the second largest town in the Yucatán state and the oldest town at 464 years old.
The town has conserved all of its provincial charm and colonial flavour. In the main area, the Indigenous women sat in rows opposite the
church offering their colourful embroideries to those passsing by, the majority of which had been hand-stitched. In the park, great flowering trees have been planted and are surrounded by wrought iron entrance gates. Here you can also taste various fruits that have been freshly prepared, delicious appetizers or other typical treats.
The San Gervais Church majestically overhangs the square. The Church was built with stones from the ancient Mayan temples; such was the case in the whole of Yucatán. Also above the gate, you can appreciate the sculpted body of a Mayan serpent that has been incorporated into the Franciscan architecture.
The old San Bernardino convent became the Museum of the cultural heritage of Valladolid (open every day from 9am to 6pm, entrance fee 30$, free for locals on Sundays) and the Town Hall which hosts the beautiful murals of Manuel Lizama recounts the town history which was founded on the 28 May 1543 by Francisco de Montejo, el Sobrino (nephew) by the old Mayan town of Zaci.
Having been the theatre for various warrior events throughout its history, it is also called the Heroic Town. It was also here that the Caste War of Yucatan broke out in 1847 and also where the first trigger of the Mexican Revolution occurred on the 4 June 1910.
The animation of Zócalo and the old San Bernardino convent or the Sisal are the two places to visit outside of the Zaci well which is also a part of Valladolid. Partially covered by a huge stone vault, this well contains deep green water and has the benefit that it can be practically cicumvented at water level. However, the small route has been replaced by a cement pad! Hundreds of bats have sought refuge within these caves. (open everyday from 8am-5pm, free entry).
The old San Bernardino convent is at the end of la calzada de los Frailes, one of the most beautiful streets in Valladolid (take street 41 then 41A coming from the Cathedral).
If you have time, you can visit the San Roque Museum located behind the Tourist Office. This museum is free and recounts the history and the culture of Valladolid and its region.
If you would like to spend some time sunbathing, choose the X'Kekén (Dzitnup) well and the Samula just several kilometres from Valladolid open 7am-6pm for just a few pesos $.
Hardly 10 km from Valladolid, the Dzitnup well is of great beauty. The deep blue water is a very important source for the neighbouring human consumption. The name Dzitnup comes from dzitmop, dzit means "alone" and mop refers to a type of plant belonging to the palm family, therefore "place of the lone palm".
Valladolid is a good stop off point before visiting Chichén Itzá and is much less expensive than Cancún and by far much nicer too.
City map of Valladolid :
There are many "cenotes" distributed in the whole State.
The most famous are the ones in X'Kekén (Dzitnup), Ik'kil,
Bolonchocol and Kankirixche.
There are also many underground caves beneath Yucatán. There
are linked with a net of tunnels. These caves were and still are
sacred places for Mayan people. The most important caves are in
Loltún, Calcehtok and Balankanché; they are part of
the "archaeological routes" such as the Puuc
Route (Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, X'lapac and Labná) and the
Eastern Route (Izamal, Chichén
Itzá, Valladolid, Ticopó,
Yaxunah and Ek'Balam).
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