3 Days in Valladolid: Itinerary with Top 25 Things to Do

What to do and see in Valladolid

To visit Valladolid in Mexico is to discover a magnificent colonial city surrounded by a multitude of cenotes.

Strategically located in the heart of many great attractions of Yucatan and a stone’s throw from Chichen Itzá, it has become an essential crossing point for a Mexico itinerary.

To help you not miss anything during your stay, here is my complete guide with all the things to do and see absolutely in Valladolid and its surroundings.

I have gathered my best advice and tips, the 25 must-see places of interest, including several activities to do with the family.

To help you organize your trip, I have also included my suggested itineraries to visit Valladolid in 1 day with or without Chichen Itzá  and my hotel recommendations for all budgets.

So, what to do in Valladolid?

1. Central Square

In the center of the square is the Francisco Canton Rosado Park. It hosts La Mestiza, a fountain dedicated to Yucatan women, which has become an emblem of the city.

It’s a gathering place where there’s always a lively atmosphere, with small souvenir and street food kiosks (I recommend trying the marquesitas and churros!), sometimes even with typical dance and music entertainment!

The square is bordered by buildings with colonial arches with several small cafes with pleasant terraces to rest for a while.

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2. Church of Saint Servatius

Right in front of the square stands the San Servacio (or San Gervacio) church, the most important in Valladolid.

Tips for your Valladolid itinerary:
If you like colonial churches, I recommend taking a trip to the Iglesia de la Candelaria with its pretty red facade, the yellow church of Santa Ana and the parque San Juan de Dios with its church with pyramidal towers.

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San Servacio Church in the main square of Valladolid

3. The Municipal Palace

Also in the main square is the Palacio Municipal, which is the town hall.

Go up to the 2nd floor: there are paintings presenting the history of Valladolid , as well as some photos taken since 1920, in addition to obtaining a beautiful view of the square and the park from the balcony.

And access is free!

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The paintings of the Palacio Municipal in Valladolid. Photo: city of Valladolid

4. House of Deer

The “Maison des Cerfs” is a large colonial house that hosts a private museum dedicated to Mexican folk art .

Found here are 3,000 objects from across the country, which were collected by John and Dorianne Venator, an American couple who fell in love with Mexico.

It’s a colorful visit to a real Ali Baba’s cave, a must do in Valladolid!

  • Admission: 100$MXN (in the form of a donation donated to local associations)
  • Guided tours every day at 10 a.m. (no reservation required)
  • Address: Calle 40 #204 (corner Calle 41), Valladolid
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The House of the Deer

5. San Roque Museum

Here is a free museum to visit in Valladolid to discover its history, from pre-Hispanic times to the revolutionary era.

It is located in a historic building, where a chapel was first built (16th century) which turned into the first hospital of Valladolid, then the convent of San Roque.

Today there are 4 exhibition halls which present several artefacts found in the surroundings (including Ek Balam ) and a small garden.

  • Free admission
  • Address: Calle 41 #193
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

6. Museum of Ethnic Clothing

The MUREM is a museum dedicated to the traditional clothing of Mexico.

As the museum is young, it is still quite small, but the clothes have been carefully chosen by a passionate collector. The result is colorful and detailed!

In addition, the guides on site know the subject very well, which makes the visit really relevant and interesting.

We learn the different manufacturing techniques, but also the function of the clothes (ceremony, daily life, etc.).

There is also a temporary exhibition. During my visit, it presented Carnival masks and costumes from the collection of Ricardo de Anda Flores.

The museum is definitely worth a visit!

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carnival masks

7. Cenote Zac

Incredible but true, the cenote Zaci is right in the historic center of Valladolid!

Zaci -pronounced Sachi- is the ancient Mayan name for Valladolid and refers to the white-tailed eland , a bird of the region.

It is a large semi-open cenote, very pretty because it is surrounded by rock faces and plants.

It is easily reached by taking one of the stone stairs and there is even an 8 m high platform to jump into the water.

Swimming in its cool waters is a must-do activity in Valladolid, the perfect place to forget the heat of the Yucatan, if only for a little while.

Tips for your Valladolid itinerary:
There is a good Yucatecan cuisine restaurant just at the top of the cenote from which you get a nice view.

By consuming the equivalent of 100$mxn, access to the cenote is free!

  • Entry 60 pesos
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • There are changing rooms and showers on site, don’t forget to bring a towel and a bathing suit
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Cenote Zaci in Valladolid. Photo: Cenote Zaci page.

