Valladolid (in Yucatan, Mexico)

Valladolid, also commonly referred to as “The Capital of the Eastern Mayan” (in Maya “Saki”) is one of the loveliest cities in southern Mexico. It is known for its architectural beauty and distinct blend of European and Mayan culture. This fusion of the ancient world with the more modern is uncommon and particular to this area of the country, certainly worth seeing by visitors.


Valladolid, Mexico, named for the city of Spain, was founded by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo in 1543. However, the first settlement was originally located near a lagoon called Chouac-Ha, just a slight distance from its current location.

Later in 1545, the villagers moved the town to its current location because of excessive mosquitos and high humidity. Up until the 20th century Valladolid was one of the most important cities in the Yucatan Peninsula despite being a city affected by Indian uprising and revolts.

Places to See

Valladolid is one of Mexico’s famous Pueblos Magicos (magical towns). It is reminiscent of an olden stately Spanish village, but with a significant influence of Mayan culture as well. It stands out for its stately Spanish architectural buildings that tell of a time when a stroll through sweet smelling gardens and breakfast on the veranda were an everyday occurrence.

Just walking through town, enjoying lunch or dinner in one of the beautiful restaurants or a visit to one of the cities landmark buildings makes this trip worth taking. Interesting sights include the Covent of San Bernardino de Sierra, the Municipal palace and the church of San Servacio.

This magical town in Yucatan surprises many with its beautiful colonial building, incredible Deep Cenotes (natural swim holes made by naturally collapsed limestone) and beautiful combination of the Spanish and the indigenous. It is here that visitors are enveloped in the charming style of the architecture combined with the exquisite artisan work of the indigenous Mayan people.
Charming is the Word that best describes Valladolid. The grand Casonas (homes), sweeping verandas, curved archways and lush vegetation can only remind you of a bygone time of elegance and grace. The lovely embroidered textiles with pre-Hispanic motifs and the artistry of the popular hand crafts make the atmosphere magical

Surrounding Areas

Vayadolid attracts many visitors because of its grace but also because of its location. It is near important Mayan cultural attractions such as Chichen Itza, Ex Balam and Coba.

It is also close to natural wonders like the famous Cenotes that the area is known for. These are natural swim holes created by limestone formations. When visiting the Cenotes, Valladolid makes a perfect stop off for lunch or just a restful nights sleep.

Walking along the streets, visitors immerse themselves in history and will enjoy the wonderful flavors of the mixture of both ancient Yucatecan and Spanish foods.

How to Get There?

This cosmopolitan city is located just 62 miles on the Playa del Carmen-Tulum-Valladolid highway which is about an hour and half away from the Riviera Maya and just 25 miles away from Chichen Itza.

Certainly, Valladolid is a jewel in Mexico’s crown, yet its proximity to other tourist routs such as Ek-Balam, Las Coloradas, Ria Lagartos and San Felipe make it a very attractive stop off before other final destinations. So, whether you go by car or bus, the city of Valladolid Yucatan is definitely a must-see location.
Valladolid (in Yucatan, Mexico)
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