The importance of Valladolid in Mexico’s history is incomparable. There are two main events that happened in this city, in 1847 the Caste War of Yucatan, which began with the revolt of native Mayan people of Yucatan against the population of European descent. The second event is the “first spark of the Mexican revolution” in 1910; which is considered a precursor movement of the Mexican revolution in the north of Mexico.
Today, Valladolid is a peaceful city located on eastern Yucatan: this is a growing city and each year it becomes bigger and more modern, however there is still a special colonial feel to it. Gastronomic and cultural traditions are well kept in Valladolid.
Valladolid was named “Pueblo Mágico” or Magic Town, by the Mexican Tourism Department in 2012. This means the city is recognized among other cities for its natural splendor, cultural richness and historical relevance.
Attractions in and around the city include the Church of san Servacio in downtown on the south side of the main plaza. The Church was started to build in 1543 with the façade facing west, as it was the custom for Yucatecan temples. However, in 1705 the Church was remodeled due to its profanity in the so-called “Assasination of the Mayors”. The façade now has its main access facing north and the main plaza.
The Sultan of the East, as Valladolid is also known, its famous for its colonial buildings and architectural inheritance of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, the Municipal Palace, the Museum of San Roque, Main Square and the train station reflect the historic and cultural richness of the city.
Natural attractions are also part of Valladolid. Some of the most importants cenotes (sink holes) are located just minutes away from Valladolid. The cenote Zací, which also features a traditional food restaurant, it is actually located inside the city and it provides a great place to eat and enjoy the view.
Located on the road between Merida and Cancun, Valladolid is just 50 km (31 miles) away from Chichen Itza and 30 km (18.6 miles) from Ek Balam. These are both very important archeological sites and a “must” for any traveler visiting the Yucatan.
Valladolid is compact enough to stroll around for the day, or you can hire bicycles if you’re looking to whizz around the city. We recommend a visit to the crafts and fruit market as well as a stroll around the main square and near by neighborhoods. Nights are relaxing and you can find bars and restaurants to have diner and a drink.
Gastronomy plays an important part in the life of the inhabitants as traditional Yucatecan food has a special taste in Valladolid. Dishes are mainly made of pork, chicken and deer, accompanied with spicy sauces.
As a national touristic destination, Valladolid has many different hotels, from Hacienda-like hotels to budget hotels for the ones who are looking to save some money. This is a safe city and its people are fun and helpful. When traveling around the Yucatan don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this historic and beautiful city.