Valladolid is a colorful quiet town located in the Yucatán Peninsula and a must see during your visit within this region. There are plenty of things to do in Valladolid, Mexico from gazing at the colorful colonial architecture, taking a dip at the cenote in town, and sampling the delicious Yucatán cuisine.
This charming hidden gem was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 and has done well maintaining its Mayan culture.
Valladolid is a cozy and laid back town where you can experience true and authentic Mexican culture aside from the more popular destinations in Mexico.
Without further ado keep reading to find out what to do in Valladolid.
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Top 8 Things To Do In Valladolid
1| Walk Around Calzada De Los Frailes
Roaming around the cobble stones of Calzada de los Frailes is a must see in Valladolid as this colonial street dates back to the 16th century.
Walking on Calzada de los Frailes was one of my favorite things to do in Valladolid. Along the road there are many welcoming cafes, adorable boutiques, art galleries, and much more inside the colorful and rustic buildings to discover.
Location | Calzada de los Frailes
Admission | Free
Opening Hours | Street is open 24/7-shops and cafes have regular business hours
2| Ride Around Valladolid By Bicycle
Another way to grasp for of a sense Valladolid and go a little bit further than on foot is going on bicycle.
3| Explore Valladolid’s Main Square Parque Francisco Canton
Within the central plaza of Valladolid is Parque Francisco Canton which has many beautiful paths to walk along. Through the gates are many vendors selling colorful souvenirs, Mexican treats, and creamy ice cream.
Parque Francisco Canton is a charming location to take a brief rest from all the walking and cool off from the heat with a frozen snack.
Location | Calle 41 204A, Centro, Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Admission | Free
Opening Hours | 24/7
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4| Embrace Culture Visiting Convento San Bernardino
Not too far off from the town’s main square is Convento San Bernardino the Yucatán’s oldest colonial complex and the Franciscan Order’s first home in Valladolid.
This is one of the main attractions in Valladolid and a must-see as the site was constructed by Franciscan monks and completion dates back to the 16th century. Convento San Bernardino served as both a place of worship and fortress.
Some nights you can catch a light show at Convento San Bernardino, so check if one will occur during your trip.
Location | Calle 50 210B, Sisal, Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Admission | 30 MXN (~15 USD)
Opening Hours | Everyday 80:0-17:00
5| Go For A Swim At Cenote Zaci
There are many beautiful cenotes to discover around the Yucatán that are perfect to go for a swim. However, Cenote Zaci is one worth making a stop while in Valladolid. This cenote is located near the center of town which makes it super easy to visit and cool down from all your sightseeing.
Centoe Zaci is a huge semi-open cenote that’s partially hidden by a cave, it also has a stunning view. There is a beautiful path that goes around the cenote, but watch your step because it does get slippery.
The depth of Cenote Zaci ranges between 30 to 100-meters and if you get tired from swimming, but not ready leave the sinkhole’s cool water you can rest on a rope inside the cenobite.
Besides walking down the steps to enter the cenote take a dive from the 8-meter ledge if you’re feeling a tad bit more adventurous. It’s also a great spot to take a picture!
Location | Calle 36 between Calles 37 and 39
Admission | 30 MXN (less than 2 USD)
Opening Hours | Everyday from 8:00-17:30
6| Explore Authenticity At Mercado Municipal
To experience true and authentic Mexican culture take a glimpse inside the local’s way of living at one of the best places to visit Mercado Municipal.
Many locals come here to shop and buy local produce, spices, meats, beans, sauces, clothing, and fresh flowers. Take your pick and buy some of the delicious treats for yourself at the Valladolid must-see.
Location | Calle 32 #0, Sta AnaA
dmission | Free
Opening Hours | Everyday 5:00-16:00
7| Visit Iglesia De San Juan Servacio
One of the top things to do in Valladolid is visiting Iglesia de San Servacio which is situated on the south side of the main square Parque Francisco Canton. It’s stunning, massive, and yellow so you won’t be able to miss this church since it is the highlight of the square.
The cathedral was originally built in the mid 1500’s, but Bishop Pedro del los Rios Reyes demolished it in 1705 before it got restored in 1706.
