Our big goal for this Latin America trip is to slow it down just a notch. Rather than moving every couple of days, we decided to base ourselves in a nice location, do day trips out, and come back to a familiar place at night. Here in the Maya heartland, we chose the charming colonial town of Valladolid as our hub. And I’m happy we did because Valladolid offers two of my favorite things: relaxation and food.
One of the greatest attractions here is the beautiful central park right across from the town’s cathedral. We have spent hours sitting in the shade watching locals come and go, walk their dogs and have their shoes shined. It’s literally the best therapy to avoid travel burnout (yes, it’s a real thing).
And to top it all off, we just have to walk across the street into a lively food bazaar where they offer ice-cold horchatas and a number of exciting dishes. We highly recommend the cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork in banana leaf) as well as the fatty longaniza Valladolid, a delicious local pork sausage, which is best enjoyed with a handful of Tums.