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Nov 11, 2007 - Colonial Charm near Cancun

The first eight days were spent in Valladolid, a small colonial city half-way between Cancun and Merida. We find it easy to slip into the siesta mode, and love our afternoon naps. The area is rich in ruins, cenotes, and close to Ria Lagartos, a Biosphere Reserve with North America's largest nesting ground for pink flamingos. By the fifth day we realized that there still wasn't enough time to see everything we wanted to see, and eat at all of the restaurants we wanted to try. The Hotel Meson del Marques is an elegant old colonial building...

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Ramblin' Roads

Apr 27, 2006 - The Drive to Merida, Dinner in Valladolid

I must say my first memory of Mexico is the same as my first memory of Hainan, the huge hit of warmth, sun, and blue sky you get to experience emerging from the airport, WOW! In fact even while driving across to Merida the country side reminded me quite a bit of Hainan. The brush, the trees, people walking and riding bikes, tons of motorcycles in the towns, children wondering up onto the highway (must be VERY careful driving), and cars zooming around like a video game! Actually, upon landing in Cancun you could see in certain areas, and...

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Jan 29, 2006 - Izamal and on to ChichenItza

Up early and on our way.We trained to Izamal and reboarded to finish our time on the Maya Express at ChichenItza. Our new guide, Jorge, was with us as we started out for two new visits to add to our Maya visits. Jorge, much younger than Juan,appears to be much more involved with social conditions for the current Maya population. There are many Maya towns and a variety of dialects of the language are spoken throughout the country. Sufficient water and electricity are not as available as they should be. Neither are schools and students...

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Aug 20, 2005 - Valladolid

20.08 (KtH) This morning started with another huge breakfast (I hope all the hostels in Mexico are like this!) followed by a bus trip to Valladolid. I'm not sure if we have mentioned it before, but back in April we were considering going to Cuba. We were going to fly from Cancun. However, we have decided against going to Cuba and are therefore we are making our way inland instead. The plan now is to get through the Yucatan fairly quickly as it is very expensive on our current budget (too many American and European tourists have brought the...

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May 23, 2005 - Valladolid

Left Isla Mujeres today... we took a ferry this morning to Puerto Juarez, a taxi to the bus station in Cancun, and then hopped on a bus that got us to the town of Valladolid by mid-afternoon. We are staying in a sketchy hotel, but it's only $15/night for both of us, with private bathroom, and very close to the bus station (trust me, that's cheap for Mexico... I'm really missing the prices in Peru right now!). Being inland, Valladolid is much hotter than Isla was. We spent the rest of our afternoon walking around Valladolid, though there's...

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Sarah Down South

Sep 9, 2004 - Valladolid

The Yucatan Penisula doesn't have rivers, instead it has cenotes, which are limetone wells. Most are underground like the two Rosa and I visited near Valladolid. The roofs of others have fallen in, making circular lakes. They used to sacrifice people in the one at Chichen Itza, the walls are so steep if you were thrown in you'd never get out. Swimming in the cenotes can be pretty spooky. There are ones where you can dive, I'm not entirely disappointed I never made it to any of them... There is no way of knowing how deep the water is, but...

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Ruth on the road

Sep 6, 2004 - And so it begins...

My last day at work was meant to be an easy one, a couple of short interviews. As it turned out we were only able to do one because it started rainging (not a problem), and then our easy up tent collapsed soaking all of the camera and audio gear. We feared for our lives from the nearby lighting, so the producers reluctantly called it a night. Ok, so I mannaged to quit my job and headed to the "estacion de autobus" (bus station) to use my pre-purchased ticket and fancy new backback to get to Chichen Itza. The cab driver on the way downtown...

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