We woke up to the most beautiful view and a three-course breakfast that was fully complementary. For such a beautiful spot I was surprised to only pay US$150 for the night. We carried all of our stuff back to the car and we hit the road by 9:30 AM for Chichen Itzá. I recommend trying to get there a tinch early before all the tour buses for the sake of people and better photo opps.
I really enjoyed going off the beaten path. Highly recommend. There is always something really special about venturing outside of the area that’s been prepared for tourism and see where actual people live. There were people selling hats, pottery, and painted paraphernalia on the side of the road every mile or near every stop sign. We even saw a jail that was selling crafts. When we arrive to church and needs a there was already so many people there and it was early. We got our temperature taken and walked through and the grounds are open for your leisure to explore. It was absolutely breathtaking. I kind of wish we would’ve gotten a tour to explain to us all of the grounds, but I figured that is something I can also look up on my own time so we can just explore and take photos at our leisure. It is crazy that is from over 1000 years ago and it’s still standing. We bought some magnets, and then one of the cenote‘s, cenote IK KIL, was just a five minute drive so I recommend knocking these both out in the same day.
By this point it was so humid and 90° so we couldn’t wait to get in the water. It was only around $20 per person with a three-course lunch included to go into the cenote. I couldn’t get over just how beautiful it was and how green, seriously magical. I was very impressed on how they really preserve their ecosystem for the Mayans believed that cenote‘s are sacred so they make everybody completely shower head to toe before entering and getting in the water of the cenote. there is no where to put your camera or phone so I recommend some thing waterproof and don’t bother wearing shoes because the steps lead you directly into the water. You have to wear a life jacket and you can jump off the stairs and enjoy the cenote for as long as you’d like. After not doing too much the past year I was absolutely beat, but we still had a 2 hour drive to Tulum so I made sure to get a double espresso at lunch and then we hit the road.
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