Vamos a Valladolid
September 19th, 2020
Today we’re in Valladolid, Mexico for a quick photo collage from around town. Valladolid was formally established by the Spanish in the 1540s, built on the former Mayan town called Zaci centered between Ek Balam, Cobá and Chichen Itzá. Until that time, Maya civilization had developed on the Yucatán Peninsula from as early as 2,000-1,000 B.C.
Today, Valladolid is a sleepy old town with lots of charm. Women wear traditional huipil garments embroidered with colorful flowers, painted tiles decorate the shops and restaurants, and cochinita pibil is the local specialty, made of pork marinated with achiote seeds and bitter oranges, wrapped in banana leaves and slow-roasted on hot stones “under the ground” (pibil).
Valladolid’s main plaza, Parque Principal Francisco Canton Rosado, is a tranquil place to watch the world go by. Iglesia de San Servacio, the cathedral, was constructed in 1545 and stands on the south side. The cathedral has endured several modifications since then including the relocation of its front entry after an event called the “Crime of the Mayors” in 1703. It is the only church in the region with a north-facing entry (others face west).
P.S. Click on any photo in the gallery to view it at a larger size.
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.