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We left Tulum, the coast and the state of Quintana Roo for the state of Yucatán, once a powerful Mayan centre.

Our first stop: Valladolid.

We’ve been there before, two years ago, and I had a very good memory of it. It was different from the “Maya Riviera”, a welcomed break from the touristic sites.

It hasn’t changed.

Most travelers just pass through the city on their way to Chitchen Itza. At most, they stop for lunch, but they rarely stay overnight.

Yet Valladolid is worth a stop. This is a “normal” Mexican city that doesn’t cater exclusively to tourists. It welcomes them with open arms but there are no silly gimmicks and tacky souvenirs, just a few sombreros sold here and there.

Valladolid is a beautiful place. It reminds me of Antigua with its colourful buildings, its paved streets, its shops tucked into old houses and its many churches and plazas. It has the same sophisticated and welcoming vibe.

On the downside, since Valladolid doesn’t have that many tourists, there are only a few restaurants and hotels (locals eat at home!) and no supermarkets in the centres (but many small bodegas). You are more likely to find leather shoes (apparently a local obsession) than a convenience store!

You can see the full set of Estación Méx­ico on Flickr.

On the Road to Valladolid

On the Road to Valladolid

On the Road to Valladolid

On the Road to Valladolid

Buildings in Valladolid

Buildings in Valladolid

Always Coca Cola

Always Coca Cola

Hair Salon

Hair Salon

Buildings in Valladolid

Buildings in Valladolid

Say "No" To Drugs

Say “No” To Drugs

"Cantina" (Bar)

“Cantina” (Bar)

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Valladolid

Sex Shop!

Sex Shop!

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam

Laundry Service

Laundry Service

Valladolid

Valladolid

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Beetle

Beetle

Behind The Window

Behind The Window

Yucatan

Yucatan

Valladolid

Valladolid

Cathedral of San Gervasio

Cathedral of San Gervasio

Valladolid

Valladolid

Mark Making Friends

Mark Making Friends

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5 Comments

  1. Tu sembles passer de supers moments au Maxique ma Zhu! 🙂 Je viens de zieuter tes autres posts, tes photos sont superbes! 🙂 La baignade dans les caves ça doit être cool à faire, j’aimerais bien un jour! 🙂

    Bisous 🙂

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