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In the name of this place, the beauty of the imposing Mayan village and its encounter with another culture, the European... Valladolid.
Surrounded by exuberant vegetation and escorted by a thousand-year-old history, it is located in a privileged place. Thus, it is the ideal starting point to visit other important cities of the Yucatan Peninsula and the archaeological zones of the region.
The charm of Valladolid can be found in the colonial buildings, in its colorful mansions and in its exquisite artisan works of great tradition.
Among its main attractions, we can mention the beautiful bodies of fresh water, called cenotes, which have given the region world fame. The Zaci cenote, for example, supplied water to the population for a long time and today is one of its most recognized natural beauties.
A provincial air will transport you to the Main Square, the famous church of San Gervasio and, of course, the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena. The numerous churches and imposing convents confirm the strong evangelization that existed in this place.
On Sunday afternoons, people of all ages dance animatedly with the live music that sounds from the arches of the Municipal Palace.
Here was established the first thread and textile factory in Mexico. That is why it is common to observe women wearing simple huipiles with embroidered lace on the neck and on the edges of dresses. Men, on the other hand, usually wear the cool guayaberas and traditional jipijapa hats.
Its wonderful handicraft production includes basket and saddlery products, without missing, of course, its well-known hammocks.
To open your appetite in your rest times, you can not miss a glass of the famous Yucatecan liquor with a wonderful Mayan name: Xtabentún. Once you are hungry, do not miss any dish of Yucatecan cuisine, such as: salbutes, panuchos, cochinita pibil, stuffed cheese ... accompanied, of course, with a good habanero chile sauce.
This is Valladolid, Magical Town, Pearl of the East, Capital of the Mayan East, Heroic City... Privileged people. And best of all, this is just the beginning of your experience!
What to Visit?
- San Servacio Parish Built in the sixteenth century, just the portico remains from that original construction. The rest of the temple was constructed in the eighteenth century.
- Town Hall
- San Bernardino de Siena ex Monastery Built between 1552 and 1560 by the Franciscan friars. Here was located the ancient town of Sisal.
- Main Square
- San Roque Museum Here you can admire an interesting collection of historic and archaeological pieces of this region.
- Zací Zinkhole Anciently, the locals obtained water from this natural well. Currently, around this natural beauty, there are many touristic attractions, such as a zoo, restaurants, and handicrafts shops.
What to do?
- Our Lady of Candlemas Celebrated on February 2nd each year, this is the most important festivity in the region. There are artistic and cultural events, gastronomic activities, artisanal exhibitions, and much more.
- Anniversary of the Valladolid Foundation Celebrated from May 20th to June 4th, this festivity includes cultural and touristic activities.
- Trade Unions and Nights of October It takes place in October each year to venerate the Holy Sacrament with religious and civil events.
- Pork meat with beans
- Salbutes Thick tortillas made with corn dough and mixed with flour, and served with a chicken stew or pork meat pibil sauce style on top of them.
- Pipian sauce A kind of mole sauce but its main ingredient is pumpkin seeds. In this region, this sauce can be served on top of deer meat.
- Tamales Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with banana leaves to be steamed. Don´t read it, just try it!
- Cochinita pibil Pork meat seasoned with achiote (a spicy local sauce) and slowly roasted in a ground oven.
What to Know?
- This village was founded on May 28th, 1543.
- On December 13th, 1823, Valladolid was upgraded to the level of Town.
- Because of war issues, this town has been abandoned twice –the first one on March 24th, 1545, and the second one on March 14th, 1848.
- Carved stones
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