I spent time Monday morning meditating and doing yoga on our front deck in the sun and walked the neighborhood photographing more “doorways of Merida.” We called the property management company about 10 am to say we were ready to leave and they arrived quickly with our $100 deposit in hand. Our first stop, after passing the entrance to the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and Balancanchén Caves (another trip, perhaps in January when my daughter visits), was Valladolid, a 120 km drive. I had met a woman at the craft show who has a gallery there, so I ran to see it. Called Yalat, it is located on the NE corner of the Plaza Central. It was very nice and I purchased an embroidered light cotton blouse and a bag of chocolates from the state of Tabasco. We lunched in the Plaza beside one of seven churches in the town, I chatted with the Mayan ladies selling crafts in the park, and bought a hand crocheted purse for 100 pesos. Then we were on the road again, back into the state of Quintana Roo, a couple stops at a ceramic sales shop and a stone and clay artist’s studio, on to Tulum and then up highway 307 to Playa. I liked Valladolid very much. There is a cultural museum and there are murals in the government building, famous cenotes are nearby, and hotel rooms are quite reasonable.
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