I fell in love with the Yucatan after spending two months in Mexico last summer. From Playa del Carmen I took the ADO bus to Valladolid which I can't recommend enough! Clean, air conditioned with movies, it only costs $30RT, 2.5 hours each way. Valladolid is charming colonial town great to spend either an afternoon or few days.
Stroll around the Zocolo and meet locals selling their hand crafts and take in the beauty of San Gervasio Cathedral. Walk 10 minutes down Calle 42 and you arrive at Dutzi which is well worth the visit in itself here. From vintage burlap handbags to fringe suede clutches to laptop covers you can find what you heart desires for every budget. In addition you can see the Mayan women at work constructing the handbags in the onsite workshop. Although as a traveler I don't care to buy a lot of souvenirs simply because I believe my photos are my treasures to take home, I do like to splurge on a hand crafted piece of art such as a Dutzi bag hand made by Mayan women. This is a unique gift to either yourself or friends and family. A visit to Valladolid and the Dutzi Shop is true authentic Mexican experience!
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