Valladolid, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, Feb 2021
In Feb 2021, we decided to take a trip to the Cancun with our son, Imran, and his family, and then visit Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and explore a few places there. So, one fine day, we flew into Cancun, and stayed at a beach resort for 4 days to catch some sun, sand, and sea, before renting a car and driving into the Yucatan peninsula. Cancun is always wonderful, see images below
Plan was to drive to Merida, a large city inland in Yucatan. However, Dilshad’s research enroute showed an interesting place called Valladolid along the way. Plan B was hatched in the car to stay over in Valladolid, and we searched online and found a very nice local boutique hotel (Zenti’k Project) that had availability. This hotel had an underground cenote style hot water spa that we were eager to try. After checking in, for dinner, we found an authentic Mayan restaurant called IX CAT IK, where handmade Maya recipes are the focus at this homey, rustic, artful eatery with a lush garden. The Mayan’s used to eat a lot of Chaya, which is an indigenous species of tree spinach only grown in this area. We had the Caldo de Chaya (soup of chaya); lots of corn tortillas and a couple of other dishes. Some images below
How was the food (remembering to talk about the 5 senses)? It was slightly spiced, and there were a lot of greens, including Chaya (tastes like spinach). The prawns were nicely cooked and lightly spiced. I cannot remember what the desert was 🙁 . But the food was good, tasty without overpowering spices, and nutritious.
Valladolid was established by a famous conquistador, Francisco de Montejo, like Merida, in 1543, the year after he established the city of Merida. Long ago Valladolid was given the nickname of the Sultaness of the East, indicating its function as the business center of the Eastern Peninsula. But it seems to have always been number three, behind Merida (number one) and Campeche (number two) in the hit parade of colonial cities there.
Next day, we walked around the town of Valladolid, exploring different parts. Very few people spoke english. Some images below
Food was very good everywhere here in Valladolid; presented nicely with nice décor restaurants
This area has a lot of cenotes (natural water underground caves) and several very nice old pyramids, which we had to check out. First stop was Las Coloradas, which is a small fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico (west of Cancun) that also has produces salt
After Las Coloradas, we went to Ek Balam; an archeological site of ancient Mayan pyramids and ruins; that are still in very good shape. We hired a local Mayan to guide us around and explained the history. Some images below
From here, we went to Cenote Xcanche nearby, a nice cenote which you had to climb down to reach. It was relatively empty, so it was nice and quiet. Images below
The evening, we spent in the hot spa cenote waters in the hotel
Next, off to Merida and Campeche
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