One of the oldest cities in the peninsula and currently one of the two Magical Towns in Yucatan, Valladolid is fascinating in every way. Its peaceful and lively streets are home to historic sites, mansions, museums, comfortable little hotels, markets, fountains, beautiful handicraft shops, ice cream and snack stalls, parks, and many other places to explore.

Known as "The Capital of the Mayan East", Valladolid is located right in the middle of the two most important cities of the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida and Cancun, both 100 miles away. The main archaeological wonders of the area are close by Chichén Itzá at 45 kilometers, Tulum at 100 kilometers, Ek Balam at 30 kilometers, and Cobá at 35 kilometers. For this reason, to get to know Yucatan it might be a good idea to consider this destination as a starting point.

In Valladolid, you breathe a peaceful air, typical of a small town rich in traditions. Probably the first thing that catches your attention is the kindness of its inhabitants, who will not think twice before sharing with you all they know about the place where they were born. After leaving your bags at the hotel -choose one of those around the central square, housed in old buildings-, you'll be ready to begin a tour that will transport you back to colonial times.


It was founded in 1543 by Francisco de Montejo, "el Sobrino" and was formerly inhabited by the Cupules in a place known as Chauac Há, which was part of a Mayan chiefdom. At the time of the War of the Castes, more than twenty families that left Valladolid for Cozumel repopulated what we know today.

Valladolid is the second most important city in Yucatan and the oldest in the state. Centro Regional de Artesanías Zací you will find many crafts that you will like to take with you like embroidered huipiles, guayaberas, basketry, jewelry, and saddlery.

To pamper your palate you will find local restaurants that offer Yucatan delicacies, deer pipian, salbutes, panuchos and papadzules, stuffed cheese, cochinita pibil, chicken and bean stew with pork; in short, the specialties that have placed the Yucatan cuisine among the best. At the end of the meal, we recommend xtabentún.

Joined Magical Town category in 2012.


Canton House

Deer House

Friars' Road

Zací Regional Handicraft Center

Yokdzonot Cenote

Cenote Zací

Ek Balam

Former Convent of San Bernardino di Siena

Hacienda La Guadalupana

Hacienda San Miguel

Candelaria Church

Santa Ana Church

San Juan Church

Santa Lucia Church

St. Servatius Church

San Roque Museum

City Hall

Ría Lagartos - Biosphere Reserve / El Cuyo

Plinth of Valladolid

Cenote Zaci in Valladolid Yucatan. Photo: Secretaría de Turismo
Cenote Zaci in Valladolid Yucatan. Photo: Secretaría de Turismo


Candlemas Festival, January 26 to February 3. Artistic, cultural, artisan, and gastronomic exhibitions.

Feast of the Holy Cross, 23 April to 3 May. Dance of jarana, rosaries, and typical food.

First Spark of the Revolution, 3 - 4 June. Remember the Revolution.

San Servicio, October. In the temple of the historical center.

Cultural autumn of Valladolid, October / November. Cultural, artistic and social events.


2 hours from Merida and Cancun. It is located in the eastern region of the state, bordering Temozón to the north, Cuncunul, Tekom, and Chichimilá to the south, Chemax to the east, and Cuncunul and Uayma to the west.