Ecotel Quinta Regia in Valladolid, Yucatan. A country paradise
inside the city.
Valladolid is located in the heart of
the Yucatan Peninsula right by the Mayan ruins in the area and between Cancun and Merida.
Only 20 minutes from Chichen Itza and 15 minutes from Ek Balam. The beautiful Cenote
Dzitnup is 5 minutes away.
All rooms have air conditioning, cable
TV, telephones, private balconies, and Mexican Colonial style decorations.
Part of the pool shown to the left. In
addition to a pool, Ecotel Quinta Regia in Valladolid offers a palapa bar,
restaurant bar, tenis court, game room, car rental, tobacco shop, parking, room service,
laudry service, safety box, baggage storage, duck pond, botanical garden, and Mayan
The Ecotel is built inside of an old
fruitfull Quinta; rooms are surrrounded with regional plants and fruit trees.
Tennis courts too
Great restaurants winner of Distinctive H award
Five star rating ♥
in USD per night including tax & American breakfast 2016 for reservations of just one night add 5 dollars
Type of room
Jr Suite 2
Master Suite (6 pax)
Children under 10 free in the same room with adults breakfast for children $6usd
American breakfast for minors
$8.50 included in all rooms except master suite
lunch or dinner
$16.00 does not include drinks
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in USD per night including tax and breakfast (except where indicated) and internet 2015 for reservations of just one night add 5 dollars
Type of room
Jr Suite (2 pax)
Jr Suite 2
Master Suite 6 people not including beakfast
Cancha de Tenis
2500 m² de estacionamiento privado
Salón de juegos
Internet inalámbrico en habitaciones, restaurante y salones
Internet sin costo para huéspedes
Cajas de Seguridad
Servicio de Lavandería
Enlace con servicio Medico
Sala de juntas
Salón de convenciones
Servicio de Banquetes
El Ecotel Quinta Regia is located 5 streets from the principal plaza. Sourrounded by gardens.
to do in this city:
Casa de los Venados is private home and national cultural museum in Valladolid not far from Ecotel (it has the largest museum quality collection of Mexican folk art in private hands). They have more than 3,000 pieces in their collection.
They say they are not a business, but simply a private house museum which is open to the public every day at 10 AM for tours in both English and Spanish.
And I'm not a travel agent. Just book rooms on-line. This museum (which is not a business worth a vist)
The owner of this museum claims the small entrance fee you pay is donated to charity.
And I claim the earnings we make from bookings will help buy me a new car.
Cenote X’kekén (often referred to as Cenote Dzitnup after the nearby, small town), which is just a few minutes from the colonial town of Valladolid in the center of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
An oasis you MUST VISIT.
It’s an underground oasis set in a limestone cave with a single opening in the ceiling providing the perfect opportunity for rays of sunlight to show off the natural beauty of the emerald green water with black fish. The cavern itself is humid and steamy, but the water is cool–most of the waters fresh waters under the Yucatán stay at a constant 76 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) year-round–and stunningly clear except where the kids swim where water temperatures are higher. With small bats nesting on the ceiling, small black fish in the water, and limestone formations overhanging the water, it’s a unique and atmospheric place for a refreshing dip to escape the Yucatán’s heat.
Dzitnup cenote shown on left.
Cenote opening can be seen above (center). Tree roots shoot downward from the top of this cave searching for water.
Birds fly in from the cenote opening and fly just above the swimmers in these crystal clear cenote waters. Scroll down to see the swimmers.
There are fish in the clear waters.
And flying birds overhead.
Stalagtites may be seen haning from the top of the cave.
In the plaza area just before the stairs leading down are booths selling arts and crafts at great prices. I got this small Mayan embrodiered dress to put as a decoration on the soft drink bottles I serve our guests in our home.
The young girl attending the booth was adorable. She told me I give you good price on anything you want to purchase here. After I got the decoration she noticed my wife who wandered off to another booth. Not knowing who she was or relation to me, refering to her she added maybe something for the young girl meaning my wife.
There are several different cenotes in this area. You can visit just this one or a few of them.
Also at the entrance are two boys dressed up as Mayan warriors yelling old Mayan chants inviting you to take your photo with them.
Although they look rediculous it is part of the fun. After all don't some political candidates look reiculous as well?
There is free parking for your vehicle in the event you'd be driving from Ecotel which also has free parking.
Oh yes, what exactly is a stalagtite?
