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Valladolid

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  • Day11

    Auf der Fahrt nach Tulum haben wir noch einen Zwischenstopp an dem Ökotouristikpark Xkenkén gemacht und waren das erste Mal in einer Cenote schwimmen, in kristallklarem Wasser in einer unterirdischen Höhle...

  • Day53

    In der Natur schlafen! Das wollte ich doch gern nochmal. Deshalb haben wir für 2 Nächte in der Anlage Xkopek in Valladolid geschlafen, in einem Cabaña umgeben von ein bisschen Dschungel. Jorge und seine Familie haben dort ein kleines Paradies! Sie sorgen dafür, dass sich auch viele Bienen dort wohlfühlen und verkaufen ihre eigenen Honigprodukte. Morgens hab ich eine kleine Führung bekommen, wo wir etwas über die Bienen und einige Pflanzen erklärt bekommen haben. Danach gab es eine Verkostung. Auf dem Grundstück befindet sich auch eine alte (ausgetrocknete) Cenote, in der einige Bienen wohnen.
    Johann war ein wenig krank und wir haben viel in diesem kleinen Paradies rumgehangen. Und wir haben übrigens zum ersten Mal was mexikanisches gekocht: Mole mit Gemüse (gibt es normalerweise mit Huhn) und Rühreier mit Weizentortilla. Mexikanisch ein wenig abgewandelt sozusagen - in vegetarisch.

    Beim herumhängen in der Hängematte in unserer Unterkunft habe ich einen türkisfarbenen, einen gelben Vogel und einen Kolibri gesehen. ☺️

    Da es uns dort gefallen hat, haben wir gleich noch eine weitere Nacht im Zelt verbracht.
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  • Day11

    Wir schleppen uns mit unseren Backpacks zum Busbahnhof. Obwohl es noch recht früh ist, ist es schon wahnsinnig heiß. Die heutige Fahrt dauert nur 2 Stunden und endet in Valladolid, unserer Base für die nächsten 4 Tage. Untergebracht sind wir im Hostel pulpo, bei dem auch ein Restaurant und eine Bar angeschlossen sind. Leider hat es wohl Probleme mit der Elektrizität gegeben, sodass beides seit gestern geschlossen ist. Die Zimmer sind davon nicht betroffen. Wir merken allerdings recht schnell, dass der super günstige Preis wohl einen Hintergrund hat: kein Toilettensitz, keine Spiegel, keine Tür zum Badezimmer, Schimmel hinterm Bett, unbequeme Matratze und das Licht im Bad funktioniert auch nicht. Später sollen wir feststellen, dass es auch kein warmes Wasser gibt und Kakerlaken ihren Weg in das Zimmer finden. Abgesehen davon ist das Zimmer allerdings schön groß und kühl. Und die Kakerlaken verenden aufgrund einer Chemikalie recht schnell. Wir machen uns auf in die Stadt. Viel gibt es hier nicht zu sehen. Wir suchen erneut ein Restaurant auf Empfehlung des lonely planet auf und werden nicht enttäuscht. Frische Biokost wird hier serviert und es schmeckt hervorragend.Read more

  • Day155

    With a fairly short 2hr 40 minute bus journey we arrived in the much smaller quaint city of Valladolid. Our hotel was thankfully only a 5 minute walk from the bus station, so we went dropped our belongings and got changed into swimwear keen to start the day.
    We'd read and heard about two good cenotes only a few miles out of the city, collectively called the Dzitnup cenotes as they are opposite each other. We jumped in a taxi and shortly arrived.
    Of course these were rather touristy, which seemed to be the case for many cenotes it seems, but this was a new level. A heavy entry price, an insistence of having a professional photo and request to hold a parrot. We hurried through declining and went to the first cenote. This one had stone steps and different viewing platforms on the way down as it was quite deep. But it was impressive. It was very large and almost perfectly round, with nice clear water and a large hole at the top where the light came in. It was quite busy with people but due to the size it didn't seem overly crowded thankfully. We got into the cool waters and swam to the deep end where there was no one else, it had lots of prutruding ledges where you could sit which we enjoyed.
    We went over to the shallow area in the middle and there was a big pile of rock, which is clearly where the above hole had come from. There was a warning sign not to go behind there which was a little unnerving. At times cenotes can feel a little claustrophobic if you think of where you are... especially when there is ever only one entrance/exit. You just have to ignore it, like with any fear I suppose.
    For the first time ever we felt a little chilly in this one as it's the coldest water yet, but still so refreshing in the Mexican heat. After awhile we decided to explore the second cenote. As we came up to the surface we spotted our nemesis...the coach tours pulling up in the car park. Eek no go away! No offence to those people, as of course we also occasionally do coach tours. The issue is they bring so many people at a time which can really ruin the atmosphere of places, especially things like cenotes which can only cope with so many people before it's unpleasant.
    We were hopeful they'd go to the cenote we'd just been in first and we'd miss them!