8. Choco Story

The importance of cocoa for the Maya is indisputable.

This interactive museum presents its history in a dynamic way, from the Mayan era to today.

There are 12 rooms with scenes with narration in several languages, including French!

Everything is done in about 1h30 and ends in the shop where you can taste different chocolates before choosing from a wide variety of palettes.

This is definitely a family visit to Valladolid.

  • Entrance 150 pesos, children from 6 to 12 years old 75 pesos, children under 6 free.
  • Address: Calle 40, between Calle 37 and Calle 39, Valladolid
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
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The outer pyramid which presents the meeting between the conquistadors and the Mayans, more precisely between Cortés and Moctezuma.

9. Fall in Love with the Colorful Streets

Valladolid has a lot of charm and it is very pleasant to walk around the picturesque neighborhoods of La Candelaria, Santa Ana, San Juan and Sisal.

To take the best pictures, the must-see in Valladolid is the Calzada de los Frailes (Calle 41A).

The street is lined with colonial houses with facades clad in yellow, red, blue and green, now converted into cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops.

In colonial times, this street communicated the center of Valladolid where the Spaniards lived with the  Mayan village of Sisal which today is a district of the city.

Walking to the end of the street, you will come to the Convent of San Bernardino. And it is no coincidence: it was used as a place of conversion to Christianity for the community.

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The Road of the Friars

10. Convent of San Bernardino de Siena

In the district of Sisal is the convent of San Bernandino de Siena (1560), founded by the Franciscans as indicated by the coat of arms on the main door.

It is the 2nd largest convent in Yucatan, after San Antonio de Padua in Izamal!

You can visit the church, the chapel and a museum on the Castes War, but you should not miss the superb sound and light show on the facade which presents the history of the convent and the city.

Right in front of the convent is the colorful Valladolid sign (like you can find all over Mexico) for a photo stop.

  • Show: 9pm in Spanish, 9.20pm in English, Tuesday to Sunday, free
  • Admission: 40 pesos (except free church)
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The Convent of San Bernardino de Siena in Valladolid

11. Swim in an Underground Cave

The Zentik hotel hides a surprise: crossing a stone vault one arrives at an underground cave, immersed with salt water at a temperature between 35 and 38C.

The walls are covered with Chukum resin , an endemic tree from the Yucatan Peninsula that gives the water that blue-green tone found in cenotes.

It’s a magical place to relax in a romantic setting!

To access it you can ask for a day pass (450 pesos per person) which includes the cave and the hotel swimming pool.

Another interesting option is to take the massage package (1500 pesos per couple, 50min) which includes the day pass.

Finally, access is free for all customers of the Zentik hotel, which is one of my favorite hotels in Valladolid !

With its Mayan-style huts, numerous colorful murals by local and international artists, its swimming pool with hammocks, its spa, its good restaurant and of course its famous cave, it is one of a kind.

You can book the night here.

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Zentik’s Private Underground Cave

12. Take a Trip to the Market

Of course, visiting the market is a must in Valladolid!

Head to the Donato Bates municipal market to discover local colours, flavors and smells with its fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, meats, spices and desserts.

There are also some local handicrafts like the famous shirts embroidered with colorful flowers.

13. Taste Traditional Yucatan Cuisine

Valladolid is a good place to discover the gastronomy of Yucatan : salbutes, panuchos, papadzules, relleno negro, poc chuc.

And why not try xtabentun a honey and anise liqueur, or balché , a fermented drink made from legumes that was already widely consumed by the ancient Mayas.

I had been recommended the “Mercado de Comida” north of the central square, but I didn’t like its food court look. Especially since there are plenty of good and pretty restaurants in Valladolid!

I recommend El Sazon de Valladolid ( Calle 41 # 233 A), a simple restaurant, but very good and not expensive.

A little further from the center is IX CAT IK ( Calle 39 #158, Colonia Militar) which is worth a visit. 

It’s traditional Mayan cuisine with a modern twist, made with organic ingredients that come from their vegetable garden and the local market.

They even offer a little tour of the garden to present the products and see how the tortillas are made by hand!

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Preparation of tortillas

14. Xkopek Bee Park

Here is an activity to do with the family in Valladolid, off the beaten track!

Just 10 blocks from the central square of Vallodolid is Xkopek Park.

It is a natural park run by a family of beekeepers who have given themselves the mission of preserving several species of Yucatan bees, including the famous melipona , which was a sacred bee for the Mayans.

They offer a tour to discover bees : understand how they build their hives, which plants help them produce honey, how to tell them apart, etc.