A stalactite is an icicle-shaped formation that hangs down from the ceiling of a cave (in this case the one housing the cenote), and is produced by precipitation of minerals from water dripping through the cave ceiling.
The wonder of mother-nature.
Difference betweem stalactites and stalagmites. A stalactite hangs down from the roof of a cave.
A stalagmite is an upward-growing mound of mineral deposits that have precipitated from water dripping onto the floor of a cave. Most stalagmites have rounded or flattened tips. These grow upwards from the cave floor.
What's the difference between us and Travelitis for your Valladolid lodgings. Begin with price. We cost less. But booking a holiday be it anywhere or the Ecotel Quinta Regia for your Valladolid lodgings, it's not just about price but service. As we reside here we know the area. See what others have to say what they are saying about us.
It is magical here. Just imagine:
Birds flying just above you.
Black fishes swimming next to you. Bring or rent snorkeling gear just prior to the entrance in the plaza and see the fish.
Stalagtites dripping down from the cave's roof.
Swimming existed since almost the beginning of time
swimming has been recorded since prehistoric times. The earliest recording of swimming dates back to Stone Age paintings from around 10,000 years ago. Written references date from 2000 BC. and before. Some of the earliest references to swimming include the Greek masterpieces the Iliad, the Odyssey, and even the Bible. Not to mention the mystical work Beowulf. But swimming here is special. You are special. So be sure to book with the best you deserve it.
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SAN BERNADINE CONVENT Herein is a fascinating museum.
A church with seval Sunday masses.
Gardens with antiques.
In the museum find examples of life forms that once lived in the cenote within the convent from hundreds of thousands of years ago.
The church which is part of the convent with its' tower, houses the cannons which served to recover the city in 1848, from the hands of the rebel Indians who started the Caste Wars.
This impressive convent is one of the most beautiful buildings of all colonial Yucatán. It is called Sisal to the locals (pay that no mind), but is better known as the Monastery of Saint Bernardino. Its construction was started in the year 1552, under the direction of the Franciscan Friar Juan de Mérida and Fathers Hernando de Guevara and Francisco de la Torre. It was erected over the vault of a very large cenote. The construction of the church ended in 1560, however the construction of the convent took longer as the workers were lazy. On both sides of the church’s altar there were two chapels, one for Saint Diego de Alcala and the second one for the Virgin of Guadalupe. One can still see some of the original paintings behind the altars pieces, as well as its ancient garden with its water wheel.
About the caste wars:
The Caste War of the Yucatán (1847–1901) began with the revolt of native Maya people of Yucatán, against the opressive European rulers and wealthy landowners who threatened their communial lands, who held political and economic control of the region.
A lengthy war ensued between the Yucateco forces in the north-west of the Yucatán and the independent Maya in the south-east. It officially ended with the occupation of the Maya capital of Chan Santa Cruz by the Mexican army in 1901, although skirmishes with villages and small settlements that refused to acknowledge Mexican control continued for more than two decades.
The Mayans were on the point of victory with a unique strategic advantage, but at the crucial moment to advance they all abandoned their trenches to return to their farms to plant the corn.
Climb to the top upper windows of the building for awesome views of the area.
Remember the higher you are the better the view.
Murry says: Really enjoyed looking around this convent. Beautiful gardens and you can go around whole convent. It also has its own cenote in the gardens along with orange trees Devin says: Beautiful structure from the 1500's. Lovely grounds in a park like setting. A cenote on the grounds provided water to the monks that lived here. A nice way to spend a couple of hours.
Steve says: the church choir sings lovely. nice plus while looking around. a mass was in progress down in the church while we were up in the tower digging the views
There was fascinating exhibits in the small museum. Ceramics from centuries ago found in the cenote. Old rifles now all rusty with age. A stone tablet with inscriptions in some unknown language.
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You know every time I go to Valladolid I stay here. And we go often. For lovely things like The Casa de la Cultura located in the Palacio Municipal across from the lovely zocalo (town square).
And close by the regional arts and crafts exhibits. Embroidered articles, wood sculptures, pottery like no others, hamacks of course, take one back home.
And we always stay in Ecotel Quinta Regia as those breakfasts are the best in town. The lodgings lovely. And a place to park my car. We drive here from Cancun.
