Valladolid, Yucatan

Parque Francisco Canton Rosado

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. 😉


Valladolid Food

Enjoying horchatas


5 responses to “Valladolid, Yucatan”

  1. avatar Sam says:

    I remember spending an afternoon in Valladolid on a trip to Chichen Itza from Cancun when I was 16 with my family. Nice place, and I’d love to go back. Also, I have a thing for visiting multiple places with the same name, so after having visitied the original Valladolid in Spain, it only feels right to get to know its namesake in Mexico too!

  2. avatar Valerie says:

    All that food is making me hungry! It’s nice to just slow down every once in awhile and fully enjoy what the local area has to offer.

  3. avatar Thomas says:

    @Sam Valladolid is still a tourist stop after visiting Chichen Itza. Buses stop for a short while, so everyone can photograph the cathedral and the fountain in the park (the one behind me in the lead pic). 😉

    @Valerie I totally agree with you, and that’s exactly what we enjoyed in Valladolid.

  4. avatar laurelle says:

    Yo quiero Mexico!

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