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Valladolid, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

You love colonial and colorful towns, walkable experiences, and underwater sinkholes. You love to unplug for a day with any experience related to nature and water. You love to learn about phenomenon around the world.

Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel to Valladolid, Mexico. Maybe, you want to travel solo, with family, or with a group? You want to transform and travel to Valladolid, Mexico.

Every step you take you feel like you are stepping back in time as you wander the colorful streets. You are blown away by the vibe of the city, and the fact that Cenote Zaci is in the middle of town (underground sinkhole).

Valladolid is bright, beautiful and off the beaten path. It's about an hour from Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world as well. Beyond Valladolid, you may want to visit Pink Lakes and Rio Lagartos a few hours away.

There's more than enough to experience in One Day in Valladolid, Mexico to transform and travel whether you come solo, with a transformational retreat, or with family. I visited Valladolid for the first time in 2019. Im 2021, I returned and stayed for a week! This post is updated for new adventures!

Follow this One Day in Valladolid, Mexico Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. This is my itinerary for one day in Valladolid. My intention for you is that you choose relaxing.

My Experiences With Valladolid

If you are connecting with me and us for the first time with FIT Life Creation, I traveled to Mexico for the third time in 2019 creating content, being hosted on an adventure with Airbnb, and of course limitless transformational experiences

My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.) 27+ countries later on my way to 100+ countries.

My adventure with Airbnb included a two day trip to Valladolid including Cenote Zaci.

In 2021 on my Travel to 7 Continents, I visited Valladolid the week of August 9.

It was interesting visiting Mexico 20+ years later with all the changes in my life. I reflected on how my health, wealth, business have transformed. If you are loving this guide, you will want to check out my One Day in Cancun, Mexico; One Day in Isla Mujeres and more in this Flying High: Travel Series.

I thought it would be great to share my adventures with you and do a one day guide on Valladolid, Mexico. Depending on your travels to Mexico, there are various ways to visit Valladolid. In 2019, I came from Holbox Island and Pink Lakes the day before with transportation arranged via our Airbnb Adventure.

In 2021, I came from Bacalar, Mexico via Ado Bus for about 3 hours.

Holbox Island
Holbox Island

Shot on my Canon EOS M100

Fun Facts About Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid is known for its colonial architecture, colorful streets and Cenotes. I love Colonial towns like Antigua, Guatemala.

History buffs will love the town center, Iglesia de San Servacio church, Mayan Ruins, and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza within a hour or so. My fellow water and nature lovers will love spending a day at the Cenotes in and around Valladolid. Photographers will find photo and Instagram worthy shots at every street walking through the vibrant city.

One Day In Valladolid, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

So let's explore the experience for one day in Valladolid Mexico. A day to three days minimum is what I recommend. Depending on when you arrive in the city, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!

In 2019, I spent about two days in Valladolid. Our Airbnb Adventure group arrived around 4pm and stayed until mid day the next day. I'm giving you reasons you will want to stay longer in Mexico in case you didn't have any yet.

Im 2021, I spent a week in Valladolid at this beautiful pink Airbnb.

Valladolid Airbnb Hosted Trip in 2019

In 2019, the first time I visited Valladolid, my travel was all arranged by my Airbnb Adventure. It was great to have everything set up! We arrived at Valladolid a bit after sunset after taking the ferry from Holbox Island and visiting Pink Lakes the day before.

Holbox Island
Holbox Island

Pink Lakes

In 2021, I took an Ado Bus from Bacalar, Mexico for $22 USD with a stop in Tulum, Mexico on the way.

Valladolid, Mexico

Right when we arrived, we checked in to our adorable Airbnb in a colonial home. We then headed out to walk near Iglesia de San Servacio. Our colonial Airbnb was less than a 10 min walk away. We walked around town square and grabbed some street food.

In the morning, we walked over to Cenote Zaci with a stop at an incredible coffee shop. After a debrief on the Airbnb Adventure, we walked over to the Cenote. You'll see my cliff jobs in the video below. We spent several relaxing hours at Cenote Zaci which is a must to unplug!

Once we finished at the Cenote, we headed back to our Airbnb to change and return to Cancun.

Valladolid, Mexico 2021

When I went in 2019, I knew I would come back to Valladolid again. I love the spirit of the city and wanted to be able to enjoy it even more. . I wanted to come back to visit the Cenotes in and near Valladolid and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza nearby!

My Stay

For my visit this time, I found this pink house on Airbnb in Valladolid. I booked a week in August 2021.

The house is about 1 mile from town, and the rental includes a bicycle in your stay!

2021 One Day in Valladolid Recommendations

With my stay for a week in Valladolid, Mexico, I thought I would add recommendations for your One Day in Valladolid, Mexico, or longer, itinerary.

Walk Around The Center

Right by San Servacio church is the park. It is a great way to enjoy food like Marquesitas (wheat pancakes rolled up with choices of fillings e.g. I enjoyed banana and peanut butter!), walking around, and people watching!

Cenotes in and Near Valladolid

When I visited in 2021, Cenote Zaci happened to be closed that week for renovations. However, have no fear, there are over 6,000 Cenotes in the Yucatan. Valladolid does not disappoint with the Best Cenotes in Mexico to visit!

During my week stay, I visited Cenote Ikeken, Cenote Oxman and Cenote Ilkil close to Chichen Itza!

Cenote Ilkil

Cenote Ikeken in Mexico

Cenote Oxman

Chichen Itza: One of 7 Wonders of the World

An incredible day trip to do from Valladolid, Mexico that is not to be missed is Chichen Itza, one of the 7 Wonders of the World! It's easy to grab a Collectivo near the Ado Bus station to go about 40 minutes away for 40 pesos / $2 USD one way.

As of August 2021, the entrance fee is 540 pesos / about $25 USD. I recommend going on a weekday early in the morning, and then going to Cenote Ilkil to swim and cool off!

Chichen Itza

Reasons to Stay in Valladolid, Mexico Longer than One Day

There are many reasons to stay longer in Mexico in general. I've been three times to Mexico now, and continue to experience new things each time. I decided next time I come to Mexico I will definitely spend at least 4+ days in Holbox Island.

Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid, a bright colonial town reminds me of Cuba and brought back memories of my time in Cuba with our retreats.

Valladolid is breathtaking with beautiful colonial homes, colorful streets, and Cenote Zaci in the middle of town! You may want to stay longer to visit Mayan art and a dance performance. Another great reason to stay longer is to visit Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world nearby. #stillonmylist

Tulum, Mexico

If you didn't know, I spent 3+ Months in Tulum, Mexico at an incredible Mayan Jungle Cabana. I share lots of tips on my One Day in Tulum, Mexico, Top 10 Things to Do in Tulum, and series on Creating + Adventuring in Tulum, Mexico.

Tulum, Mexico makes for a great day trip from Valladolid with Ado Bus at about 1-2 hours, or by rental car!

Tulum Jungle Gym

Bacalar, Mexico

In 2021, I visited Bacalar Mexico and the Lagoon of the 7 Colors for a digital marketing project, as well as exploring Bacalar! I absolutely love it!

Bacalar, Mexico is a great day trip from Valladolid or from Tulum, at about 4 hours, and 3 hours, respectively.

Bacalar, Mexico

Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid, Mexico is still off the beaten path for the most part. Many travelers pass by on their way to one of the seven wonders of the world. It's well worth staying longer to visit Iglesia de San Servacio, Cenote Zaci, and dance performances.

Whether you love history, water activities, or unique wonders, you will love stopping by Valladolid, Mexico.

Have you visited Valladolid, Mexico before? Is it on your bucket list to visit soon?

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