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18 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Valladolid, Mexico

Lying in the heart of the Yucatan state of Mexico, is the vibrant city of Valladolid. Its impressive architecture, rich cultures and authentic cuisine are all markings of the city’s Spanish influence.

Valladolid is distinguished by two must-see landmarks:

  • 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena; and
  • San Gervasio Cathedral.

The Convent of San Bernardino of Siena is set within a glorious open green at the end of the prettiest postcard street in Valladolid, Calzada de los Frailes. If you have the time, a lazy afternoon spent relaxing on the lawn whilst children play and parents gather to chat is simply lovely.

Another way I soaked up the culture of Valladolid was watching the crowds of church-goers in their Sunday best gather and spill out of the striking baroque style San Gervasio Cathedral after mass. The benches opposite the cathedral in the Main Square are the perfect spot for this.

These two landmarks teamed with the city’s natural freshwater sinkhole, Cenote Zaci, and relatively cheap accommodation, makes this hidden gem a backpackers dream.

Simply wandering through the streets discovering quirky cafés, cute boutiques, chatting to the locals and of course, sampling delicious food was an absolute pleasure!

Backpacking through Mexico on a budget? there’s lots to do in Valladolid and surrounding areas and eating and drinking is a fraction of the cost compared to the flashier travel destinations in Yucatan, such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

If you’re a foodie, then Valladolid is a must for your travel itinerary.

Local cuisine include:

  • Longaniza, a type of chorizo sausage made in Valladolid
  • Cochinita pibil, this dish is slow cooked with sour oranges, achiote and typically pork which literally melts in your mouth.
  • Chocolate! Yes, that’s right, there’s a chocolate factory situated on Calle De Los Frailes.

For more mouth-watering examples of cuisine in Valladolid and where to eat them, read the section on Valladolid on Escaping the City: Top 5 Day Trips from Merida.

Exploring the city by foot is easy so there’s no need to pay for taxis or bikes.

Typically overlooked for the grander and larger Merida just 160km away, Valladolid maintains its undiscovered beauty and charm. Evoking the wonderful feeling of a community rather than a city marked by tourism, I wish I’d stayed longer than 3 days so I could soak it all up.

Planning a trip to Mexico? Make sure this destination is on your bucket list…
…but if you do need some persuading, here are 18 photos to inspire you to visit Valladolid!
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Admiring the beauty at Cenote Suytun
The magical Cenote Suytun
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Coqui Coqui Perfumery, Valladolid
A must visit – Coqui Coqui Perfumery
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Fountain Tableau dedicated to Candelaria Patron Saint of Valladolid
Fountain Tableau dedicated to Candelaria Patron Saint of Valladolid
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: San Gervasio Cathedral
San Gervasio Cathedral
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Convent of San Bernardino of Siena
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Blue classic Beetle car
Spotting classic Beetle cars in Valladolid
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Vintage Beetle car
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: dog in the pretty streets
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: boutique shops
There’s plenty of pretty boutique shops in Valladolid to browse
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: pink building Valladolid
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Calzada de los Frailes
Calzada de los Frailes in lined with cafés and boutiques
Day Trip from Merida: Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, Valladolid
A wonderful afternoon spent at Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman swimming in Cenote Oxman
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Cenote Suytun, near Valladolid
Cenote Suytun
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Coqui Coqui Boutique hotel, Valladolid Mexico
Stay at Coqui Coqui Boutique Hotel for a taste of luxury
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Tresvanbien cafe
Argentinian empanadas at Tresvanbien café
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Tresvanbien cafe garden
Rustic garden at Tresvanbien Café
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Adam & Frida hanging from a lamp post
18 Photos to Inspire you to visit Valladolid in Mexico: Sunset in Valladolid, Mexico
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