Don’t miss the chance to spend a few days in this quaint and vibrant little town. The friendly locals and colorful streets will draw you in and the amazing regional cuisine, and incredible sights will ensure you have a trip to remember. Only 2 hours from Cancun it’s the ideal antidote to loud beach parties and crowded all inclusive resorts. Settle into a slice of history and see another side of the Yucatán Peninsula. Here’s a list of my must do during your visit to Valladolid.
Stay in the colonial boutique hotel Hotel Posada San Juan. As soon as we set foot in the welcoming boutique hotel we felt right at home. Each corner was adorned with traditional decor and an added dash of modern style. Although the building feels like stepping back in time, decadent guest rooms have been updated and offer all you would expect at a five star property. We loved the abundance of terraces and breezy outdoor dining areas alongside a refreshing swimming pool and lush gardens. Delight in their home cooked breakfast and fragrant coffee on the ambient tiled patio each morning. Dip into the inviting, lush pool after a day of exploring and admire the historic architecture and vibrant gardens.
Spend a morning at the Mercado Municipal and their rustic fruit and vegetable market across the road. Tempt your taste buds with local fruits, vegetables, and spices and take home ingredients to create your own cochinita pibil. Treat the kids to the home made marzipan, meringues, and don’t miss the addictive sweet and sour tamarind candy. Grab ingredients for a Yucatan cooking class at Posada San Juan and learn the techniques for the region’s signature dishes.
Take a stroll along the pastel hued Calzada de Los Frailes and browse the bohemian shops and artisanal wares. Stop at an eclectic quaint cafe for a cup of horchata or cheesy empanada or peruse the museum for a mini history lesson.
Don’t miss tasting the Yucatan cuisine at Loncheria El Amigo Casiano, located in the town’s former bus station. For a modern twist, try dinner and cocktails at Casa Conato Cultural or Idilio Folklore Cervecero.
Take a day trip to the magnificent Chichen Itza and see one of the world’s most famous Mayan Ruins. Grab a memorable souvenir from one of the many market vendors on your way out and head a few minutes down the road for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear Cenote Ik Il.
Immerse with the locals and soak in the colours of the sunset in the picture perfect town square. Buy a mouthwatering Nutella filled marquesita from a rickety cart and snap a photo in front of the historic cathedral. Find a rooftop bar as the sky turns dark and taste a few mezcals under the stars.
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