Valladolid is an educational city to spend the day exploring the history and culture of the Yucatan peninsula. From colonial era churches and architecture to natural wonders like cenotes are notable sights to visit in Valladolid. Don't miss the colonial era cathedral Ex-convent and church Convent of San Bernardino de Siena named after saint Bernardino of siena in whom was built by Franciscan missionaries between 1552 and 1560. Located in the Sisal neighbourhood and a short stroll from downtown it also has a lovely park where you can sit and enjoy tranquility. In downtown Valladolid, you can find the cathedral of San Servacio located in the main square of the city. Valladolid has a chessboard-like street grid and at the city center it’s a plaza with a park square in the middle surrounded by stores where you can enjoy a walk and purchase souvenirs, food or drinks. Located a couple of blocks from the heart of the city is the Cenote Zaci, a landscaped freshwater cenote or underground sinkhole in
which you can access the inside and explore its cave. There is also a restaurant in the premises of the of the Cenote Zaci and artesants selling their handcraft. Valladolid is a popular base for visiting nearby major Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza and Ek' Balam as well as Cenote Ik Kilso keep in mind when visiting the peninsula.
Valladolid, which is prominent in the history of Mexico: "The Caste War" in 1847 when the Mayans revolted and where about to win but then went off the battle field to harvest their corn. Later made into a movie "Mutiny on the corn field". "The First Spark of the Mexican Revolution" in 1910: it is now known as "The Capital of the Maya" deserved title not only by the architectural beauty of its ancient colonial buildings such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, the Municipal Palace, the hotel Ecotel Quinta Regia, the Church of St. Servatius, Ex Loom Aurora, the Museum of San Roque and other places no less important.
The cenote Zaci is a must to visit! I went twice. The water is esmerald green with small black fish swimming inside. A vine hangs from the cave roof where you can do a Tarzan and glide over the water. Jump in swim. It is most refreshing. And the restaurant there serves delicious deer prepared with rice and veggies.
In the category of awesome is the San Roque Museum. This museum is housed in one of the most interesting historical buildings in Valladolid, a building founded in 1575 by the Lord Mayor of Valladolid in office by a questionable election (like ex-criminal and ex-US president LBJ in a 1948 senate race1), Don Diego Sarmiento Figueroa2. San Roque was founded originally as a church, one of five colonial churches in Valladolid that played a significant role in the city’s history.
In 1634, the church was converted to a hospital called, “The Holy Name of Jesus.” Don Francisco Ruiz, a priest and vicar, funded and established the hospital to serve a growing need for sick people. The hospital began serving the community with four beds and strong support from a local board of the City Council members of Valladolid. By 1645, there were ten beds and San Roque was considered to be one of the best hospitals in the province.
But those who could afford it went to the Mayo Clinic.
Today this hospital is now a museum.
Today, the San Roque Museum can be found on the corner of Calle 41 and 38, about one block from the center of Valladolid. The beauty of the high-arched ceiling with wooden beams amaze most visitors entering the museum. The director and staff of the museum have created a warm, friendly, atmosphere unlike the sterile and cold interiors of big city museums. The exhibits are professionally displayed and those who wish to better understand the history and culture of this region of the Yucatán will find them informative and interesting.
There is a honey exhibit which is a honey of an exhibit:
The Maya were (and still are!) pretty good at tending bees. Honey, along with salt, made up two of the most import items that the Maya used in trade, and both items are exported from the Yucatan Peninsula to this day. Many Maya peasants still have apiaries (a collection of bee hives) where they collect honey which is aggregated locally and exported, primarily to Germany. (huns like honey) The exhibit features an original Maya beehive. The hive is constructed from a large wooden log, which has been hollowed out to create space for the bees to make and store their honey. How sweet it is. A rectangular hole in the top of the log allowed the bee’s access to the interior. Each end of the log had a specially cut wooden plug that fit tightly in the ends of the log. When the Maya needed to harvest the honey, they simply removed the plugs and took the honey. And when stung cried out 'ouch!'
1 new evidence that the 36th President (LBJ) stole his first election to the United States Senate, in 1948. first tallies of the Democratic primary showed Johnson trailing his opponent by 20,000 votes. When those votes finally came in, Johnson had won a stunning victory, carrying San Antonio by 10,000 votes. fraud. The next day, county officials ''discovered'' that the returns from one precinct had not yet been counted. Jim Wells County provided an extra 200 votes for Johnson merely by changing the 7 in ''765'' to a 9.
absentee voters voted as well as deceased voters (zombies). all these dead voters voted for Johnson. makes the cry 'beacon of democracy' a sham. better off doing Valladolid man! remember there are no Valladolid hotels like Ecotel Quinta Regina 2 old paintings of Lord Mayor show him with a ruffled colar and black hat. all set for Halloween.