They also take you to see a surprising dry cenote before ending with a honey tasting!

It’s a fairly simple, yet interactive tour, and in a beautiful natural setting.

If you are really a fan of nature, you can also sleep on site at the Xkopek campsite. They offer tents and bungalows, with breakfast included.

There is a kitchen, hammocks, toilets and showers, wifi and parking, with the possibility of renting bicycles.

  • Tour: 1 hour, 150 adult pesos, 120 child pesos, or free if you spend the night there
  • Address: Coin 57th Street and 38th Street, Former Aviation Colony San Juan, Valladolid
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Le cenote sec du Parc Xkopek. Photo: Ajau speleological group

15. Take a Free Guided Tour

There are good guided tours of Valladolid that are free, so why not take advantage of them?

I recommend two:

-A tour is organized by the tourist office of Valladolid.

Departure at 7 p.m. from the ground floor of the municipal palace. You have to be there 30 minutes in advance.

It starts with the murals, then the Church of San Servacio, the main square, the Calzada de los Frailes and the Convent of San Bernardino, ending with the projection show around 9 p.m.

-Another tour is organized by Estacion Mexico which organizes several free tours in different cities.

Departure at 5 p.m. from Yalat Arte Mexicano in the main square. Better to register in advance here but it is not mandatory.

The visit includes: the murals, house of culture, San Servacio church, cenote zaci, municipal market, San Roque museum, Calzada de los Frailes and San Bernardino convent.

The tour is more comprehensive, but remember that this kind of free walking tour is tip-based!

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Valladolid tour with Estacion Mexico

Around Valladolid

16. Chichen Itza

Chichen Itzá  is the very reason why Valladolid has developed so much in terms of tourism!

Indeed, Valladolid is the almost obligatory passage to the most famous Mayan site in the world.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and elected among the 7 new wonders of the world, Chichen Itzá is a must-see on a circuit in Mexico.

Founded in the 6th century by the Itza, then controlled from the 10th century by the Toltecs, it was abandoned in the 13th century, but remained for a long time an important place of pilgrimage.

Chichen Itzá was the greatest power in the entire Yucatan Peninsula!

Among the must-see attractions of Chichen Itzá:

  • The  Temple Kukulcan or El Castillo which is the main pyramid of Chichen Itzá, built in honor of the Toltec feathered serpent god
  • El Caracol, the astronomical observatory
  • The  Mayan pelota court which is the largest Mayan pelota playground in Mesoamerica
  • The Temple of the Warriors  and its columns, the most beautiful building in Chichen Itza
  • The sacred cenote where important ceremonies in honor of Chaac took place and many offerings (objects and human remains) have been found there. It is not possible to swim there.
  • The Noches de Kukulcan night show, an impressive sound and light event, with illumination of the structures and projection show on the pyramid of Kukulcan.
  • The Ik Kil cenote which is one of the most beautiful cenotes in Yucatan, but also one of the most touristic. Because of its proximity to Chichen Itzá, the two visits can easily be combined.

To know all the attractions and practical information of Chichen Itza : here is my Ultimate Guide to Chichen Itzá!

Tips for your Valladolid itinerary:

Chichen Itzá is the most touristic site in the Yucatan. It receives many buses of travelers arriving at the same time and forming long queues.

Don’t waste your time! 😉

Pre-book your skip-the-line tickets to Chichen Itzá here.

  • Noches de Kukulcan: from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in winter, and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in summer. Purchasing tickets on the official website
  • Getting to Chichen Itza: 45 min following the 180, or by ADO bus departures 10:50 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., return 4:30 p.m.
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The famous site of Chichen Itza in the state of Yucatan

17. Cenotes

The area is known for its many cenotes,  which are Valladolid’s most important attraction after Chichen Itza.

There are all kinds, some much more touristy than others, but they are all beautiful natural sites!

The challenge is that there are so many that it is impossible to see them all unless you devote an entire trip to them.

Among the most beautiful cenotes of Valladolid we can mention for example:

  • The Ik Kil cenote which is the most popular and frequented because it is close to Chichen Itza.
  • The Suytun cenote is probably the most present on Instagram and it must be recognized that it is a very good spot to take pictures!
  • The cenotes of Dznitnup : Xkeken and Samula
  • The cenote Oxman which is the Hacienda San Lorenzo with restaurant and swimming pool
  • Cenote Palomitas with few tourists
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Cenote Suytun

18. One Balam

Just 20 minutes from Valladolid is one of Mexico’s must-see destinations : the archaeological site of Ek Balam, surrounded by jungle.

