10 reasons why you need to visit Valladolid, Yucatan.

The perfect relaxing getaway

You may have heard about Mexico’s magic towns but if you didn’t, these are unique places where the history, people, location and all the things they offer to the visitor play a main role in the experience of the travelers.

Today I will talk about my experience in Valladolid, Yucatan, one of these magic towns.

1.- Walking down the streets.

Take a walk in this beautiful and quiet streets is a real pleasure, watching all these colorful houses once were part of the history of this site is the first thing you need to do once you are there.

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2.- Magic People…from everywhere

If you decide to walk in the center of Valladolid, you will discover that is home for many countries around the world, a lot of people who made a huge life change to live in this beautiful town, to learn its culture and adopt its traditions.

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3.- Handcrafts

Just like in the rest of Mexico, here in Valladolid you will find the best artisans who make incredible pieces of art with wood, thread, leather, metal, gold or silver. I’ll give one advice, look in the neighborhoods you for unique pieces.

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4.- People…the yucatecan kindness.

No matter if you are new in town or you don’t speak spanish to receive a big “Hola” with the curious yucatecan accent, all the people here always have a big smile for you and if you need any help do not hesitate to ask for, we will help you!

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5.- Natural & History sites around.

One of the perks to visit this town in Yucatan is that you be able to discover places like this. Cenote Zaci it’s in the downtown of Valladolid a few blocks behind the city hall, here there´s a restaurant with a viewer where you can enjoy delicious yucatecan plates and the cenote at the same time.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg! Due to its location, Valladolid offers a plenty options for the visitors like archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Route Puuc and more cenotes such as Saamal, X’Keken, Samula and more but not only that even you can visit more mayan communities to discover The Churchs Route for example and i’m gonna stop right here.

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 6.-Food…The Food

Here you will taste the most delicious mexican food, no matter where you are in Valladolid, in every corner you will see a gentle lady selling crispy chicken tamales or tacos of Cochinita, that is seasoned pork with achiote and sour orange cooked in the ground… a master piece of yucatecan food not to mention Relleno Negro, another yucatecan dish made with turkey and a paste of chili roasted and spices. Please do not leave Valladolid without tasting the Pibihuas, an endemic dish made for the first time in this town many years ago.

Tip: Ask for the local markets where you will find more plates to taste.

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7.- Everything is natural and organic

If you like to cook while you are traveling, here you will find the most fresh veggies and fruits ever, just like in the rest of Mexico, here the small communities grow their own harvests without using chemicals or other modern techniques and the result is amazing, go to the local markets to buy everything you need to make your next meal.

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8.- Traditional desserts.

One thing is the traditional yucatecan cuisine but the traditional yucatecan desserts are off the charts! Believe when I say there are many reasons to gain weight while you are traveling and visit this beautiful town, for example:

Dulce de Calabaza con Queso Bola : pumpkin cooked with piloncillo and honey seasoned with queso de bola, this cheese is dutch edam cheese, simply delicious!

Buñuelos: These are like meatballs of corn fried and seasoned with honey, condensed milk, chocolate syrup or filled with cream.. little chunks of happines.

Marquesitas: I don’t know how to explain this dessert. It is like a large taco made with crepes mix cooked over the fire in iron plates and filled with queso bola, chocolate, nutela, jam, condensed milk or whatever you can imagine.

and these are only a few yucatecan desserts.

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9.-Nightlife…Yes, Nightlife!

Nothing better that walk into a bar where only a few tables are set, the music is low and the atmosphere is perfect to hang out with you friends, family or love ones. This is how the nights are in Valladolid, you can choose among restobars, bars, cantinas, coffee shops, cupcake shops located along the main streets of the downtown to enjoy an incredible night.

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10.- Casa de los Venados or House of the Deer.

House of the Deer is an 18,000 sq. ft. private home/museum of mexican folk and contemporary art owned by John and Dorianne Venator, who spent nearly 10 years renovating this masterpiece of colonial architecture in Valladolid. There are over 3000 pieces of art in what is the largest collection of museum quality Mexican folk art in private hands. The house and its architect have won four major architectural awards in the last years.

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