I was just recently in Mexico City and learned that the area of the Yucatan is a treasured location by all. This is what our friends said in Mexico City about the Yucatan:
We know we are lucky, and love the short distance between the beach and interior Yucatan villages and cities. We have often just traveled to Valladolid for lunch so we can savor some of the very best Yucatecan food.
Creating a true Yucatan experience is simple, far simplier than you would suspect. Taking a short drive to Valladolid from any of the cities in the Riviera Maya is easy. If you are staying in Puerto Morelos, Playa Secreto and Playa del Carmen, the toll highway shortens your drive to under 90 minutes. Sure, you miss the great shopping on the Coba road when you take this super fast route, but if you are short on time, this is the way to go!
Here is your bucket list for a true Yucatan Experience.
Visit a cenote – there are many to choose from and there is not a single one that is better than another. They are all fabulous!
Have a road side snack – Some of the best street food can be purchased as you roll over a tope (speed bump) For less than 10 pesos a pop, you could end up having the best tamale, corn cake or taco you have ever had.
Visit a local church – There are churches in small pueblos and larger colonial cities. Check out at least one but do know that they close their doors during siesta between 2:00 pm 4:00 pm.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. Whether you are in Tizimin, Valladolid, or passing by a Hacienda, having lunch is a must when in the Yucatan. Cochinita Pibil, Panuchos, Salsa Sikil p’ak, and Sopa de Lima (lime soup) are just some classic dishes.
Check out the local crafts and hammocks – Shopping in the Yucatan is a glorious adventure. Whether you stop at a road side store, or venture to Valladolid, you will not be disappointed with the local selection of art, crafts, folk art and of course hammocks.