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Getaway to Valladolid, Ek'Balam and the Dzinup cenote from Tulum

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Nor is it that we had a great early morning that day, but at eight in the morning we were already in the beach area waiting for a taxi or the bus (which, by the way, there are only two a day to connect Tulum with the beach area) will pass by. As expected, after five minutes a taxi passed that took us to the bus station for the 50 pesos stipulated.

There are seven top buses what connect Tulum daily with Valladolid in just one hour and forty minutes and several more than second. At ten past nine he left next, but first we decided to go back to Charlie's for a little breakfast.

They put us on the bus Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It was very fun to see her bent to the Mexican, especially when she heard «Jonesy» translated as «Jonsito». The journey became quite short and an hour and a half later we started to enter Valladolid. The truth is that at the beginning I got a little discouraged, because the buildings on the outskirts of the city were exactly the same as those in Tulum or any Mexican city and I began to think that like the getaway it had served us little, but everything changed in How much we get to the center.

The station of Valladolid buses is a couple of stables from the central square. What stands out the most are the bright colors of the buildings in the historic area that, with the contrast of the bright blue sky, stood out even more. It was sunny and very hot, but I didn't care, because we were in the Yucatan again.

Near Valladolid there are several places of interest to visit and, according to everyone's tastes, the first thing we did was go to visit the ruins of Ek'Balam. This site is located about thirty minutes from Valladolid and not to waste much time we negotiated with a taxi driver who had stopped in the cathedral square. At the beginning he asked us 300 pesos to take us, wait for an hour and bring us back, but in the end, after negotiating with him he took us for 250 pesos.

The ruins of Ek'Balam 'Black Jaguar'They are the last ones discovered in the Yucatan and some parts are still being excavated. At the entrance several men give you a little explanation of what can be seen in the site to try to make the guided tour with one of them. They explained to us that the archaeologists had taught them to be able to make the visits and thus get some sustenance.

Upon entering the site, what most attracts attention is the Acropolis, a pyramidal building located at the end of the enclosure and of considerable height. Halfway up, and protected by a palapa, is "the Throne," which is shaped like a jaguar's jaw and, it is thought, is the gateway to the tomb of King Ukit-Kan-Lek-Tok. At the top of the pyramid you can see spectacular views, with jungle everywhere.

On top of everything in the main palace we met Barbara, a girl from the United States who had been living in Madrid for a year and sharing a flat with a Catalan woman. I was in Mexico making a trip through the area alone with a rental car. We were talking with her and she told us that she was going to Progreso and that if we wanted to accompany her, but we declined the invitation because we had other plans for that day (and Tulum's room already paid). In the ruins of Ek'Balam you can also see a small court of the ballgame and two identical temples known as "the twins."

When we left the ruins we went to buy fresh water in a small post that was there and we saw a boy with a two-meter long boa constrictor offering to take pictures with her to whom he gave some weights. Snakes don't scare me, but I didn't feel like putting the bug on me either. We were talking to him and he told us that the boa was called (attention to name) "pitito" and that he was still very young. Heh heh! The truth is that the name made me very funny.

We got into the taxi and in half an hour he left us in the Plaza Mayor of Valladolid. As it was one in the afternoon and it was very hot, we looked for the collective that led to the cenote of Dzinup, which is about ten minutes from downtown. The problem was that the bus stop that was going there had changed it recently and nobody knew how to tell us exactly where it was. In the end, after going up and down for a while in the scorching sun, we saw that it stopped in front of the bus station. The group cost us 20 pesos (€ 1.20) per person and does not happen very often.

Actually, the cenote is not called Dzinup. Dzinup is the name of the town where there are two cenotes the X 'keken and the Samulá. We went to X'keken, which is a cavernous cenote in which you bathe among stalactites. The facilities are less complete than that of Ik'kil but even so it has changing rooms where one can be changed and a bathroom (without showers). The entrance, excavated in the rock, is a bit rudimentary and to enter you have to go carefully because the mouth goes from measuring two meters to a meter and twenty, so you have to be careful not to slip with the wet rock and Do not face down with the unevenness of the entrance.

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