Chichen Itza and the Cenotes of Valladolid

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.