Valladolid Mexico: Ultimate Travel Guide [2021 Edition]

Planning to visit valladolid Yucatan mexico?

Great choice! Valladolid Mexico, located in Yucatán state, is an increasingly popular Mexico travel destination. It is also one of the country’s 135 or so pueblos magicos (Mexico magic towns), and known as one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico — so get that camera ready.

Aside from all the pretty pictures you can take in Downtown Valladolid, there’s also great shopping on the gorgeous Calzada de los Frailes, amazing restaurants in Valladolid to sample authentic Yucatecan cuisine, swimmable cenotes near Valladolid, Mayan Ruins just outside of town, and much more!

Though many only visit Valladolid as a day trip, this town really does warrant at least two or three days to really explore and appreciate it. If you have the time in your Mexico itinerary, you’ll be amazed at how beautiful and relatively inexpensive all the best hotels in Valladolid are.

In short, the info you’re about to read below is your Ultimate Guide to Valladolid, Mexico — complete with everything you need to know for a Valladolid day trip or weekend getaway. Ready to discover Valladolid, Mexico? Let’s get to it!


Valladolid Mexico Travel FAQs

Where is Valladolid?

Valladolid, Mexico, is located in Yucatan state — one of three states making up the Yucatan Peninsula. As you can see on the Valladolid map, it is located in the central part of the peninsula.

At about 100 miles from Merida and Cancun, and 65 miles from Tulum, many Yucatan Peninsula travelers will often also visit Valladolid. Though it makes a great day trip — many stay overnight in one of these best Valladolid hotels.

Is Valladolid, Mexico safe?

Short answer: YES — for the vast majority of travelers, Valladolid is safe for travel.

Longer answer: Valladolid is located in what’s considered the safest state in Mexico, Yucatan state. Beyond that, Valladolid is a pueblo magico (magic town), one of the small towns highlighted by Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, recommended to visitors for it’s quaint charm and historic significance.

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What’s the best time to visit Valladolid?

The cooler months of November to March are the most pleasant weather-wise, as temperatures drop to about 78°F during the day and the humidity’s at bay. This is also the high season for Mexico travel, but since it’s still up-and-coming, this doesn’t effect Valladolid as much as other destinations (yet!).

What’s the closest Valladolid airport?

To visit Valladolid, you will need to either fly into the Cancun International Airport (code: CUN) or Merida International Airport (code: MID), and then drive your rental car or take the bus to Valladolid. Below, you’ll find detailed information on both of these options in the How to Get to Valladolid section below ⤵

Valladolid day trip — or overnight trip?

If you can swing it, stay the night in Valladolid. Not only are Valladolid hotels amazing and inexpensive, there’s a lot to see and do in and around town. Located about 30 minutes from downtown Valladolid, you can visit Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik-Kil and Cenote Suytun, among other best places in the Yucatan.

In town, you’ll fall in love with the colorful streets and colonial architecture, especially Calzada de los Frailes (AKA Calle de los Frailes), for some Valladolid shopping. There are also great restaurants in Valladolid, historic sites, and even a cenote minutes from downtown, Cenote Zaci.

Is Valladolid worth visiting?

Valladolid is one of the most up-and-coming yet still off the beaten path Mexico destinations, and it really does live up to the hype. For visitors to places like Cancun, Tulum, Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen looking for a more authentic Mexican cultural experience away from the beaches, Valladolid is it.


How to Get to Valladolid, Mexico

When traveling to Valladolid from all other parts of the Yucatan, you have two options: drive your rental car or take the bus. Either one you choose, with Valladolid’s relatively central location in the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s always an easy trip.

Mexico Car Rental

The easiest, most convenient way to travel Valladolid, Mexico? A rental car, of course.

However, not all Mexico rental car companies are created equal!

When I personally rent a car in Mexico, it’s always with Discover Cars. They check all Mexico rental car companies at once, so you get the best price.

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Cancun to Valladolid

Cancun to Valladolid Bus: You can catch the ADO bus from Cancun to Valladolid at the Cancun Centro (Downtown) station. The trip time is about 2.5 hours each way. Ticket average $250 pesos ($12USD) each way, and you can buy tickets online, or be at the bus station 30 minutes before departure to buy there.

