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Author Bio: The GlobetrotterGirls are German-American couple Dani and Jess, who decided that a few weeks’ escape from the office each year wasn’t nearly to satisfy their travel cravings. They exchanged their cubicles for life on the road in April 2010. Since then, they have traveled extensively through Europe, Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central America and South East Asia while working as digital nomads — as often as possible from a hammock. You can check out more about Jess and Dani’s travel adventures at their blog and by following them on Twitter or Facebook.
Three hours inland from Playa del Carmen and Cancun is the sleepy colonial city of Valladolid. We fell in love with its colorful houses, wide streets and easy living the minute we stepped off the bus. The people are incredibly welcoming, tourists are few and though it is low-key, Valladolid is as livable and walkable as it is sophisticated and charming.
Valladolid’s town square is truly the heart of the city, and through there are so few cars bumping over the cobblestone streets, the square itself is filled with the friendliest people relaxing as soon as the day cools off.
The main streets in the center of town are lined with brightly colored Spanish colonial style houses, and the clean, wide sidewalks are perfect for strolling and peeking inside them all.
The Cathedral of San Gervasio is grand well-maintained and standing in front of it you could easily think you were standing in Spain. We spent sunset in the square and watched as the lights went on in twilight. It felt magical.
Not all the buildings around town are pristine, but the crumbling façades add just the right amount of Mexican charm.
One day we visited the town’s impressive monastery, Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. Actually one of the most important Franciscan buildings in the New World, the monastery is incredibly photogenic with beautiful gardens.