Be sure to walk by and catch a glimpse during the evening as it’s absolutely beautiful lit up at night.
Location | Calle 41, Centro, Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Admission | Free
Opening Hours | Daily 8:00-20:00
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8| Take A Day Trip To Chichen Itza
Visiting Chichen Itza is one of the most popular and top things to do near Valladolid when visiting the Yucatán. From Valladolid it takes less than an hour getting from Valladolid to Chichen Itza making it a nice quick day trip.
This 7 New Wonder Of The World was abandoned in the 1200s after being occupied for 600 years. Besides the pyramids there are ruins, Mayan temples, and even a cenote to explore so expect this to take a minimum of 2 hours of your day.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and wear light clothing.
If you’re not driving yourself I have other ways you can reach Chichen Itza from Valladolid here.
Location | Merida, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
Admission | 533 MXN (~26 USD)
Opening Hours | Everyday 8AM-4 | 30PM
Best Time To Visit Valladolid
Valladolid is located in the eastern area of the Yucatán Peninsula, this state of Mexico has tropical climate year round and the average temperatures doesn’t vary too much between the months.
January to March is peak season for the Yucatán, so expect a spike in prices and large crowds at the major tourists sites.
Valladolid’s shoulder season runs from April to July which are the warmest months of the year. Expect lower prices and fewer crowds if you are brave enough to handle the hot weather and possible rainfall.
For more ideal weather temperatures the best time to visit Valladolid would be between November up until mid May. These months are more comfortable for outdoor sightseeing since this is Valladolid’s cooler season.
Keep in mind when planning your trip hurricane and storm season in the Yucatán Peninsula begins in June and spans until November. Plan accordingly as your plans could possible get interrupted due to inclement weather.
How Long To Stay In Valladolid
Depending on all the things to do in Valladolid you would like to see and do will determine how long you should stay. If you plan on strictly staying in town, 2 days is an ample amount of time to explore all the sites without feeling rushed.
If you’re wanting to explore more of the Yucatán and see other attractions, which I suggest you do, extend your stay for 3 to 4 days. Valladolid is the perfect hub due to its location to venture off to some other sites in the state as a day trip.
Hotels In Valladolid To Stay
Valladolid has plenty of options for places for those with varying budgets. Right in the center of you town you can easily book a luxury hotel or something that a is a little less expensive. Use the map below for additional recommendations.
Budget Friendly Hotels
Hotel Casa Bamboo | Budget friendly hotel located near the city center and ADO bus station. Rooms are large and beautiful and the hotel has a courtyard with pool.
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Hotel Real Colonial | Located two blocks away from the main square this hotel has a colorful and rustic ambience.
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Mid Range Hotels
Hotel Peregrina | Vibrant colonial style hotel just a few blocks away from Valladolid’s central plaza. Large beds and a cozy courtyard with an inviting pool to lounge.
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IMIX Hotel | Experience tranquility inside this old hacienda style hotel located near Calzada de los Frailes. All rooms are decorated differently and have rustic appeal.
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Boutique & Luxury Hotels
Le Muuch Hotel | Located in Valladolid’s historic center and just a few blocks away from the main square in Valladolid. This hotel comes with modern style rooms, outdoor pool enclosed in a lush tropical garden, and an indoor pool with a jacuzzi. There is also a delicious restaurant on the property.
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Hotel Zentik Project & Saline Cave | Luxury boutique hotel where all rooms resemble a tree house and have multicolored painted walls. What makes this hotel super unique and worth the splurge is the pool located in a subterranean saline cave.
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How To Get Around Valladolid
Valladolid isn’t very large, so it is very easy to explore the city by foot. By walking you can easily do all your Valladolid sightseeing and make stops along the way to browse the many adorable boutiques, art shops, and cafes.
If you would like to go a little further than I suggest renting a bicycle as another way of getting
around and exploring all of Valladolid must sees in town. Many rental companies are located around town and you can find options as cheap as 99 MXN (less than 5-USD) to rent for the whole day.
