US Airways - December 2012 - (Page 38)

Beyond Cancún’s well-traveled beaches, there’s a wild world of inviting swimming holes, Mayan ruins, and brilliant color. YUCA T # eal water and yellowgreen marsh surround the sun-blanched dock. A wooden boardwalk extends behind us toward a tiny stretch of dry land and the ruins of a Mayan hut. A small boat brought us here across two massive lagoons that shifted colors from deep blue to chalky teal to cobalt gray under the shadows of bulbous clouds and a few sprinting rainstorms. The boat leaves, disappearing around a corner of tangled mangroves. “Now we jump in and float!” exclaims Alberto, our guide to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. He steps into a life jacket, wearing it like a diaper, and hops from the dock into the 5-foot-deep, 12-foot-wide creek. He bobs in the clear water, lies back, and lets the current float him away. We pull on our life jackets and hop into the warm water. The Mayan meaning of sian ka’an, “where the sky is born,” now makes perfect sense; the water beneath us and the sky above, separated only by a thin line of swaying marsh grass, seem to be one and the same. The Sian Ka’an reserve covers more than two million acres along the shoreline and wetlands of the Yucatán Peninsula’s east coast. It’s the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, home Into the 38 DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - December 2012

Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: New Year's Eve
Hub Crawl: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Wine & Dine: Holiday Spirits
Wine & Dine: Beaudevin Wine Bar, Charlotte, NC
Adventure: Creek Ranch, Florida
Adventure: Palm Springs Golf
Great Escapes: Universal Orlando® Resort
Gear Up: Gifts for Good
Travel Feature: Into the Yucatán
Mapping It Out: US Airways' Route Planning Department
University Spotlight: University of California, Berkeley
Great Tastes: College Eats
Celebrate Tucson, AZ
Must Read: The Socialstructed World
Special Section: Kentucky
Great Dates
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - December 2012