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3 reasons to live in Valladolid Yucatan

3 reasons to live in Valladolid Yucatan, VallaMapa

Valladolid is a sleepy town located between Merida and Cancun, and less than an hour away from Chichen Itzá. After centuries of neglect, Valladolid is starting to shine as a tourist destination on its own.

The 500-year-old colonial town is slowly evolving into the perfect spot to explore the peninsula. Even though Valladolid is not the most flashy place in the Yucatan, it has something special about it: A soul.

Day in and day out, we get messages from people looking for a home or an investment property. After they realize we are not from the Yucatan, the always ask: why do you live in Valladolid?

Well, living in Valladolid is not always the first choice for many expats or Mexicans from other parts of the country. However, there are many reasons that have made us decide to call Valladolid home.


It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this region of Mexico has been particularly blessed with natural beauty. The color of the jungle after the rain, the flowers in bloom in so many colors, Mayan ladies and their embroidered dresses… there are just so many things to keep you in awe.

3 reasons to live in Valladolid Yucatan, VallaMapa

A slow pace of life

Valladolid still has a small town vibe; people are living in the now. Coming from a culture where time is money, many people find this attitude as a positive change.

People make sure to spend time with friends and family, for everything else there is always… mañana.

Living with less

Valladolid is growing, but shopping is limited or in some cases non-existent. We have 3 small supermarkets, maybe a dozen of chain boutiques, and the market.

Living here might mean having to travel to buy almost anything non-essential… but then you start worrying less about buying and spend more time living.

Everyone has different reasons to live in Valladolid: for some, it was love at first sight, while some others didn’t have a choice. We want to share some stories of other residents of Valladolid, and hopefully we will be posting their stories very soon.