Day 6: Valladolid, Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil

This day we had our early morning flight and landed in Cancun around 8 am. We had a reservation for Alamo car, however, when we came to their office they told us that there are no cars left, that they keep cars only for prepaid customers. Since our plan was to visit multiple places we decided to check every rental office nearby to see if anyone has any cars left. It was a holidays period and other rentals tried to give us a car for $150 per day! Luckily, at the last moment, we found Budget rental who gave us a decent price and a good car. All these adventures delayed us for at least an hour but after receiving a car we headed to Valladolid for coffee first.

Valladolid is a nice small town established by Spanish people. Most of the places were still closed but we found a very nice Hotel Meson de Malleville where we had our coffee and breakfast.

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

After having our energy recovered we headed towards our main destinations of the day – the world’s wonder Chichen Itza and incredible cenote Ik Kil. Since these unique places deserve separate attention please follow the links below to see more information about them:

After the cenote we drove for 2 hours to our hotel in Tulum and had a very delicious dinner in La coqueta restaurant:

La Coqueta

La Coqueta

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Ik Kil Cenote

Cenote Ik Kil is only 10 min drive from Chichen Itza. There is an ample parking lot next to it and we had no issues parking. The cenote is about 60 meters in diameter and about 40 meters deep. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico. The waters of Ik Kil were considered sacred by the Mayans who performed here human sacrificing to their rain god. The best part of the visit is that you are allowed to swim in the cenote and even jump from a small hight (see videos below). It was exactly what we needed after a sleepless night, long drive and a very hot day!

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

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Chichen Itza
Day 7

10 Days in Mexico: Mexico City, Cancun, Tulum and Much More

Flight: San Diego -> Mexico City -> Cancun -> Mexico City -> San Diego
CancunDuration: 10 days
Mileage: ~350 in Yucatán area
Starting point: Mexico City
Countries: Mexico
Budget for 2 people: $2930 ($1500 flights, $215 hotels*, $275 car rental, $125 gas and taxis, $50 buses, $420 food, $90 tickets, $140 snorkeling, $115 airport parking)

  • Day 1: fly to Mexico City, visit Museo Nacional de Antropología
  • Day 2: explore Chapultepec park, dinner with local family
  • Day 3: visit Teotihuacan, explore CDMX Zócalo
  • Day 4: visit Tepoztlán
  • Day 5: explore CDMX Xochimilco
  • Day 6: fly to Cancun, drive to Chichén Itzá, swim in Ik Kil cenotes, drive to Tulum and enjoy local food

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