Quintana Roo Part 1

06.12.2017 – 13.12.2017

Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Ik Kil, Ek Balam, Coba, Choo-Ha, Dos Ojos and Holbox

Arrived by plane in Cancun I went to americancarrentals to obtain my Ferrari (Chevrolet Matiz) and later I was already on the way to Valladolid. On the way I had to fill up my tank during the procedure the personnel wanted to scam me with the money I gave him. I gave him 2 x 200 pesos and 1 x 100 pesos bills. Just after one second I looked away the guy changed a 200 bill to a 50 bill and told me it is not enough…… Anyway be careful with the money in Quintana Roo, touristic zone!!! Highway toll was 285 pesos from Cancun to Valladolid.

Late in the night, I arrived in Valladolid where I stayed a Hostal Yoko. Due to the tight plan, I got myself a private room, so there is no influence from other travellers.

For dinner I went to the restaurant Selva, which is located a little in the north (still walkable). Awesome food!!! Try out the Panuchos and the Chalupas, for drinking order a Chuya juice, a big one!!! You will love it!!!

The next day I took the highway from Valladolid to Chichén Itzá and the toll was 70 pesos. Due to time constraints I took the first available package with included the pyramids and the Cenote Ik Kil. The price was 482 pesos roughly 29 dollars. For 10 ollars more you could get a buffet nearby the pyramids. A guide in Spanish costs 800 pesos and in any other foreign language 900 pesos. As far as I remember the cenote alone cost 80 pesos and you can buy the ticket there right before the entrance of the cenote.

Let the picture speak for them. If you love souvenirs take enough money with you, there are a plenty of souvenir stands.

 

Next stop Ek Balam in the north of Valladolid. I totally recommend it due to the fact that you can still climb the pyramid (2017). Try out the pineapple ice-cream, which they sell if front of the entrance (30 pesos). The pyramid cost 197 pesos and the Cenote nearby 50 pesos. The view from the pyramid was incredible.

Time flew by before I left Valladolid behind I visited the local market for some breakfast and good memories.

 

Next point in my schedule was the pyramids of Coba (between Valladolid and Tulum. Entry fee was 70 pesos (8:00 to 16:30), 225 pesos (16:30 to 19:00). Parking was around 50 pesos cannot recall the exact number. Also there I rented a bike to get around in the archaeological zone was around 60 pesos. That was sooooooo fun!!!

Next stop the cenote Choo Ha nearby. I got there around 10:00 in the morning. I was the first to arrive there, peaceful and no tourists and the water was flat like a mirror!!! I think it was around 70 pesos. There are two other cenotes nearby but I had enough from cenotes. 😀

 

Back in the car I drove to Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum, where I bought myself the premium package for 600 pesos. The package included the two cenotes and the bat cave, also included was the snorkeling gear, parking and the guide. Fully recommend it but next time I will dive there for sure!!!!

A short and lovely night in Playa del Carmen, decided to sleep there due to the location, it is in the middle between Tulum and Holbox, which was my next destination.

Arrived in Chiquila I looked for a parking, there were plenty of it. Roughly 40 pesos per day. With my jacket on, it was really windy and cold, I went to the pier, where I bought my ferry ticket to the island. There are two companies both have the same price but different schedules. 145 pesos was one single ticket, pay buy cash, heard about some double booking of credit cards.

Arrived on the island I walked to my hostal Tribu, which was awesome. Wifi sucked but the people and the accommodation as awesome. Even the kitchen was big enough for 10 people cooking at the same time!!! Holbox can be really nice but not during my stay (December) it was so cold, windy and sometimes rainy!!! Day activities were skitesurfing, bicycle ride or some boat trips. During my stay there the weather was so rubbish, just 1 day sunny enough for a swim in the sea… Before you book Holbox check the season and the weather. Anyway what I recommend is the bar Hot Corner where you can enjoy live music. I met some lovely guys in the hostel!!! Swiss guys from Bern the capital city!!! Hello there :D.

It was time to pick up my good friend at the airport in Cancun!!!

Recommendations:

  • Chichen Itza
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Ik Kil cenote (80 pesos)
  • Hostal Yoko
  • Restaurant Selva in Valladolid
  • Local market in Valladolid
  • Ek Balam (197 pesos) with pineapple ice cream (30 pesos)
  • Coba pyramids with a bike (70 + 60 pesos)
  • Choo-Ha Cenote (70 pesos)
  • Dos Ojos (premium 600 pesos, snorkelling the two cenote plus bat cave)
  • Holbox during nice season
  • Hot corner on Holbox
  • Rent a bike on the island
  • Walk to the Punta Cocos and the turtle beach

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