As I mentioned in my previous post after cooling off in Punta Laguna we headed to Valladolid:
Named after Valladolid, at the time the capital of Spain, the first Valladolid in Yucatán was established by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo’s nephew on May 28, 1543 at some distance from the current town, at a lagoon called Chouac-Ha. However, early Spanish settlers complained about the mosquitoes and humidity at the original location, and petitioned to have the city moved further inland.
On March 24, 1545, Valladolid was relocated to its current location, built atop a Maya town called Zaci or Zaci-Val, whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones to build the Spanish colonial town. The following year the Maya people revolted, but were put down with additional Spanish troops coming from Mérida.
Valladolid had a population of 15,000 in 1840. The city and the surrounding region was the scene of intense battle during Yucatán’s Caste War, and the Latino forces were forced to abandon Valladolid on March 14, 1848, with half being killed by ambush before they reached Mérida. The city was sacked by the Maya rebels but was recaptured later in the war.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, Valladolid was the third largest and most important city of the Yucatán Peninsula, (after Mérida and Campeche). It had a sizable well-to-do Criollo population; with a number of old Spanish style mansions in the old city. Valladolid was widely known under its nickname The Sultans of the East.
Account by Wikipedia http://ow.ly/uAn7
My husband and I had been to Valladolid several years ago and decided that it was time for a return visit. We drove for about an hour and as we crossed the state line from Quintana Roo into the Yucatan it began to rain-hard!! I don’t know why but every time that I have been to the state of Yucatan it rains and there is rolling thunder and lightning.
We arrived at the town centre, parked the car and went to the El Meson de Marques Hotel http://ow.ly/uAz4 a beautiful colonial building, a real gem in the heart of Valladolid. We decided to have lunch and we ordered the Regional Platter for two which had cochinita tacos, longaniza (a typical sausage from the Yucatan) salbutes, panuchos and papadzules (warmed tortillas stuffed with hard-boiled eggs and topped with a pumpkin seed sauce) and of course two Corona cheladas. The food was very good and the service was great and the staff very friendly.
After lunch and after the rain had let up a bit we went on to Dzunip (a subterranean cenote). I have always loved this special place. It is a beautiful freshwater hidden treasure that you gain access to by holding onto a rope and carefully making your way down several steps. Once you have navigated your way down there are various dim lights set up so that you can see as well as a medium sized opening at the top of the cavern that lets natural light in and appears as a beam of light shining into the centre of the cenote.Since it was still raining the light wasn’t as impressive as other visits that I had made in the past We stripped down to our bathing suits and jumped into the water. It was cool but not too cool. It was in a word just perfect!
We spent sometime swimming around and contemplating just how amazing this place was and also trying to forget about the bats flying overhead near the top of the cave. 🙂 Eventually, Cesar wanted to leave, though I could have spent hours and hours just lost in that magical place. We packed up and headed back to Valladolid and then finally home to Cancun again.
I hope to be on the road again soon exploring new places and revisiting some of my favourites as there is nothing like being on the open road, with a tank full of gas, a few days off, great tunes and the right person in the passenger seat. 🙂