Valladolid is a charming town in the Yucatan Peninsula. Many people stop by en route to/from Chichen Itza, but it is worth spending a full day here if you have the time. The colorful architecture, colonial churches, and ample amount of ice cream will keep you curious and satisfied all day long.
Weather: The weather in the Yucatan Peninsula varies from warm to hot year round, but there are two noticeable wet and dry seasons. The wet season, (also known as the hurricane season) typically starts in June and ends in October. The dry season begins in November and lasts through May. An optimal time to travel is in May after Spring Break and before June. Prices tend to be a little lower, the volume of visitors have decreased, and the weather is still great. If you plan to book your trip in the summer months be sure to check the weather patterns. Valladolid generally tends to be hotter because it is inland.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Casual. Men and women should pack clothing that is light and breathable; leave your jeans at home. For women: when you are touring around, it is acceptable to wear a bathing suit with a tank top, shorts, and sneakers. Men can wear similar attire when touring; bathing suit, shirt, and sneakers. If you plan on spending the night, dinner attire is also casual. Even though Valladolid is inland, respectable bathing suits underneath attire can be worn if you plan on going to a cenote (underground sink hole ideal for swimming and exploring).
Culture: Valladolid has a small town friendly feel to it; they are very welcoming to visitors. Please be respectful of the town to maintain the charm. The staff at the visitors center (located across the main park) are also available to answer any questions you have, and signs are bi-lingual.
Shopping: If you love chocolate, you are in the right place. Chocolate Artesenal Maya Chocol Haa is a museum, cafe, and store. Learn about the importance of chocolate, taste the 10 different varieties, and buy your favorite flavor. You can find this gem on Calzada de los Frailes, a beautiful road mixed with Mexican stores and restaurants.
Some Suggested Activities In Valladolid:
Calzada de los Frailes: Walk around this colorful street, search for your perfect souvenir, and try local delicacies such as Lomitos de Valladolid, a pork dish in fresh tomato sauce.
Francisco Canton Rosado: Take a walk around the central park, eat ice cream, and people watch. It's one of my favorite things to do, and you can learn so much culture through observation. You will hear laughter, see lovers, and watch entrepreneurs making the most out of a hot day.
Traditional Agave Distillery: Take a tour of the blue agave distillery, walk through the fields, and learn about the traditional step by step process to obtain the agave liquid. This tradition has lasted for over 400 years; and will add special insight about customs and culture of the Maya. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to take some tequila home with you!
If You Are A Foodie: Enjoy fresh Mexican food atop the Cenote Zaci. Savor fresh salsa, tortillas, nachos, plantains, and other Mexican specialities. A bonus: if you have lunch here, you will get free admission to the cenote.
Safety Tip: Carry water, biodegradable sunblock, a snack, and an umbrella and/or a hat when you are touring. You do not want to get dehydrated or sunburnt on your trip, do you?