Valladolid is located halfway between Merida and Cancun, both are two of the main tourist destinations in Mexico. Instead, Valladolid is a hidden gem that usually goes unnoticed in between. Nevertheless, this colonial city is rich in history and Spanish-style architecture. Trips to Valladolid Yucatan are a must-visit destination for tourists that really want to understand the coexistence among pre-hispanic, colonial and contemporary Mayan culture.
Valladolid is known as the "pearl of the east" in Yucatan due to its location approximately 100 miles east of Merida. Compared to popular destinations such as Uxmal or Chichen Itza, it can be more challenging to find tours to this city. Therefore, we provide tours to Valladolid Yucatan and its sorroundings in English that not only cover this beautiful town but also include visits to other enchanting villages.
Our Magical Villages Tour includes Valladolid as one of its destinations. This tour departs from Merida at 9 a.m. and heads towards Valladolid. But the journey does not stop there! After that, the tour proceeds to a cenote, which is a natural cave that has been filled with cool and clear groundwater and rainwater over time. The next stop is Izamal, also known as "the city of three cultures", followed by a visit to the Kinich Kakmo archaeological site. Finally, the tour concludes with a calesa ride, a horse-driven carriage that takes tourists through the city.
Our trips to Valladolid Yucatan, does not only take you to this colonial city. After exploring Valladolid, our tour will take you to a cenote, a natural depression that was once used by the Mayans for religious ceremonies. Today, visitors can swim in its transparent waters and marvel at the remarkable rock formations surrounding it.
Next, we will visit Izamal, another stunning colonial city that was built over an ancient Mayan city, earning it the names "The City of the Three Cultures" and "City of the Hills" due to the pyramids that were present when the Spanish arrived and were covered by them. Here, tourists can admire the city's magnificent yellow and white architecture, take a calesa ride around the city, and visit the San Antonio de Padua convent.
After Izamal, we will take you to the Kinich Kakmo archaeological site. Mayan folklore tells of the god Kinich, who came down in the form of a macaw to cleanse offerings made to the Mayan gods with fire, giving this place its name, "Fire Macaw with Solar Eyes/Face." The pyramid in Kinich Kakmo is the largest in terms of surface area in the Yucatan Peninsula and the third largest in Mexico, after the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan and Cholula in Puebla.
We end our trips to Valladolid Yucatan and other magical villages by taking a calesa ride around the city and then we go back to Merida. We invite you to reserve your spot with us and enjoy this memorable experience!
Celebrations are still important to people living in the Yucatan. The Vaquerías are parties and celebrations of music and dancing. These parties have influences of both Spanish and Mayan origin, and are usually held in honor of the patron saint of the village or a farm. The party usually lasts several days and includes food, music, traditional dance and fireworks. Among the celebrations in Valladolid, there are the festivities in honor to San Servacio in October and the cultural fall during October and November. They include artistic, cultural and social events.
In addition to our tours to Valladolid Yucatan and its surroundings, our tours at Wayak will also bring you to well-known sites of the Mayan culture. Contact us for more information!
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