As Chichen Itza was easily seen in half a day, we decided to hop on a collectivo to Tulum to spend the evening there. We had hoped that it would be less touristic than Cancun and Plays del Carmen but I am sad to say that the main street there was completely packed with tourists and shops catering their needs. Sleeping downtown, we could hear the musc and the shouting on the streets which first started to get quiet around 5am. Aparently there are some nice maya ruins, cenotes and beaches around Tulum, but as everything seemed to be a lot more expensive than everywhere else we decided to give it a pass and headed up to Plays del Carmen the next day.
PdC was even more packed with Americans and Europeans, so we also just spent a half day there before junping on the collectivos to Belize where I finally got my inner peace.
The famous “el Castillo” in “Chicken Itza”
Arriving at Cancun airport we headed straight to the city for lunch before getting on a bus to Valladolid. It was a place i never had heard about before this day, but apparently it is the closest city to Chichen Itza and also home to some of Mexicos best cenotes!
Staying at la Candlelaria in Valladoid was a great start of our Mexican journey. They we got to rent bikes and visit five cenotes in one day and additionally spend the afternoon in Chichen Itza. Being just 45 minutes away by “collectivo” (local small buses) it was easily doable in a day. Chichen Itza was like a football field with some Mayan Ruins spread out on it. I was expecting more from the site which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but apparently it is was not much compared to the Maya Ruins you would find spread out over the rest of Central America.
The highlights of the day was definately the cenotes. We will be visiting more of them around Tulum, but this is my thoughts of the cenotes around Valladoid:
X-KeKen in Dzitnup my favorite one. It is huge but still not thar busy with people. You need to walk down a lot of stairs for this underground cenote and the light is best at noon when it is shining from right above. Cost was 125pesos (6USD).
Cenote Lotenzo Oxman: was the most fun as it had a tarzan rope you could swing yourself from. Skinnidipoing was also possible as we were all alone. Cost 70pesos (4usd).
Hacienda Selva Maya Cenote: was by far the most touristic. Busloads that were probably combining it with Chichen Itza filled up the whole place with shouting kids and chinese people floating with red life vests. Costs was, I believe 150 pesos but we managed to sneak in for free.
Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!
Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:
Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami
Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November
Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November
St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November
Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November
Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November
St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec
Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December
Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December
Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January
Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd
I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!