    Off we hurried to the second. This had a much narrower entrance where you had to duck your head to get through, as we walked down there must have been a power cut as it was pitch black. I froze in my spot as I couldn't see the steps. Thankfully a man almost immediately came down with a large light to guide the way. Before you knew it the cenote opened out and you could see a big pool of turquoise water. As well as lots of stalagmites and stalactites hanging from the ceiling which was very cool. I'd say this was almost more like a cave, but there was a small hole in the ceiling where light came through. We were there at the prime time around noon where the sun shines down in a thick clear beam into the water. That did look amazing.
    Once in the water it was quite dark until you swam into the sun spotlight and it was blinding! You couldn't see anything else around you and the water sparkled beneath you. It was very cool. At one point there was cloud cover which was good, as then I could look up to see the sky which I thought was quite magical.

    Like all cenotes this one was full of blind black catfish. You see them in all cenotes as it's their prime living conditions, but as they are blind they occasionally bump into you or suck you. I found it cute but I think a lot of people would not.
    We enjoyed this cenote in a completely different way than the last, and it's very interesting how different they can all be.

    After awhile we'd had our fix and decided to leave. As we were still wet we decided to get a taxi straight to the final cenote we wanted to try. This one is right in the middle of Valladolid town which makes it very unique. So we figured as we're getting a taxi back why not stop there. On arrival this cenote had the real wow factor. It was almost half a cenote, with one half covered by a huge cave and the rest of the pool open air. Where the rock edge is, water falls over the edge into the pool creating two gentle waterfalls. The water was a perfect aquamarine and the rock sides where covered in fern foliage, making this a very attractive area. Again there was a fair amount of people yet plenty of room, as well as a fun friendly atmosphere. It felt like more of family locals spot that a tourist attraction, and that created a nice vibe. There are several different ledges around the pool which you can jump from, the tallest of which Phil very bravely jumped off. It was at least 10 metres and I'm very proud he did it. He had a lot of encouragement from the crowd and a big cheer as he landed. Truthfully not sure he liked it but all the same fun to try something at least once. We stayed here longer than the rest and enjoyed sitting on the algae covered rock 'seats' by the ledge and floating around in the water.
    Except for our perfect Cuzama cenote, Cenote Zaci there in Valladolid was a lovely find.

    We walked back to our hotel, showered and headed back out for an early dinner having skipped lunch through all our swimming adventures. We ended up in a lovely courtyard garden restaurant next to the main cathedral, and enjoyed one of our last meals listening to the bells ring. Before wandering back we made a complusory stop for a Marquesita and enjoyed the lovely energy every town square seems to hold in Mexico.

    Suddenly it was Sunday and unbelievably our final day of our trip! We got up early, headed to the bus stop and made out way to the famous Chichen Itza Mayan sight. We'd arrived not long after opening time hoping to miss the heat and the crowds. Instantly as you walk in you are greeted by the highlight, the main image of the place, the Castillo (the large pyramid temple). I cannot deny it's beauty and has been heavily restored which gives you that awe factor, as you can see a clearer image of how it would have looked in it's hayday. Also the design is ingenius, the pyramid is a calender. The stairs on each side have 91 steps each; add the top platform and the total is 365, the number of days in a year. On each facade of the pyramid are 52 flat panels which are reminders of the 52 years of the Mayan calender. To top it off, during Spring and Autumn equinoxes, the way the light and shadow falls creates a series of triangles on the side of the north staircase, that mimic the creep of a serpent (there is a serpents head flanking the bottom of the staircase). How amazing would that be to see!?

    From here we went round the rest of the site which we felt had many other impressive buildings that others miss. One area there was hardly any people that housed an observatory and a nunnery. Again with amazing designs, and the nunnery had some of the best preservation of carvings I've seen at any of the Mayan sites. These buildings look fantastic now, but I can't even imagine how incredible all Mayan temple complexes would have looked back then, painted and guilded. On this site was also a large ball court for their favourite game Pok Ta Pok. It's essentially a large court with two stone rings high on each side. Using only their hips or elbows players had to get a ball through it. The game seems impossible to be honest but obviously was do-able. Sadly the winners of the game would be the next human sacrifices (which was a big Mayan obsession). Talking of human sacrifices, next door was a large raised platform covered in carved skulls, again in eerily good condition. Here is where they would put out the decapitated heads from their sacrifices for the gods...nice!
    By now it was creeping up to midday and although clearly busier in the main central plaza not as mad as I expected, although the heat was there and we were satisfied with what we saw. We understand why it's a wonder of the world, although we've also enjoyed other Mayan sites maybe more in different ways.
    Anyway off we went to grab an ice cream and get the bus back to town. Once back we went straight to lunch and had Queso Especial.... a massive plate of melted cheese with some toppings on it. I swear I've must have put on weight in Mexico!
    Once suitably stuffed we went back to the hotel for some much needed downtime. We swam in the pool, napped on a lounger and enjoyed reflecting on our experience.

    We weren't feeling so well later on (too much cheese??) So we didn't bother with dinner, but just had an evening stroll seeing the city lit up at night and enjoying our last night out on the road.

    With a small lie in the next morning, we hoped onto a bus for Cancun, then the airport, ready for a mammoth journey home having to fly via Mexico City.

