Valladolid

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Probably my favorite town in Mexico so far, Valladolid is situated in the middle of the Yucatan jungle.  I thought the weather would be extremely hot and humid and after Merida, I was not looking forward to all that. 
The weather turned out to be great, hot during middle of the day, not so humid, and I didn’t get bitten, not even once.  I wasn’t even wearing my repellents because of the heat rash.  The town was quite lovely and easily navigated. 
There are many cenotes and Mayan ruins surrounding the town and has no shortage of daily activities.  There is even a cenote 2 blocks away from the city center. 
That was the first place I went to in town, cenote zaci, with two friends I met that day.  They are really great people and it was a pleasure. 
The day was hot and the cenote was the perfect solution.  Cenotes are underground swimming pools caused by meteorite hit on the land of Yucatan years and years ago.  All the water channels are connected underground and all the water are extremely clear and clean.  The cave offers enormous beauty too.  However all the cenotes found are being monetized and some of the popular ones are crowded by tourists. 
Spending time in the cenote on a hot day, which is everyday, is a must.  There are cat fishes that come and give you pedicures while you are sitting on the ledge.  My traveling feet got quite the treat while I watched people trying to jump from higher and higher spots into the water.
After a couple hours chilling, I went to another one outside of the town called Oxman.  This one has ropes dangling over the top where you can swing into the water.
Spent the night drinking.  The weather wasn’t crazy hot, and mosquitoes weren’t abundant, which I was glad.
Next day, everyone decided to go to Ek Balaam instead of Chichen Itza because of no one wants to get shoulder to shoulder in the most touristy spot of Yucatan.  A Russian girl who studies in Texas joined us.  We talked down the colectivo prices and ahead we went.  The temples were huge and no many people were there.  It was a pretty good day but it got better. 
Somehow someway, the Russian girl got us four a hitchhike from a Mexican family.  It was pretty crazy work, I can get hitchhike for myself, maybe 2, but 4, especially when she doesn’t speak much Spanish, is totally badass. 
The family is visiting from Cancun, most of them are theater actresses and a few are teachers.  They came in 2 cars with kids.  We stopped and ate at a nearby town.  There we learned that they are also going to the same cenotes as us.  They decided to take us along.  Every country I have been to, there are wonderful people like them and it never cease to amaze me. 
The new cenotes are Samula and Xkeken.  They are closed dome cenotes with a small hole as the light source.  The water was cool and the scenery was beautiful.  We spent a pretty wonderful afternoon there with our new Mexican family. 
After a delightful day, they dropped us off in Valladolid and we waved goodbye.  It was one of the best days of the Mexico journey. 
Spent that night drinking again and found out a pack of modelo is only 50 pesos.  It couldn’t get any cheaper than that and I would love to just stay in Valladolid if everyone else are doing the same for new years.  We played some Russian card games which took me a while to figure out.  Then more drinking and went to bed feeling pretty content.

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