General tips

  • It’s a small, quiet, colonial town, so it’s definitely a change of vibe if you’re coming from Tulum.

  • Valladolid is extremely charming and is littered with great local eateries, and some beautiful boutiques, mostly along Calzada de los Frailes.

  • There are a lot of small-scale local vendors along the drive from Tulum to Valladolid. They create beautiful embroidered tapestries and dresses, woven textiles, and gorgeous Yucatán hammocks. Highly recommend stopping by, talking to them and getting some goodies to bring home.

Where to Eat/Drink

  • Here’s a good resource for the best restaurants in the town, as of 2019. It’s a small town though, and we encourage you all to explore!

  • We’ll add our personal recs in the coming days!

What To See



  • Chichen Itza - MUST SEE. If there is one set of ruins you should visit this trip, this is it. Incredible huge pyramid, Mayan library and market ruins — it’s a sprawling compound. It’s closer to Valladolid, so we’d recommend you go from there, versus Tulum. Lots of souvenirs to shop for here too!

  • Mayapan Mayan Ruins - MAJOR. Only if you have time to go all the way to Merida (closer to Valladolid than Tulum). Looks as huge and significant as Chichen Itza.


  • If you’re spending some time in Valladolid, we highly recommend you take a day trip to Merida. It’s the capital of the Yucatan and is a bustling beautiful town. The markets are meant to be the best - with huaraches and hats to die for.

  • Be sure to check out the Coqui Coqui Merida property for a drink or a coffee (or a stay) as well!