Day 8 - Saturday, February 10, 2018. Our ADO bus for Valladolid was scheduled to leave Tulum at 9:30 am. So it was up at 6:30 am, out the door by 8:45 am, and be at the bus station a little after 9:00 am. We have learned that with buses being just about the only public transportation between cities, the bus stations are busy with lots of arrivals and departures throughout the day. The announcements, of course, are in Spanish. But it didn’t matter what language, the public address systems were a garbled mess anyway. When 9:30 am came around, we tried to figure out which bus was ours by showing each bus driver our tickets and trying to interpret their reactions. Finally, at 9:50 am, one bus driver nodded yes.
The 1st class ADO bus was a brand new Mercedes, and it was beautiful. The movie on the bus was some chick flick with Julia Roberts, Jennifer Anniston, and Kate Hudson all dubbed in Spanish. It was a hoot to watch and helped make the 90-minute ride fly by. We arrived in Valladolid Mexico at 11:15 am. As the bus was driving through the city toward the downtown bus station, I was surprised how much bigger Valladolid Mexico was. Fortunately, Suzi, our new Airbnb superhost, provided a map to her Airbnb from the bus station. It turned out to be an easy 10-minute walk through the historic part of town.