Decided to stop in Valladolid on our way to Merida. We stayed 3 nights at Hotel Tunich Bey..a mayan name that I did not find out what it meant. We loved Tunich Bey..quiet with a pool and simple breakfast and lovely owners. Think we paid $550 pesos per night. We met a lot of other friendly travelers at poolside in the late afternoons. We are a couple in our early 60's, if this helps. Took the bus from Cancun to Valladolid..perfectly easy.
We took Mexigo tours with Toon to Ria Lagartos, saw lots of birds and had a great fish lunch. Stopped at Ek Balam on the way back to see the ruin, our first. and then stopped in a little town to see a local church.
In Valladolid we ate at, okay I am going to get this wrong..ask Toon, he is very helpful, Canartos? It serves vegetarian menu on Tuesdays and we had several good meals there.
AND you have to go see Casa De Venatos..."house of the deer" and have a tour at 10 am. it should be a museum with all the folk art this man and his wife have collected. It gave me a greater appreciation when I saw this type of art in museums in Merida.