Friday, December 19, 2008

Ek Balam, Valladolid and Smoked Meat in Temozon


































Well hopefully another happy couple has enjoyed the neurotic services of William Lawson! The day's activities went something like this:
  • 12 noon - pick up at the gorgeous Hacienda Chichen hotel;
  • drive to Valladolid, with stops at the Ik Kil and Dzitnup cenotes, additional stops along the way for chinas, mandarinas and fresh, cold coconut water;
  • a brief tour of Valladolid, consisting of walking around the main square and buying some memory for the digital camera, as well as a visit to the convent San Bernadino de Siena, where we had a 'mini-tour' from one of the men who works there, translated from Spanish to English by yours truly;
  • enjoying stomach-bursting Yucatecan-food lunch in Valladolid;
  • driving in a food-induced stupor to Ek Balam ruins, which we made just in time since they close at 4:30 pm;
  • followed by a visit to the Eco Genesis hotel in the town of Ek Balam, to check out this eclectic hotel run by a very nice Canadian lady in the middle of practically no-where;
  • after which there were photo ops with kids and a lady making a hammock right there in Ek Balam;
  • and then a quick stop at Temozon to sample (and buy) some of their smoked meat
  • after which, finally, driving back to Merida for hotel check in.




















All in all, a complete and rather exhausting day! This was a full day trip.