    By now we can only talk about what an incredable experience this has been, although now at the airport we can safely say we are also excited to go home.

    Beth
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  • Day187

    Today, we visited three cenotes, sink holes, or underground spas ;-) The first one was completely open, a deep hole in the ground without a ceiling, so to speak. Visitors share this fantastic natural phenomena with little black fish - which love to eat human skin when you hold still - an additional spa treatment ;-)

    The next two cenotes were caves. Small entrances through the rock lead into an incredible underworld, mysterious and beautiful. I really loved the second one, picture 5 doesn't really do it justice (too little light down there), but gives you an idea of what it looked like.

    We skipped the famous pyramids Chichen Itza, not willing to stand in line for an hour to get in. I know I'm one myself, but I do my best to stay away from too many other tourists if I can ;) And so we did a quad ride through the jungle instead. Just Mo, the guide, myself and the jungle :)
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  • Day20

    Back on the road again, now to visit the most popular and one of the most impressive Maya sites of all, Chichén Itza!

    Arrived at Valladolid, a sticky, hot colonial countryside town, the sun is burning down with close to 40 degrees and the humidity makes it almost impossible to breeth. We escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town centre to have a refreshing swim in the two Cenotes of Samula and X'keken nearby.

    Later walking around town hunting for shots of the 'real Mexican life' , blessed with a colourful sunset and some great photo opportunities for Seb...

    Preparing for Chichén Itza tomorrow morning.

    -Stef-
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  • Day80

    Valladolid is an underrated stop on the tourist trail in Mexico, if only for the cenotes that are accessible in and around town. Both hostels in town rent bikes, and have hand drawn maps ready to show you how to find the nearby sink holes. WIth only a short stretch on the mexican highway (not actually scary), you're cruising on bike paths and back roads the the entire time, stopping at cenotes to swim and drink fresh coconut water.

    And if you happen to be in town during the carnival, not the mardi gras carnival, but, county-fair type carnival, you should absolutely go. I a word to the wise: if no one is in line for a particular ride, there's probably a reason.
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  • Day64

    Heute haben wir Valladolid besucht - und es kamen Erinnerungen hoch! Tatsächlich, hier war ich 2005 schonmal 😂

    Valladolid wurde von den spanischen Eroberern auf einer Maya-Stätte gebaut, für die Gebäude wurden die Steine der Maya benutzt. Bei Kämpfen mussten die Spanier Valladolid verlassen und gründeten daraufhin Mérida. Die Ähnlichkeiten der Städte sind unübersehbar 😅

    Bei unserem Besuch haben wir das Kloster, die Cenote Zací, die Iglesia de San Servacio und den Zócalo gesehen 😊Read more

  • Day24

    (Teil 6/6)

    Mit Sofia und Dusty gingen wir noch zum Platz im Zentrum, ehe wir dann weiter zur Cenote Zaci gingen, die um 18:00 Uhr schließen sollte. Um 17:30 Uhr an der Cenote angekommen, die mitten in Valladolid liegt, mussten wir dann erfahren, dass diese bereits geschlossen sei. Komisch, weil da unten immer noch Leute rumplantschen... 🤔
    Erfahren hatten wir das übrigens von niemand anderem als Lea, die ebenfalls an besagter Cenote war. Zufälle gibts. 😅
    Wir wollten dem Polizisten, der ihr das gesagt hatte aber nicht so recht glauben und fanden dann doch noch einen Weg nach drinnen und durften dort noch bis zu 1h bleiben. Zu dritt hatten wir jede Menge Spaß und wurden im angenehm kühlen Wasser nochmal richtig erfrischt.
    Aber dann machten wir uns auch recht schnell wieder auf den Weg, besorgten etwas Wasser, schnappten uns am Hostel unsere Rucksäcke und machten uns auf den Weg zur Busstation. Und dann sagten wir: ¡Adios! Valladolid - oder "Gladioli", wie Abby sagen würde.

    Übrigens sind wir heute 24.000 Schritte gelaufen und 28 Stockwerke (den Ruinen sei Dank). Das ist Rekord, denn normalerweise bringen wir es nicht mal auf 1 Stockwerk, da Mérida ebenerdig ist. Und das Schlimmste: Gleich lange, geschweige denn gleich hohe Stufen konnten die Mayas auch nicht bauen...

    Heute haben wir unsere Zeit hier, trotz dessen, dass unser Bus leider schon vor Beginn der Lichtershow abfuhr, viel erlebt und unsere kurze Zeit hier voll genutzt. 😊

    Der Abschied in Mérida fiel uns übrigens überhaupt nicht schwer. Denn in Tulum treffen wir, mit einer Ausnahme (über welche wir wirklich nicht traurig sind), auch alle anderen Volontäre, die dorthin einen Wochenendtrip machen.

    Grüße in die Heimat aus dem heißen Mexico! ☀️🇲🇽 Alles Liebe auch an die Opas, Omas und die Kleinen! 😘
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Valladolid, Вальядолид, Ваљадолид, Вальядолід, Vaładołì, 巴利亚多利德

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