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Top 10 Cancun and Yucatan by Nick Rider

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Colonial Towns

1. Valladolid

Valladolid combines distinguished colonial architecture with the easygoing atmosphere of a Yucatán market town. Whitewashed arcades and 17th-century houses surround the main plaza, and among the town’s many churches is a fine Franciscan monastery (for further details see San Bernardino Sisal, Valladolid). Right in the middle of the town is a huge cenote, which once provided all Valladolid’s water, and nearby at Dzitnup are some of the Yucatán’s most spectacular cenotes for swimming.

2. Tizimin

The name comes from the Mayan tsimin, a kind of demon, which was also used to describe the Spaniards when they first ...

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