Top 10 Valladolid, Mexico Things to Do
Updated: Sep 3, 2021
Whether you will be spending One Day in Valladolid, Mexico, or a week like I did my second time visiting, you will love the charming colonial town.
In 2019, I visited Valladolid as a Community Manager with Airbnb Experiences in Atlanta on a hosted trip with Airbnb Adventures and fell in love. We spent one night in Valladolid, and I immediately planned to come back and spend more time.
From the moment I arrived in Valladolid, Mexico to my pink house Airbnb, I knew I 100% made the right choice. I love how much there is to explore in Valladolid from wandering the colorful streets to immersing yourself in nature like with the best Cenotes nearby.
My Top 10 Valladolid, Mexico Things to Do includes biking and walking around town, San Servacio Church, Francisco Canton Park, Calle Frailes, Chichen Itza, four Cenotes, and foodie experiences!
Valladolid, Mexico has beautiful colonial architecture all around the city, incredible Cenotes in and near town, and is a great place to access visiting Chichen Itza, one of the new 7 Wonders of the world from. It is about 2 hours from Cancun, and easily accessible via Ado Bus and a rental car.
I share more on Valladolid including fun facts in my One Day in Valladolid, Mexico:
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Valladolid, Mexico Stay
I visited Valladolid from August 9 to August 15, 2021. For my visit to Valladolid, I stayed at an incredible pink house I found on Airbnb. From the moment I found the Airbnb in 2020, I knew I would stay here.
All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or via Airbnb.
Valladolid, Mexico in Under 60 Seconds
Yes, I may have spent about a week in Valladolid, Mexico.
At the same time, I may still condense the experience in under 60 seconds!
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Top 10 Valladolid, Mexico Things to Do
You will find so many things to do in Valladolid, Mexico. Since I visited Valladolid before, I already had some things in mind to do during my visit. At the same time, I learned about new places via my Airbnb host too!
I loved spending hours walking and biking around town, sitting at the fountain at the center of town enjoying a Marquesita (check out the food section!), immersing myself in nature at the Cenotes, visiting Chichen Itza, hanging out with my friend Diana from the Mayan Jungle Cabana Airbnb in Tulum, and of course foodie experiences!
I am sharing what I experienced, and logistics to consider in planning your visit.
This is something I keep in mind always to save you time and money.
In putting together the Top 10 Valladolid, Mexico Things to Do, I considered how I would experience the colonial city knowing what I know now, and to make it easy, efficient and enjoyable for you!
1 Walking and Biking around Valladolid
Valladolid is one of those colonial cities where you may get lost for hours walking and biking around town. The beautiful colonial architecture all around the city and incredible streets will have you marveling, Not to mention, the adorable coffee shops and gardens you will come across.
On my first day in town, I walked to the center about 1 mile away from my Airbnb. I love wandering freely. On my third day in town, Diana visited and we met up at Pitagores Cafe del Profesor to go to Cenote Zaci (Cenote in town that I visited in 2019).
It ended up being closed for renovation so we went to Cenote Ikeken instead via taxi.
Later that evening, we met in town again to wander the town center.
Walking and biking in Valladolid, Mexico is a great and free activity to do in town!
Whether you spend One Day in Valladolid, or longer, walking and biking a lot is a MUST!
2 Francisco Canton Park
Right when you arrive in the center of town, you will find Francisco Canton Park. It is a great place to walk around, sit by the fountain, and try food like Elotes and Marquesitas especially in the evening!
The first time I visited in 2019, we spent hours in the evening at the park. In 2021, Diana and I visited in the evening and spent hours by the fountain listening to the water.
I went several times on my own sitting by the fountain too.
3 San Servacio Church
If you are already at the park, there is no way you will miss San Servacio Church towering right in front of the park. This imposing Catholic church with 2 bell towers was founded in 1545 &
rebuilt in the 1700s.
When I visited in 2019, it was open to the public.
In 2021, only the front part is open around 6pm to 8pm.
4 Calle Frailes
Calle Frailes is seriously one of the most picturesque streets I have ever seen. It is about 10 minutes walk or so from the center, so it is easy to walk or bike to. It is one of those streets it is easy to get lost on, find cute coffee shops, and take Instagram shots you love.
My first time in Valladolid, I fell in love with this street. This time, I visited Le Kaat Vegan Restaurant and loved their fresh juice and chocolate bar.
If you keep walking to the end of the street, you will run into the Valladolid Sign and the Convent.
5 Chichen Itza
Visiting Chichen Itza, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World is a must while in Valladolid, Mexico. My first time visiting Valladolid, I came for 1 night, and knew I would be back to visit not only the streets, Cenotes, but Chichen Itza too!
Chichen Itza is about 45 minutes away from Valladolid, Mexico and easy to get to!
In 2021, I visited my third new Wonder of the World with Chichen Itza.
I visited Rome in 2004 with my mom, and Taj Majal in 2010 with my mom as well.
I absolutely recommend you add to your trip to Valladolid, Mexico.
6 Cenote Zaci
Cenote Zaci îs located right in town and walkable from the center! It is the first Cenote I visited ever!
If you haven't yet, definitely check out my Best Cenotes in Mexico to help you plan your adventures!
Make sure Cenote Zaci is high on your list during your time in Valladolid.
It is easy to make it a part of any day you spend in town.
7 Cenote Oxman
When I visited in 2021. I went to Cenote Oxman by walking about 30 minutes from my Airbnb.
It is super cute with a Hacienda upfront. You walk underground to get to the Cenote, and you may jump from a platform. It is super fun!
8 Cenote Ikeken
Cenote Ikeken is within 10 minutes driving from Valladolid. It is a beautiful fully underground Cenote with stalagmites and stalactites. I visited with Diana and we spent hours marveling at the beauty all around us! Definitely a Cenote you want to add to your list!
If you didn't know. there are over 6,000 Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula.
I think Cenote Ikeken is one of the Best Cenotes in Mexico!
9 Cenote Ilkil
Cenote Ilkil is the last Cenote I visited in Valladolid so far. It is by no means the last one in Valladolid and near the area. It is a great one to cool off after visiting Chichen Itza.
It is about 10 minutes away by car, and incredibly beautiful!
10 Foodie Favorites in Valladolid, Mexico
Valladolid definitely has some of the BEST street food I have ever had! It awed me in 2019, and I fell in love even more this time during my visit!
Top Row: From left to right - Elote / Corn in a Cup in Town Center, Marquesita (Pancake rolled up with Banana, Peanut Butter, Almonds), and Waffle at Herbalife Nutrition Club.
In my one day guide referenced earlier, I share Cafe Pitagores del Profesor and other places.
Top 10 Things to Do: Valladolid, Mexico
Valladolid, Mexico is one of the most beautiful colonial treasures you will ever visit. Not to mention, it is immersed in nature all around. The proximity to the new 7 Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza adds to its attraction.
Whether you want to spend hours walking around the colorful streets, soaking in the Cenotes, or visiting Chichen Itza close by, you will love Valladolid.
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