What to do in Valladolid?
Visit Sites of Interest
- Soak up the atmosphere of the Main Square
The Plaza Francisco Cartón Rosado comprises the heart of the Pueblo Mágico. Almost everything there is to see in Valladolid is just a few steps from it.
In addition to enjoying its lively atmosphere sitting on one of the characteristic double white benches (super lively, especially at night, with dances, marquees stalls, etc.), it is convenient to stop to observe its particular fountain, known as La Mestiza.
- See Swaying the Garlands of the Punished Church
We are talking about the Church of San Servacio, the most important to see in Valladolid. It presides over the central square and is always decorated with colored garlands that start from its two towers.
The one of San Servacio dates from the moment of the arrival of the Spaniards. They dismantled a Mayan pyramid that was there and built a church with its stone that, like all the others, was oriented to Rome (Franciscan rule).
Years later an event took place in it for Valladolid known as "The crime of the mayors", where the mayor (and another gentleman) was assassinated in this church by another who had deposed him in office, despite having taken refuge in sacred; later the latter was sentenced to death. This shameful milestone led to the temple being destroyed and it was erected again, this time facing the wrong direction, to the north, because it did not deserve to look to the East. Since then it has the nickname of the Punished Church.
- Walk the Pastel Colored Streets - Calzada de los Frailes
The most striking thing for anyone who walks through the streets of Valladolid are its beautiful colonial-style houses painted in pastel shades of the most varied: yellow, pink, light blue; an unforgettable experience.
- Learn about History in one of the Museums
The San Roque Museum (free) has been from chapel to hospital since the 16th century, and today it houses some interesting exhibitions on the history of Valladolid, the Mayan world, etc. In his patio the mayors of the crime were buried. It has important archaeological pieces such as a serpent's head found in the ruins of Ek Balam.
Very curious is the Casa de los Venados, a private collection of crafts from the region that has been compiling a family focused on Yucatecan and Mayan themes. The tour takes place inside the house itself and at the end a donation is paid that goes to charities.