Yucatan πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ - Valladolid

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Tips πŸ‘

  • It’s a rather small city, perfect to relax with all conveniences.
  • Stay in the center is the best since the other roads are dusty.
  • There’s plenty of ATMs around, perfect to bring cash when going to cenotes.

🏠 Accommodation

We stayed at the wonderful Casa Sisal which we recommend. Central small hotel with clean and fresh rooms, small swimming pool, hot shower, AC and lovely staff.

🚲 Getting there

It took us 3 hours drive on decent roads from Holbox.

⏱ Duration

We stayed 2 days and 3 nights and felt that was good.

❌ Miss

We didn’t checked out the Mercado Municipal for lunch but seems pretty good.

Cenotes tour πŸ’¦

On our first day, we went for a tour of all the surrounding beautiful cenotes, or fresh water pools, of the area. There are many of them, so it was quite hard to decide which ones to go. We searched upfront online, and looked for covered ones with impressive setup featuring stalactites as well as open. We shortlisted the following:

  • Oxman: Open cenote in an Hacienda - 80MXN
  • Suytun: Fully covered with platform in the middle - 30MXN
  • Samula and Xkeken: Two covered impressives cenotes for one - 140MXN
  • Zaci: Half covered, warm water and 9 meters jumps, in the center - 30MXN
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There were all amazing and maximum 10km away from the city, having a car was perfect to visit those easily. There was plenty of other ones but we felt that was enough, our strategy was to pick different kinds to get a good overview. Bring water, snacks, cash and towel!

City tour πŸŒƒ

On our second day, we decided to take it easy and simply walk around the city, including another cheeky stop at the Zaci Cenote. The city is rather small, so not a big amount of things to see.

We hanged around the center, from the Convent of San Bernardino to the Iglesia de San Servacio passing by the lovely Calzada de los Frailes. Everything was very close making it a pleasant walk. We took the opportunity to relax, checked shops and made some pictures before heading for dinner.

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Chichen Itza and Ik Kil πŸ›

After checking-out from the hotel on our last day, we headed towards the famous Chichen Itza on our way to Merida. It took us one hour drive, making us arriving around 1PM. Since it was pretty hot, we decided to start by visiting the famous Cenote Ik Kil where cliff diving competitions used to happen.

We paid 70MXN/person and made our way down to the water pool. While it was packed with sweaty tourist, it was incredible. The cenote is half open and very wide including a base to jump from 8 meters, perfect for a swim! For more details, check Cenote Finder.

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After swimming for a bit, we drove towards the pyramid 5 minutes further, while stopping at La Palapa for a delicious and cheap lunch. Post food coma, we arrived at the main entrance, paid 80MXN to park the car, and bought the tickets to enter for 500MXN/person. It was about 3PM when we entered, and that was perfect with not-too-much-people and not-that-hot vibe.

As good tourist, we first rushed to the impressive pyramid, took many pictures from all its angles, and then simply walked around the site. We checked the Cenote Sagrado, the extreme football court and the beautiful warriors temple before heading back to the car. In total it took us 2 hours to visit without a guide, but we guessed it could take way more. It clearly worthed to visit it.