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Valladolid is the third largest city on the Yucatan, lying about halfway between the other two - Merida and Cancun. Some tourists find their way here - though most pass it by in a hurry to reach the nearby Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Good for you if you stop because prices are lot less affordable here with an enjoyable town to see to boot. Walking around the zocalo of Valladolid, the Spanish colonial charm will begin to ooze through in a way that you will never see in Cancun or Chichen Itza. The city was settled early on in the mid 16th Century on the site of the earlier Mayan settlement of Zaci - the Spanish got rid of that problem after a couple of expeditionary tries. Literally at the end of the long road from Madrid, locals were basically autonomous of outside control. The town was an important religious center with Franciscans building some of the first Catholic buildings in the Yucatan - the Iglesia de San Bernardino de Siena and the Convento de Sisal. It was always the first focal point in the bloody 1847 War of the Castes between Mayans and Spanish/Mexicans. Use Valladolid as a base to explore other points of interest in this area of the Yucatan, like Chichen Itza.
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