On the Yucatán Peninsula, one of the most important cities, closest to the tourist coast of Riviera Maya is Valladolid, an essential place to visit thanks to its colonial architecture and the delicious typical gastronomy of the region that you can savour in its streets. This place was constructed on the former Mayan ceremonial centre of Zací, but today shows its colonial character in its streets and its seven churches spread throughout the city, whose aesthetic has earned it the nickname “the sultan of the east”.

Parque Francisco Cantón Rosado is the centre of Valladolid, where the Church of San Servacio is located, but the jewel of this city is the Convent of San Bernardino de la Siena, dating to the 16th century, whose interior contains frescoes from the period, several gardens and even a cenote. However, it is not the only cenote in the city, there being three more (Zací, Dzitnup and Samulá) spread through Valladolid.

In terms of gastronomy, one of the local dishes which must be sampled is “los lomitas de Valladolid” (meat with tomato and garlic), although we find other specialities of Yucatán such as pickled chicken and oriental turkey.

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