Its main building is the Acropolis , one of the most imposing constructions in Yucatan , where the tomb of Ukit Kan Lek Tok was found with an offering of more than 7000 objects! 

I recommend climbing to the top of the pyramid as the view is stunning.

You can also see: the Mayan pelota court, the Mayan arch, the oval palace, the platform of the stelae, the twin pyramids.

Just 1.5km from Ek Balam is the X’canché cenote, which can easily be reached by car, on foot or by bicycle (provided free of charge)

It is a magnificent round cenote 15m below ground surrounded by roots and plants, and home to many fish. You can abseil, zip line, swim or relax in the hammocks!

  • Getting to Ek Balam: 30 min by car taking the 295 then the Carretera Ek Balam. The colectivos (70 pesos) leave from the intersection of streets 44 and 37.
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Le site d’Ek Balam

19. Las Coloradas Lagoon

Further on, on the same road that connects Ek Balam and Valladolid, is the site of Las Coloradas.

We can therefore combine the two visits in one day from Valladolid.

The lakes of Las Coloradas located in Rio Lagartos are known for the pink color of the water, unique in Mexico.

These are salt water basins, operated by a private company that harvests up to 500,000 tons of salt per year!

Please note: it is forbidden to swim in the pink lake, or even touch the water, but that does not prevent the site from offering a magnificent spot for taking photos.

In addition to the pink lakes, you can also take a boat trip through the mangroves to observe crocodiles and different seabirds, enjoy the beach or swim in the Laguna Azul.

From January to September, you can also see large colonies of pink flamingos which add even more charm to this colorful landscape.

On the way back to Valladolid, just before Tizimin, you can stop at Cenote Kikil, run by the local community!

  • Getting to Las Coloradas from Valladolid : by car take the 295 Río Lagartos – Tizimin / México ( 1h36); or take a colectivo or a bus to Tizimin (1h), then a Nordeste bus at 10.30am or 1.30pm to Las Coloradas (1h15)
  • Las Coloradas from Riviera Maya : From Cancun or Playa del Carmen, I recommend this tour with hotel pickup, visit to Las Coloradas, boat  trip to Rio Lagartos, and lunch. To book by clicking here.
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Las Coloradas in the Ria Lagartos reserve. Photo Esau Alberto Canto Novelo

20. Cenote Maya Native Park

The Cenote Maya Park is among the best places to visit around Valladolid.

Located on the road between the Riviera Maya and Valladolid, it is an ecotourism park in the jungle that offers 3 hours of activities, with meals.

When you arrive, you first attend a Mayan ceremony with a shaman to charge yourself with energy.

Then, it’s time to discover the cenote with the largest vault in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, and enjoy it to the fullest!

You first access the cenote with crystal clear water by abseiling for 12 m (there are also stairs).

Once inside the cave, there are zip lines, a tarzan ropediving boards at different heights and a slackline on the cenote.

After the cenote, we visit a traditional Mayan house, we discover medicinal plants and their organic vegetable garden with more than 50 plants, fruits and vegetables.

The tour ends with the meal with typical dishes of the region, prepared with ingredients from their vegetable garden.

It’s a really nice activity for both friends and families with children (6 years and over).

Admission includes all activities, the ceremony and the meal , to be purchased directly here.

  • Getting to Cenote Maya Park : it is 30 minutes from Valladolid, near the 180D between Valladolid and Cancun
  • Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Le Cenote Maya Native Park

21. The Ex-convent of Santo Domingo

Just 15km from Valladolid, in the village of Uayma, there is a former Franciscan convent from the 17th century.

Its church is unique in Yucatan with its red and white facade, covered with stone rosettes and stars.

It is possible to visit the interior of the church, its patio, the sacristy, the chapel and its large gardens.

Uayma is also known for its handicrafts, especially pottery and hammock weaving . So if you want to bring back a souvenir, you might as well encourage local crafts!

Tips for your Valladolid itinerary:
From July 28 to August 6, the festival in honor of Santo Domingo is held with dances, flower carpets and other activities. Not to be missed if you are in the area!

  • Church open every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m.
  • From Valladolid, colectivos leave near the municipal market. By car, 20 min taking the 70 Izamal -Valladolid
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Uayma Church

22. Coba

50 minutes from Valladolid, towards Tulum, is the Mayan city of Coba, a must-see in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Coba was one of the most powerful Mayan cities, just like Chichen Itza, of which it was a great rival!

