By Bruce W. Conord, June Conord
Winner, "Best shuttle Book," North American commute reporters Assoc. Covers many areas no longer even pointed out in competing publications. Take to the mountain trails, swim in hidden cenotes, watch the sunlight upward thrust on a seashore close to the traditional Maya port of Pol? (where the authors celebrated the sunrise of the recent millennium). stopover at Bohemian Playa del Carmen, or history-rich Cozumel, the place the Spanish first set foot at the North American continent.
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Their main predator is man, who values their fur. They are a protected endangered species so the only hunting is done by poachers. The puma, which is also native to the United States and Canada, is otherwise known as the cougar or mountain lion. A full-grown male puma may be nearly as big as a jaguar and weigh 200 lbs. Its soft fur coat runs from reddish to gray to brown. This big cat is an amazingly agile climber, able to leap 12 Land of Pheasant & Deer n 25 n Land of Pheasant & Deer Yucatán’s deer are very much the same as deer found throughout North America, but the pheasant of the old Mayan saying is really an ocellated turkey, which looks more like a peacock.
The large wading flamingo has long spindly backward-bending legs and a thin curved neck and beak. It comes in colors ranging from a soft pinkish-white to a stunning salmon-pink. Local guides take tourists out in boats to the feeding grounds, where huge flocks can have as many as a million or more birds. It’s a breathtaking sight. Flamingos feed standing on mud banks in estuaries and lagoon shallows. They force muddy water through the serrated edges of their bill, straining the edible animal and vegetable matter for nourishment.
Superior steel weapons and invaluable alliances with rivals of the Aztecs – plus the prophecy that predicted their downfall at the hands of the avenging Quetzalcóatl – allowed Cortéz, a consummate warrior and ruthless tactician, to succeed. A thousand-year-old civilization of millions fell to a force of 500 men. Ironically, the first Mexican civilization Columbus encountered in 1502 was the last native Mexican civilization to be conquered. n New Spain While Cortéz and Spanish Viceroys exploited Mexico and the lands as far south as Panama and Peru, the subjugation of the Maya in the Yucatán was left to Francisco de Montejo, a captain under Cortéz.