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VALLADOLID, MÉXICO

Valladolid is a small, pleasant colonial city halfway between Mérida and Cancún. Before it became Valladolid, the city was a Maya settlement called Zací, which means "white hawk".

There is one cenote in town, Cenote Zací, in a small park. Cenotes are sink holes filled with groundwater. In Yucatán there are over 3000 cenotes, with only 1400 actually studied and registered. The Maya called them "dzonot", which the conquering Spaniards translated as "cenote". Cenotes were once the only resource for fresh water in the local jungle. They were also the sacred places of the Maya, because they represented the entrance to the underworld.

A trail leads down close to the water in Cenote Zací. Caves, stalactites and hanging vines contribute to the prehistoric feel. The park also has a large palapa restaurant. Admission is $1.50.

Cenote Zací

Valladolid es una ciudad colonial pequeña y agradable, entre Mérida y Cancún. Antes de que fuera nombrado Valladolid, la ciudad era un poblado maya que se llamaba Zací, que quiere decir "halcón blanco".

Hay un cenote en Valladolid, Cenote Zací, en un parque pequeño. Un cenote es una dolina inundada. En Yucatán hay más de 3000 cenotes, con solamente 1400 que han sido examinados. La gente maya les llamaba "dzonot", lo que los conquistadores españoles traducieron como "cenote". En el pasado, los cenotes eran la única fuente de agua fresca en la selva. Eran tambien lugares sagrados para la gente maya, porque representaron la entrada al averno.

Una pista lleva a la agua en Cenote Zací. Cuevas, estalagmitas, estalactitas y lianas contribuyen al ambiente prehistórico. El parque tiene tambien un restaurante grande palapa. Admisión es $1.50.

     

Valladolid's main square is the social center of town and a has a busy market. On its south side is the main church, La Parroquía de San Servacio.

On the east side of the plaza is the municipal building, El Ayuntamiento. On Sunday nights, beneath the stone arches of the Ayuntamiento, the municipal band plays jaranas and other traditional music of the region.

The typical dish of the region is "Lomitos de Valladolid", sausage and chicken in escabeche marinade.

 

La plaza principal es el centro social de Valladolid y tiene un mercado concurrido. Al sur de la plaza hay la iglesia principal, La Parroquía de San Servacio.

Al este de la plaza, hay el Ayuntamiento. Los domingos, debajo de los arcos de piedra del Ayuntamiento, la banda municipal toca jaranas y otra música de la región.

El plato típico de la región es "Lomitos de Valladolid", salchichas y pollo en escabeche.

Valladolid catedral

 


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