Cancun to Valladolid Drive: Navigate to Highway 180 and head west. After about 30 minutes, be on the lookout for the turnoff to Highway 180D and take that. In about an hour, you’ll see the signs for Valladolid/Highway 295 South, and you’ll take that right into Downtown Valladolid.

If you want a map, download one from Google Maps or Maps.Me before the trip, as you’ll likely lose cell signal for a while. The drive time is about two hours from Downtown Cancun, and 2.5 hours from the Cancun Hotel Zone.

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Tulum to Valladolid

Tulum to Valladolid Bus: There’s only one bus station in Tulum, which is located in Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum). The best way to get to Valladolid is by the ADO bus; you can buy your tickets online, or head to the bus station 15-30 minutes before your departure and buy in person.

Tickets from Tulum to the Valladolid Centro (Downtown) station average $150 pesos ($7USD) each way, and the trip time is about 1.5 hours each way.

Tulum to Valladolid Drive: This is an easy drive, as you’ll only take one road the whole way. From Downtown Tulum, head northwest on Highway 109; when you cross into Yucatan state (Tulum is in Quintana Roo state), the road name changes to Highway 180, which takes you right to Valladolid.

If you want a map, download one from Google Maps or Maps.Me before the trip, as you’ll likely lose cell signal for a while. The drive time is about one hour.

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Merida to Valladolid

Merida to Valladolid Bus: You’ll depart from Terminal de Autobuses de Merida (TAME) on Calle 69 in Centro Historico (Downtown Merida). This is the main bus station in Merida, which you may see abbreviated as CAME instead of TAME.

The trip time is about 2.5 hours each way. Ticket average $250 pesos ($12USD) each way, and you can buy your tickets online, or head to the bus station 15-30 minutes before your departure and buy there.

Merida to Valladolid Drive: Navigate to Highway 180 and head east. After about 45 minutes, be on the lookout for the turnoff to Highway 180D and take that. In about an hour, you’ll see the signs for Valladolid/Highway 295 South, and you’ll take that right into Downtown Valladolid.

Since you will likely lose cell signal for a while during the drive, download an offline map from Google Maps or Maps.Me before the trip. The drive time is about two hours.

Le Muuch Valladolid, located in downtown, is the best place to stay in Valladolid. (Photo: Expedia)

Best Valladolid Hotels

Planning to spend the night in Valladolid? Smart choice! As you’re about to discover below, there’s so many amazing things to do in Valladolid and the surrounding areas. Below is a list of the best hotels in Valladolid, with great options for any travel budget.

What do I pack for Valladolid?

Wondering about Valladolid weather? It, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula, have a tropical climate. Common of the tropics, it is hot (and humid) for most of the year, so definitely pack a LifeStraw Filterable Water Bottle. These help to keep you hydrated, and also filter your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico.

As far as what to wear in Valladolid, think flowy, tropical, breathable, cotton, and light-colored clothing; bonus points for anything that doesn’t show sweat! Besides all your summer-wear, you may use a light cardigan at night, but this the place for sundresses, sun hats, sunglasses and comfortable flats.

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Best Things to Do In Valladolid, Mexico

For your convenience, use this Valladolid map below to find all the places mentioned in this article, so you don’t miss out on any of the best Valladolid things to see, do and eat.

Map of VALLADOLID things to do


1. Stroll the Caldaza de los Frailes

The Calzada de los Frailes (AKA Calle de los Frailes) is known as the prettiest street in Valladolid. It is located a few blocks from the main square, and makes the perfect place for Instagram worthy Valladolid, Mexico photos.

On one end of the street, you’ll find the Convento de San Bernardino de Siena and the sign with the big, colorful Valladolid letters. From the convent, walk northeast down the Calle de los Frailes, and stop for photos and in all the boutique stops and cafes along the way.

Highlights on the Calzada de los Frailes include: Restaurante El Jardin de los Frailes for a casual bite to eat, Kuxtal Galería de Arte Popular Mexicano & Café to buy Mexican folk art and enjoy a coffee, and Coqui Coqui, which is the next can’t miss Valladolid site on this list ⤵

colorful buildings and colonial architecture on the Calzada de los Frailes in valladolid, mexico
Calzada de los Frailes in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico.


