Valladolid: Picturesque Pit-Stop en Route to Chichen Itza
Between the touristy hustle and bustle of the landmarks and ruins, the main roads from the coast (Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, etc.) to Chichen Itza almost all conveniently lead you past Valladolid (in one way or another). Those of you traveling by car shouldn't miss spending an hour there to enjoy the serene vibe and sense of calm surrounding the curious little town. Make a wish in the nearby fountain and stock up on local produce for the rest of your adventures at the little shop across the street from the cathedral's parking lot; without question, that's one of the best spots for pepitas, tropical fruits, and seasonal specialties.