If you ever find yourself in Valladolid in Mexico then this is how I would recommend you to spend two days.
- Cenote San Lorenzo
- Chill pool side
- Lunch in Chichimila
- Cenote X'Lakaj
Wake up at Hostel La Candelaria and enjoy the awesome breakfast they serve, including a few great cup of coffees. There is no rush just sit back and relax.
After breakfast it's time to get ready for a day out. This means:
Now you ready for departure so the only thing left to do is to rent a bike and ask for directions! These two things you do at reception at the hostel, they will also supply you with a great map and all. That is if you staying at the hostel I recommend at start of post. If not then I can't guarantee what service they have!
After biking about 3.5 KM on some flat normal asphalt road you take a turn and then you have the joy of following this lovely dirt road for another 500 meters. But when thats done you have reached Cenote San Lorenzo. I had no clue what a cenote was before coming to Mexico so if you in the same boat as I was then you can follow this link for description.
At San Lorenzo you pay an entrance fee at the pool bar and then they will point you in the right direction. This cenote is located 73 steps down under ground but don't worry its has a big opening at top so its not really dark down there. This is were you get the reward when you strip down to your swim gear, grab the swing and swing yourself in to the water. I highly recommend to swim around down here for a bit. Take some pictures and then you done!
Except for San Lorenzo cenote being one of the best cenote I've seen it also have another great thing going, in the price for the cenote you also have access to a swimming pool! So of course this is a must when visiting. Just lay back for a while, go in to the pool to cool down and order a beer!
You probably hungry by now so even if a bit tired from the sun and beer it is now time to get moving. So get dressed, get on your bike and head to the village of Chichimila. Not much to see there but you can enjoy some amazing tacos at Taqueria Las 3 Hermanas. At a price of MXN 7/ USD 0.50/ EUR 0.30 a piece they are also a good bargain.
After lunch you can bike 2 km to Cenote X'Lakaj if you in the mood for another cenote. This one is far from as impressive as the San Lorenzo one so don't have to high expectations. From here it's about 8 km bike ride back to Valladolid.
When you reach Valladolid again then you have to get an ice cream, you will find lots of places selling 100% natural popsicle all over the city. Go for the coconut one or if you don't like coconut then you can do a mango/chilli, pineapple, water melon or any of the other flavours they have. This is the last stop of day 1 and the only thing left to do is bike back to hostel and return your bike.
- Cenote Samula & X'quequen
- Walk around Valladolid
Just follow the steps about breakfast, getting ready and rent a bike from day 1 to start with and then you ready to start day 2. Oh I forgot, also grab the map you got from the hostel on day 1.
Get on your bike and start biking toward cenote Samula & X'quequen. You will reach the cenotes after 40 minutes or so and you will notice that this is a complete different set up then the one or two you visited the day before.
The once before had pretty much nothing around them while these two is kind of set up a bit more commercial. It has a bit of an amusement park feel over the whole thing when you arrive. You have a proper ticket booth where you get a fancy ticket, they take a picture of you which you have the option to buy, you come in to a smaller court yard and then you have to walk by a ton of stalls selling handy craft of clothes before you reach the cenotes.
These cenotes are more cave like then the once from the day before and the water is nice and cold so a swim is a must. In my opinion not as impressive as San Lorenzo but well worth a visit. When swim is done then you try to find the exit and get on your bike again to bike back to the hostel where you return the bike.
After returning bike then go to MaqTacos for lunch. Good tacos, not as cheep as the day before but at MXN 12/ USD 0.60/ EUR 0.50 a piece you will still not get bankrupt...
You now reenergised and ready to hit the streets of Valladolid. My recommendation is just to walk around, don't use a map just walk, walk and walk with the occasional stop for ice cream of course!
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