Valladolid, near Merida and Chichen Itza, is a Historical Gem

Valladolid is a city located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, which lies in the inland eastern part of the state of Yucatan.

Located halfway between Merida and Cancun, Valladolid is a bustling city with a special colonial flavor. The majority of the townspeople dress in the typical garment of the Mayans, and the buildings around the Main Plaza are painted in pastel colors.

The Church of San Servacio is in the Center of Valladolid, on the south side of the main plaza. This church took the place of the one which was erected on March 24, 1545, by Padre Francisco Hernandez. In 1705 the original church was completely demolished by order of the Bishop Don Pedro de los Reyes Rios. In 1706 the construction of the current church began, and in order to have its main access facing the main plaza, it was given a new orientation which is why the church now faces the north and not the west. Above the main facade is a clock dating from the 14th century, the only public clock in the city.

While in Valladolid, you are in the heart of cooking country. “Lomitos de Valladolid”, “longaniza”, and chicken “escabeche” are favorites amongst the locals. “Longaniza de Valladolid” is a sausage that is made domestically, and usually served with scrambled eggs or grilled and wrapped in a tortilla.

Valladolid also has very important cenotes, like Dzitnup, about 3 miles west and Ik-kil, 30 minutes from Valladolid and 5 minutes from the ever-popular Chichen Itza tours. Both are good for swimming with the latter being the most impressive.

Don’t miss a chance to tour the Casa de los Venados. This 18,000 square foot compound doubles as a private home and a museum of Mexican folk and contemporary art owned by an American couple who spent nearly ten years renovating it. Tours are given most days at 10 am but reservations are advised. There are over 3,000 pieces of art in this collection which is one of the most comprehensive and extensive collections of Mexican folk art in private hands.

If you are looking for a colonial town, with a vast history, in close proximity to world-famous Mayan ruins, which harbors a laid-back pace of life, all while being considered to be one of the most charming Mexican towns around, then Valladolid is for you.

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