Few who come to Mexico ever want to leave; those who leave always want to come back. It is a land of myth and mystery, of sunny beaches, towering snow-capped peaks and wild jungle, of ancient cities and civilizations that were once the world's most advanced, of rolling landscapes and desert canyons. Mexico cannot be fully described or known, even in a lifetime. It is too complex, too grand, too rooted in it millennia of history and its mix of races, languages, customs, and environments. From the Yucatan's coral beaches and impenetrable rain forest, the jungled hills of Chiapas, the glistening beaches and palm groves of the Pacific Coast, to the stunning northern lands of saguaro cactus and sun-bleached stone, the wild shores of Baja, the Aztec, Mayan, Olmec and other ruins, Mexico is vast as history itself, and equally mysterious. The TRAVELER'S MEXICO COMPANION 2nd Edition will take you where few tourists ever go, to remote villages and beaches, sleepy towns and urban corners where the real Mexico endures. It offers the author's experience at tracking down the best hotels, restaurants, historic sites, museums, and other splendors. It warns you where tourism has destroyed what the tourists came to see, how to avoid the smoggy, packed cities and the glossy, soulless resorts.