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.