Renting a scooter is a great option to visit some of the neighboring cenotes and sites around Valladolid. Scooter Valladolid has super cute vespa like scooters that you can rent by the hour or day.
How To Get To Valladolid, Mexico
Getting to Valladolid is quite simple and there are a few ways to get their if you’re coming from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or even Merida.
One way to reach Valladolid is by taking the bus. The ADO buses are clean, comfortable, cheap, and punctual. However, if you plan on staying in Valladolid for a few days keep in mind it will be difficult to visit other sites without a taking a taxi, bus, scooter, or booking a tour. Keep in mind there isn’t anywhere to rent car in Valladolid. So if you plan on getting around to other sites you will need to reserve a car from one of the major cities.
One way ticket costs are listed below.
Cancun To Valladolid
Duration | 2 hours, 15 minutes
Price | 199-298 MXN (~10-15 USD
Station | Calle Pino, SM23, MZ56, Lt 1 y 2, Centro, 23, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Playa Del Carmen To Valladolid
Duration | 2 hours, 30 minutes
Price | 218 MXN (11 USD
Station | Quinta Avenida Nte. LTE 2, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Tulum To Valladolid
Duration | 1 hour, 35 min
Price | 139-179 MXN (7-11 US)
Station | Tulum Centro, 77780 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Merida To Valladolid
Duration | 2 hours, 15 min
Price | 199-298 MXN (10-15 USD)
Station | Calle 70 555, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Another option to reach Valladolid and highly suggested is renting a car which will allow you more freedom to visit other neighboring attractions and cities such as Merida, Laguna Las Coloradas, Izamal, Chichen Itza, or even Cenote Suytun. You can reserve a vehicle easily at the Cancun Airport.
Where To Eat And Drink In Valladolid
Some of the restaurants and local dishes I tried in Valladolid still have my mouth watering. You can say there isn’t a shortage of restaurants in Valladolid that are scrumptious for the vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore.
Restaurante el Atrio del Mayab
Traditional Yucatán restaurant located in the main square and steps away from the cathedral. Both indoor and outdoor dining available; however, the garden patio outside is beautiful and has a charming ambiance. Expect soft baked bread and sweet homemade jam if you dine for breakfast.
Location | Calle 41 204, Centro, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Opening Hours | Everyday 7:30- 23:30
Delicious vegan cuisine that would please even a meat eater. Request to be seated upstairs so you can view the streets of Valladolid from the balcony and enjoy the light breeze while dining.
Location | Calle 37 #199D entre la 42 y 44, Centro, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Opening Hours | Everyday 8:00-21:00, except Tuesday and Wednesday restaurant opens at 12:00
Hostería del Marqués
Restaurant influenced with Spanish decor across from the cathedral in Valladolid’s main square. Perfect location for a romantic and authentic Yucatán dinner and beautiful ambience paired with dim lighting.
Location | Calle 39 203 X40 Y 42, Centro, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Opening Hours | Everyday 8:00-22:00
Cozy restaurant tucked inside an adorable boutique hotel. Dine here for the best lunch and margaritas in Valladolid! Enjoy eating outside by the pool and lush garden. The lunch was so delicious I returned the following day for breakfast. However, the breakfast at Atrio was far superb.
Location | Calle 42 por 35 y 33, Candelaria, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Opening Hours | Everyday 7:00-22:00
Yakunaj Cocina Mexicana
Small hidden gem and can easily be missed on the side of the road if you’re not looking. If you’re craving tacos, head to this spot and order the shrimp tacos served with a soft corn tortilla. Portions are large so don’t fill up on appetizers and be prepared to leave stuffed!
Location | Calle 41 # 224A x 46 y 48, Centro, 97780 Valladolid, Yuc., Mexico
Opening Hours | Monday- Saturday 8:00-21:00 Sundays closed
Conclusion: Things To Do In Valladolid
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this list of things to do in Valladolid. Follow this guide and you will discover all the best Valladolid attractions. Be sure to visit this charming colonial town if you are visiting around the Yucatán or Quintana Roo. Have you visited Mexico before? Let me know in the comments below!
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