Vallodolid for Digital Nomads: A Locals Guide

Valladolid Mexico is a culturally rich colonial town that is right at the center of the Yucatan peninsula. While this town doesn’t necessarily experience a high influx of long-term visitors, it is a perfect place for a tour. 

Valladolid is the closest town to Quintana roo state and it happens to be a 2-hour drive away from Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. It is also the same distance from Merida Mexico which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip.

Digital nomads will have to consider a bunch of factors before they decide to move here. This complete guide will help you understand everything you need to know!

Where is Valladolid located?

Valladolid is located in the state of Yucatan. There, it lies right in the middle of the country within a few hours’ distance from various cities. It is in the center of the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula’s Meseta Central. It is also the capital of Valladolid (the province).

Fact: Valladolid is given the status of “Pueblos Magicos” i.e. magical town because of its natural beauty and historical reference.

Why Choose Valladolid Mexico as a Digital Nomad? Pros and Cons

While there are plenty of reasons to go to Valladolid, there are some cons too. Let’s weigh the pros and cons to see whether it’s the right fit for you.

Affordable English isn’t widely spoken
Easily accessible sights Not much to do 
Delicious foodMediocre internet
Friendly people
Rich culture

The town has limited sights that can be covered over a weekend visit but we personally think that Valladolid is definitely worth visiting. If you are thinking of living there as a digital nomad then the authentic, medieval ambiance will be perfect.

There are not a lot of cons to visiting Valladolid but now that you have seen some of the main pros and cons, you can make your decision. However, you must remember that the city is filled with cultural masterpieces, a sleepy/pleasant atmosphere, and ancient history.

How to Get to Valladolid Mexico?

From within Mexico

If you are already in a Mexican city then it won’t cost much to get to Valladolid. You can seamlessly take a bus ride for around 10$ (9.32€). We recommend taking an ADO bus for the best experience. 

Other than that, you can also rent a car and find Valladolid on your way to see Chichén Itzá. Here’s a breakdown of the general distance to Valladolid from within Mexico.

Puerto Morelos to Valladolid: 112 miles (180 km)

Tulum to Valladolid: 64 miles (102 km)

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins to Valladolid: 27 miles (44 km)

Playa del Carmen to Valladolid: 88 miles (142 km)

Merida to Valladolid: 99 miles (159 km)

Riviera Maya to Valladolid: 95 miles (154 km)

From abroad

If you are traveling from abroad then air travel is the best option. You can fly to Tulum or Merida airports and take a bus ride from there. You can also fly to Cozumel Airport or take a direct flight to Mexico City and travel from there.

Transportation and How to Get Around Valladolid Mexico?

Once you have arrived in Valladolid, you can travel through various means.


Walking on foot is a practical choice in a town like Valladolid. The city isn’t too big or spacious and walking will save you a lot of money.

Public buses

Even though the city is medium-sized, transportation is often more suitable. The good news is that the system in Valladolid is extremely effective. The public service is offered by auvasa and the buses are safe, comfortable, clean, and modern. 

The bus service also offers city tours on Fridays and weekends for 5.36$ (5€). You can track routes via GPS on display screens as well.


Taking taxis to move around is also a reasonable option. The rides are cheap and easily accessible.

You can get taxis on the main streets or contact taxi services on the following numbers:

  1. 983 207 755 
  2. 983 291 411.


As a digital nomad, you’ll need a long-term and cost-effective solution. Traveling via a bicycle would be the perfect investment as it will give you freedom over where you go and when you go. Other than that, you’ll save taxi/bus money on a day-to-day basis. 

Best Accommodation Options in Valladolid Mexico

As we have established, Valladolid Mexico is a relatively small city. Since everything is within walking distance, it doesn’t really matter where you stay as long as it’s comfortable and safe. You can choose the best accommodation for you based on personal preferences. For instance, if you want to live on the street side or opt for a cheaper option, you’ll need to look for housing accordingly.

Casa Quetzal Hotel

Picture of Casa Quetzal Hotel (photo credits:

In our general opinion, Calz. de Los Frailes and Casa Quetzal Hotel are the nicest accommodation options. If they fit your budget and preferences then make sure to consider them for your stay. The former is located right up a bustling street where you can find amazing food, coffee shops, and trendy cafes. The latter is surrounded by scenic natural beauty and will make your stay worth it.

