Small Laid Back Town with Many Exploring Opportunities
can't think of any
this city is mix between mayas and spanish cultures
We paid 50 pesos for a taxi to take us to Cenotes Dzitnup and Samula, about 7 km away from town. The 2 cenotes are right next to each other. Water is crystal clear with fishes swimming around and the caves are impressive. We went to Dzitnup first. There were many people swimming in it. Later we walked across the street to Samula. Cenote Samula is...more
WOW!You won't believe how much art this retired American couple has collected over 30 years....over 3,000 pieces. The live in a restored 400 year old hacienda style house about 1/3 block from the town main square (easy to find) They give tours every day at 10 AM - but we rang their door bell and they gave us a tour in the after noon since we were...more
Near my hotel i could share a taxi with some Mexican people who were waiting at the same stop. The taxi leaves untill it is full and you share the price. Think as tourist you pay more but ok.The first picture i went up all there fantastic view and i still dont understand how i went down as i was scared to go down it was terrible steep and i really...more
Swim in cool ( cold ) waters like the Myans did 2000 years ago in the Zaci cenote, which is the original Myan name for Valladolid. Just to take a walk on the path is a refreshing respite from the heat. 20 pesos admission fee. Nice restaurant. Check out the Xtabentun a Myan drink made from honey and anise and rum. A mild licorice flavor .more
The rooms are comfortable and reasonable. Public restaraunt is built around the 1st courtyard and...more
This place is no frills. You can get a room with a fan only or a room with air conditioner. The...more
Calle 40 No 160 - A por 27, Fracc Santa Lucia, Valladolid, Yucatan, 97780, Mexico
Good for: Families
We stopped in Valladolid in our way inland just for lunch. With kids, difficult to adapt to strange food, we tried to choose a good restaurant, and found one in the main square, close to the church and city hall. We had a good lunch, a moderate price, and the kids also enjoyed the meal. And that is good.more
Anyone spending time in Valladolid should check out Hosteria del Marques for lunch or dinner. The restaurant, which is part of the most upscale hotel in town, El Meson del Marques, is situated on the north end of the main square. The atmosphere is wonderful; tables are situated around a beautiful courtyard that is lit by candles at night. Food...more
If you need a break from Mexican food, Beijing Restaurante (Comida China) near the main square is a great choice. We discovered this eatery while walking to the main square and was pleasantly surprised. Owner Mr. Cai serves hearty chinese food buffet style. We especially liked the tasty chinese meatball; there were several stir-fry vegetable dishes...more
It's clean and airy, with nice bathrooms. The waiters are so helpful and friendly, and the food is delicious. Right next door to the bus terminal so it's easy to find Huevos Divorciados - it's 2 eggs fried to your liking, one side covered with a red sauce and the other covered with a green sauce. Served with refried beans and ham. Hmmm, deliciousmore
Taberna de los Fralies is almost too good to be true! Finally a first class international fusion restaurant has opened in Vallaodlid so you can eat something besides Yucatec food if you choose. The location is a bit out of the way - next to ex-Convento San Bernadino on Calles Los Fralies - but finding it is worth the trip.The menu is unlike any...more
To get to cenotes Ditznup and Samula, which are 7km west of town, pick up a taxi on Calle 44 in front of the Maria Guadalupe hotel. There's a sign on the sidewalk in front of the hotel stating that this is the pickup spot for taxis going to the cenotes. We were told at the tourist information center that it would cost 10 pesos each to get to the...more
Valladolid's bus terminal is conveniently located about 2 blocks west of the main square. The bus terminal is small and more manageable than the larger ones in Cancun and Merida. Buses to Cancun take 2 to 3 hours; first class buses, which take faster roads and don't make stops are on the 2-hour end. Buses to and from Valladolid also take 2 to 3...more
The busstation is located close to the zocalo, but first-class buses stop at the busstation La Isleta on the highway. From here you can take a local bus ten minutes in to the city. Buses goes many times a day to the other cities on the Yucatán peninsula. Taking a bus in Mexico is fast and cheap, and the best way to get around.more
Very big store with a lot of choice.
Did not buy much as it is not close to my hotel.
24 hours open all days and has a ATM
What to buy: fruit and other supermarket things
Valladolid has a great zocalo. There are plenty of benches and "lovers chairs" (two chairs made to face each other) for people to sit in. Many people hang out in the zocalo and just sit. It is a great way for people to spend time with one another. While sitting in the zocalo myself, I saw couple canoodling, grandparents spending time with their...more
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Never buy anything off street vendors and think it's real. Never buy anything at the first price given to you, walk away first.
Unique Suggestions: When buying something off the street, don't buy right away, let them know it's too expensive for the price you will pay, then walk away for the first time, you will see the price lower.
Fun Alternatives: This is the main square where street vendors hang out.
light clothing, thick soled shoes, towel (its very hot and humid down those wells!)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BUG SPRAY...since cenotes are nature wells (hence, theres water), there is an abundance of bugs and mosquitos. i got bitten by a mosquito and it was itchy and red for a few days...ouch!
Photo Equipment: just a regular camera will do
Not far from Valladolid there are a few cenotes (sinkholes) worth visiting. I visited the Dzitnup: it's not like the cenotes you usually see in the pictures, basically because there's no large hole at the top. This cenote is more like an underground lake inside a cave, with a very small "hole" or "skylight" at the top, from which very little light...more
Valladolid did not used to be Valladolid - it was once called Zací (zah-kee), by the Mayas when they settled here... the settlement of the white hawk. Today the city is well known for its colonial architecture and especially because it's very near Chichen Itza - making it a good base from which to explore the famous ruins. I liked the architecture...more
Much of the city and the buildings were badly destroyed during the Caste wars that lasted from 1847 - 1904. It was the largest and most succesful of Yucatáns rural rebellions; a group of Mayas gathered and rebelled against the powerful and bigoted Europeans (Yucatecos) that intruded their land and ignored their rights.Historians believe it all...more