Valladolid is a colonial city that is great to visit because, in addition to all the beaches that you have in Yucatan, it is also nice to visit a city. The nice thing about Valladolid is that it has not yet been discovered by mass tourism, so you will experience the real authentic Mexico. Valladolid is a place where art and architecture come together with its beautiful pastel-colored buildings and old historic buildings. The streets are colorful and the city is buzzing with life. Valladolid has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Check our tips about what are the best things to do in Valladolid so you are well prepared.
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How many days do you need for Valladolid?
Valladolid itself is great but also the things you can do in the area are worth visiting. If you want to get a good impression of Valladolid and the surrounding area you need at least 3 nights. If you have less time, it is also possible to do a day trip from Tulum to Valladolid, you can combine this with Chichen Itza and Cenotes. Probably Valladolid isn’t your only destination in Mexico, read our Mexico itinerary to inspire yourself to create your own. You can also use this article to find information about different destinations, just like this article.
Best things to do in Valladolid?
There are a lot of things to do and to see in Valladolid. We have listed the 4 most important activities for you. Because we didn’t have a lot of time we only did the most important things in Valladolid.
Just walk around and enjoy Valladolid
The best thing to do in Valladolid is simply walking around the city. It’s nice to walk the streets and see all the colonial influences. While walking, try to pay attention to the different architecture of the buildings. In Valladolid, there are several old buildings and churches, but the cathedral in the center is certainly a high point.
Tip: after a day of walking you will probably need a good restaurant. Our favorite is El Atrio del Mayab, this restaurant can be found on the right on the central square. The food is delicious and you have plenty of choices. For good breakfast visit Meson Marquez.
What are the best things to do in Valladolid and properly most travelers will say: discover the cenotes around Valladolid. We have visited a few cenotes and recommend two of them. The one you really can’t miss is Cenote Suytun. In our opinion, this is the nicest cenote. If you like photography and you want to make a cool photo then you should be here at the opening. If you are here later in the day it is very busy here. It is possible to visit this cenote independently or through a tour that is combined with Chichen Itza. In addition, near Chichen Itza is cenote Ik Kil. This Cenote is perhaps the most famous because it is often used on the internet as a figurehead for a “typical” cenote in Mexico. Also, just like with Suytun, you can go there independently. Check when you are on-site what is easiest for you. If you want to keep it easy we recommend that you do it via a tour.
Discover Chichen Itza
The best thing to do in Valladolid regarding discovering Maya ruins is to visit Chichen Itza. This Maya temple is one of the seven wonders of the world. In our opinion, Chichen Itza needs no further explanation why you should visit this. From Valladolid, you can easily book a tour with one of the tour operators in the city that you can combine with a visit to a cenote. It is also possible to do it independently. If you use a bus you need to be aware that it cost a lot of travel time. As a result, we recommend that you use a tour operator if you don’t have a car. If you prefer to go independently buy your tickets in advance to skip the queue.
Visit Chichen Itza with or without a guide?
We always like to explore the culture and learn from history. We recommend visiting this Chichen Itza with a guide because you will hear all the stories which are well worth it, believe us! Because of the guide and his stories you will better understand what you see. The risk with walking without a guide is that you see something and you don’t know what it means. So please follow our advice and visit Chichen Itza with a guide.
Tip: If you go independently buy your tickets in advance.
Other best things to do in Valladolid
Due to a lack of time, we had only done the activities that are mentioned above. However, if you have more time to expand the list of best things to do in Valladolid, it is worth investigating. For example, you can take a day trip to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan province. You can also go to Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas, which you can book via the below tour.
Go Flamingo (Rio Lagartos – Las Coloradas – Ek Balam) | $140 per person
Where to stay in Valladolid?
The choices you have in Valladolid are diverse. We recommend staying close to the center so that you can do everything within walking distance. We have selected our two favorite Valladolid accommodations. We always pay attention to price and quality ratio and that is very good with both. The accommodations are both popular so be wise and book in time so that you have a place. We link to Booking.com because you can adjust your reservation 24 hours in advance. This way you retain your flexibility during your trip.
Are you looking for a hostel that is affordable then Tunich Naj is for you. The advantage of this hostel is that it is centrally located and you get breakfast every morning. It is wonderful to relax in the garden or to meet other travelers. The hostel has a big kitchen where you prepare your own food. If you travel by car you can park on the other side of the private property.
Price per night from:
$ 11 dorm | $ 34 double room
The building, garden, and terrace are beautiful. The rooms are very spacious and have all the facilities you need. The location is perfect because you walk in 5 minutes to the main square. There is no possibility for breakfast, however, this is not a problem, because there are enough restaurants nearby. With Booking Fundadores scores a 9, so make sure you are on time with your reservation at Fundadores, because the rooms are quickly gone.
Price per night from:
$ 68 double room
When you follow our itinerary through Mexico your next destinations is Isla Holbox. Open our article: 8 best things to do on Isla Holbox via the link. If you already visited Isla Holbox or your travel direction is different your next destination can also be Tulum or Bacalar.
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