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Valladolid Guide


In the Yucatan, half-way between Merida and Cancun and only 46kms east of Chichén Itzá, is where you’ll find Valladolid, a city built out of stone. The city was constructed during the 16th Century, dating back to the early days of the Spanish Conquest. It is also famous for its stunning cenotes (caves), including Zací, which is located within the town itself, and X'keken and Samula, found just outside town in Dzitnup. Prebook car hire in Valladolid before leaving and get a hire car at a fantastically low price. It's a great way of touring the area at your own pace, without the hassle of public services.

Explore Valladolid

If you're looking for peace and tranquility Valladolid is the perfect place to visit, and get a feel of authentic Mexico. Travellers can enjoy some of the colonial flavour of Valladolid near the zócalo (main square). Additionally, visit the sculpture museum (Museo Nacional de Escultura Religiosa), where outstanding Spanish Renaissance works are on display.

Founded in 1552, the convent and church of San Bernardino de Siena is the oldest church in the Yucatan and one of the oldest in the Americas. Here, travellers are able to stroll under the archways, and browse the shops and restaurants, or people-watch from one of the many stone benches. The weathered Spanish coats of arms above the doorways of some of the older buildings are interesting.

Visit the Cenote Zací, a natural sink hole, which is located 3 blocks from the main plaza. This enormous and stunning cenote was covered by a roof of stone as recently as 200 years ago. During the 17th Century Mayan warriors spoke of this spring, which provided cover from the Spanish.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can hop on a bicycle and head to nearby Cenote Dzitnup. Alternatively, visit Chichén Itzá taking the bus heading to Merida, which will take you to the small town of Piste, located 2.5kms from the ruins. From Valladolid, there is frequent bus service east to Cancun and west to Merida. Additionally, the Mayan ruin of Ek-Balam is worth exploring, and is located just 20 minutes north of Valladolid on the road to Tizimin.


By air
The airports nearest to Valladolid are in Cancun and Merida, both about two hours away by car. There are reliable transport services running from the airports into their town centres, including taxis, buses and car rentals, which are the more popular option.

By car
Travelling from either Merida or Cancun tourists will need to follow the toll highway number 180 (taking the exit for Valladolid) or the freeway. It takes 2.5 hours to get to Valladolid from Playa del Carmen by road.

By car
There are several daily buses to Valladolid from Playa del Carmen, Merida and Cancun.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Mexican peso
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    20 - 70 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    20 - 90 km/h
  • Language

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What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

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When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).