2. Have a spa day at Coqui Coqui Valladolid

Coqui Coqui is a perfume shop, that also a has the Meson de Malleville, a boutique one-room Valladolid resort, and the Coqui Coqui Spa.

🛀 Email to book.

Everything about Coqui Coqui is exclusive — you even need an appointment to enter the perfume shop itself — and with only one room, the resort is often sold out far in advance.

For many, the best way to see Coqui Coqui is by booking a spa treatment. They offer everything from massages and facials, to entire holistic healing rituals, which make the perfect relaxing complement to any Valladolid trip.

Photo: Coqui Coqui via Facebook


3. Swim in the best Valladolid Cenotes

Valladolid is hot for the majority of the year, so luckily there are gorgeous cenotes near Valladolid to cool off in. In case you’re wondering, What is a cenote? (pronounced sen-no-tay) — they are essentially swimmable sinkholes containing freshwater. For additional cenote info, check out the FAQ below.

Cenote FAQs
  • Cost: Cenotes have entry fees, though they are minimal. The more popular ones that provide amenities like restrooms, on-site restaurants, etc., should still cost no more than $200 pesos ($10USD) to enter. Most are closer in price to about $50 pesos ($2.50USD).
  • Cash Only: Bring cash to cover both your entry and food, as most cenotes don’t take credit cards.
  • Accessibility: Different cenotes have different levels of accessibility. Many will have well-maintained stairs with handrails, especially the more popular ones. Some have make-shift stairs, and some have ladders.
  • Water shoes: Water shoes really help you enjoy your cenote time! As cenotes are natural pools, most have slippery rocks, muddy ground, etc. Water shoes also help you not slip in general, especially when walking down any staircase entryways.
  • Life Jackets: By and large, all cenotes provide or rent life jackets; however, if you can’t swim, you might want to do additional research on the cenote(s) you’re visiting.
  • Sunscreens and Lotions: Don’t apply sunscreen, lotion, insect repellent — anything — before getting in a cenote. Many require you to rinse off before entering, so even putting anything on will be a waste. If you need to put some on after getting out, this eco-friendly Badger Anti-Bug Sunscreen Cream has sunscreen and also insect protection, which comes in handy at cenotes.
  • Photos: Want Instagrammable cenote photos with no people in them? Go on a weekday, and arrive early! You’ll also might want to bring one of these waterproof phone holders that go around your neck, unless you’re planning to bring a GoPro.

There are abut 6,000 Yucatan cenotes, which is the largest concentration found anywhere on Earth. Some of them are completely above ground, like a swimming pool, some are partially covered with a limestone rock roof above them, and some are located underground in caves.

Though all the cenotes are beautiful in their own ways, some of the most beautiful and most popular are located in Valladolid, or within 45 minutes of town. These include the six best cenotes in Valladolid seen below.

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Visit Cenote Maya Native Park near Valladolid for an unforgettable experience!

1. Cenote Zaci: Located only a few blocks from downtown Valladolid, this is a popular cenote with locals and visitors alike. 💸 Entrance cost: $30 pesos ($1.50USD)

2. Cenote Maya: More of a whole Mayan cultural experience than just a cenote, visiting the Cenote Maya Native Park is a daylong experience, complete with an authentic Mayan blessing ceremony, a traditional meal, rappelling, rope swings, the cenote itself, and more! 🎟 BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

3. Cenote Xkeken (AKA Cenote Dzitnup): As far as underground cenotes go, this one is unique in that you can host a party in it with all the cool colorful lights! 💸 Entrance cost: $80 pesos ($4USD)

natural swimming pool with waterfall - day trips from Merida
Cenote Zaci
Cenote Xkeken (Cenote Dzitnup)

4. Cenote Ik Kil: One of the most famous cenotes in Yucatan, pair your trip to Ik Kil cenote with the trip to Chichen Itza, as they are right next to one another. 💸 Entrance cost: $80 pesos ($4USD)

5. Cenote Oxman: Located at Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, this cenote offers the beautiful Cenote Ik Kil look, but with a much smaller crowd. 💸 Entrance cost: $80 pesos ($4USD)

6. Cenote Suytun: This Instagram famous cenote is located underground in a cave, with a platform in the center to take beautiful photos on. 💸 Entrance cost: $120 pesos ($6USD)

cenote natural swimming pool - day trips from Merida
Cenote Oxman
cenote swimming hole with vines hanging down into it - day trips from Merida
Cenote Ik Kil


4. Visit the Parque Principal & Iglesia de San Servacio

If you’ve ever seen photos of Valladolid, Mexico, you’ve likely seen one off its gorgeous church.

