Valladolid is a little-known colonial town in the Yucatán peninsula, where people only stay the night usually because of its proximity to Chichen Itza. We arrived right after sunset and the town square was busy with all the locals and vendors, hurrying and packing up to go home. No tourists were in sight and immediately I felt transported back in time.
Earlier this month, we flew to Mexico for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. We only had a few days and only had time to visit few towns as we were driving around the Yucatan peninsula. For our first night, we decided to stay in Valladolid, a 45-minute drive from Chichen Itza. Busy airport immigration and flight delays caused us to arrive later than expected.
Valladolid is listed as one of Pueblos Magícos or Magical Villages of Mexico. Pastel-colored houses line the stone streets of this historical town which was founded in the 16th century. I was thankful that our beautiful hotel is located right in front of the main town square, giving me the chance to walk around. I wanted to get lost and explore more but time didn’t let me. The town seemed very authentic, and was not run down by tourists. For me, little towns like this are like rare jewels which give me that traveler’s high. Now keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way until my return…
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