Today we went on the first trip we booked through Hotelbeds, and we did go to Chichen Itza – One of the world’s new seven wonders.
The tour we joined was an all inclusive trip, were we was picked up at the hotel, with food, drinks and entrance included in the price.
We were picked up at 07.00, and was rushed to the bus we were to join. The bus ran a small detour so we got to see some villages on the way, while we also got served a simple breakfast. Arriving at Chichen Itza we were guided around for an hour before we got to walk around on our own.
Fun fact: Did you know that if you stand in front of the north end and clap your hands, the reflection of sound is different, like a very light sound – sounds a bit like a bird. Found a video where you can hear the phenomenon: Chichen Itza sound.
- El Castillo – Chichen Itza
After a while, we should meet at the bus again. But we were soaking wet because the heat and the high humidity, so we trawled stalls with souvenir and t-shirts to find a shirt we could switch to. On the bus we were handed cold cloths and a cold soda. It was very nice to get cooled off before we changed into dry clothes. The bus then went on to Valladolid, a city from the year 1543. And with a population of around 65.000, it is considered the third most populated city in the state of Yucatan.
When we arrived we went straight to an all you can eat buffet restaurant. After that we could wander a bit on our own.
The bus went to the day’s final stop, cenote (sinkhole filled with groundwater) Zaci. Here we had the opportunity to swim, but we had not brought any swimwear. Just as well it was, as the sky opened up as we arrived the cenote.
- Monica, with the cenote Zaci in the background
We were “late” back at the hotel after the tour, and as the room service was included in the price, we decided to try it out. The food we were served at the room both tasted and looked good.