Calzada de los Frailes hotel

Picture of Calzada de los Frailes (photo credits:

You can also look into hostels, rentals, and Airbnb for accommodation. Valladolid is generally an affordable place but remember the prices rise the closer you move to the centre of the city.

Internet Connectivity in Valladolid Mexico

The internet connection isn’t that great but it’s decent enough for a remote worker. The average speed of fiber and broadband internet is 37.23 Mbps while mobile data is somewhere around 27.43 Mbps. Most places offer free wifi but the connection can’t be expected to be great.


Esims have certainly made life easier by eliminating the need for physical SIM cards. If you are not satisfied with the wifi connectivity, you’ll be glad to know that they are functional in Mexico as well. Look below to compare plans.


Data allowance Validity Price 
Unlimited 7 days 34$ (27.00€)
Unlimited 10 days42$ (34.00€)
Unlimited 15 days 59$ (47.00€)
Unlimited 20 days 71$ (57.00€)
Unlimited 30 days 86$ (69.00€)


Data allowance Validity Price 
1 GB7 days 8$ (7.49€)
2 GB15 days15$ (14€)
3 GB30 days21$ (20€)
5 GB30 days 32.50$ (30€)
10 GB 30 days 49$ (46€)

4 Best Places to Work from in Valladolid Mexico

There are plenty of work-friendly places in Valladolid that promote productivity and influence creativity. Some of the best places are listed below.

1. Yerbabuena del Sisal

With its diverse vegetarian menu, Yerbabuena del Sisal is one of the healthiest options in terms of food. They also offer traditional Mexican recipes and give you a chance to immerse in Mexican culture. 

This cafe is a good place to work because of the fast wifi, comfortable seating, and work-friendly atmosphere. You can even sit out back on a pleasant day.

2. Bike House Coffee

Bike House Coffee is another good option for digital nomads if they are looking for a good wifi connection. This bike-themed cafe doesn’t only have interesting architecture but delicious food as well.

3. Talking Studio Workspace

This coworking space is a contemporary place where you can get a desk for an affordable rate and enjoy a good working environment. 

4. Ayre Coworking

Ayre coworking is another contemporary shared office space perfect for remote workers. The best part about this place is its close proximity to amazing Mexican restaurants and cafes. You can work and enjoy a good meal in between breaks.

Apart from these options, you can always go to a quiet nearby library or park that offers free wifi and a comfortable environment.

Cost of Living in Valladolid Mexico

Valladolid Mexico is an affordable place with a relatively low cost of living. Here’s a rough breakdown of prices:

Meal at a restaurant 14.5$ (13.50€)
Beer 3.22$ (3€)
Basic utilities 189$ (175€)
Internet 37$ (34.17€)
1 bedroom Apartment (city center)671$ (626€)
1 bedroom Apartment (outside city center)464$ (433€)

If you are living alone in Valladolid, you can expect your monthly cost of living to be around 793.8$ (740.2€) without rent. This is 48.5% less costly than New York and overall an affordable amount for digital nomads. The rent also tends to be lower than in the United States.

Note: these prices are general estimations. Currency may fluctuate and the cost of living varies on individuals’ lifestyles.

Culture, Nature, and Food in Valladolid Mexico

The culturally rich city of Valladolid is home to some of the most breathtaking sights in the world. This sleepy small town has retained its prehispanic architecture despite the modernization. The local population is welcoming and hospitable, making you feel right at home. 

The city is popularly known for its Mayan roots and distinctive Spanish accent (unlikely to be heard anywhere else). The food is certainly remarkable thanks to the traditional recipes and natural spices used by street vendors and restaurants alike.

Since the city is centric of the country, living here allows you to take weekend trips and enjoy nearby historical sights as well. Cities like Merida and Cancun are 2 hours away while ancient ruins like Chichen Itza aren’t all that far either. If not that, you can always enjoy the trendy cafes and abundance of cenotes. 

Best Time to Visit Valladolid Mexico

You can visit this city any time of the year and expect to have a good time but note that the tourist inflow decreases as the year progresses forward. The best time to visit Valladolid Mexico is during the high season. This time comes around between October and March when humidity levels are low and heat is tolerable. This is the time you can walk around the city and explore the stunning architecture. 

