Valladolid is the Mexico you’ve always wanted to discover.
Valladolid is a Pueblo Mágico, one of select number of Mexican town with this designation. Valladolid is not just a rest stop on the way to or from Chichen Itza. It is a destination in itself. Valladolid is a city rich in history and culture, located in the middle of the Yucatan and the heart of the Mayan world.
Valladolid is the nearest colonial city to Cancun. The city is more than 470 years old but still retains a small-town ambiance. Valladolid was over-built by the Spanish on the Mayan site of Zaci so the city is actually much older than 470 years.
Valladolid has a long and colorful history. Because of its age and location it was the focal point of of conquests, conflicts and commerice. Before the Spanish colonizers came, the Mayan city of Zaci was located between two of the cenotes of Valladolid. The War of the Castes, which began in 1847, lasted over 60 years. In 1910, Valladolid struck the first spark of the Mexican Revolution.
Valladolid has 4 major Mayan ruins, open to the public, less than a one hour drive: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Yaxunah and Cobá. Plus many more within a two hour drive. And many, still unexcavated, in the jungles surrounding Valladolid. CLICK HERE for links to more than 300 Mayan ruins: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1xXmm6SYsDAeuh5kIE0B6w6mes14&shorturl=1
Valladolid has the Gulf coast with its small fishing villages (with boat trips to swim with the whales or to see flamingos, other birds and crocodiles) and their wonderful, inexpensive seafood restaurants. Straight north about 1 1/2 hours.
Valladolid has the Caribbean coast with the rustic sophistication of Tulum as well as the crystal-clear Caribbean waters and their soft-sand beaches; about one hour and ten minutes south-east.
Valladolid has cenotes (fresh-water sinkholes) in every direction. Many are open to the public for swimming. There are (depending upon whose figures you use) between 3,000 and 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan.
Valladolid is located less than 15 miles from Xo-Cen (the Bellybutton of the World according to Mayan belief). Many old Mayan crafts and traditions are still practiced in the small villages of the Yucatan.
Valladolid is a cultural city in its own right. From the museum-quality collection of Mexican folk art at Casa de los Venados, to the frequent musical presentations in all of the parks, to art and photography exhibitions at City Hall, to the parades, fiestas and dances there seems to be something happening every week.
Valladolid has a wide variety of food options from street corner push-carts (we'll tell you which ones we enjoy) to locals-only family restaurants away from the main square to white linen dining. And everything in between.
Valladolid is one of the safest cities in the state of Yucatan which is the safest state in Mexico. The crime rate for the entire state is about equal to the crime rate of the state of Vermont in the USA. You do not need to worry about getting knocked over the head while walking around in the evening.
Give Back to Valladolid with despensas (two weeks worth of food basics and household necesities). We take you to nearby Mayan villages to gift a despensa to a needy Mayan family (or two). Our Mayan-speaking driver helps with translations. You return home with a full heart and new friends.