Get ready to discover Valladolid! Even when you have seen it in photos, you will be amazed by the magnificent beauty of Cenote X-Cajum, your first stop. Relax and unwind in the fresh waters of this natural sinkhole and kick off this day-tour in the best way. After that, a delicious buffet with authentic Yucatecan food will be waiting for you at a traditional restaurant.
Make a stop at the Ex-convent of Santo Domingo, just outside the main city, and find out about all the history that surrounds this incredible place. Visit a Mayan Village where you will learn more about the traditions of the region. Now it’s time to tour the streets of Valladolid and admire its colorful buildings, learn about the culture of this wonderful city and discover why it was declared a Magic Town.
The particular and beautiful temple and former convent of Santo Domingo is in Uayma, a small town northwest of Valladolid. Tour its church that was built by the Franciscans in 1646 using stones from nearby Mayan temples, including Chichen Itza. Like the vast majority of the Viceregal churches, it has a large atrium.
During the Caste War (1847-1901), a rebellion of the native Mayan people against the Spanish rule, some rebellious captured Uayma and burned down the church. After this, the church was left in ruins until 2003, when a group of experts began to repair and restore the church.
The predominant red color of the buildings that form the Ex-convent of Santo Domingo represents the martyrdom and sacrifice of Christ while the green represents hope. The white stars and the roses are a reference of veneration to Virgin Mary. It can also be seen on the facade of the building a headless eagle, which was a Franciscan symbol adopted at the time of its construction that represented the union between the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, the so-called Catholic Empire.
Cenote X-Cajum is located near the Dzitas and Pisté towns in Yucatan, just outside of Valladolid. The word cenote comes from the Mayan word “dzonot” that means “abyss,” and this place is a great example of why they are called this way. Due to its depth, you have to descend many meters underground to discover its biodiversity and its beautiful blue waters.
After entering this natural sinkhole, walk down the stairs and let yourself be guided to a dream come true. Prepare your camera and your best dives! Enjoy the fresh, clear waters of Cenote X-Cajum at the time that nice colorful fish come and massage your feet making you feel calm.
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