Sunday, November 12, 2017

Valladolid in México

How to get to Valladolid from Holbox

The only bus that goes from Chiquillá (where you get the ferry to Holbox) to Valladolid leaves at 5:30 a.m, that means you need to take the ferry from Holbox at 5 am. This is the only option available, so you'll have to set the alarm clock pretty early in the morning if you want to go from Holbox to Valladolid by coach. 
 
We decided to walk to the port as we didn't trust to get a taxi at that time, so we left our hotel around 4'15h am in the morning and start walking with our luggage and a torch, as, of course, it was dark night. We could just make a couple of steps when, suddenly,  a golf cart passed next to us and stopped. It was a couple of holboxeños that saw us with our luggage and asked us if we needed a lift. 4 am in the morning, in the less inhabited part of the island, where there is nothing, no bars, nothing, which are the chances of finding someone there? And also, which are the chances that they would stop and kindly offer to drive us to the port? Not many, I am telling you, if we had left the hotel just one minute later, we wouldn't have been so lucky. But we were, and that nice couple were so kind and friendly. They said they were just driving for fun (at 4 a.m in the morning, ha ha, how crazy is that?) and that they didn't mind giving us a lift. They were very funny and they had to stop looking for  branches to somehow make the engine of the car work , it was very surrealistic. I am sure they may have thought that we were half crazy, two city girls carrying a trolley on a unpaved road with a torch and pretty far from the port. And this random and uninterested gesture of two strangers in the middle of the night in a paradise island made one of our best memories of the trip, I am smiling right now just to remember it. 

Top things to do in Valladolid

We loved Valladolid since minute one. Cute, quiet and so beautiful. We stayed there three nights and we really liked it. Our initial plan was to spend a couple of nights there and use one day to visit the city and the other for a day trip to Las Coloradas and Río Lagartos but we were no lucky with the buses and we decided to spend an extra night there or we couldn't have been able to see Las Coloradas. it is possible to visit Río Lagartos and Las Coloradas on the same day,  but you need to know the bus schedules in advance, or have your own car or book a day trip in a local agency (I think the cost was around 1000 pesos), but I will explain it in more detail in the next post. We actually liked Valladolid so much that we were very happy to have an excuse to spend an extra night there.
Here are the top things to do in this lovely city:


  • Visit the San Gervasio cathedral and the Principal square with its typical benches for lovers
  • Have a refreshing swim in the Zaci's cenote
  • Walk through its lovely colorful houses streets
  • Explore all the trendy bars and shops in the amazing street 'Calzada de los Frailes'
  • Enjoy the light show in the San Bernardino convent's facade: at 21 pm in Spanish language and at 21:30 pm in English.
  • Visit La Candelaria church.
  • Enjoy the Mexican food and Valladolid street life.

La Candelaria church, Valladolid, México.

Valladolid street in México

Valladolid street in México

Valladolid street in México

Zaci cenote in Valladolid

Zaci cenote in Valladolid



Plaza Principal, Valladolid

San Gervasio cathedral in Valladolid

Valladolid street in México

Valladolid street in México

Zaci cenote in Valladolid


Calzada de los frailes, Valladolid

Calzada de los frailes, Valladolid

Calzada de los frailes, Valladolid

Calzada de los frailes, Valladolid

Calzada de los frailes, Valladolid

Convento de San Bernardino, Valladolid



Hotel and restaurant recommendations

We arrived in Valladolid on a Friday with nothing booked so we started Hotel hunting on the old days style, just walking and entering every hotel we liked and asking for prices. Many of them were fully booked, but after asking in four or five different places we ended up in Casa Hipil, near Candelaria church, and, again, we were lucky. We were very pleased with the quality and service of the hotel and the price was also very reasonable.  In fact, it was one of the best places we stayed in the whole trip. The guy in the reception was very helpful and made very good recommendations about places to eat. We follow his advice and went to a local restaurant near the hotel called La Selva, which was again a fantastic choice (and very affordable!). I leave a little video of the hotel below.




Valladolid clips

And here is a compilation of all my clips of Valladolid in my phone, I hope it helps you in your planning!