To see it in person, head to the center of downtown to the picturesque Parque Principal (Main Park). Here, you’ll also find the iconic Iglesia de San Servacio church, as well as several shops, cafes, restaurants, and even the Choco Story Valladolid chocolate museum!

While many just photograph the outside, you can also take pictures inside — provided there’s no service going on, and you’re quiet and respectful.

If you need a break from walking around, this park is the perfect place. Sit on one of the pretty white benches and be on the lookout for vendors selling nieves (sorbet), the perfect treat on a hot day.

tall old stone church with colorful flags flying in front of it - day trips from Merida
The famous Valladolid church, Iglesia de San Servacio, located at the Parque Principal (Main Park) in downtown.


5. Admire the art in Casa de los Venados

Love art — especially colorful, festive Mexican folk art? Then save some room on your Valladolid itinerary for the Casa de los Venados.

This is a private home-turned-gallery, which is said to house a collection of Mexican folk art so large that it rivals some museums in the country.

Home owners Dorianne and John Venator, open their home once a day at 10am for a tour to see their 3,000-plus piece collection.

The tour of Casa de los Venados is free, but they do accept donations; all proceeds from the tours are donated to local charities,

Casa de los Venados (Photo: The Sloths via Flickr)
See the impressive collection of folk art at Casa de los Venados museum in Valladolid, Mexico. (Photo: Pavelcoan via Flickr)


6. Buy some art at Kuxtal Cafe & Mexican Art

If after touring the Casa de los Venados, you decided you want to take some Mexican art home with you, head to Kuxtal Galería de Arte Popular Mexicano & Café on Calzada de los Frailes.

This boutique shop is filled art pieces representing all types of Mexican art from many of the states and regions in throughout the country.

While there are plenty of tourist stops around the Parque Principal (Main Park), Kuxtal Gallery is the best place to buy unique, authentic and artistic souvenirs in Valladolid.

If you get hungry after shopping, there’s Kuxtal Café right in the store — which is known as the best cafe in Valladolid.

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7. Visit the San Bernardino Convent & Photograph the Valladolid Sign

The Ex-Convento de San Bernardino de Siena is an ancient Franciscan Monk church and convent that dates back to about 1555. It is the second largest convent in the Yucatan Peninsula, with architecture reminiscent of medieval fortresses.

Just outside of the church, you’ll find a beautiful park and the Valladolid letters sign. You’ll see similar signs in cities and pueblos (small towns) throughout Mexico, each spelling out that town’s name

Valladolid video mapping

On Thursday to Tuesday nights, enjoy the free video mapping in Valladolid show on the San Bernardino Convent building. Head to the park outside of the convent, blanket in hand, and grab a seat in the grass to enjoy this impressive, colorful light and sound show that explains the history of Valladolid, Mexico.

Shows are 25-minutes long, and take place in English from 9:25pm-9:50pm (Spanish shows are from 9pm-9:25pm). There are no shows on Wednesday nights.


8. See the Mayan Ruins Near Valladolid: Chichen Itza & Ek Balam

As one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza likely needs no introduction! It is one of the best Mayan Ruins in Yucatan, and among the most important ruins in Mexico. It is also located only about 30 minutes from downtown Valladolid.

As one of the most important and historic sites in Mexico, you’ll want to hire a tour guide at Chichen Itza. When you’re paying for your entrance ticket, there will be several English-speaking guide there who you can hire for about $1,000 pesos ($50USD). Chichen Itza admission is $486 pesos ($25USD).

Besides Chichen Itza, there’s the lesser-visited Ek Balam Mayan Ruins. With limited travel time, many have to choose between the two, and it’s often in favor of Chichen Itza. However, don’t overlook Ek Balam simply because it lacks the name recognition of Chichen Itza.

