Without a doubt, Valladolid is one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Mexico. It offers plenty to see, do and eat, whether you’re visiting solo, as a couple or a family. Many tours from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza stop by the city. It is a quick two- or three-hour drive from Playa del Carmen to Valladolid. In the area, you can visit the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam, which are only 30 minutes from the town and quite unique. The old town is known for its many cenotes surrounding it. Therefore, you have plenty to explore. Don’t forget to enjoy a traditional lunch overlooking one of the most popular ones.
Valladolid has a beautiful center square that you can sit at for hours and enjoy the birds and the beautiful views surrounding you. Many festivals happen here, and you can taste the many delicious Mexican treats and drinks offered around. If you’re in search for traditional Mexican clothes, you’ve come to the right place. There are many different stores and the locals will highly appreciate your business. Besides, you know you’ll be taking home hand-made clothes from the original indigenous people. Make sure you carry your camera around everywhere when visiting Valladolid.
Next, get a photo of the San Gervasio Cathedral. This beautiful church is right in the city center and has many tales to tell. Also, don’t forget to visit the Monastry of San Bernardino de Siena (pictured above), where you will find a cenote covered by a dome. It was the starting point of a large natural irrigation system that once watered the immense grounds of the convent.
Breathe in the smells of the local kitchens. Wonder at the colorful colonial houses. Feel the energy of the Mayans gone and past that have left their mark in the town. Marvel at the beautiful hand-made clothes that represent all the culture the city has. After all, Valladolid has all this to offer and much more.
A Party for Your Palate
When it comes to food, you will notice a slight difference than what you might be used to back in Playa del Carmen. Authentic food from Valladolid is prepared differently and you will definitely want to try it. Delight your palate with the original chochinita pibil, salbutes, panuchos, relleno negro, poc chuc, papadzules, and many other delicacies. Wash it all down with a refreshing all-natural water fruit. If you’re feeling adventurous, order a jicama margarita or one of the many exotic cocktails on offer around the town. On your way out, grab some Mexican candies for the bus ride or car drive home. Of course, if you’re feeling healthy, you can buy one-dollar fruit from the many women dressed traditionally on the road side.
Valladolid: the Tip of the Iceberg
Like Valladolid, there are many gorgeous towns in the Yucatan Peninsula awaiting your visit. You are just a short drive from Merida, for example. In fact, the American Capital of Culture Organization has crowned the city twice. Its architecture and design are very historical and tell many stories of its past.
Owning a home – whether for retirement or vacation – in Playa del Carmen puts Merida, Valladolid and all the southeast of Mexico right at your feet. Trips to these historical towns are just a few hours away. Therefore, you are offered a wide variety of options to do every weekend. Don’t sit on the idea to retire or invest in the Riviera Maya for too long. The time to do it is now.
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