What to do in valladolid?
Valladolid is, without doubt, the most important city in Eastern Yucatán. In ancient Mexico, the town of Zaci was already an important population center of the maya civilization. Zaci stood at crossroads of the caminos blancos, the elevated road system the Maya built to connect their cities. These roads brought pilgrims and traders from Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Coba or Yaxunah..
For all these reasons, Valladolid is the capital of the Eastern Maya, in addition to the city contributions to the Yucatecan cuisine, and its preservation of local customs and traditions. But above all, it is the festive spirit and hospitable nature of its inhabitants, wich is why Valladolid has become not only Capital of the Eastern Maya, and, proudly, a Magical Town of Mexico.
Valladolid and its neighborhoods
-La Candelaria neighborhood
-Santa Lucía neighborhood
-Santa Ana church
-San Juan church
-Exconvent of San Bernardino
The most of these churches was built in the XVI Century and, their architecture is totally original, you can visit and you can astonish with their beauty.
Zací means "white hawk" in Maya. This was the name of the Mayan Site where in 1543 Valladolid was founded.
It is one of the open pit cenotes, perharps the largest and most impressive of the peninsula.
The cenote Zací is into Valladolid, only two blocks of the Hotel Casa Tía Micha.
Cenotes Dzitnup (Xkeken y Samula)
Two kilometers west of the city is located the charming and refreshing water spring Cenote Dzitnup, also know as The Blue Cave.
The sun penetrates through a small natural inlet at the top of the dome, illuminating the interior and creating a stunning image with the reflection of water.
Rio Lagartos & San Felipe
Natural paradise of the Mayan world. Trips are made through the nature reserve to watch the flamingos, or you can hire transportation by boat to the islands for a day trip of relaxation and quietness. You must visit the village and eat in their restaurants.
One hundred kilometers north of the city.
Ek Balam is a Mayan archaeological site in Yucatan, Mexico. It is located 23 km north of our city of Valladolid, 2 km from the Mayan village of Ek Balam. In Yucatec Maya, eek 'Baalam means "black Jaguar" (Ek, black, Balam, jaguar). From the year 300. C. until the arrival of the Spaniards. The human settlement in Ek Balam grew to about 12 km2, which included a sacred central space of 1 km2, where he lived the élite.
This small central area was protected by three walls. It was a very rich Mayan capital called Talol that had been founded by Éek'Báalam (dark jaguar) or Coch CalBalam. He dominated a densely populated region. In the early years of the eleventh century, possibly a foreign invasion underwent itzáes power centers and Yaxuná. Ek Balam;
Most of the buildings are from the late classical period. The entrance to this site protected by two walls begins with a magnificent Mayan arch, then the buildings of the ceremonial center, the oval palace and a Mayan ball game good size.
Coba & Punta Laguna
Coba means "muddy waters". This city became one of the most important of the Mayan civilization in the Yuacatan Peninsula and reached its peak during the years 600-900 AD. This site is located in Q.Roo.
It is located at only 50 kilometers Eastern from Valladolid.
The sacred city of the Itzaes, is located 40 kilometers (30 min. drive) from the city of Valladolid. The archeological site was registered in 1988 on the list of World Heritage by UNESCO, and on the July 7, 2007 was recognized as one of the New Seven wonders of the World.
Visiting hours are Monday through Sunday 8:00 to 17:00 hrs.