Published On: Fri, Jan 19th, 2018

Valladolid: pastel walls and pristine streets just 97 miles west of Cancun

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Vibrant is an understatement when it comes to Valladolid, from the spirit of its people to the opulent colonial gems. Located in the southeastern part of Mexico, Valladolid is the third-largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula – though to most of us, it will scream quaint and charming. About 100 miles away from the party town of Cancun, flying into Cancun Airport then bussing it off-the-beaten path is the way to go, because you’ll definitely want to grab an airport margarita the second you arrive.

The down-tempo vibe of Valladolid will be immediately noticeable when you catch your first glimpse of Magical Town (Pueblo Mágico), complete with pastel walls and pristine streets that are easy to navigate. And, the local women sporting the beautiful indigenous clothing made here will have you running to the nearest shop for an authentic souvenir.

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Of course, you don’t have to go far to have an entirely different experience – underground. Built on the Mayan settlement of Zací, Valladolid is home to Cenote Zací, a rare urban sinkhole where the water and the eyeless blackfish offer a surreal, refreshing escape from the intense Yucatan heat. If you need a break from the seamless colonial buildings, nerd out on some ancient architecture with a visit to the Chichen Itza Ruins about 40 minutes away. Called the mother of all Mayan pyramids AND one of the seven new wonders of the world, unlike other ruins you might yawn through, you’ll definitely want to check these out.

Killer place to stay: Hotel El Mesón del Marqués, for the unbeatable location in Centro Historico and a great selection of tequila that can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace.

Amazing restaurant: Restaurante El Meson del Marques, for the jicama margarita, a creamy and refreshing Mexican turnip margarita (you read that right) so you can earn healthy points while boozing it up.




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