Hotel Zaci

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Calle 44 Number 191, Valladolid, Mexico
tel:(985) 856 2167

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Hotel Zaci, Homes Base To Explore The Northern Yucatan Oct 02, 2009
I have stayed here on 4 times. My last stay was 3 nights at $22 per night. The room had AC and 2 double beds. Hotel Zaci is on Calle 44 Number 191, tel:(985) 856 2167. Zaci is 2 blocks from the plaza and artist market. Zaci is an older colonial hotel with an interior courtyard with pool. There is a secure parking lots at the rear of the hotel. The rooms are large, clean and come with or without AC with 2 or 3 beds. Free internet. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Valladolid, a city built out of stone, is situated in the Yucatán, exactly half way between Mérida and Cancun, only 29 miles east of Chichén Itzá. The city dates back to the early days of the Spanish Conquest and was built in the 1500's. The attractions in Valladolid are actually quite incredible. Travelers from the central time zone of the United States should remember that upon arriving in Valladolid, you need to set your watch back, several hundred years.

The city of Valladolid was once a ritual and ceremonial center of the Maya Civilization called "Zaci", which means white hawk in Mayan. In 1543 the Spanish Conqueror Francisco de Montejo, the nephew, descended on the area near Zaci to straighten out the 'Cupules', a large group of Maya who didn't take kindly to Spanish intervention. After making war on the Cupules he built Valladolid on top of the temples. Valladolid, after the city of the same name in Spain is where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were married. Interestingly enough the Spanish Government has recently deemed Valladolid as one of the most authentic Spanish cities in the Americas and has granted large sums of money to aid in its preservation.

In all there are 8 separate parts to the city, counting the center or "El Centro" or "Zocalo", which is one of the most beautiful and majestic places on earth. The park is kept immaculate in fact it is cleaned every day, 7 days a week, at 5 A.M., by a host of park sweepers and cleaners. If you don't jog early you will never see them. The park is also home to probably 10,000 birds all of which great early risers with a din that has to be seen (or heard) to be believed. On the south side of the park is the majestic Cathedral of San Gervasio. The cathedral was completed in 1570 by The Franciscans. But, due the struggle between the Maya and the Spanish the church was desecrated by violence. So in 1702, it was destroyed and rebuilt. The church is considered chastised and is the only one whose main doors face north instead of west.

In all there are 7 Cathedrals in the 8 barrios of Valladolid. That is because each section has a church except Bacalar, which only has a park and the cemetery. The barrio of San Juan has a very interesting, small, but quite unique Cathedral. All of the churches have parks located nearby. One of the most famous Cathedrals in the Yucatan is located in Valladolid.

It is called 'Sisal' to the locals, but is better known as the Monastery of Saint Bernardino of Siena. It was the first church constructed on American soil and its size is imposing. It is one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial era. Construction was started in the year 1552, under the direction of the Franciscan Friar Juan de Mérida and Fathers Hernando de Guevara, Francisco de la Torre. It was erected over the vault of a very large cenote. You can still see some of the original paintings behind the altar piece, as well as its ancient garden with its water wheel. Another amazing things about the monastery was created to be self sustaining. The monks raised all their own food, they planted huge orchards and vegetable gardens and had fresh water from the cenote. The monastery was completed in 1560. One note of interest is that the word for monastery and convent in Spanish is Convento.

Located a few blocks east of the center of Valladolid is the beautiful cenote Zaci. You can climb down the stairs and visit this cenote which is open to the air one on side with the other side covered by stalactites with stalagmites below. A beautiful restaurant with a thatch roof is located at the site and it is open daily until dark.

One block east of the Zocalo is the Museum of San Roque which houses hundreds of items pertaining to the life of the Maya. From the Maya Wars to agricultural pursuits. The museum also has a beautiful park in back with plants and its from the history of Valladolid and the region. The museum is open daily, free of charge.
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