I confess, I fell in love with the Yucatan after spending two months in Mexico last summer. This affection began in Valladolid doing pro bono graphic design and photography for Ariane Dutzi. A year later now, I've come back for a visit. From Playa del Carmen I took the ADO bus to Valladolid which I can't recommend enough! Clean, air conditioned with movies, it only costs $30RT, 2.5 hours each way. Valladolid is charming colonial town great to spend either an afternoon or few days. Starting off in the Zocolo you can grab a delicious cappuccino at Arte Cafe to get you energized for your walk around town. You'll also need to grab a bottled water to say hydrated in the heat!
Stroll around the Zocolo and meet locals selling their hand crafts and take in the beauty of San Gervasio Cathedral. Walk 10 minutes down Calle 42 and you arrive at Dutzi which is well worth the visit in itself here. From vintage burlap handbags to fringe suede clutches to laptop covers you can find what you heart desires for every budget. In addition you can see the Mayan women at work constructing the handbags in the onsite workshop. Although as a traveler I don't care to buy a lot of souvenirs simply because I believe my photos are my treasures to take home, I do like to splurge on a hand crafted piece of art such as a Dutzi bag hand made by Mayan women. This is a unique gift to either yourself or friends and family.
Next stop, a refreshing fresh fruit popsicle at Paleteria y Neveria! Dutzi bear and I love coconut.
The handbag you purchased at Dutzi will come in good use when walking down Calle 44 to purchase some fresh fruit or vegetables. My favorite is the freshly cut pineapple and mango for 10 pesos each. Add chili powder if you want an extra kick!
Hungry for dinner? Why not treat yourself to an authentic Mexican dinner at El Mason del Marques. This time around I'm staying at La Auroa hotel which is a great option for those wanting to spend a few nights here. Note, Valladolid is a great place to stay as well if you want to visit Chichen Itza, just an hour away by ADO bus. A visit to Valladolid is true authentic Mexican experience!