“The beautification projects, some of which we witnessed on our drive in, were numerous and even ambitious considering the size of the settlement. Our small-statured host explained that the newly laid cobblestone streets below our feet were in-between phases, awaiting setting with large quantities of the local red clay, and advised us to watch our steps. Tired from the specifics my eyes wandered down to the lapel of his embroidered uniform where, just above the seal on his badge, read “Polícia Touristica de Izamal.”

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