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“Valladolid a town full of character”
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Monroe, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
24 helpful votes
“Valladolid a town full of character”
Reviewed 5 January 2010

This is a beautiful little town full of character. There are great places to eat and nice shopping (not too expensive) around the main plaza. There is a cenote and a very old church to visit. Just outside Valladolid you have a few other cenotes. I spent a very pleasant day in Valladolid and I am looking forward to going back.

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Charlotte NC
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119 reviews
110 helpful votes
“taste of true Mexico in this colonial town with a beautiful square”
Reviewed 1 January 2010

its easy to get here if you have a rental car and are visiting Chichen Itza. We drove from Cancun via the 180-D (toll free) to Chichen and on the way back, took the free road 180 to Valladolid and spent 2 hours before heading back to Cancun. We split our time evenly between the central plaza, the San Bernardino Convent and the serene Cenote (sinkhole) Zaci. Don't miss the 4 large paintings on the 2nd floor of the Palacio Municipal overlooking the main square. Not Rembrandt's but they chronicle the town's turbulent history visually. The pictures from the 2nd floor of the square are nice too. The Cenote Zaci is only 2.5 blocks away from the main square - its a large swimming hole with trees all around it, a path that circles it and stalagtites hanging from the roof. We didnt swim but enjoyed seeing the mostly local families enjoying themselves in the water.

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UK
1 review
9 helpful votes
“The best way to tour the Valladolid area”
Reviewed 24 November 2009

On arriving in Valladolid we popped into the recently opened MEXIGO Tours, a bike hire and tour shop just behind the cathedral. We were looking to hire bicycles, but after seeing that they offered a guided bicycle tour too we decided to go for that - and we were so glad we did - it was the best day of our 2 week stay on the Yucatan peninsula. The tour was a full day, starting with a trip to the local bustling and fascinating market and then a cycle to a local Cenote, one which luckily hasn't made the guide books and we were the only people in the water - it was stunning. After this refreshing break we visited Mayan churches and went to a Mayan community where we got to meet a real Mayan family - we had a guide who could translate the Mayan language into English/ Spanish and to be honest the warmth from the people we met made it hard to leave. They have been living the same way for hundreds of years, no electricity/ running water - amazing. Another Mayan family gave us lunch - the tastiest tortillas in the world - hand made. We then visited more cenotes and finished of the day coming through the beautiful town of Valladolid at just about dusk (5pm ish). Toon, our guide, was so knowledgeable on the history and culture of the area, and his enthusiasm and friendliness meant we had a really wonderful day. He runs the business with his wife Vivyana, and I don't think a trip to the Valladolid area would be complete without giving them a visit and organising a bicycle tour. Valladolid is also a great central location on the Yucatan peninsula, close to Chichin Itza, and an easy bus journey to anywhere on the coast - Cancun, Tulum, or Merida city.
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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
28 helpful votes
“Vibrant Little Ciudad”
Reviewed 4 July 2009

We made our way from Ek Balam to Valladolid in time for lunch. Valladolid is a lively Mayan city -- a riot of color and sound. We found a hotel and checked in. Hotel Maria De La Luz, was selected because it offered parking of the very busy street. Hotel Maria De La Luz is a basic hotel with a charming central courtyard/restaurant, where we immediately ordered dos tequilas y dos cervezas. These beverages immediately quenched our thirst and gave us a bit of calmness, after the excitement of the drive, the ruins, and getting into the bustling little town. After a delicious lunch, we then drove to the nearby cenotes (fresh water caves), for a look at the most magnificent natural wonder I've ever seen.

We got a little lost on the way to the cenotes at Dzitnup, but the Mexican people are so nice and so friendly, a passing truck stopped and offered directions to get us back on track.

I love the cenotes for their natural simplicity. You walk down, into a cool, dark cave, that is filled with beautiful, clear spring water. The first cenote we went into had bats flying around inside. A center hole above created a shaft of sunlight that illuminated the cave, and exposed beautiful stelagtites. Skot and I jumped right in, and swam around inside the cold, dark, cave, with the sounds of bats flying around above. I think this was the most appropriate Halloween adventure I have ever had. However, in hind-sight, I probably shouldn't have immersed my head in the water, as it surely had load of guano in it. The water was clear, and the fish were swimming all around me, and the place seemed magical and vibrant.

The second cenote that we visited was even more breath-taking. There were roots of a huge tree coming down from the hole at the roof of the cave.

When we returned to Valladolid, we found the central square across from our hotel buzzing with excitement. The local people were erecting structures, made from palm leaves and other natural materials, to honor deceased loved ones. This is a very happy time for the Mexican people, where they feel the presence of their dearly departed, and honor them by putting out flowers, their favorite foods, brand of cigarettes, alcohol, etc. The people dress all in white and burn candles. It is an amazing sight to behold. We were so lucky to be there on that special night.

After a bit of shopping in Valladolid, we had more good fortune and ran into an archaeologist who specializes in Mayan history. She gave us a personal tour of her Mayan art collection. Her goal is to restore pride in Mayan culture, among the Mayan people.

That night, we had the most amazing dinner at Meson del Marques, a beautiful hotel/restaurant with a romantic and relaxing center courtyard. Skot had Caribbean Chicken, a dish prepared at our table. I had a roast turkey dish in a black bean sauce that had been buried for cooking. All food, drinks, and other-worldly dessert cost us the equivalent of $35 USD!

We did not expect to sleep well on the lumpy mattress at the Maria de La Luz, but we were so tired after our day of adventure, that we immediately passed out and didn't stir until early the next morning.

We woke to the sounds of jungle birds, then had a delicious breakfast at the hotel before setting out to Chichen Itza ruins. We were there shortly after it opened at 8am.

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Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
682 reviews
729 helpful votes
“Nice walkable small town with enough to see and do for a day”
Reviewed 11 February 2009

Valladolid is small enough (40,000?) so that you can walk to everything there is to see. It certainly has the nice central colonial core with a main plaza surrounded by attractive buildings. There is a cenote (Zaci) about a four block walk from the center of town in case you don't get to the others that are in the countryside. The cenote certainly was unique and worth the small fee to enter. Take a walk down Calle 41A (notice it's a diagonal street that starts a couple of blocks from the center of town if you have a town map) and you will find very lovely well kept homes and after a few minutes you will be in a park area with an old church and convent.
We were very surprised that Valladolid has so many hotels and restaurants and shops for a town this size but it is close to Chichen Itza and other Maya sites and cenotes so there is a need for traveler's accomodations. It is a good center for visiting these places, especially if you have your own transport. The city is about half way between Cancun and Merida which makes it about two hours to either city. The Valladolid bus station is only two blocks from the central plaza and close to many hotels.

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