One of the oldest cities in the peninsula and currently one of the four Yucatecan Magical Towns, Valladolid is fascinating in every sense of the word. Its streets – paradoxically peaceful and full of life at the same time – are home to historic sites, mansions, museums, comfortable little hotels, markets, fountains, shops, ice cream parlors, snack stalls, parks, and many corners to explore.
As if that were not enough, the privileged location of this charming town has given it the title of “the capital of the Mayan East”. Valladolid is located right in the middle of the two most important cities of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida and Cancún, both approximately 160 kilometers apart. In addition, the main archaeological wonders of the area are located very close: Chichén Itzá, just 45 kilometers away, Tulum, 100 kilometers away, Ek Balam, 30 kilometers away, and Cobá, 35 kilometers away. For this reason, to get to know Yucatán perhaps it is a good idea to contemplate this destination as a starting point.
In Valladolid, you can breathe a peaceful air, typical of a small town and extremely rich in traditions. Probably the first thing that catches your attention is the kindness of its inhabitants, who will not think twice before sharing everything they know about the place where they were born. After leaving your bags at the hotel – choose one of those that surround the central square, housed in old buildings – you will be ready to start your colonial tour.
Valladolid joined the Pueblos Mágicos program in 2012.
Valladolid is the second most important city in Yucatan and the oldest in the state. It was founded in 1543 by Francisco de Montejo "El Sobrino" and was formerly inhabited by the Cupules in a place known as Chauac Há, part of a Mayan chiefdom.
Church of Santa Lucia
Church of Santa Ana
Church of Saint John
Former Convent of San Bernardino
Fiesta de la Candelaria, from January 26 to February 3, one of the most important festivals in the region is held with an artistic, cultural, craft and gastronomic display.
Fiesta de la Santa Cruz, from April 23 to May 3, this festivity takes place in the neighborhood of Cruz Verde, which is celebrated with jarana dance, rosaries and typical food of the region.
Cultural autumn of Valladolid, in October and November, in different parts of the city, cultural, artistic and social events are held.
It is located in the eastern region of the State.
It limits to the north with Temozon, to the south with Cuncunul-Tekom-Chichimila, to the east with Chemax and to the west with Cuncunul-Uayma.