Valladolid is gaining attention from tourists because of its colonial atmosphere and its central location: 30 minutes from the archaeological zones of Chichén Itzá and Ek’ Balam, an hour from the ruins at Cobá and the flamingo reserve in Río Lagartos, and two hours from Mérida, Cancún, and Tulum.
It’s an easy bus or car ride to any of these destinations, restaurants and hotels are reasonably priced, and you have the advantage of staying in a colonial Mexican town. If you’re en route to one of the regional sites or simply want to have a small-town experience, consider spending a night here—you’re sure to be happily surprised.
By Bus: Valladolid’s bus station (Calle 39 at Calle 46, tel. 985/856-3448) is an easy walk from the central plaza, or if you have a lot of bags, a cheap taxi ride. With the exception of a few first-class departures, most of the service here is second-class.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition