Peto – Valladolid: Brand new road through forgotten Maya villages

126 km (78 miles) – Total so far: 772 km (480 miles)

We left Peto very early. It was incredible cold, maybe 10°C. We had to put on our windstopper jackets for the first time and still it felt quite fresh.

People in Peto told us we should better not cycle the small narrow paths because these roads were in very bad condition. We thought it over but as it had rained the whole night we guessed there would be a lot of mud and so we decided to cycle the „normal“ road.
This was nice and easy cycling today. The bikes seemed to roll automatically. Almost no traffic at all, maybe one car during an hour. We passed small villages and again had this time warp feeling, everything so poor and the houses often made of nature materials from the woods – wood, leaves, mud etc.

People are mostly very shy here and if they talk to you you realize that Spanish is not their mother language. They all speak (and write!) Maya at home.
When we were getting close to Valladolid – maybe about 25km to go – the road turned into a narrow beautiful path for maybe 5km and on the last kms before Valladolid there even was an extra cycle track.
In Valladolid we got a little civilization shock. So many tourists and people, wow! We had to check out some hotels and hostels but found one for a reasonable price and value (Hotel Zaci) close to the main square.
At night we ate at a place where there were only locals but the food was not comparable to what you get in those rural areas where they do everything fresh and cook like „at home“. So welcome back to the life in a modern town….

 

Leaving very early
Leaving very early
Garbage everywhere it is really very sad
Garbage everywhere it is really very sad
Vulture
Vulture
Always straight
Always straight
Looking for shadow
Looking for shadow
The signs always get covered by the bush
The signs always get covered by the bush
Child in a small village along the road
Child in a small village along the road
Small break
Small break
Love the hot asphalt on my back it feels like hot mud
Love the hot asphalt on my back it feels like hot mud
Another break
Another break
Brand new road but still straight
Brand new road but still straight
Road got very narrow
Road got very narrow

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