Attractions in Valladolid

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From the main plaza to the nearby cenotes, there are two different sides to tourism in Valladolid.  On the one hand, there are colonial-era buildings that retain much of their original architecture, history museums, and churches which help visitors to learn about heritage and culture.  On the other, there is a wild, natural landscape of sinkholes, fresh water cenotes, and parks to explore. You can pick your favored type of attraction or make a point to see them all depending on how long you stay and your motivation. 


Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Valladolid.

One popular destination is San Roque Museum. It is located in the heart of Valladolid. Relics that speak on the daily lives of the Maya people are nestled into protective exhibits at the San Roque Museum, with a good number of these pieces coming from the nearby site of Ek Balam. If you walk outside to the patio you will come upon the place where three men died by firing squad and sparked a revolution.

The chart just below has more details regarding a museum you might enjoy in Valladolid.

Museums In Valladolid
Name Phone Location
San Roque Museum -- Central Valladolid Mexico

Historical Sites

San Bernardino Monastery

Do you like exploring the history of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting a historical site while on vacation in Valladolid.

A common landmark for vacationers is San Bernardino Monastery. It is found in the heart of Valladolid. Visitors are welcomed to explore the convent. Onsite, you will be able to view the many works of art, expansive grounds, and the signature long hallways that many monasteries are known for.

Take a minute to read the table below to find out more about historic sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Valladolid
Name Phone Location
La Rafaelita -- Central Valladolid
San Bernardino Monastery -- Central Valladolid


Cenote Zaci

Travelers can enjoy one of the many parks in and around Valladolid.

Cenote Zaci is located in the heart of Valladolid. Aside from being able to swim in the waters of the cenote, there is also a rope swing and a 12 meter platform from which adventurous travelers can dive in.

A second popular attraction in this category is Dzitnup Cenote. Follow the signs to the cenote from Valladolid, then park just outside the cave's entrance. From there, it is a short walk in to the waters.

The parks available are summarized below.

Parks In and Around Valladolid
Name Type Location
Cenote X-Canche Park 14.5 mi. North of Central Valladolid
Cenote Zaci Park Central Valladolid
Dzitnup Cenote Park 3.4 mi. South West of Central Valladolid
Francisco Canton Park Park Central Valladolid
Sac Muukal Cenote Park 3.4 mi. South West of Central Valladolid

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