Ek Balam is a smaller site that provides a totally different experience than Chichen Itza for three reasons: 1) the temples look totally different, 2) you can climb the ruins, whereas you can’t climb at Chichen Itza, and 3) Ek Balam is far less crowded and feels less touristic. Ek Balam admission is $413 pesos ($21USD).

chichen itza, a mayan pyramid and wonder of the world - day trips from Merida
El Castillo (The Castle/Temple of Kukulcan), the most photographed of the Chichen Itza pyramids.


9. Dine at the best Restaurants in Valladolid

While tacos and Mexico go together like milk and cookies, tacos aren’t technically a part of traditional Yucatan cuisine. Now, don’t worry, you can definitely eat tacos in Valladolid, they just aren’t what this region of Mexico is known for!

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In fact, most people don’t know just how regional Mexican food is until they visit Mexico — Case and point: Yucatecan food. In Valladolid, make sure to try local specialties like sopa de lima (lime soup), cochinta pibil (slow cooked sucking pig) and papadzules (egg enchiladas in pepita sauce).

La Casona de Valladolid: This Valladolid restaurant serves up traditional Yucatecan cuisine, in an old school hacienda-style restaurant. After eating, head outside to see giant talavera tile fountain.

Yerbabuena del Sisal: Enjoy an eclectic style menu with local Yucatecan and Mexican favorites, and also several healthy vegan choices. In fact, Yerbabuena del Sisal is known as the best vegan restaurant in Valladold, a town with only a few vegan options.

El Atrio del Mayab: Beautiful restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating in their lovley atrio, which mean atrium. Enjoy classic Yucatecan cuisine at El Atrio, located right next to the Iglesia de San Servacio Valladolid cathedral.

El Jardín de los Frailes: For a quick meal in a cute setting, head to El Jardín de los Frailes, an outdoor cafe-style eatery on the Calzada de los Frailes. They are known for their quesadillas, so make sure to order one of those.

IX CAT IK: Located about 15 minutes from Downtown Valladolid by car, Ixcatik is worth the trip! Pronounced eesh-ka-teek, and named after a sweet-tasting Yucatan chili pepper, Ixcatik is a foodie favorite, where you’ll get a true taste of Yucatan flavors and cuisine, all made by hand the old school way.

Traditional cooking comal and handmade tortillas at Ix Cat Ik in Valladolid, Mexico. (Photo: Ixcatik via Facebook)


10. Do a Valladolid Day Trip: Las Coloradas & Izamal

izamal “the Yellow City”

Izamal has been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and like Valladolid, is one of Mexico’s 135 amazing pueblos magicos (magic towns). Known as “The Yellow City,” Izamal, Mexico, is, well — yellow — as in the whole downtown is painted just one color!

Izamal is about 90 minutes from Valladolid, but makes for such a fun day trip if you have the time. As one of only a handful of monochromatic cities in the world, Izamal is truly a site to see.

colonial town with yellow walls and man on his bike in the street - day trips from Merida

Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos

Located only about one hour from Valladolid, you’ll find the Mexico pink lakes of Las Coloradas. These Instagram worthy Mexico lakes occur naturally because of the red algae, plankton and brine shrimp that live in this salty water. Wondering, Can you swim in Las Coloradas? No, it’s actually illegal to do so.

💖 The easiest way to see Las Coloradas is on the Pink Pools Flamingos and Swimming Tour.

To access Las Coloradas on your own, you’ll have to take a boat from the closest town, Rio Laragtos, Mexico. Rio Laragtos means “Alligator River” in Spanish, and you will likely see a gator or two on a boat cruise around the river, but also plenty of birds, including flamingoes 🦩if you get lucky!

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Final Thoughts: Traveling to Valladolid Mexico

The Valladolid pueblo magico, or magical town, really earns its name. As more and more people discover it through colorful Instagram photos and YouTube videos from travel vloggers, Valladolid is quickly becoming a must visit Yucatan Peninsula destination.

For now, though likely not for long, it still retains a small town feel. Those vacationing in nearby Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum and Playa del Carmen who want to experience Mexican culture off-resort and in a more authentic way, will absolutely fall in love with Valladolid.

Though downtown is quaint at just 25 (or so) square blocks, there are still many fun things to do in Valladolid and the surrounding areas. After about two days, however, you’ll want to head to other parts of the Yucatan, like Merida, another amazing colonial city, or even Isla Holbox, a Mexican Caribbean island.

