Day 32: Chetumal - Valladolid
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After that coffee we went on our way. Most of today was spent driving, travelling north again. The road wasn't particularly interesting and we passed all kinds of tiny villages with names like Bacalar, Limones and the sleepy town of San Felipe Carillo.
We nearly ended up stranded without gasoline. According to a sticker on the windscreen our Nissan would do one in 18, but in reality this came nowhere near. And gast stations are scarce in Mexico. Pemex seems to have a monopoly here, but you only see a Pemex station about once every 300 kilometres.
Fortunately we were able to buy some gasoline in a tiny village. We had stopped here to ask around for a gas station, and not before long an old guy came walking towards us carrying a bucket with 20 litres of gasoline, which he poured into our car using a little funnel. The price wasn't even all that different from the normal Pemex price - I guess it must have been home-made or something.
In the afternoon we reached Valladolid, a rather typical Mexican city, some 150 kilometres from Cancún. We wanted to spend the night here, so that tomorrow morning we could visit one last ruin before picking up our dad at Cancún airport.
Valladolid is a nice town. The combination of the extreme number of tour buses parked in the centre, and the beautiful colonial buildings in that centre, led me to the conclusion that this is the place where most Cancún tourists go to see the 'real' Mexico!
Obviously this has resulted in that there isn't much authentic about this city at all.