Valladolid in Yucatan Mexico 🇲🇽 is one of the prettiest cities I have ever been to. It’s so different from any other place.
It’s old and colorful and everyone is so friendly, not to mention the food is delicious!
The city of Valladolid is so colorful and walking around made me so happy. Here are some photos of the beautiful streets.
Spring break in March is high season so make sure you book your stay well in advance and your flight tickets earlier for lower fares. We stayed at Ecotel Quinta Regia, a hotel located 5 minutes away walking distance from the central plaza.
The hotel was traditionally decorated which contributed to our Mexican experience. I read some reviews before going that talk about you needing a taxi to get to the city center but that’s not necessary, it’s really close and down a straight road, Calle 40.
Most days we ate at the hotel’s restaurant. It is cheap and the staff will take really good care of you. They never stop offering piña coladas, margaritas, and tequila sunrises so take advantage of that!
Mexican food is my favorite kind of food and if you visit Mexico I’m confident it will become yours too. You get unlimited guacamole with whatever you eat for no extra charge! There are two places I would recommend eating at:
El Mesón del Marqués
This is a perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner. It is located right next to the food plaza in the city center and it is part of a hotel.
Restaurant Atrio del Mayab
This restaurant has a beautiful aesthetic and really good food.
It is very tropical and romantic, with trees everywhere and string lights hanging from them.
Places to visit
There are many things to see in the area of Yucatan. There are buses that can take you anywhere but I would HIGHLY recommend renting a car, it will save you time and money.
The one place you absolutely need to go to is the archeological space of Chichen Itza to see the Mayan ruins.
We went without a tour guide but there are many available ones out there as well as inside the archeological space in the case that you do not book one in advance.
Cenote Ik Kil
Cenotes are underwater caves in a way and they are everywhere. I picked this one because it looked the prettiest to me but it also happened to be one of the busiest ones. The Cenote opened to the public at 9:30am and we were the first ones there because we wanted to enjoy it before everyone got down there. You will need to shower before you go down to swim, and for more tips on visiting the Cenote click here to read my review.
Ek Balam is another archeological space with Mayan temple ruins. There is a really tall temple that you can climb on unlike the ones in Chichen Itza that are view only.
Las Coloradas is a town about an hour and a half away from Valladolid. There is a salt production factory right before the town that has created these lakes known as the pink lagoons. The bacteria in the lakes together with the high salt concentration make the color of the lakes pink!
You are not allowed to go into the factory and see the lakes so it took us a while to sneak in but there are ways! You probably need to park somewhere and try and hike your way to them, jump over some fences and bushes but it’s worth it.
Just like in the Dead Sea, the high salt concentration may sting if you have any cuts on your body and leaves an oily residue.
Tulum, Quintana Roo
Tulum was a little further away and there is an hour time difference from Valladolid, but swimming in the Caribbean Sea is something I would recommend. Tulum is more touristy and thus more expensive than Valladolid so we saved it for our last day to ensure we had money to spend.
We stayed at Sanara Tulum, a hotel that comes with yoga classes and promotes healthy living.
The Real Coconut
The restaurant and beach bar of Sanara is called The Real Coconut and only offers healthy food options – which is probably why so many bloggers go there.
The menu is filled with healthy protein and green smoothies!
Azulik Resort, Eco & Maya Spa
While in Tulum we also visited Azulik, a really expensive resort that all famous people go to. We went to have dinner there and walked around the resort while we waited for the restaurant to open.
The entire resort is built with wood and it’s completely Eco friendly.
Overall, Valladolid was such a fun, economical, experience. My biggest concern before visiting was safety, but I felt very safe and the locals were very welcoming.
I hope your enjoyed reading and found this travel entry helpful!