A Good Base To Visit Nearby Villages & Maya Ruins

Trip Start Feb 09, 2008
Trip End Dec 26, 2008

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Hotel San Antonio

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I decided to to spend a couple of nights in Ticul which was a bustling little town in the Puuc region, 90 km south of Merida. It was a good base for exploring the nearby sites of Oxkutzcab, Santa Elena and the Maya ruins of Uxmal and Kabah. The towns pleasant Plaza Principal is dominated by the San Anonio de Padua Cathedral. Here there is also an open air stage which hosted plenty of Karaoke and dancing in the evenings. While walking around it was hard to miss the many human size statues of Mayan gods which are dotted all over the place, with the finest being around the Plaza Principal. While exploring Ticul's narrow streets away from the centre I discovered that the town offers a lot of the old with the new. These streets were lined with colonial buildings, thatched roof Mayan homes, with the new dotted in between. The town is also well known for its shoe producing with many of the shops in town being a shoe shop. I spent my second day hitching lifts between a couple of nearby towns. In the morning I hitched to Muna which was a town 18 km back towards Merida. It was an ugly place so I soon got the hell out and hitched to Oxkutzcab which was a market town 16 km the other side of Ticul. I spent a couple of hours here before hitching back to Ticul but ending up jumping out in a village to play a bit of football.


While here I stayed at Hotel San Antonio, Calle 25a, No 202. This new Hotel overlooks the main Plaza and cost $220 for a single occupancy. Tel: (997) 9721893 , Web: www.hotelsan-antonio.com , Email: hsan-antonio@hotmail.com 

The best budget option is Hotel Sierra Sosa, No. 199 Calle 26, between Calle 21 + 23, Tel:(997) 9720565 . The en-suite rooms were simple with fan, cable TV and cost $170 for a single and $190 Peso for a double occupancy.

Hotel Plaza was the best place in town with large, air con rooms costing between $300 - $500 Peso, with free Internet and bottled water  www.hotelplazayucatan.com
The other place in town which looked pretty good was Hotel & Restaurant Villa Real, Calle 23, between Calle 26 + 28, Tel: (997) 9722828 . All rooms had air con and cable TV and cost $250 for a single and $300 for a double occupancy.

It’s impossible to get lost in Ticul as all the streets are numbered with even numbers going north to south and odd numbered streets going east to west.


Ticul´s bus station is situated on Calle 24 between Calle 25 and 25a. Buses and colectivo´s run every 30 minutes for the 90 minute journey to Merida and every 15 minutes for the 20 minute journey to Oxkutzcab. There are plenty of colectivo´s leaving for the 15 minute journey to Santa Elena from beside the market.
It’s just as easy to hitch lifts in this neck of the woods. If you enjoy doing this and want to get to Santa Elena or the nearby ruins of Uxmal or Kabah, then walk down Calle 34 which leads out of town towards Santa Elena and wait just after Calle 31 where there is a speed hump. Here you will have no problems in getting a ride.
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