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Old 02-04-2015   #46 (permalink)
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Valladolid

Had been at Valladolid last year but not overnight. This year wanted to have a better look around so we fortified ourselves`with a breakfast at DAC


The oatmeal and fruit




Cant remember what this was actually called but it was fried eggs in bread circles... Good!




And then off on the road. its nice to have the car to stop when you want to and have the ability to visit several places a day. Went by way of Tulum then took the turn towards Coba and Valladolid. Stopped at some roadside tourist stores but they have the same stuff as here and when I asked the guy where it came from he told me his family made it right there...






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Stop at Chemax

So on the way there is a sideroad option to go through Chemax so we took it.

Everywhere we went in this area was these tricyclo things with guys collecting wood. Also saw this in other parts of the Yucatan. The tricyclo is a real workhorse of the region.



The way some of these buildings have weathered away the facing leaving the stones exposed is cool.


The church at Chemax from the town square. We were getting looks of looks from locals here and also the next time we passed. Must not see many Gringos there.








Too early for the bar at the main square



Sat around relaxing at the square for a bit. this is one of the local tricycle taxis.



And then started off on the last leg to Valladolid. Thought I would take a pic of these grass huts the people all still live in.

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The main square at Valladolid is a busy place and hard to find parking.



Streets are narrow and lots of one ways.



There is a municipal market right on the square.



Different food choices, this one has prices.




We stayued at the hotel cononial aurora. 640 pesos. Has indoor pool and roof deck. you can also buy breakfast in the lobby or on the roof. Some parking available.



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How was the hotel? We'd like to spend a night or two in Valladolid and weren't sure where to stay.

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Walked down to the square and had lunch at Maria de la luz hotel.

after a while all this is standard fare




Nice stetting here



Views out onto the square



Conchita Pibil...




A walk thru the square.. lots of different vendors... ice cream to ??




Fountain in the square




I like the idea of school uniforms. It helps to standardize, but kids are the same everywhere... glued to their phones.




Have to recover the car from the parking behind municipal hall.




Then its off to Xocen
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Love the TR Gary. Are you going to be around in May? Take care.

Nope sorry I am gone Feb 8th. only 25 days this trip, enjoy your stay!!
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How was the hotel? We'd like to spend a night or two in Valladolid and weren't sure where to stay.

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We liked the hotel. It has AC and fan, room safe, no fridge in room though. its about 2 blocks from the square, one person there speaks english. Try to get a room on the left as you come in so your not getting street noise. There is the rooftop to enjoy as well. I have some more pics coming up of it. Its raining hard in PDC right now.
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We liked the hotel. It has AC and fan, room safe, no fridge in room though. its about 2 blocks from the square, one person there speaks english. Try to get a room on the left as you come in so your not getting street noise. There is the rooftop to enjoy as well. I have some more pics coming up of it. Its raining hard in PDC right now.
Thanks -- this is good feedback!
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Xocen and the talking cross

South of Valladolid and off on a sideroad is Xocen which is very close to what the maya consider to be the center of the world. Slightly south of Xocen is the church which some called santa cruz.

Twice on the way there we were flagged by people who seemed to know where we were going and that somehow it was important. one I got loosely translated as "Santa Cruz commands".

Why did I want to go here I wondered? Was I ordered?

The municipal building at Xocen



Quiet little town... not much here



Their local church is set back in the brush





inside





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Santa Cruz

So south of Xocen is the church of the talking cross. You will have to study up on it a bit if interested... there is a lot to it.

This church is in the middle of nowhere.




No pics allowed inside.. The well, an interesting rope wheel assembly that you turn to draw the water riding the rope to the top.




bell outside.



Then back to Valladolid
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Bar La Joyita

After returning to the hotel we made a rum to this local bar. Had been warned not to go at night but went anyways. at this bar the servers were drunker than the patrons but was all good fun.

On the way




Serve you up a bunch of things to taste... I have no idea what this stuff was, just smiled and sampled.



Swinging doors..



Great decor... peeling paint..



Bar pics







This guy hadn't had many photos I guess and just loved this expansion of one. i couldn't send it to him though so if you are around there maybe give him this one.



There was the drunken walk back thru the square at night



The search for more beer.. not as easy as in PDC

rooftop view



Couple of drinks up there is a fitting end to a long day
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The market at Valladolid

Had a standard breaky at the Aurora





Some beautiful furniture in there





View from the rooftop in Daytime looking towards the square



Checked out and then off to the mercado where the maya
sell all their stuff, just a few blocks away.

Produce is laid out nicely and shoppers drift around looking at the goods.





This guy was peeling his fruit while a lady waited patiently.




Then there is the meat side where you can buy it fresh


This pig face seems to smile, don't ask me why..



There is some waiting for favorite cuts of Chicharrones (Fried pork skin)which is sold by weight.





Personally I don't find them that tasty



There are booths with homemade tops and other goods




This lady selling some kind of magic plant that can cure almost anything
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Uayma

Uayama is a small town west of Valladolid on route 79. After leaving the market this was the next stop to look at the restored church and whatever else might be around.

After crossing the tracks here stay to the right...



You come into the town square and there is this massive building.



With these beautiful designs... all restored. You might be able to get an idea of the size by this picture.





Inside is also covered in the design.









On another side light plays down through a central courtyard.



And outside views of surroundings, a coke truck framed in an opening with modern towers behind as some of the rest falls deeper into ruin.




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Course these towns all have a town square in front of the church and a Municipal "palace".



There is close by the local video game place, saw them all over, just outside like this.




I noticed a steady stream of women and occasional man carrying buckets of hand plucked corn to a central building and found them grinding this down to a powder. When you think about how these people live and how your life might be if your task was to grind corn each day to make food to feed your family, it makes me really appreciate what I have.


Here are buckets lined up while each person takes their turn. Corn is poured in the top hopper while some hand drawn water is fed in as it is ground.



She beckoned me inside to look in the hopper as she fed the corn deftly by hand around the sharp screw feeder.


Still amongst all this the square was nicely maintained with iron benches for seating.




Last look at the church from the square.

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Love the trip report and the picture we are going back in April love all the pic of the food
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