Strategically located, it manages to extend up to 80km 2 and accommodates up to 50,000 inhabitants.

Today, it is a real pleasure to explore it by traversing its hidden paths in the middle of the jungle and particularly its main pyramid Nohoch Mul : from the top of its 42m, it is the highest in Quintana Roo and it offers a view beautiful on the surroundings!

You can visit the Coba site on foot in 2 or 3 hours, but there are also bicycles or bicycle taxis to rent on site.

There are three cenotes in Coba : Tamcach Ha, Multun Ha, Choo-Ha. Visitors are generally limited to visiting the archaeological site without going to the cenotes and it’s a shame because they are really pretty!

  • Admission 100 pesos, parking 70 pesos, bike 50 pesos
  • Getting to Coba from Valladolid: 50 min by car, take the Cancun/México 180, then Chemax-Coba

Tips for your Valladolid itinerary:
If you’re thinking of visiting Coba from the Riviera Maya instead , I recommend this day trip with pick-up from your hotel.

It’s a very busy day with the visit of Tulum, the site of Cobalunch, chocolate tasting , swimming in the cenote Tamcach-Ha and even free time in Playa del Carmen before returning to the hotel!

To book here.

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Nohoch Mul at Coba, the highest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula

23. Valladolid Zoo

Vallazoo is a zoo that covers 32 hectares in  Rancho Blanca Flor.

It hosts 850 animals of 40 species (including some endangered) such as ocelot , jaguar, douroucouli, paca, reptiles and parrots , in addition to 150 plants from the Yucatan Peninsula.

It is a good place to visit with children in Valladolid because in addition to animals, there are also 2 artificial lakes where it is possible to rent a boat and a minigolf course.

  • Entrance: 150$mxn, child under one meter 50$mxn
  • Getting to Vallazoo: 15 min by car, take Calle 44
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A jaguar at the Valladolid zoo. Photo from Vallazoo’s Facebook page

24. The Mayapan distillery

Directly across from the zoo is Mayapan, a tequila distillery surrounded by a field of blue agave.

We discover the whole process of artisanal production of tequila, starting with the visit of the fields until the bottling.

The visit ends with a tasting and there are several products on sale at the shop, of good quality and at very reasonable prices.

  • Visits from Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mayapan Distillery Facebook page
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The Mayapan Tequila Distillery

25. Izamal

Izamal means “dew that descends from the sky” in Maya.

It is a pretty village with yellow and white buildings which offers a very pleasant place to walk around.

The main attraction of Izamal is the large convent of San Antonio de Padua (16th century) built on the Mayan building of Ppap Hol Chak. Admission is free, except for its small museum at $5mxn.

There are also several Mayan pyramids in Izamal which are open to the public for free: Itzamatul, Tu’ul (El Conejo), Habuc and the most important Kinich Kak Moo on which one can climb to admire the view at 35m in height!

From Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. there is a video mapping show. It presents the history of the city through projections in 5 places in Izamal, starting from the Parque de los Cañones. A great activity to do in Izamal!

  • Getting to Izamal from Valladolid: by car take the 180D towards Kantunil, then the 53 to Izamal (1h26). By bus with Autobuses del Centro (2h, 80$mxn)
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The Convent of Saint Anthony of Padua in Izamal

Take a Day Trip to Valladolid

Thanks to its strategic location, several tours to Chichen Itza also stop in  Valladolid.

Taking a day trip from the Riviera Maya is a good option if you have little time and want to see as much as possible.

This is also how I saw Valladolid for the first time!

But you should know that it’s just a quick stop, after Chichen Itza. It allows you to walk around the square, just enough time to take a few photos and eat churros.

I recommend this guided excursion to Chichen Itza which includes: pick-up from your hotel in the Riviera Maya, guided tour of Chichen Itza (2h), swimming in the cenote Ik Kilbuffet lunch and a short self-guided tour of Valladolid.

Easy to book here.

How long to visit Valladolid?

As Valladolid is very well located, one could easily spend up to 3 or 4 days there by alternating visits on site and around.

1 Day Valladolid Itinerary with Chichen Itza

Most people combine visiting Chichen Itza and Valladolid in one day. Here’s how to take advantage of it:

  • In the morning, start by visiting Chichen Itza as soon as it opens at 8am to avoid the crowds. There is a lot to see and you can easily spend 2h-3h there.
  • Come back to Valladolid to refresh yourself at Cenote Zaci!
  • Find a restaurant for lunch then for dessert, go to Choco-story
  • Dedicate the afternoon to visiting Valladolid : the main square with the Francisco Canton park, the San Servacio church and the murals of the Municipal Palace.
  • Continue to the San Roque Museum and, if you have time, the Ethnic Clothing Museum
  • Take the Calzada de los Frailes to end at the San Bernardino Convent
  • Attend the convent projection show at 9 p.m.

