Blogs from Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid March 9th 2023

After a couple of days in Chichen Itza region, it was time to move up North. Road East to Valladolid is forested and little villages are seen here and there. Moving up North after Valladolid, the vegetation gets scarce and especially after Tizimin, vegetation is of type of tropical savanna and ranches are abundant. We arrived at Rio Lagartos. It's a small fishing village at the end of the road, on the side of a lagoon. It's part of the Ria Lagartos natural reserve: A mix of lagoons, shrub forests, beaches and mangroves. The day after we took a boat tour to explore mangroves. It's a renowned place to see flamingos...but season was not perfect and we saw only a handful from afar. 13 years ago, we were in Celestun on the West coast of Yucatan, ... read more
Rio Lagartos

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid September 6th 2022

Wham, Bam, Ek' Balam Rob writes We arrived back in Cancun and picked up our bags. The next stop was to collect the hire car. My booking confirmation advised that the car rental company had a stand opposite the baggage claim among all the other car hire companies, so it should be easy to find. It was, only our car hire company was the only one who's stand was closed and instead presented us with a mobile number to call in place of a representative. 'Call the phone number and our representative with advise you further'. I waited on hold for about fifteen minutes before giving up and we decided to leave the airport to see what the crack was outside. Fortunately for us, in the distance, beyond the small army of taxi drivers and across ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid January 24th 2020

Nach einem dann doch erstaunlich entspannten 12-Stunden-Flug, zumindest soweit eine Reise mit einem Baby auf dem Schoss und einem Kleinkind das Wort entspannt verdient, kommen wir gegen 22 Uhr Ortszeit in Cancun in unserem Hotel an. Die erste Nacht hatten wir lediglich ein günstiges Flughafenhotel gebucht, damit wir zu dieser, für uns unchristlichen Uhrzeit (ca. 4 Uhr morgens in Deutschland) nicht mehr weit fahren müssen. Ohne jegliche Erwartungen sind wir dann doch etwas überrascht von der großzügigen Villa mit Pool und tropischem Garten und bekommen von dem bereits etwas angetrunkenen Gastwirt auch noch ein Upgrade ins „Familienzimmer“. Ob diese Großzügigkeit unseren müden Gesichtern oder seinem Alkoholpegel zuzuschreiben ist, keine Ahnung, aber wir freuen uns. Leider sind unsere Kinder, die im Flugzeug im Gegensatz zu uns zumindest ein paar Stunden geschlafen haben, ab 2.30 Uhr wieder... read more
Brunnen in Valladolid
Calle de los Frailes, Valladolid
Kloster San Bernardino de Siena, Valladolid

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 5th 2019

We arrived late in Valladolid. Check in is at Hotel El Canton (not recommended). The rooms are not even that cheap but quite bad anyway. Daria is not happy, nobody is and so we have a shower and run out for dinner asap. Daria tells me this weird, kitsch (but not cool) place reminds her of a horrible hotel she stayed in with Ele in Delhi in India. Even the guy at reception looks more Indian than Mexican. We wonder who designed this place... After a day visiting the cenotes we were tired and so the idea was to go to bed early to get an early night and so an early morning. Like this it was, on the way back to the hotel me and Daria saw a huge scorpion, the first time I saw ... read more
Croc, croc, croc
The croc pier
Excited? Or terrified?

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 4th 2019

Bye bye Mexican Mayflower Road - it’s been a real pleasure but it’s time to pack our bags, jump into the van-car we’ve hired with our friends Michelle and Enrico and off we go to our next stop Valladolid. But before we get there...Cenotes pit stop. Mexico is full of natural beauty that’s unique to its climate and environment. Perhaps one of the most intriguing and stunning natural water reservoirs are the famous cenotes - translated rather blandly as sink holes. Trust me, they are so much more than a sinking hole. The first time I came across a cenote was 15 years ago with Maya when we were in Yucatan. I remember thinking that I’d never seen anything like it. Cenotes are a bit like a cross between a (stunning) cave and a (stunning) pond ... read more
Eeek! Cenote “roof”
The horse and cart
All to ourselves

