Wonder of the World

Chichen Itza Travel Blog

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One of the 7 new wonders of the world, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza is about 30 min from Valladolid, with collectivo buses running there for 35 pesos a person.  We walked into the center of Valladolid, had a breakfast stop, then took the collectivo to the ruins in the morning, before it got too busy.  It was already pretty hot, and the boys aren't really big on ruins (though they were interested in the stories about how people got sacrificed).  We spent around an hour or so wandering around the ruins, and then waited on the colletivo back.  The driver had told us that they pass around every 15 min, but after 45 min of waiting, we asked a taxi for the rate, worked out a deal with a few other people who had been waiting for the collectivo, and headed back to Valladolid.

We had read about a pizza place that looked good, so we headed there for lunch.  We decided to get big pizzas and have leftovers to save for dinner.  It was great pizza, cooked in a brick oven, so we were happy.  We stopped at a shop along the walk back to the apartment, and picked up some milk and cereal for our breakfast the following morning.

Then we headed back out for the afternoon to our next cenote stop, which was about a 15 min taxi ride out of town (90 pesos for the 3 of us).  Unfortunately, I forgot my wallet at the apartment, so just had our emergency 500 peso in my pocket- it was enough for the taxi there and back and to get us in to 1 of the cenotes, but not enough for both (there are 2 cenotes at the same site, with a price to visit 1, or a price for both).  We decided we'd go to Xkiken.

This cenote was different from the one we visited yesterday- it was almost completely enclosed, with just the stairway access in the side, and then one small hole above.  It was also a lot colder than yesterday's cenote, and very clear water.

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Chichen Itza
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