 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Holbox island in México


  Holbox

After our long trip flight from Barcelona to Mexico we couldn't wait to arrive to this little paradise island called Holbox. We had read a little bit about it, non paved roads and beautiful beaches, but we didn't know much more apart from that. We loved its natural beauty and the lack of construction. Staying near Punta Coco was almost like staying on a desert island, kilometers of impressive, lonely beautiful beaches where you could admire the turquoise color of the sea and swim next to a big variety of species of bird's.


Palm trees and white sand beach in Holbox island

How to get to Holbox from Cancun

To go to Holbox Island from Cancun city center you need to take a bus to Chiquila and then a Ferry to the island. There is an ADO Bus at 10:15h a.m. and it takes around 3h and 10 minutes to get you to Chiquila. And it costs 210 pesos. For me that is the easiest option. You can check the timetable in here. I think there are more ADO buses depending on the season.
You can also check the El Holboxeño to see other companies, timetables and how to get to Chiquila from Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Tizimín, etc. That's the website that locals were using  in Holbox island and it is supposed to be pretty accurate. But always have in mind that you will have to double-check in situ that the information hasn't changed. There are just a very few buses from/to  Holbox, so always plan your trip a day in advance and go early enough to the bus station or you may end up losing a day and having to rearrange your trip itinerary, as there are not many options available.
You can check the ferry prices and timetables in here.

Bird in Holbox island

The sea in Holbox island, México

The sea in Holbox island, México

Punta Coco beach in Holbox

Top things to do in Holbox

  •  Punta Coco: Located on the western edge of the island, Punta Coco is just a paradise, and it is one of the most beautiful beaches of Holbox. It is worth to take a long walk through the beach to get there, you will find wonderful beaches along the way and not many people. Also,  you will walk through a natural protected area with no costruction at all. It is the most virgin part of the island. Make sure you bring water with you as there are no shops around. It's also a very popular place to enjoy the sunset.
  • Punta Mosquito: When the tide is low, you can walk till the eastern point of the island through the sandbank. You may spot flamingos and find cool spots for snorkelling. But it is a long walk, it can take you around 1'30 hours to get there, so make sure you wear protection for the  sun and water with you. And also ask the locals about the tides before leaving.
  • Swim between birds:  Near Golden paradise beach Hotel on the west part of the island there is a beach where you can spot and swim very close to many different species of birds. They are quite big and used to humans so they may pass you by flying quite close to you if you are in the water. They are quite big and its quite an experience, but not frightening at all, as they are very calm.  These are some of the spices you may see: white ibis, snowy egrets, double crested cormorants, reddish egrets, gray pelicans, boat billed herons, etc..
  • Bioluminescence beach: This is one of the most magical and spectacular treasures of the nature. You need to go to to Punta Coco at night to enjoy it. You can walk (bring a torch with you) or go with a golf cart taxi (you don't need to book any tour). We walked there,  but we were no lucky as we couldn't see anything.  It was a pity, but that's how nature works, it is unpredictable. But if you want to know how it can be if you are lucky enough, have a look of this great video a found in youtube.
  • Lay on a hammock IN the water: You can find literally hammocks inside the sea in many beaches of the island. Again, make sure to use sun protection.
  • Try the typical lobster pizza: Lobster pizza is one of the specialities of the island. As weird as it sounds. My recommendation is just to try a slice of it, I would rather eat just the lobster!
  • Swim with whale sharks: If you have a budget for it, this is one of the amazing experiences you can have in Holbox. 
  • Take pictures of the street art and graffiti of the island: They are amazing!
  • Enjoy the town's life


Beach in hotbox island, México

Swing in the sea


Boat in the sea

Holbox colorful letters

Tips for Holbox island

  • Use sun protection and carry always water with you.
  • bring a torch
  • check timetables of ferries and coaches a day before leaving s there are not many options, and if you loose one bus you may end spending an extra night in Holbox.


Holbox town

Holbox street


Holbox town

Holbox town

Holbox town

Holbox street art

Holbox town

Holbox town

Holbox town

Golf cart in Holbox

Birds in Holbox island, México

Holbox island in México

Lizard in Holbox island, México


Bird in Holbox island, México

Birds in Holbox island, México

Birds in Holbox island, México


Iguana in Holbox island, México

Holbox clips

And to finish this looong post about Holbox, here are some clips of the island that I recorded with my phone. The next post will be about the beautiful and cute Valladolid. Stay tuned ;)



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