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Colonial town of Valladolid is the gateway to Chichen-Itza

Built by Franciscan missionaries between 1552 and 1560, the Convent San Bernardino de Siena plays host to an impressive, nightly sound and light show depicting the history of the city (it wasn't operating when we visited)

Built by Franciscan missionaries between 1552 and 1560, the Convent San Bernardino de Siena plays host to an impressive, nightly sound and light show depicting the history of the city (it wasn't operating when we visited)

The Cathedral of San Servacio, on the city's main square, was completed in 1706, replacing the original 1545 structure; nearby is the popular Zaci Cenote (closed for our visit) which has a nice restaurant overlooking the water

The Cathedral of San Servacio, on the city's main square, was completed in 1706, replacing the original 1545 structure; nearby is the popular Zaci Cenote (closed for our visit) which has a nice restaurant overlooking the water

Our hotel was on Calzada de los Frailes (Avenue of the Friars) which was the prettiest street in town and connected the main square with the Convent San Bernardino de SIena; the town of roughly 50,000 is halfway between Cancun and Merida

Our hotel was on Calzada de los Frailes (Avenue of the Friars) which was the prettiest street in town and connected the main square with the Convent San Bernardino de SIena; the town of roughly 50,000 is halfway between Cancun and Merida

The Sisal Cenote supplied water to the convent and monastery at San Bernardino de Siena; of the 6000 known cenotes worldwide, more than 2500 are on the Yucatan peninsula (it felt like we saw most of them!)

The Sisal Cenote supplied water to the convent and monastery at San Bernardino de Siena; of the 6000 known cenotes worldwide, more than 2500 are on the Yucatan peninsula (it felt like we saw most of them!)

Cenote Suytun, 15 minutes east of Valladolid, is one of the most popular in Mexico and often over-run with large tour buses; everyone that visits wants a photo like this one of Lee to post on their Instagram account

Cenote Suytun, 15 minutes east of Valladolid, is one of the most popular in Mexico and often over-run with large tour buses; everyone that visits wants a photo like this one of Lee to post on their Instagram account

The monastery at San Bernardino de Siena served as a fortress during the Caste War; in 2004, an exploration of the Sisal Cenote on the grounds discovered 164 muskets, bayonets, spears and even one cannon

The monastery at San Bernardino de Siena served as a fortress during the Caste War; in 2004, an exploration of the Sisal Cenote on the grounds discovered 164 muskets, bayonets, spears and even one cannon

This small Mayan house has been preserved because it represents how homes in the area once looked; the city's economy today is largely dependent on the tourists flocking to Chichen-Itza which is one hour west

This small Mayan house has been preserved because it represents how homes in the area once looked; the city's economy today is largely dependent on the tourists flocking to Chichen-Itza which is one hour west

Throughout the Yucatan, we saw hundreds of locals on rusty bicycles making a pilgrimage to honor the Virgin de Guadalupe; they would often have crosses and images of the Virgin strapped to their bodies while support trucks behind them played music

Throughout the Yucatan, we saw hundreds of locals on rusty bicycles making a pilgrimage to honor the Virgin de Guadalupe; they would often have crosses and images of the Virgin strapped to their bodies while support trucks behind them played music

On March 24, 1545, the city of Valladolid was relocated from a mosquito-infested lagoon location to its current site, built atop a Maya town called Zací whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones; the city was named after Valladolid, at the time the capital of Spain

On March 24, 1545, the city of Valladolid was relocated from a mosquito-infested lagoon location to its current site, built atop a Maya town called Zací whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones; the city was named after Valladolid, at the time the capital of Spain

The Parque Principal Francisco Canton Rosado is the city's main square; in colonial times, the Yucatan operated under a caste system with officials born in Spain at the top and the indigenous Mayan people at the bottom

The Parque Principal Francisco Canton Rosado is the city's main square; in colonial times, the Yucatan operated under a caste system with officials born in Spain at the top and the indigenous Mayan people at the bottom

You   me chairs have been part of the Yucatan culture for 100  years; originally designed to allow young people to talk in public without touching, the chairs are perfect for letting people face each as opposed to sitting next to each other on a park bench

You + me chairs have been part of the Yucatan culture for 100+ years; originally designed to allow young people to talk in public without touching, the chairs are perfect for letting people face each as opposed to sitting next to each other on a park bench

We paid a couple of dollars to tour the museum attached to San Bernardino de Siena and could admire the main sanctuary from the balcony; traditional ice cream is popular here with one of the favorite flavors being corn

We paid a couple of dollars to tour the museum attached to San Bernardino de Siena and could admire the main sanctuary from the balcony; traditional ice cream is popular here with one of the favorite flavors being corn

There isn't much to see in the former convent San Bernardino de Siena these days but, at times, you could envision how beautiful it must have been centuries ago

There isn't much to see in the former convent San Bernardino de Siena these days but, at times, you could envision how beautiful it must have been centuries ago

Cathedral and arcades on main square; the Caste War of Yucatan started here in 1847 when the local Mayan population revolted after their territorial land was increasingly being confiscated by immigrants from Spain

Cathedral and arcades on main square; the Caste War of Yucatan started here in 1847 when the local Mayan population revolted after their territorial land was increasingly being confiscated by immigrants from Spain

This is one of four murals in City Hall done by local artist Manuel Lizama; this panel depicts Spanish conqueror Francisco de Monteja as he works to impose Spanish culture on to the indigenous Mayan people

This is one of four murals in City Hall done by local artist Manuel Lizama; this panel depicts Spanish conqueror Francisco de Monteja as he works to impose Spanish culture on to the indigenous Mayan people

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