Unless you are going to one of the resort-type lodges to relax, I would think one day would suffice for Izamal. It is quite small. On the other hand, it is a great base for visiting the cenotes in the area, of which there are many. But if you just intend to stay in town, then, well it's a fairly quiet, compact place. Valladolid is much more "cosmopolitan," with a lot of restaurants and cafes. It is also a good base for cenotes and Maya sites. There have been some recent trip reports posted that can give you a sense of what you can see in the area.
Unless i was doing day trips from Izamal, i would do a 1, 3 split with Valladolid.
I agree with the poster above. Izamal is beautiful and a great place to spend a day but I don't think you necessarily need more, maybe one night if over a weekend so you can see the light show. Check out my recent blog post about it to gauge scale and need for visiting time: https:/…
There are plenty of cenotes in the area that could be visited but honestly, I'd spend more time in Merida before heading over to Valladolid and Izamal. There's so much to do on this side of the peninsula: https://mexicocassie.com/top-tips-visitors/
Feel free to ask questions if you have anything specific you want to know.
I am in Merida for 4 weeks. So not cutting it short here. I was thinking about bus ride to Izamal on Saturday then leave Monday AM. Is light show on Saturday? I assume the weekend there should provide more activity? Then Valladoid for maybe 5-7 days. My real question is where or if to spend 2-3 days on caribbean coast before flying out in Cancun. Want to skip playa de carmen and cancun due to density but sounds like all that coastline is touristy now. Would prefer a smaller beach town on that coast but unsure if that exist now?
"from Valladolid to Izamal to then head to Merida). Are there any buses? I'm struggling to find info online and ADO doesn't seem to travel there" ADO does have service between those points but only with their second class Oriente line. Second class schedules are not online so you will need to ask at the bus terminal. Dont let the second class name bother you. They are modern , air conditioned buses but with no assigned seats or restrooms.
Go to facebook and search for "autobuses del centro". I posted yesterday and received a response today. Not sure if you will be able to see it.
If not send a message and you should get a reply. I used google translate to translate my message into spanish before posting and received a reply in spanish. Actually the reply included pictures of the schedules which appear to hang in both Izamal and Valladolid bus stations.Edited: 04 December 2018, 04:10