Love this Photo!! Love it! This captures the true essence of why we love Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula and the colonial cities that are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Riviera Maya. We travel to learn, and have used the off the beach destinations to deepen our understanding of Mexican history and culture. After taking a few days of R and R on the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya, go and explore!
Less than 2 hours from any Riviera Maya city is one of the oldest colonial cities in the Yucatan Peninsula. Valladolid is a unique mix of old world, natural treasures and new world in one small town. We have been exploring this small city for years. On each visit we find more interesting historical facts about how this part of Mexico came to be, both from an indigenous perspective and a Spanish perspective.
Valladolid was settled and built by the Spanish, but indigenous communities lived in this area for centuries. The transition during the 1500’s from indigenous occupancy to Spanish rule, and then to Mexican ownership is all reflective in Valladolid.
This photo captures the three phases of Valladolid which is why I love it so much.
Check out our Valladolid Travel Guide that shares each of our special places and favorite restaurants in the city. You can’t get more local than this!