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Apr 6, 2017 - Chichen Itza and Samula Cenote

5am, what a time to get up after a hot day's ride!! Nevertheless we were all dutifully gathered in the hotel foyer by 5:30 to meet our guide to the city of Chichen Itza. After stumbling along some dark paths we found ourselves on a flat plain with a dark 'something' just visible in the gloom. As the guide started his explanation the sky gradually lightened and a magnificent stepped pyramid appeared silhouetted against the purple dawn. Our guide explained that the pyramid was actually a calendar for the Maya. It is built, as are many of...

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Apr 7, 2016 - Valladolid & Ek Balam

Valladolid Valladolid is on the list for future inclusion as a World Heritage Site. It's a relatively small town that retains a significant number of Colonial era buildings. A good place to wander around with good restaurants near the central plaza and Cathedral. Our hotel, Casa Hipil, is another winner. And the morning breakfast on the roof, overlooking the town, is very pleasant. I fear I might become addicted to this upscale living. On the edge of town is the Iglesia de San Bernardino de Siena and the adjoining Ex-Convento de Sisal....

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Feb 6, 2016 - swimming with the fish.............YUCK!!!

Another long bus trip took us through Merida and on to Valladolid via lots of tiny villages so we got a look at another area of rural Mexico (hopefully our last!). Once we arrived in Valladolid and after a few mis-steps we found our hostel not far from the downtown action. The pool promised on booking.com turned out to be a................mistake (?) but at that point the large bed and ac convinced us it would work ok! Now off for some groceries but after walking for blocks in very muggy conditions we arrived at the market, which was locked...

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Feb 4, 2016 - in the heat of the...........

I was going to send this as an e-mail to my sister Linda but thought some of my female friends would relate to my story so I am posting this as a blog entry and will enjoy re-living it with Linda when we get home as I KNOW she can relate! Several times over the course of this holiday we have found ourselves in a situation where we need to hit the streets in search of accommodation. Normally this experience is enjoyable to us as it gives us an up close and personal look at towns and neighbourhoods. We wander around checking out this block...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Valladolid

Sunday 3/8 The tour officially ended this morning, and we are on our own. The breakfast was at a related hotel five blocks away, so we opted to sleep in, and walk down to the beach instead. We stopped at a little store for some yogurt and snacks for breakfast before heading over to the bus station for the ride to the Cancun airport where we picked up the car. The bus was quite luxurious and had video screens with a Cirque de Soleil performance to entertain us on the ride. We got a taxi over to Alamo for the rental car where I felt like I...

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Oct 22, 2012 - Valladolid and Chichen Itza ruins

Photos to add when I can edit it from the pc Public transport workers dream! So many buses! I love the bus! Valladolid is a brill, industrious, sweet little town and close to chichen Itza which were Mayan magic amazeballs. Blooming hot and I wish I had a bigger bag so I can buy all the hand whittled tat I've seen. Big dogs breakdown.... Valladolid/chichen Itza: shabby but colourful, still sticky. Cool ruins. ( the Mayans will be overjoyed to hear you say so)

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Nov 29, 2011 - Valladolid

We have retraced our steps a little to the south and are now at the city of Valladolid. We were here before for one hour to change busses on the way north to Rio Lagartos from Tulum. We took a colectivo from Rio Lagartos to the town of Tizimin. If you don’t have much luggage you could walk to the bus station but the colectivo will pick you up at your hotel and costs only a little more than the bus. There are no taxis in Rio Lagartos. From Tizimin we took a bus to Valladolid. We will be here for four days. We are staying at Hotel Tunich...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Ek Balam and Valladolid

Up at 6:30 and to the lobby by 7:00. Bus takes me to “base camp” - where all the tours seem to eave from. There were only three other people on my tour, a couple about my age and their teenage daughter. They were quite nice but all three were fluent Spanish speakers, as was the guide, so there were side conversations going on that I could only partly pick up on, but most everything was in pretty broken English. Off we went to Ek Balam (Black Jaguar) – two hours through the Yucatan jungle – not at all what you would expect. It's winter here...

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Mar 1, 2010 - Valladolid 1 - 8 Mar

Bill and I hit the streets of Valladolid looking for a hostel. Before long we met a young guy, coincidently, also from New Mexico (Santa Fe) who recommended the La Candaleria Hostel. What a little paradise....with walkways meandering through a beautifully landscaped tropical setting, little hideaways to sit and relax or socialize, hammocks, two spacious fully equipped kitchens...complete with three chihuahuas and two cats. My favorite chihuahua being "Bob". The managers are Avout, from Holland and his girlfriend, from Mexico, who's parents...

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Dec 21, 2009 - Chitchen Itza

Hoi altegader, We hebben Valladolid uitgekozen als uitvalsbasis voor de komende dagen. Het is een rustig stadje op het kruispunt van enkele interessante bezienswaardigheden. Na ingecheckt te hebben in een plaatselijk hotelletje nemen we een propvolle collectivo naar Chitchen Itza (een van de "nieuwe" 7 wereldwonderen). Chitchen Itza is een eeuwenoude Maya nederzetting met veel referenties naar de Maya kalender. Teveel om op te noemen eigenlijk (sorry we zijn een beetje lui vandaag, check Wikipedia!). 's Avonds is er ook een gratis...

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Dec 22, 2008 - Near Valladolid

Monday December 22…11:30pm We left the Merida RV park at 8:00am. The rent lady never did show up. So we paid approximately $21.00 for the first night, and got 2 nights free. At $7.00 per night, we figure we got fair value. We took the ring road around Merida and exited towards Cancun. As we exited, we noticed a hotel on the right hand side that advertised trailer camping. We didn’t stop in, but wished we had known that there might have been other overnight possibilities. We continued on to the Chitzen Itza ruins. This is the largest ruin...

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Feb 16, 2008 - Valladolid

Made it to Valladolid hotel very easily I believe. I woke up in time to go there it is! But it wasn't I was pointing at the wrong hotel:)) The hotel is of Colonial style i.e. Spanish, with a courtyard in the centre containing a first class restaurant. The City itself is much smaller than I imagined after reading the guide books. It is certainly Mexican with people that are friendly when you speak to them. With what was left of the day explored the cathedral ( yes I know another one!),fort/church/convent in which the janitor guy gave a...

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