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These guides generally do not speak English, and price is not generally discussed beforehand, though there is nothing wrong with doing so. The price of a couple of beers is normally sufficient for a tour of the site; more, if they have had to do a lot of clearing. ' Not all of these sites are terribly remote; some, in fact, are only a few minutes from a paved road, but you will not be able to find them without assistance, and it would be foolhardy to try. It is often possible to locate a guide, make arrangements for a trip, and leave immediately.
Later in the Late Preclassic, some earlier centers were depopulated, while others continued to thrive. There were many ebbs and flows in the fortunes of individual areas of the Yucatán Peninsula (and their populations) from the Preclassic period onward, and many of these are far from being fully understood. Several causes (and combinations of causes) may have accounted for the shifts that occurred. Among them are population pressures due to rapid growth, partial deforestation of some areas, climatic changes that caused movements of populations to better agricultural lands, and changing trade routes (possibly because of outside influences).
These changes proceeded at an extremely slow pace, which varied in different regions. Plants domesticated by the ancient Mesoamericans included maize (corn), beans, squash, chili peppers, and amaranth. Maize was the most important of these foodstuffs and remains so even today in the diet of the native populations. , in the Tehuacán Valley around 2300, and in the Valley of Oaxaca between 2000 and 1400. C. the Olmecs on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico had developed and were occupying San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán in southern Veracruz.
An Archaeological Guide to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula by Joyce Kelly