Valladolid and heaven in a jungle
After Isla Mujeres it was time to go and pick up my rental car in Cancun airport, joined by a friend I met at Isla Mujeres, because driving together is much more fun. Our first stop? Valladolid. A nice, small little village between Merida and Cancun. The centre of the city is marked by a small plaza with a cathedral at the head. Late in the evening we arrived at this little town to grab a bite to eat. After roaming the streets for a little while we found a hidden market place with nice local food, where we had a great ‘torta con porco’. And after that.. another taco. I never thought I would say this but… yes taco’s can get old.
However it was our lucky night as in preparation for Dia de los Muertos the sleepy town of Valladolid was having a celebration. Singing, dancing and fireworks were suddenly all around us, as well as colourfully dressed women throwing candy at kids. This evening the honoured the ‘zapateros’ the shoemakers of the city. Meaning they were dancing with shoes on their heads as a sign of this, which made for a little funny, but bracing sight.
Next to the cathedral man of different ages were taking care of the fireworks, meaning this would manually hold fireworks in their hands and lit it. Next to a cathedral built in 1668. With kids standing 2 meters away. Unthinkable in Europe, but uncanningly authentic here in Mexico.
After this we went to look for our hotel for the night, close to Chichen Itza, which we were going to hit early next morning.
Now driving in Mexico is a challenge any way, but driving at night… a plain gamble. Potholes. Pitch dark whirling little roads. We spent the better half of an hour looking for the hotel we had booked until after asking a million people.. we found it. Okaan hotel. A hidden gem in the jungle of Chichen Itza. The drive up to the hotel was 2km long and nearly impossible to navigate, luckily I was not alone or I might have just gone back. However the reward was mighty sweet as we arrived at the most secluded hotel, surrounded by nature that made us almost whimper with excitement.
We were greeted at the gate and lead to a room on the third floor, with was absolutely gorgeous. Curved stairs gave way to an unbelievably beautiful room, decorated with bamboo, with the most amazing rain shower and on the terrace a hammock with the buzzing jungle as background music. Although the best was still to come. Two floors higher was a lookout point called el Mirador, where you have a complete overview of the jungle surrounding this amazing lodge… with a view of Chichen Itza. It’s safe to say we never wanted to leave again.
You know what comes to mind?
It’s a fake my own death, move to Mexico and live off of taco’s & Tequila kind of day.