Depends on your definition of budget. My favorite is the Hotel Zaci. Nice rooms and grounds with pool, a/c, cable TV for about 35 dollars single. Lower in price but very clean with nice rooms with a/c, cable, etc, is the Hotel Valladolid for about 25 dollars single. Hotel Valladolid directly opposite ADO bus terminal, Zaci is an easy 1 1/2 block walk.
I plan on being there for 3 nights. Obviously seeing Chichen Itza. What other suggestions to see or do? It doesn't have to be Mayan as I will see the major mayan ruins anyway.
Don't miss Ek Balam. Yes, it's a Mayan ruin, but well worth seeing. It's about 15-20 minutes north of Valladolid, and there are colectivos that run back and forth - the blue ones, I believe.
Agree with IHX--dont miss Ek Balam . Probably my favorite site. And Merida a favorite city--a really great place. I will be there tomorrow!
Ditto on Ek Balam it is really great. Make sure you climb the large pyramid to see the restored stucco figures about halfway up the side. It is a real rarity to have these reliefs intact!!! In Merida, make sure to visit the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo. It is a great little museum of Mayan life and artifacts but like all museums in Yucatan, it is closed on Mondays. There are cultural events every night in Merida ( see Yucatan today or Yucatan living websites for info ). We ate salbutes, panuchos and tamales for dollars a day from the local vendors and never felt ill.
Thanks to everyone. After Vall I'll be in Merida for 6 days - taking a Spanish class to brush up on my conversational Spanish. I will have plenty of time to explore Merida and the nearby sites.
Just out of curiousity - how much time is usually needed to see Chichen Itza and Ek Balam? I undertsand that there are many colectivos that go back and forth between Valladolid and these 2 sites?
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