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Sunday Spotlight: Valladolid, Mexico

Sunday Spotlight: Valladolid, Mexico

Welcome to our Sunday Spotlight feature in which one of our favorite travel bloggers shares five photos from one of their favorite travel destination. If you want to participate in a future Sunday Spotlight, please contact us.

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.

valladolid mexico cathedral and town square

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.

valladolid mexico colonial houses

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.

valladolid mexico cathedral at night

Not all the buildings around town are pristine, but the crumbling façades add just the right amount of Mexican charm.

valladolid mexico house

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.

valladolid mexico monastery


  1. Posted August 6, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks Dani and Jess – Great photos. The town looks deserted. I am very interested in Mexico. We still have to venture there. We have only been to Canada and New York City, in America so we have heaps left to explore. I like the sound and look of Valladolid.

    • Posted August 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jan! The thing we loved about Valladolid was how calm it was, and while it’s not exactly deserted (unless you go out at 1pm when it’s super duper hot), it is never crowded. The most people we saw were in the Zocalo (central park) right at sunset, when it was cool and people were eating ice cream and talking and canoodling and all that. You’ll love it!
      Jess | GlobetrotterG recently posted..Our India highlight: A three-day cruise through paradise

  2. Diane
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    We were there in Valladolid just last week unfortunately only for an afternoon into evening. After spending only a few hours there we knew we wanted to go back sometime and stay in the town for a few days at least. We (11 of us, including four children 7 and under) had a wonderful time at the town’s cenote, which is big and very beautiful. We then found dinner at a restaurant just a couple blocks away, which was some of the best food we had in Mexico. There was music and our waiter was wonderful. We then walked to the plaza and had ice cream. Stopped into visit a museum and a wonderful artisan shop for souvenirs. I took lots of pictures at the cenote and of the architecture and colorful scenes around town. It was a lovely little visit.

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