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“I Will Return” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Valladolid

Valladolid
Calle 40 #200, Centro Historico, Valladolid, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: t: Valladolid, colorful and safe colonial city, where yucatecan gastronomy was born and the Mayan culture is still alive. Is located in the east side of Yucatan, between Merida and Cancun. Ideal place to visit archeological sites like Chichén Itzá (New 7 wonders) at 50Km, Ek-Balam at 27km and Coba at 60km. Also you can visit natural reserves like the Biosphere of Ría Lagartos, to observe flamingos and birds; and Punta Laguna sanctuary of spider monkey.
Merida, Mexico
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“I Will Return”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This city has so much Colonial charm! It is large enough to have lots of city amenities but small enough to retain its quaintness. I was only in town one night and part of the next day so I feel I barely scratched the surface of what can be seen. The main plaza is very elegant at night...an enjoyable strolling venue. If you are looking for high quality Day of the Dead Catrina as souvenirs or collectibles, I highly recommend the shop on the plaza with life size metal Catrinas flanking the entry. I also recommend dining at the Hotel El Meson del Marques on the main plaza for authentic Yucatecan cuisine. If you have time to travel out of town, the Mayan site of Ek Balam is a must do. I was fortunate enough to arrive in the area at the time of the Sacred Maya Moments outdoor theater performance...a breathtaking event!

Visited February 2014
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Ajijic, Mexico
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“Nothing compared to Merida”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I've been visiting Merida for the past 2 weeks, and decided to take a 2 1/2 hour bus trip today to visit Valladolid. I must be in the minority because I didn't find anything charming or interesting about Valladolid, and was eager to return to Merida, which I did after walking around the town for about 2 hours. The shops around the main square appeared to be selling all the same stuff. There weren't many places to eat, and the vibe just seemed rather dull to me, compared to Merida.

Visited February 2014
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California
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“A Must See Spanish Colonial Town in the Yucatan.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It was just so unexpected, the beautiful park in the town square, the pastel colored buildings, and the vibrancy of the town.

Visited February 2014
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“Yucatan in miniature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A compact town with a strong Yucatan character and not too many tourists - yet. It has a historic Spanish cathedral, a monastery, a cenote and Chichen Itza is only a short drive away so it's a good base from which to explore the surrounding area.

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Edmonton, Canada
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“surprising find in the yucatan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

A lot of tourists stay close to the beach when in the Yucatan (actually Quintana Roo), which is easy to understand because the beaches are great. However, you can branch out a bit yourself and you do not need a tour bus. Car rental at the Cancun airport is easy and reasonable. Driving conditions are fine. An express toll road extends from almost Cancun across the Yucatan to Merida, and Valladolid is half way along. Cenotes right in town, interesting buildings, congenial ambiance, all fine. Try to bring some pesos as that makes payment simpler but a lot of places take credit cards. Chichen Itza is just a few miles farther. Enjoy!

Visited January 2014
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