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The Pearl of the Orient
          Valladolid is the most important city of the eastern Yucatan; it has the nickname of "the pearl of the orient" due to its colonial beauty and variety of attractions. This city has a place in the history of Mexico because here several armed movements began which gave identity to the state of Yucatán and the country.
          Now Valladolid has the category of Magical Town of Mexico, due to its colonial style, to be a major producer of handicrafts, to contribute with various dishes to the Yucatecan cuisine and provide very good tourist services.

          Valladolid was founded in 1543 by Francisco de Montejo's nephew, one year after the founding of Merida; Valladolid was established as many other cities of Yucatan, on an ancient archaeological site, which was called Zaci. Therefore Valladolid is the second oldest city, largest and most important of Yucatan.
          By mid-16th century the cathedral and the Franciscan convent were built; some neighborhoods are annexed during the 17th and 18th centuries nevertheless the viallge does not lose its colonial style, the neighborhoods of the Candelaria, Sisal and Santa retain this style; in the 19th century the City Hall is built and later the main square; currently in the middle of the main square there is a fountain in honor to the Yucatecan woman. The 19th century is very important because the independence movements of México began in Valladolid and the caste war of Yucatan too.
          Valladolid currently retains many streets, neighborhoods and traditional markets as well as colonial homes, some of them have been turned into museums, restaurants and boutique hotels of excellent quality; among other attractions there is a huge cenote inside the town, a magnificent former convent San Bernardino of Siena and Valladolid main square, where you can find Mayan indigenous who sell their handicrafts.

Location & How to Get to Valladolid
Location: Valladolid is located to 160 Km from Merida, in eastern Yucatan state.
How to Get to Valladolid from Merida
  • How To get by Bus: the bus leaves from the CAME terminal, this is a 1rst class bus station; it´s located on 70th and 71th street in Merida downtown; the timetable is: 5:00, 6:30 6:30, 7:40, 8:00, 9:00, 9:40, 10:40, 11:00, 12:00, 12:40, 15:15, 16:00, 17:40 and 20:15 hrs; the bus takes 2hrs and 20min to get there and the price of the ticket is $176 pesos.
  • How to Get by Car: from Merida downtown you have to take the 59th street until the outside loop of the city, where you'll find the highway to Valladolid, it´s the same one to Chichen Itza and Cancun, in Kantunil village you have two options, you can take the free highway or the tollroad; on the free highway takes 2 and a half hours and on the toll road 1 and a half hour.

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