1 Day Valladolid Itinerary without Chichen Itza

If you want to visit Valladolid and its surroundings in one day, without the famous Mayan city, I recommend following the same itinerary, but replacing Chichen Itza and the cenote Zaci with one of these options:

  • The Xkeken and Samula cenotes
  • The Oxman cenote of the Hacienda San Lorenzo or the Saamal cenote of the Selva Maya Hacienda
  • The cenotes Palomitas and Agua Dulce as well as Sac Ahua
  • Xcanahaltun Cenote and Zazil Tunich Cave
  • The Cenote Maya Native Park which brings together several activities
  • Cenote Suytun so you can take photos without the crowds
  • The Ek Balam site and the X’canché cenote

Accommodation in Valladolid

  • Hostal Candelaria: the best cheap option in Valladolid. Colorful hostel very well located in the center, with garden, access to kitchen, bike rental. Good breakfast included, from 13 euros for a bed in a dorm or 30 euros for a private room!
  • Real Haciendas: small charming and very quiet hotel with swimming pool, clean rooms with comfortable king size bed, very warm welcome. From €57 per night
  • IMIX Hotel: typical colonial house in the center of Valladolid on the pretty Calzada de los Frailes, very nice decoration and spacious rooms. Breakfast included, from 117 euros per night
  • The Muuch Hotel Boutique: an intimate hotel 5 minutes from the main park Francisco Cantón Rosado.  Excellent service, indoor pool and outdoor pool with hammock, garden view room, air conditioning, bar and restaurant. A la carte breakfast included, from €180 per night
  • Hotel Zentik Project: this is the  best hotel in Valladolid  and one of my  favorites in Mexico!  Beautiful Mayan-style cabanas, murals by local and international artists, restaurant and bar, outdoor pool with hammocks and  saltwater pool in an underground cave! Very good breakfast included,  from 346€ per night

Where to eat in Valladolid

There are so many great restaurant options in Valladolid that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

For vegetarian food in Valladolid (or a good sweet breakfast) I recommend the Café del Profesor Pitagoras with its pretty patio in the garden.

If you are looking for a small restaurant with traditional cuisine, I have already recommended El Sazon de Valladolid and Ix Cat Ik above in the article .

For a slightly more upscale experience , I recommend El Atrio del Mayab.

To have a beer, you absolutely have to go to Bar La Joyitaa Valladolid institution. Ultra local atmosphere, good service and not expensive.

Finally, for a drink in the evening and dancing with good DJ music, head to Mezcaleria Don Trejo!

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Restaurant El Sazon de Valladolid
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Salbutes in Valladolid

How to get to Valladolid

Valladolid is very accessible because it is at the crossroads of roads leading to the main destinations of the Yucatan Peninsula.

From Cancún

  • To get from Cancun to Valladolid (1h50), take the 180D Cancun-Kantunil
  • By public transport: ADO bus (2h20, 264$mxn)

After Playa del Carmen

  • The journey from Playa del Carmen to Valladolid (1h40) is done by taking the 305D then the 180D
  • By public transport: ADO bus from 5ta Avenida (2h45, 266$mxn)

From Tulum

  • To go from Tulum to Valladolid (1h30) you have to take the 109 Chemax-Coba highway then join the 180 Cancun-Valladolid
  • By public transport: ADO bus (1h35, 156$mxn)

From Merida

  • To go to Valladolid from Mérida (1h46), take the 180E direction Kantunil then the 180D Kantunil-Cancun
  • By public transport: ADO bus from the historic center and other stations (2h15, $252mxn)

Tips for your Valladolid itinerary:
Better to buy your departure tickets from Valladolid in advance (ideally on the ADO website or the day before if you are there) because I noticed that the queues can get longer at the ticket office and that doesn’t move very fast.

It’s not ideal at all when you go about it at the last minute!

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Valladolid ADO bus station

Is it possible to get to Valladolid by plane?

There is no airport in Valladolid, you must first go to Mérida or Cancun.

Better to prioritize Cancun because flights are cheaper and direct from Europe, while those to Mérida pass through Mexico City.

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Camille L.

Passionate about foreign languages, cooking and writing. I wish to share with you the places, the meetings and the gastronomic discoveries which gave relief to my travels.

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