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
What To See
Cenote Suytun - Instagram dream. Lol. Stunning, huge cenote. A quick 15 min drive from town.
Cenote Zací - Literally in the center of Valladolid town. Great to swim in.
Mayan Ruins de Tulum - Right by Tulum beach, very convenient to get to. But not as beautiful as the others closer to Valladolid.
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!