Valladolid, Mexico: A glimpse into local life

Valladolid, Mexico is a quaint, sleepy colonial town in the Yucatan peninsular, located about a 2 hour drive from Playa del Carmen.

There’s not a hell of a lot going on here, which is perhaps why we like it. We found ourselves passing through several times as we traveled around the Yucatan peninsular.

It’s a good stopping off point on a day trip to Chichen Itza or on the way to Merida. Whilst we have never spent the night, my friend Sam of Live to Explore Life stayed at La Candelaria Hostel with no complaints.

We had Cochinita Pibil (a braised pork unique to the Yucatan) for dinner one night at restaurant in the Hotel Maria de la Luz which is right on the square. It was pretty good and well priced (though we were rather delirious after a big road trip to Oaxaca and back).

Most of the activity is centered around the main square, or zocalo. Grab an ice-cream from one of the heladerías on the square, and watch local life unfold at an unhurried pace.

The cathedral on the square makes for some nice pics, and there are a few stores and cafes around the square to kill a few hours.

Not far from the square is the small Maya history museum San Roque with free entrance. They have rest rooms.

There is also another quaint square near the San Bernadino convent, which is worth a look.

When passing through Valladolid, we always like to stop at Cenote Zaci on the outskirts of town. It was the first cenote we ever visited in Mexico, and it still remains one of my favourites. Entry is dirt cheap at around 20 Pesos per person, and it makes for a refreshing break from the searing summer heat.

There are different ledges to jump from, including a rather high one which Tyrhone was brave enough to utilize, as well as some water-level steps for the less adventurous (like me).

Even if you don’t want to swim, I recommend having a look. Whilst the water isn’t as clear as some cenotes in the Yucatan, it is very beautiful.

There are several other cenotes in the area too. I have heard of fellow travelers renting bicycles to check them out which sounds like a great way to spend a day!


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