Valladolid/Chichen Itza

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Mayan Necklace Maker at a stop in valladolid.
Chichen Itza tour (www.tours-cancun.com) The tour left early in the morning but pastries and drinks were served on the Bus. All I wanted to do was sleep since I was up late but the tour guide did his Job and talked the whole time.  We stopped in valladolid and were told not to give the children money at any of the locations because then they will just want to chase tourists rather than go to school which I think was reasonable. Shopping So they told us that these were the Mayas that really made the stuff. It was small and non comercial by any standards in the US or Europe. A lot of people were very angry when we got to Chichen Itza and our tour guide told us that, the money spent there didn´t benefit the community as much and he hoped whatever we bought was made of wood or silver.
Dancers @ Valladolid
He seemed mad and I don´t really blame him. I would of much prefered to buy from the guys and women selling their things on blankets.  I will know better next time. 

When we left valladolid we went to a resturant serving Mayan cuisine for a buffet lunch I don´t remember the name but the dancers where very good they danced with trays of glasses and water on there heads in what looked like traditional clothing . We didn't really get to see much of valladolid though. Ik Kil Ik Kil Cenote was absolutely beautiful.   The water is Amazingly beautiful with vines dangling and water falls spilling inside. You can swim in the cenote but I can't swim so I didn't get in the water.

Then to Chichen Itza which was Amazing! The tour company was really nice and gave me my own tour guide instead of in the groups so I could go at my own pace.
(I have a bit of a limp and some knee problems) The tour guide Julio was fabulous, very knowledgeable, he spoke multiple languages, and was very friendly. The ruins... well all I can say is you have to see it for yourself. Its just Breath taking. We also thwent to Ik Kil which is amazing it just looks magical or like something you would see in a movie.  At Chichen Itza I got beautiful earrings, a necklace the guy said was made of mother pearl and turquios. wether it really was I dunno but it was heavy and cute. I also bought these pretty hankerchifs with embroidered designs sucha as "El Castillo"  from a woman there I only had 50 P and they were 1USD so she gave me the last 3 of them. I ran out of Film so this nice couple from the neatherlands is emailing me photos. they went along with me they were a bit sick from the tempature and time change.

overall I was totally exhausted by the end of the day & didn't go for dinner. I went to the tienda big apple bought snacks and went to bed.

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Mayan Necklace Maker at a stop in …
Mayan Necklace Maker at a stop in…
Dancers @ Valladolid
Dancers @ Valladolid
Ik Kil Cenote.
Ik Kil Cenote.
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Chichen Itza-- Snake head & El Ca…
Mayan Ball Court
Mayan Ball Court
Chichen Itza -- glyphs
Chichen Itza -- glyphs
Skull glyphs
Skull glyphs
skull close up
skull close up
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Left Jenny, Me Tione. A couple fr…
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Valladolid
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