valladolid-central-square

Valladolid – Mexico – Information


OCTOBER 2016:




Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews.


OVERVIEW:

I made my way from Bacalar to Valladolid by public transport (ADO Bus).

Bacalar was a quiet town on Mexico’s second biggest fresh water lake.bacalar-lake-pier-2

In Bacalar I stayed to GRANDPAcking Standard in a hotel: the Pata De Perro.

bacalar-pata-room-entry bacalar-pata-bathroom-toilet Bacalar accommodation is expensive; I couldn’t afford to stay anywhere on the lakefront.

So, I chose the best place that I could find near to the Central Park.

As is usual in such Mexican Tourist spots, almost all (if not all) ‘western quality’ accommodation is online.bacalar-pata-room-furniture

It was time to head for Valladolid. I planned to stay there for 5 nights.


BACALAR TO VALLADOLID:

From the Pata De Perro Hotel it was a 700m / 15 minute walk to the ADO Bus Terminal on the main Bacalar road.

The ADO website said that there are no direct buses from Bacalar to Valladolid … and that I needed to go from Bacalar to Tulum and, then, from Tulum to Valladolid.

When I got to the ADO Bus Terminal and asked, they said that there WAS a direct bus at 2:45 … I don’t know if that is am or pm.tulum-ado-bus

Anyway, it was 8:45am and I wasn’t waiting. I bought a ticket for the next bus to Tulum (MXP202). There are several buses leaving to Tulum every day. It left at 9:15am and arrived in Tulum at 12:00 noon.

In Tulum, I bought a ticket for the next bus to Valladolid (MXP112). There are several buses leaving to Valladolid every day. It left at 12:30pm and arrived in Valladolid at 2:00pm.

Long distance buses in Mexico are very comfortable.tulum-ado-bus-seating

The ADO Bus Terminal in Valladolid is only a couple of blocks from the Central Square … which is unusual … in the bigger towns, they are usually situated much farther away from the center.valladolid-ado-bus-station


ABOUT VALLADOLID:

Valladolid is situated in the north of the Yucatan on the main road linking Merida to Cancun.bacalar-location-map

Valladolid is another ‘Magic Town’ … which means that it has been identified by the Mexican Government and / or UNESCO as a place with historical importance and is ‘tagged’ for protection, renovation, and tourism.


COMMUNICATIONS:

In Mexico, free internet is widely available in the restaurants and bars. Your accommodation almost always provides free internet too (quality can vary). In the bigger towns and tourist areas, this is reasonably reliable.valladolid-central-church

This means that you don’t need the usual GRANDPAcker 2GB monthly Mobile Phone Data Package; you should be able to get away with less data.

After my total frustration with Telcel, I was giving AT&T a try. The signal was good in Valladolid. So far, I have only had problems with ‘no signal’ in Mahahual.


BEACHES:

There aren’t any.


WHERE TO STAY:

Don’t bother. There is nothing endearing about Valladolid.

You have the usual Central Park … which is pleasant.valladolid-central-park

This square around it lacks the usual restaurants and bars that you would expect to find. It is quite barren.valladolid-central-squareThe 2-3 blocks around the Central Square (in all directions) have been ‘tarted up’. Even the footpaths have nice new paving.

However, get out of this central zone and things quickly turn back to normal.valladolid-gayser-street

If you plan to stay in Valladolid, try and get as close as you can to the Central Square.


MY ACCOMMODATION:

I booked only 1-2 days in advance. There didn’t seem to be any problem find ‘something’ in Valladolid at this time of year.

I used BOOKING.COM to book 5 nights in the Gayser Apartments.

I am finding BOOKING.COM and EXPEDIA.COM better than AGODA.COM in Mexico.

This is still Shoulder Season in this part of Mexico, so I got my room at a discounted rate of MXP400 / night.valladolid-gayser-frontage

valladolid-gayser-room-entryvalladolid-gayser-ensuite-entryThe Gayser is located on a back street just 3 blocks from the Central Park.

The Gayser meets GRANDPAcking Standard.valladolid-gayser-ensuite

The aircon was a new, silent heatpump. It, also, had a ceiling fan.valladolid-gayser-furniture

The wardrobe offered plenty of space for your clothes.valladolid-gayser-kitchenette The ensuite was clean and a good size.

It had a dining table and a small kitchenette with fridge, microwave, and coffee maker.

The in-room wifi was good (most of the time) and fast enough for video streaming.

It had a cable TV … but, as usual in Mexico, only one of the 100 cable channels was in English: the Golden Edge movie channel.

valladolid-gayser-hallway


ACCOMMODATION SEARCH:

Have a look yourself:


Booking.com






TRANSPORT:

 Taxis are reasonably cheap in Mexico if you know what the Rule Of Thumb should be. Alas, tourists get over-charged frequently.

Taxis do not use meters and the price should be confirmed first. The guideline is MXP10 for the ‘flag fall’ plus MXP10 / km. You can almost double this at night.

So far, I have found UBER Taxis to be a safe and cheaper option than using Taxis on the street. But, alas, UBER does not operate here.


EAT & DRINK:

There are surprisingly few options.

There are a couple of Tourist Restaurants around the Central Square. You might find the odd decent one in a close by side street or hotel.

Other than that, you have very few local eateries scattered around the place to choose from. MAQStacos is a nice cheap place.

Don’t go out looking too late. On a couple of occasions I went out looking after 7:00pm … almost everyone was closed.

There aren’t any supermarkets close to the center. You have to walk 8 blocks up Calle 42 to get to the nearest one.valladolid-market

There are a couple of Superminis near the Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market). At the market you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats.


YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY:

There is no reason to feel unsafe here. But, as always, exercise normal levels of caution … don’t make yourself an obvious target.


WHERE TO GO / WHAT TO SEE / WHAT TO DO:

The town is boring.


MONEY / PRICES / SHOPPING:

MONEY:

There are plenty of banks and ATMs around if you need cash (especially in and around the Central Square).

SHOPPING:

There are some reasonably prices shops in and around the Central Square.


WHEN TO GO:

playa-del-carmen-climate-table

July through October is hurricane season in this part of the world, and the weather becomes more changeable and less predictable during these months.

The rainy season is May through October.

The high season is December through May as these are the months with the most temperate and driest weather.

GRANDPAckers should be able to find accommodation in Valladolid at any time of year.


GETTING AWAY:

I stopped by in Valladolid because I was on my way to Isla Holbox.

I abandoned my idea of going to Isla Holbox. I’ll tell you more about that in my next post.

I am going to El Cuyo instead for a few days.


CONCLUSION:

They must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel when they decided to make Valladolid a Magic Town.

In my opinion, it does not deserve such status.

It does not come close to competing with places like Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende … they really are Magic Towns.

Visit Valladolid if you are in transit. One night is enough.

TTFN


Why not REGISTER to stay up to date with our Postings and Retirement Reviews.