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  1. This looks like an incredible part of Mexico to visit, with so much history in and around it as well. I’ve heard of Valladolid before but didn’t know too much about it, so I really enjoyed this informative post!

  2. I’ve never heard of Valladolid – I’ll have to add it to my list next time I’m in the Yucatan. The Cenotes are EVERYTHING. They look so magical. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve never heard of Valladolid either! I love that this location is off the beaten path and that there is so much to do here! I am definitely going to keep Valladolid in mind for my next trip to Mexico. I have to see those Cenotes in person, they look incredible!!

  4. What an amaaaazing area! I would go to visit Chichen Itza and the cenotes, but adding in a spa day, Las Coloradas pink lakes aaaand that beautiful yellow town of Izamal would make it into such an impressive trip!

    p.s. I LOVE your jumping photo at the lake! Great work!!

  5. Always love reading your detailed posts. Valladolid is now on my itinerary. I love the fact that it’s still not as popular as other places nearby, so I hope I can come and visit before it gets too touristy.

  6. This looks incredible. I really want to go to that spa – maybe just because the exclusivity makes it sound even better, but talk about a relaxing day. The cenotes are beautiful, I can’t believe how cheap they are to visit, and I adore the art. I would for sure need to buy some pieces if I were to visit

  7. I had to cancel a trip to Mexico & Valladolid was on my list of places to visit. So I can’t wait to reschedule….just not sure when! I’m saving your article for later. Thanks for sharing so much useful info!

  8. Wow! This has to be on everyone’s list to visit. So many beautiful sites. Every time I read one of your posts I get more determined to visit this area. You give so much detail to help with the planning. Great post

  9. I’ve never heard of Valladolid – I’ll have to add it to my list next time I’m in the Yucatan. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’ve read a few blog posts about Valladolid already and looks like such a wonderful place to visit in Mexiko! I’m so sad I haven’t made it to Mexiko yet – hopefully soon, then I’ll also visit Valladolid. 🙂

  11. I have dreamt of moving to Mexico for years. Valladolid was on my list of places to visit and to consider setting up a homestead. It’s surprising how affordable the transportation from one of the bigger cities to Valladolid is.

    1. Lynda: I would LOVE to hear all about your experiences doing this… if it pans out that you do!

  12. I have never been to Mexico, but your blog really makes me want to visit it as soon as travel is less restricted. Also, this is the first time I heard of Valladolid 🙂 When I hear about Mexico, the first place I can think of is Tulum. I am saving your guide for the future!

  13. I’ve been to Mexico quite a few times but never to Valladolid! Your post has made me want to hop on a plane right now. I love how beautiful the area is, with all of the lovely colors! Izamal also looks so amazing!

  14. Where is the location of that beautiful structure (the one with the person looking like he’s ripping his chest open)!! I saw it on IG recently and I’ve been dying to find out where it is exactly!

    1. Hey Shafinah: That’s the “Ven a la Luz” (Come to the Light) sculpture in Tulum, MX. It’s located on the beach & you walk through it as the entrance to Raw Love Tulum cafe.

  15. Wow, so many stunning instagrammable locations, love Las Coloradas – so pretty!

  16. Wow this looks amazing! I would love to find out why it’s called magic town and dip into a Cenote or two. I’m going to Playa del Carmen later this year, so I might have to head to this spot too!

    1. Hi Lita: Valladolid would make a great overnight trip from Playa del Carmen! …and pueblos magicos (magic towns) receive this designation from the Mexico Secretary of Tourism. They are given to historic & beautiful towns, recognized as places a tourist would want to visit.

  17. Erin from Pina Travels says:

    Ever since visiting CDMX in late 2019 (it was my last pre-covid trip, sob) I’ve been dreaming of coming back! Valladolid looks like a beautiful region of Mexico. Thanks for this in depth guide, I’m adding Valladolid to my MEX bucket list!

  18. I have not been to Mexico yet! This part of the country looks beautiful. I would love to check out the Parque Principal and the Mayan ruins. Thank you for this detailed guide. I am bookmarking your blog. 🙂

  19. Digitaldaybook says:

    Wow what beautiful sites to see in this place! I would love to visit and get a few of this rich culture.