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How to get to Valladolid?
- From Cancun Airport Terminal 2 to Cancun Downtown: about 35 minutes. Price (May 2022): 98 pesos per person, one way.
- From Cancun downtown (same terminal coming from Cancun Airport): a little bit more than 2 hours. Price (May 2022): between 192 and 302 pesos per person one way (prices change depending on the hours)
“I strongly advise you to download the free ADO app on your mobile so that you can book your seats in advance (with a credit card). In case you book your ride 3 weeks before, you can have 50% off, which is amazing!”
How long to stay in Valladolid?
Where to stay in Valladolid?
How to move around Valladolid?
“I know it can be a little bit scary to rent a car in such a country (with all the police corruption) but honestly we regretted not having a car to move around freely and visit the places of interest without being dependant on a bus itinerary.”
What to do in Valladolid?
Alright, so Valladolid is surrounded by so many amazing places that I am excited to share with you! The town is not yet very tourist compares to other ones in Mexico’s peninsula such as Tulum or Playa del Carmen. Consequently, the vibes there are still very authentic and you can truly get a true sense of a small Mexican town.
“No surprise if I tell you that you need to be at the opening hours to enjoy the site! To secure your place, come even before the opening so that you are one of the first in the line.”
May 2022: 539 pesos per person (one part is paid by cash only - 80 pesos and the other part can be paid by credit card) - be aware that prices change every week and there is no official website with the prices.
open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
As you may know, Mexico is notably well-known for its cenotes. There are mainly three different types of cenotes: open, semi-open, and closed cavecenotese.
Suytun cenote is then a closed cave cenote and not just any! I think this is probably one of the most photographed on the Internet. Now that I have visited it, I understand why! Honestly, I have never seen such a beautiful cave. Thecolorr of the water is fluorescent blue and the cave is full of stalactites, which makes the place magical.
Entry to the cenote is by reservation only on-sitee or online) and for a specific hour. This means that you can stay inside the cenote for a maximum of one hour during a specific time, after which you will have to leave the premises.
For the record, thesuitn site has two different cenotes: the closed one (showninn the photos) and a semi-open one.
“Due to its popularity, even if you book your spot at the opening hour, you will not be alone. That’s why, if you have the budget and the desire, I recommend you privatize the cenote for one hour (either before the opening hours or after). This is what we did and it was a magical moment! Check all the info here.”
adult: 150 pesos on site / 130 pesos online purchase
kid: 100 pesos on site / 90 pesos online purchase
Private session: 3'999 pesos for 1 to 30 people
open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Coba ruins is another archaeological site close to Valladolid town. Located 50 minutes away from the city, Coba ruins is a less tourist place than Chichen Itza and just as beautiful. The site is very large and therefore you can rent bikes directly inside. We visited the ruins on foot and it took us half a day. If you don’t want to walk or rent a bike, you can grab a taxi bike inside the site.
“As the site is less touristic due to its remote location, you don’t need to be there for the opening hours. Consequently, Coba ruins is the perfect place to visit during the afternoon after you have visited another famous spot during the morning (such as Oxman cenote – see below for more details).”
100 pesos per person (cash only)
open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
“No doubt, you have to be here for the opening hour because starting from 10:00 am the place looks like more a municipal pool than a wild cenote.”
150 pesos per person
open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
“If you don’t want to walk too much, there is a hop-on hop-off bus that drives through the town. This is a great way to discover the city if you don’t have a lot of time too. Only 80 pesos per person. One of the bus stops is next to the main park.”
Chichikan cenote is again a semi-open cenote with a height of 24 meters and a depth of 8 meters, close to Valladolid (10 minutes away). This cenote is one of the less popular cenotes in this guide. Indeed, it is very well-known among the locals, but that’s all for now. So, this is a good time to visit it and enjoy it to the fullest. In addition, they offer different packages such as one option that includes a Mayan experience with a good traditional Mexican meal. highly recommended! Click here to get more info.
cenote only: 100 pesos per person
cenote and meal: 220 pesos per person
open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
I sincerely hope I have inspired you to add Valladolid to your Mexico peninsula itinerary. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Anyway, don’t forget to check out all my posts related to Mexico here to get more inspiration!
Sending you lots of love,