5 Reasons to Visit Valladolid Mexico
Unfortunately most people skip over this majestic town in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula on their way to more popular destinations such as Cancun or Merida. Valladolid is the perfect image of a picturesque town, and was named after the capital of Spain at the time. Its location puts it directly on the route between Cancun or Tulum (click here for a guide)and Merida. Valladolid is in the perfect location for those who want to visit the historical Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba, or Ek Balam. Valladolid has so much to offer, so do yourself a favor and add it to your Mexico travel itinerary and you won’t be disappointed. Here are the 5 Reasons to visit Valladolid Mexico.
Of course I have to start with the food! Valladolid has a wide range of restaurants, with local, regional, or international cuisine. You can find small food stands on the side of the street, plastic chair mom-and-pop style places, or high-end resort-style restaurants. You can use TripAdvisor to find the top restaurants at the time of your visit, or simply walk around this picturesque town and find a place that draws you in, either by its roadside appeal or the delicious smells coming from within.
2. Painted Houses
Of all my travels, I have only seen a few towns this colorful, with such gorgeous architecture, that makes you want to walk around for hours just taking as many photos as your camera allows. Each house or business in the center of town has it’s own color and it’s own unique doorway, leaving you with the feeling you want to go home and paint your home right away. Explore a different street each time from your guesthouse or hotel to see all that this town has to offer. Make sure to snap a few selfies!
So if you’re coming from Cancun, Playa de Carmen, or Tulum you know that your wallet is quickly being drained from the higher costs along Mexico’s shoreline. Spend a few days in Valladolid however and you’ll be shocked how little you need to spend. From accommodation, to food, to activities; the costs are all lower here. You’ll pass a restaurant that you’re positive must be expensive due to its location or design, and be shocked to find the prices cut in half from other areas of the Yucatan. Our hotel room located directly in the middle of town, with it’s own small kitchen, A/C, and hot water cost $20 USD per night. Margarita lover? We spent as little as $50 pesos for a margarita in one of the most expensive areas of town.
Not only was Valladolid an important colonial center it was also the sight of important events in Mexico’s history such as the Mayan Revolt of the 1840s and the Mexican Revolution which eventually led to Mexico’s independence. A walk through the quiet streets in the early morning hours is like traveling back in time. The Cathedral of San Gervasio was built in the 1570’s and is located in the center of town near the main park. It was destroyed due to the violence between the Mayans and the Spanish, and had to be rebuilt in the early 1700’s. The town has 8 cathedrals throughout, all with that ancient look built with stone and cement. The Cathedral and former Convent, San Bernandino de Siena, is a awe-inspiring structure dating back to 1552, making it one of the oldest churches in the Americas.
5. Friendly locals
Being that the number of tourists visiting this town are drastically less than those along the coast, you’ll find that the locals are much more accepting of you as a visitor invading their city. In the coastal cities you can feel the frustration of the locals, but here everyone has a smile on their face and willing to help the foreign invaders. Head to a local bar or small restaurant and attempt to practice your Spanish language by striking up a conversation with those around you.