12 Best Things to Do in Valladolid Mexico

One thing about Valladolid Mexico is that there is plenty for you to see and do. Your time here will be anything but boring. Here are the 12 best things to do in Valladolid Mexico.

1. Visit Casa de los Venados 

Casa de los Venados is a beautiful house transformed into a historical museum. This place now houses thousands of artifacts that depict Mexican folk art. You can even get guided tours and learn more about the history.

2. Enjoy a day at Xkopek Parque Apicola

This is a beekeeping park that promises a great experience. Complete with a honey shop, beer tour, museum, and restaurant, a day here will be a day well spent. You can even take part in the daily bee tour.

Here are the timings:

  • 8:30 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm

3. Marvel at the Zazil Tunich

Zazil Tunich is a cave 20 meters underground and truly something to marvel at. This place perfectly depicts the rich Mayan history and allows the visitor to take in the mysticism of the Mayan underworld. The shallow pathways open up to an enchanting cenote and crystal-clear waters. A guided tour is the best way to fully explore this beauty.

4. Visit Templo de San Servacio

Founded in 1545, this catholic church is a religious and historical gem simultaneously. It has 2 bell towers and an astounding architecture that keeps the visitor compelled. We especially recommend catching the light show in the evening.

5. Explore Valladolid’s old town

Valladolid Old Town is a great place, straight out of a storybook. The colorful streets across the city certainly make it stand out and the colonial touch gives it a historical significance. There is nothing more refreshing than exploring this vibrant town and engaging with the local people.

6. Free walking tour 

If you are on a budget or simply wish to explore the city in depth then the best thing to do is join a walking tour. This 1.5-hour tour begins at the tourist information center and progresses from there. You can join the one at 9:35 am or 7:30 pm.

7. Calzada de Los Frailes

This cobbled street is easily the most picturesque place in all of Valladolid. With colorful walls, vibrant backdrops, and alluring doorways, this alley invites you for a mystical walk. You can find it on your way to the Sisal neighborhood.

8. Enjoy a quiet afternoon at Candelaria neighborhood

This neighborhood is home to some more historical buildings and monuments that are bound to leave you in awe. You can enjoy a delicious Mexican snack, sit in one of the many parks, and people-watch.

9. Visit chichen itza

Being one of the 7 wonders of the world, Chichen Itza is a must-see destination. This ancient Mayan ruin is conveniently close to Valladolid and only a short drive away. You can take a trip there and make a day out of it.

10. Enjoy a night show

While the city is lively during the day, it is a sight to behold at night. As soon as the sun sets down, Valladolid comes to life with live performances. If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and tradition then make sure to watch one of the night shows. 

11. Visit mercado municipal

Mercado Municipal is a Mexican local market that is only a walk away from Cenote Zaci. If you are looking to buy fresh produce, spices, and other local ingredients then be sure to visit this market between 5 am and 3 pm.

12. Visit a cenote

Lastly, one of the very best things to do in Valladolid Mexico is visit cenotes. The city has an abundant amount of them, each more enchanting than the other. You can go for a swim to cool off or simply enjoy the sight. Here are some of our favorites. 

  • Cenote Zaci
  • Cenote saamal
  • Cenote suytun
  • Cenote xkeken
  • Cenote chukum 

Is Valladolid Mexico Safe?

In addition to the local people being extremely welcoming and helpful, this city is considered one of the safest places in all of Mexico. It is best to take precautions anywhere (keep less cash, don’t flash shiny things, etc) but it has a lower crime rate overall. Furthermore, the city is considered safe for women as well.

Visa Requirements in Valladolid Mexico

If you want to go to Valladolid Mexico as a digital nomad then make sure to take a look below and learn some basics about visa requirements.

  • Completed visa application
  • Passport: must remain valid for 6 months longer than the period of your intended stay
  • Financial requirements such as minimum income 
  • Valid form of payment
  • Health insurance
  • Clear criminal record certificate 


Valladolid is a perfectly adequate place for digital nomads. Neither is it too crowded with tourists nor too isolated. With a rich history, beautiful culture, ancient buildings, and colonial architecture, this place is a perfect blend of history and art. When in Mexico, be sure to visit this town.

This city houses some popular destinations to keep you entertained, a low cost of living, and welcoming local people. Hence, you can definitely live here as a digital nomad and blend with the beauty.

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