Welcome to the second episode of my adventures, the adventures of Ruby! Today we will go on a fantastic journey to discover one of the seven wonders of the modern world: Chichén Itzá. To continue with our adventure, we will go snorkeling to the impressive Suytun cenote and at the end of the day we will visit Valladolid, a small colonial city full of history. Join me for this amazing day in Yucatan, Mexico!
1st Stop: Cenote Suytun
After approximately 1 hour 40 minutes by bus from Playa del Carmen, we arrive at the place where the Suytun cenote is located. Once out of the bus a very friendly local guide named Luis, welcomes us and tells us about the history of the cenotes and also tells us that this beautiful cenote Suytun was one of the most important for the Mayan people in Yucatan. After these few minutes of explanation, I head towards the entrance to the cenote, which is a little further down. In general there are two types of cenotes: open and others that are closed, meaning, they have a rocky “roof” and the sun’s rays do not enter or do very little, as in the case of Suytun. I decide to go down the fifty steps that lead to the cenote, which is really impressive, has a short depth and the water is cool, in addition there is a platform in the center. At some point of the day, this platform is illuminated in the center by a beam of light that passes through the only small hole in the rocky ceiling. This will allow you to take an amazing photo of yourself on the platform as you can see in the photo below, it was almost perfect!
After a refreshing swim in the cenote it is time to have lunch in the restaurant located in the place where this cenote is located, the food is very delicious: Buffet of Mexican food! I recommend you try Cochinita Pibil, the typical dish of the state of Yucatan. We returned later to the bus, in the direction of Chichén Itzá.
2nd stop: Chichen Itzá
Finally it arrives at the moment that more waited to discover this famous pyramid considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. But pay attention, Chichén Itzá is not only the main pyramid of Kukulkán which we always see on postcards, it also includes several very well preserved buildings that were part of the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá. We take a 10 minute walk to the heart of the archaeological site, during which the guide explains the general history of the site and its process of recognition as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once in the place, our guide Luis explains the great importance of the city of Chichén Itzá for the Mayans and we continue with our guided tour for an hour in total. So we started touring the buildings around the main pyramid; the temple of the warriors with a thousand columns, then come “the snail”, “the skulls” and finally Luis speaks widely of “the ball game”, a sacred sport for the Mayans.
Then we approach the center of the site where the famous pyramid of Kukulkan, symbol of the Mayan culture. Luis explains each detail of this pyramid, the way it was discovered, the sculptures inside, its perfect symmetry. It’s pyramid is really impressive and measures about thirty meters.
During our tour around Chichén Itzá, the local sellers of handicrafts and souvenirs offer us their products. I had repeatedly heard that if I wanted to bring back memories of the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan I had to buy some at Chichen Itza because the products here are very nice.
After 2 hours in the archaeological zone, we return to the bus heading to Valladolid.
3rd stop: Valladolid
Valladolid is a typical Mexican colonial city. It is a true change of atmosphere compared to Playa del Carmen or Cancun, which are very tourist cities. The bus left us at the main square and we have 40 minutes of free time to visit the town. In Valladolid everything is centered on the main square, which is very pretty and has a typical church. After all 40 minutes are enough to take a walk and enjoy a small Mexican snacks.
It is around 5:40 pm when we leave Valladolid and back to Playa del Carmen around 7:50 pm.
Why is this tour a MUST?
- This tour is quite complete as it will take you to discover a beautiful cenote besides Chichen Itza, the most important city in the Mayan world
- Visit Chichen Itza with a certified guide by the INAH.
- Round trip transportation from your hotel or AirBnb in Playa del Carmen included.
- Delicious buffet style meal included
- Breakfast and Drinks included by purchasing the PLUS option
- Admission tickets to the archaeological zone and the Cenote.
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