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid September 24th 2019

I was keen to get to Valladolid and begin exploring the “real” Mexico rather than the heavily touristy version found along the Riviera Maya. So I was a little disappointed to find that Valladolid is more like a Spanish town than most Spanish towns. It's made up of these beautiful little streets with coloured houses. It's got a very sleepy feel to it. There seems to be quite a lot of ex-pats there who own little coffee shops giving the town a hipster feel. Something which was confirmed when I saw a “concept store”, what the fuck is a concept store?! Valladolid is ideally located to Chichen Itza, and is surrounded by lots of cenotes. I met a few people there and my first night happened to be one of their birthdays, so of course Tequila ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 30th 2018

I didn’t get too much sleep last night...I now have Ian’s cough! We are both awake around 6am and had planned to get the 8am bus...but since we are now awake we decide to make an early start. To add to the long list of complaints about the crummy hotel we are staying in, there is no electricity or water this morning so we can’t even have a shower. Not they ever have any hot water anyway! We arrive at the bus station and purchase our tickets to Tizimin...we are on the 7.30am service. The bus itself is not too bad. It has comfy seats, reasonable legroom and efficient air con. It’s free seating, but we are at the front of the queue so we choose seats reasonably near the front. We depart at 7.45am. There ... read more
Rio Lagartos
Pelicans in flight

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 27th 2018

This morning is relaxed as we have nothing on our agenda other than to catch a bus at lunchtime. Ian still has man flu and I got little sleep last night due to constant coughing and spluttering. If I sound unsympathetic, it’s because I have been awake since 3am. :-( I make a call home and establish that Dad is definitely out of hospital and back home. He assures me he is taking it easy. Unfortunately the reception at this hotel is rubbish so we have a quick catch up and hope that the next hotel will have decent WiFi. We will be on the bus at 12.40pm (if it arrives on time). We go out for a slap up breakfast. I have fried eggs, bacon, hash browns and pancakes. It’s delicious. Ian chooses pancakes, thinking ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid June 12th 2018

Importancia de limpiar nuestra sangre Über die Wichtigkeit unser Blut zu reinigen In meiner Lektüre über Maya Heilpflanzen habe ich eine sehr interessante Erkenntnis gewonnen: Viele unserer Volkskrankheiten (Allergien, Müdigkeit, Hautprobleme, Übergewicht etc.) könnten durch eine Reinigung des Blutes gelindert, wenn nicht sogar geheilt werden. Dass sich das mit meiner Erfahrung aus dem Heilfasten und der PALEO Ernährung deckt, bekräftigt mich stark in der Annahme, dass die Maya ein sehr schlaues Volk waren... Schon in Nicaragua hatte ich das Gefühl ich müsste meinen Körper reinigen, denn Blähbauch, Verdauungsprobleme und unreine Haut waren durch die unausgewogene Ernährung, die mangelnde Hygiene und das verunreinigte Trinkwasser zur Gewohnheit geworden. Damals habe ich selbstangeleitet, ohne viel Recherche, reinigenden Tee aus traditionellen Heilkräutern gebraut. Meine... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid December 23rd 2016

Op maandag zijn we dus naar Chitzen Itza gegaan. Daar ging ik heen met luisa en Jorge en we hadden allemaal niet al teveel slaap gehad, maar toch waren we om 7 uur op pad om de grootste horde toeristen te ontwijken. Dat lukte uiteindelijk niet omdat de bus zoals gebruikelijk vertraging had, waardoor we alsnog om 11 uur aankwamen. Dat is ongeveer tegelijk met alle toerbussen. Het was niet de mooiste ruïne die ik bezocht heb en alle andere toeristen verpesten de hele ervaring een beetje maar ik kan zeker begrijpen dat dit een van de zeven wereldwonderen is. Bovendien is het me gelukt om één goede foto te nemen zonder al te veel mensen erin. Daarna was het plan om door te gaan naar Valladolid, een koloniale stad net voorbij Chitzen Itza vanaf Mérida ... read more

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