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Xaman-Há Ruins

There have been many stories about the recent population explosion in the Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen. The 1970 census recorded some 300 people living in the town (mostly fishermen and employees of the ferry company that connected the town to the touristic Cozumel Island), while current estimates give a population of nearly a quarter of a million by the end of 2019.

What most of these stories fail to mention, however, is the history of Xaman-Há, the pre-Columbian Maya settlement of what is now one of the most important resorts of the Riviera Maya.

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