Start your Valladolid walking tour at central Francisco Canton Rosado Park. From there, it’s an easy walk to landmarks such as the 16th-century Cathedral of San Gervasio, the Avenue of the Friars, and San Bernardino de Siena Convent. Head to the lively municipal market to shop for traditional crafts and tuck into local specialties such aslomitos (Valladolid’s version of a steak sandwich), smoked sausage, andcochinita pibil (a slow-roasted pork dish). Additional highlights include the San Roque Museum, Casa de los Venados, and the nearby cenotes of Zaci, Xkeken, Samula, and Suytun. Guided tours from Cancun typically include a stop in Valladolid and at Chichen Itza.
Things to Know Before You Go
A video-mapping light show at the Convent of San Bernardino of Siena takes place in the evenings, Wednesday to Sunday.
In either late January or early February, the town celebrates its holy patron, Our Lady of Candelaria, with the Valladolid Expo-Feria, a festival that includes religious processions, carnival games, performances, and more.
En route to Chichen Itza, just outside Valladolid, a prison in the town of Ebtún sells high-quality hammocks handmade by its inmates.
How to Get There
Valladolid is located between Mérida and Tulum on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. By car via Highway 180, it’s two hours west of Cancun and 2.5 hours east of Mérida. Or you can hop a bus at the ADO station in Cancun, which is located across from Hotel Plaza Caribe.
When to Get There
To score the best deals on accommodations and flights and to avoid the crowds, try to plan your trip during the shoulder season in May and November. The winter months, from December to March, are typically the busiest, as is the case with most of Mexico, so expect more visitors then. In general, though, Valladolid is less touristy than destinations such as Cancun.
Alligator Estuary Nature Park (Parque Natural Ría Lagartos)
Known for its flocks of pink flamingos, Parque Natural Ría Lagartos, which boasts more than 380 bird species, is a must-see attraction for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers. It’s located about two hours directly north of Valladolid. Guided boat tours travel along the river and estuary through the mangroves to the salt flats where the flamingos feed.
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