Oh my goodness. The pictures and videos I viewed before going just can’t possibly project the “feeling” I got when we were in Valladolid. It is that super happy joyful feeling that brought tears to my eyes at every turn. My husband and I were on our annual golf trip this July in Akumal.
We usually spend a few non golf days on the beach but because of the sargassum this summer we decided to take a break from golf about halfway through our trip and go to Valladolid for 2 nights. The best decision we could have possibly made and the highlight of this trip.
Thank you all so very much for your wonderful trip reports and advice on this forum. You all made it so easy for me to plan.
We took the ADO from Tulum and got to Valladolid around 11:00 am on a Saturday morning. We walked from the terminal to our hotel the Casa Marlene. When we got the first glimpse of the square and I saw the beautiful cathedral with the 2 most perfect palm trees in the world ........I was crying! We had a fabulous lunch on the square and went to the convent and the Cenote Zaci with many micheelada/cerveza breaks in between. We just loved the convent and enjoyed sitting in the park in the shade just staring at it all. Dinner at El Meson del Marques was an absolute treat! The service and food was excellent. The courtyard and all of the art just beautiful. My favorite part of the day was after dinner. After all of the micheladas and a few Tamarind margaritas, it was time for a Diet Coke. We picked up a few at the oxxo and “ plopped “down in front of the cathedral. We sat staring at this gorgeous building for about 30 minutes. It was beautifully lit and the square that night was so peaceful. I made my husband take my picture because the clock said 11:15!!! None of my friends would ever believe I had made it up that late.
Day two we were off to Ek Balam. We decided to “splurge” and take a cab instead of the collectivo. It was only 200 pesos! It was a gorgeous drive to an even more gorgeous park. We were very impressed with Ek Balam. We were there for about 4 hours and just had the best time. We had lunch at the Cenote and a much needed swim. This place was heaven and I would return and do the day again in a minute. We came back to town and had a much needed micheelada at a little bar we found called La Joya. It is in between the Casa Marlene and Cenote Zaci. The guy who runs this place was just super nice to us. I desperately wanted to shop and planned on leaving my husband at La Joya to do so when it started to rain. We ended up having quite a few cocktails and a VERY good time sitting under the veranda and watching it rain. Thankfully the rain stopped and we were able to enjoy a Sunday evening on the square. We loved listening to the band and watching the locals and tourist dance. The square was so beautiful that night with so many families out enjoying the festivities and the vendors.
I know I have to stop this report as it is getting so lengthy. I’m sure my husband will read this and roll his eyes because I am such a chatter box. I want to add a few thoughts before I end. Every single person we encountered in Valladolid was friendly and very kind to us. We are so appreciative to be made so welcome in such a wonderful town. The food in Valladolid was exceptional. We were shocked at how inexpensive everything was and overwhelmed by the quality of everything we tried. We always felt safe and could not wipe the smiles from our faces the entire time we were there. We didn’t even scratch the surface of Valladolid. So, husband, if you are reading this please be advised we will be taking many more weekend trips to “V” and I am going to do BUNCH of shopping.
I am a middle school physical education teacher. When things get stressful and crazy at work this year, my new inner chant will be Valladolid, Valladolid,Valladolid.........then I’m going to run into my bathroom and look at my pictures of the cathedral and cry a little!!!
Thank you again to all of you who have posted so much helpful information. I am forever grateful.