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Valladolid is the most beautiful colonial city in the east of Yucatan, an ideal place to spend a few days and get to know its varied and surprising neighborhoods. What are the best visits around Valladolid?

Valladolid is a very comfortable destination for travelers because it is well connected, has the necessary tourist services, is quiet and also has a wide range of different and amazing places to visit around Valladolid. These places are easy to go by free or with tourist agency, you will see that you have no problem to get there.

The proposed places are less than 120 kilometers around Valladolid, maximum 2 hours by car.

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A few 50 kilometers from Valladolid is this Wonder of the Modern World, Chichen Itza. From Valladolid you can go easy in combi, on your own or by taxi. It is the Mayan archaeological zone that nobody wants to miss, his temple of Kuculcán is simply extraordinary. Can combine the visit with a cenote near Valladolid like the famous Ik kil, those of Dzitnup, the Oxman or the Saamal, all of them direction Chichen Itza.

How to go, schedules and prices to Chichén Itzá?

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For me the area of The Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, with its 4 coastal towns, is a wonder: flamingos, mangrove landscapes, beautiful beaches, salt flats and fauna. There are good tourist services, different landscapes, endless beaches: a place for travelers who like nature, tranquility and authentic places. A coast of fishermen, landscape and fauna. On the way to the Reserve you pass through several interesting detours, one of them is Tahcabo.

The famous The Coloradas are within the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve

How to go to the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve?

Las Coloradas, Yucatan
The Coloradas, the pink lagoon


Ek Balam is one of the most impressive archaeological sites you can visit in the Yucatan Peninsula, just half an hour from Valladolid. To make matters worse, less than 2 kilometers from the place you can cool off in a beautiful cenote where they offer several activities. In the nearby village of Ek Balam they sell handmade hammocks, I like this place.

How to go, prices and schedules of Ek Balam

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One of the most beautiful churches of the Yucatan Peninsula is very close to Valladolid, in the population of Uayma. It is a delicious outlet to visit the church and the town of Uayma, and if you can go in the afternoon better because the sun will be carving the beautiful facade.

How to go to Uayma and what to do there?

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The surroundings of Valladolid are amazing at cenotes level, so it is very difficult to recommend only one. We made the list of best cenotes in the surroundings of Vallaldolid for those as enthusiastic as us, but to recommend you the best, we chose the Cenote Choj-Há, a little more than 60 kilometers from Valladolid, by the free direction Cancun.

How to go to the Chooj Ja 'cenote, recommendations, schedule and price.

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The caves of Santa Rita I could recommend them next to the cenote Chooj Ja 'because they are on the same road, very close to both places. But these caves are a chula, and that's why I want to highlight them in this article. It does not receive much tourism, so I recommend you contact them first. Personally I have been 3 times, and always screaming I found someone from the community guides, who are usually near the grotto. For me it is one of my safety pins in the Peninsula.

How to get to the caves of Santa Rita?

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Another of the largest archeological zones is Cobá, only 60 kilometers away, and that is that Valladolid is framed among fantastic places. Many travelers visit the ruins of Tulum and Coba if they move between the coast of the Riviera Maya and the interior of the Peninsula, where I always say that the true journey begins to know these lands with authenticity. This area is surrounded by cenotes and a highlight: Punta Laguna, a nature park run by locals.

How to go, timetable and price of Cobá

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Si Te gusta the history and live the customs with the locals, you should go to Tihosuco and Xocén. Both populations are of great cultural and historical relevance in the Mayan world. Tihosuco there are several interesting places to visit such as its Caste War Museum or its half-ruined, beautiful church. In Xocén there is one of the temples that best reflects the religious syncretism in these Mayan lands. Two places without a doubt, I leave you the contact of locals who are dedicated to tourism showing their customs to those who visit them.

  • In Tihosuco: U Belilek Kaxtik KuxtalCarlos Chan Espinosa + 521 (983) 103 03 67 ubkk_1@hotmail.com
  • In Xocén contact the local friends of the miguelnahuattun@gmail.com community who do tours around the area. They are nature guides and you can get to know Mayan traditions with them and their families.

Both populations are located Felipe Carrillo Puerto address, you can take the combi or the collective taxi. Very simple, ask in Valladolid where is the stop where the combis leave.

Xocén, Yucatán
Xocén, Yucatán

I hope you enjoy the area very much. For us it is one of the most beautiful areas of Yucatan. Being a couple of days in the quiet and beautiful city of Valladolid is a great option on your trip.

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