Friday, January 26, 2018

Mexico Diary - Chichén Itzá and Valladolid

Happy Friday, everyone! Did you all have a fantastic week or was it as stressful and long as mine? ;-) Lately we have so much to do at work that it's impossible for me to find time to write a new post or keep up with social media or even sleep! In case you didn't know I'm working at a villa rental agency here on Mallorca and people are booking holiday homes like crazy in January. And you know, after spending eight hours in the office concentrating on names and numbers and staring at the screen I don't really want to spend more time at my laptop when I'm home. Do you know this feeling? Do you have similar jobs and also have to spend hours in front of a computer? Anyway, tonight I finally had a quiet hour for myself to get some blog work done so now you get to see some new pics of my Mexico trip.
After spending a few days in Tulum my boyfriend and I stayed in Valladolid for three nights and explored the beautiful city, some ancient Maya ruins and pink lakes (yes, pink lakes, I will write a separate post about them). We arrived in Valladolid late in the afternoon and just did some food shopping, took showers and went to bed early on our first day. The next morning we got up early and went to the ADO bus station, the taxis to the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá were waiting right next to it. So we got on a collectivo that took us to the ruins where we waited in line for about 20 minutes, paid the 20 Euro entrance fee for both of us and started walking. The archaelogical site of Chichén Itzá is huge and really impressive. I really didn't want to miss it because it's one of Mexico's largest Maya cities with tall, beautiful buildings including the famous pyramid called 'El Castillo', several temples and a ballcourt. Even though visitors are not allowed to climb the buildings or go inside anymore Chichén Itzá is totally worth a visit, I couldn't believe how well preserved the buildings are. You learn so much about the Maya culture, their history and architecture, you can literally feel the mystical vibes of this site. Walking through the 'city' admiring the huge buildings and details on the stairs and walls made me imagine what it'd be like wandering through an ancient Maya city seeing all its inhabitants work, play, holding ceremonies in the temples and just living their life. Sometimes I wish I could turn back time to see how people lived before. My boyfriend and I spent hours exploring the archaeological site, there was so much to see! Did you know that Chichén Itzá is one of the seven new wonders of the world? I'm so glad I got to see it!

After spending hours in the sun exploring the whole archaeological site of Chichén Itzá we were super hungry and tired so we took the next bus back to Valladolid and spent a quiet afternoon there. We changed in the hostel (we had a really nice apartment-like room at the Hostal Gayser) and went for a stroll through town. We stopped by a few shops, had some amazingly delicious pitaya lemonade (gosh, I miss it so much!), visited the museum of cacao and had some street food for lunch and dinner. Sorry, I forgot the name of what we ate but I can tell you it was super tasty, haha! Valladolid is such a lively, colorful colonial town with lots of pretty buildings, cute shops and fantastic restaurants and food stands so I recommend you spend at least one entire day there when you travel to Mexico. I hope you liked this post, wishing you all a fantastic and relaxing weekend!

Our room at the Gayser Hostal

The beautiful Casona de Valladolid

Tamales for dinner

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