Top 10 Things to do in Valladolid, Mexico

July 14, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Valladolid, Mexico including Casa de los Venados, Cenote Palomitas, Ek Balam Cenote, Cenote Maya Park, Cenote Samula, Cenote Zaci, Cenote Xkeken, Xkopek Parque Apicola, Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton, Convent de San Bernardino de Siena.
Restaurants in Valladolid

1. Casa de los Venados

Calle 40 | Local 204, Valladolid 97780, Mexico +52 985 856 2289
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 835 reviews

Casa de los Venados

Reviewed By faaradar - Louisville,KY

This is a family house open to view their great art collection. No charge but ask for donation at end which is given to charity. I also suggest tipping the guide although he doesn’t ask. Incredible art collection. Also got to meet the owner drinking lemonade in the main plaza. Great experience.

2. Cenote Palomitas

Carretera Valladolid Cancun, Valladolid 92974, Mexico +52 985 856 2200
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Cenote Palomitas

Reviewed By Šárka H - Prague, Czech Republic

It is not the easiest way to get there from Valladolid but it is absolutely worth it. We took a taxi in the end, which was not so expensive in the end. The cenotes are slightly remote, but it only means that we were the only people there. The stuff working there is very friendly and funny. It is worth visiting both cenotes. The second one has a rope, so you had use it like a big swing. Both have an inflated circles if you are tired of swimming. Absolutely magic place

3. Ek Balam Cenote

Valladolid, Mexico
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 655 reviews

Ek Balam Cenote

Reviewed By Isla-dude - Charlotte, North Carolina

A bit pricey at 250 pesos , but on Sundays , free with INAPAM card holders. The cenote was closed, but the somewhat rebuilt temples were absolutely gorgeous and the views were a must see for those interested in Mayan culture.

4. Cenote Maya Park

Kilometro Tres de la Carretera que Munica a las Comunidades Chemaxenas de Uspibil y Chacmil | Peninsula de Yucatan, Valladolid, Mexico +52 1 984 803 9999
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 292 reviews

Cenote Maya Park

Reviewed By Isaeslt - Quebec, Canada

Totally worth it! Ask for Anthony, the best tour guide ever! He is very generous and you will learn a lot about Maya tribe. Welcoming and charming community!
In the morning, we did the ceremony to protect ourselves as Maya community tradition and them, we did a 25-meter-high abseiling and swimming in the Senote. AMAZING EXPERIENCE! We were scared but Anthony encouraged the whole group to surpass our fear and enjoy the view while abseiling! TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!. There are zip lines down the Cenote and you can swim and relax. The buffet was delicious

5. Cenote Samula

Dzitnup | Yucatan, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 464 reviews

Cenote Samula

Reviewed By Michelle M - Terrace Bay, Canada

Stopped here with our tour, and it was beautiful and the water was crystal clear. Highly recommend. Not very busy the day we went so was very enjoyable.

6. Cenote Zaci

Calle 36 x Calle 39 y 37, Valladolid, Mexico +52 999 930 3760
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 519 reviews

Cenote Zaci

Underwater cavern filled with a beautiful blue pool.

Reviewed By Paul G - Manchester, United Kingdom

We were a bit “cenoted” weary by the time we got to Valladolid
This is easily accessible from the main plaza and costs about 20 pesos to enter
It’s pretty busy and very commercialised with a restaurant and souvenir shops
Some Mayans in traditional dress also needed to be navigated if you did not want to pay for the photo opportunity
The centre itself is half covered so there is plenty of shade, wild life in the roof ( birds, bats and insects) and fish in the water
Plenty of opportunities to junk in and swim and there is a well built path that descends / amends and circumnavigated the water
Would imaging it could get real busy as it is so easily accessible

7. Cenote Xkeken

Dzitnup, Valladolid 92976, Mexico 1-800-446-3942
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 774 reviews

Cenote Xkeken

Reviewed By agustin_farias - Los Altos, California

Great underground cenote. Kids loved it. They just wanted to keep swimming and not get out the water. We were looking for an underground cave sink hole (cenote) not too crowded and close to the Chichen Itza - Valladolid - Playa road. This is a good option. Only reason why I give 4 stars is that I just don't appreciate how once your are inside the park they charge you extra for the life vests, and even to use the restrooms. While I understand people in the nearby communities make a living of tourism it will be great if all services were included in the entrance fee and employees of the park were paid better. We only visited the X'Keken Cenote, so cannot comment on the Samula cenote. Try both if you have the time.

8. Xkopek Parque Apicola

Calle 57 X 38 | Ex aviacion san Juan, Valladolid 97783, Mexico +52 985 125 0964
Excellent
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5 based on 45 reviews

Xkopek Parque Apicola

Xkopek, a natural area, is located just 10 blocks south of the historic center of Valladolid, offers experiences, products and services that arouse the visitors interest in the fascinating world of bees. The Mysticism of a natural Rejoyada immerses visitors in the culture and tradition of the people of the Mayab. Store honey, Mayan cuisine, apiculture tour, museum, farm, camping area... Daily Bee tour at 10 am.

Reviewed By Mike D - Valladolid, Mexico

Earlier this year Jorge gave a presentation at the Valldolid English Library about the Bees and his family. The location of Xkopek Parque is just around the corner from where we are staying. We have some friends from Canada and thought we would take them there. It was just an absolutely fabulous tour. He should us a dry centone where different types of bees make their homes as well as showing plants and trees very important to the bees and Mayans. At the end of the tour we were given a taste of the different types of honey and a wonderful refreshing drink of Honey and Lemon juice. Our friends took home some Melipona Honey to treat a cataract. I sure hope it works....
Regardless, I will be more that happy to recommend this tour to anyone

9. Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton

Casco Historico, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Excellent
36%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 352 reviews

Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton

Reviewed By craigweyer - Saint Anthony, Indiana

My wife and I spent a 1/2 day here after a walk through Coba Ruins. The town center was very alive with vendors, restaurants, and towns people. The tourist to locals ratio was substantially in favor of the locals. We were looking to get off the beaten path and this was as far as time would allow us to get. The setting was very scenic and had a historical, old charm to it. Everyone was friendly and everything was well maintained. parking is a bit of a challenge and will require some patience, especially on a weekend. The local restaurant had very good food and the was of great value compared to the cost-cheap eats, quality service and excellent authentic food. A very worthwhile little adventure.

10. Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

Calle 49 # 238 | Barrio de Sisal, Valladolid 97780, Mexico +52 985 856 2160
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 527 reviews

Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

One of the most important Franciscan edifices in the New World. The Convent of San Bernardino de Siena is a silent sentinel to the history of the early days of the Spanish conquest and the Christianization of the Maya region. Visit the museographic salon to learn more about the secrets of the "Cenote Sis Ha" located under the gardens; admire the sixteenth century wall frescos and sacred art around the many chapels.  If you visit Valladolid during May come and enjoy the yearly Art and Music Festival incorporating some of the oldest traditional festivities of Yucatan. Featuring musical Concerts, art exhibits, theatrical representations and lectures on art, architecture, history and more.Please be aware that the Convent is one of the most important places of Catholic worship and proper attire is requested. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

Reviewed By draghignazzo - Mexico City, Mexico

For the inexperienced eye, this can be another church from the many we have in Mexico, but the are some frescoes that really got my attention. Just at the side parts of the transept, you will find one of the most beautiful pieces you will see... they are untouched, no restoration at all up to this moment so basically they are a national treasure.

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