[:en]We caught the first ferry out of Holbox into Chiquila. The sky was still black and a million stars graced our 45 min voyage, the crisp cool air is keeping us awake. A bus awaits to take us from Chiquila to Valladolid, in the middle of the Yucatan peninsula. The buses in Mexico seem to be quite nice, nothing fancy but they are always easy rides.
We are greeted by a blistering heat as we walk the 5-6 blocks from the bus station to hostal La Candelaria, we chose a 200 pesos private room for the next 2 nights.
Valladolid offered a variety of cheap delicious food, compared to the slightly overpriced and limited options available in Holbox. Food was fantastic no matter where you went. It’s colonial feel also made for very romantic meals as we spent the last few days with Ed and Tami before they went up north.
The city served as the hub for our visits to Chichen Itza and two nearby cenotes along with a local mescal museum/tasting and a chocolate museum that fulfilled Danielle’s cravings for one of her unofficial addictions, momentarily.
To visit the cenotes we rented a couple of poorly maintained bikes for a tiny hotel. The bike ride from our hostel to the cenotes was close to 30 minutes, water and a hat were the most valuable items in our bags, since we forgot our swimming goggles. Our visit happened on a Sunday, so many locals were present, it got a little crowded at times but it was nothing to complain about. We had Mayan food as our post swimming meal from a local man who had his kitchen set up along the road that divides the two cenotes. He’s whole family worked with him and we had a small chat with them, they spoke Mayan among themselves and wanted to preserve it, as they knew it was a dying dialect. He spoke very fondly of the area, he had grown up and lived here his whole life. He’s craft was absolutely delicious, we all had seconds and had probably the best tortillas ever.
He thanks us for visiting his shop and said good bye using his native tongue.
The ride back is slightly easier, the sun seems to be hiding behind the trees now as we move through the city center on our way to return the bikes. One last dinner at our favorite spot in the city (that I could never remember what is called), all I know is that the food in this place was fantastic. A quick stroll around the old colonial town and we are off to bed. The following day, the even older city of Chichen Itza awaits.

-Lodging: La Candelaria
-Kitchen: Yes
-Cost:~$13USD/per person (200MXN)
-Date:Oct 2014
-Rating: 4/5
-Review: Cute hostel that sits on a beautiful courtyard. Ample rooms without a/c, hammocks and kitchen complete the package. The proximity to the center of the city is also a bonus.

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