Valladolid: you magical Mayan love, you. Places this cool and undiscovered rarely stay this cool and undiscovered for long. Tucked away inland with no beaches in site, Valladolid sits as a stronghold of Mayan culture and Yucatecan delights. It’s a place where you have everything: street tacos, live music, sun bleached pastel homes, cobblestones, mamacitas making fresh corn tortillas, a 16th century convent you’re free to roam, VW bugs abounding, and yeah, a tequila bar or three. What’s missing? The noise. Yes, you’ll have the buzz of scooters whizzing past, but tour busses, hoards of sunburnt sightseers, and pretty much any chain restaurant are not to be found.
Chances are, you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets nearly alone except for the occasional traditionally dressed Mayan, duck your head into the Café de los Frailes for some local coffee and slow-roasted cochinita tacos, and hear the sound of a strumming guitar off in the distance. Take a breath. This is what it’s supposed to feel like.
Need a little more màgico in your life? Join us this October in the Yucatàn and you’ll get more than your fair share.