be the focus of another rebellion to coincide with the end of the ancient Maya calendar in 2012?

Blue Monkey (Cornwall, England) — A boutique coastal hotel on England’s scenic southern coast.  Brilliant!

Hotel PeregrinoA lovely colonial hotel in the Paseo Montejo historic district of Merida.

The Modern Maya — by Macduff Everton

Macduff Everton is an award winning photographer who lived for a long time among the Yucatan’s modern Maya, chronicling their lives and struggles in this fascinating photographic essay.  Accompanied by an insightful narrative.  Link HERE to his photo gallery.

Tales from the Yucatan Jungle — by Kristine Ellingson

Years ago we heard about a mysterious American woman who had settled in the tiny Maya village of Santa Elena near Uxmal.  Kris’ interesting memoir tells culture shock that changed to an embrace of the Maya culture, and the happiness she found.  Good read.