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3 Exciting Reasons Fall Is The Best Time To Visit This Magic Town Near Cancun

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The number of national and international tourists visiting the Mexican Caribbean this summer vacation period has blown all expectations out of the water. 

Some 20. 5 million visitors are expected to pass through the stunning location this year, and with numbers slowing down slightly in the fall period, it might just be the best time to visit Valladolid!

Tourists in Valladolid

The magic town of Valladolid is promoting and attracting more tourists this fall, as The Association of Hotels and Hostels put their heads together to find ways to entice travelers to stay longer and book overnight accommodation not only this fall but all year round. 

The group, which has more than 50 establishments on offer to visitors, stressed that Valladolid is becoming an ever-popular location known both nationally and internationally and must meet the demand if the area is to continue to see success. 

tourist viewing church in Valladolid

Valladolid was given the coveted title of ‘magic town’ in 2012, given to locations in the Mexican Caribbean that are rich in cultural, historical, and environmental offerings, and has been capturing the hearts of tourists for quite some time. 

Noé Rodríguez Cervera, head of the association, stated that members have been creating and planning an annual agenda that is aimed at enticing tourists who are interested in the cultural and traditional aspects of the location and the surrounding areas and communities, giving them reason to want to stay longer.

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day of the dead performer in Valladolid

He also highlighted that all events will be promoted digitally, so tourists from all over will be able to know far in advance all the types of activities that will be on offer when planning their next trip. 

This will further promote the focus of all-year-round events and not just during the summer and winter high seasons. 

So, what could you find yourself doing in Valladolid this fall? Here are 3 things you don’t want to miss!


Day Of The Dead Festival 

This traditional celebration takes place every year between October 31st and November 2nd and is an absolutely unmissable event if you find yourself in this magic town at the right time. 

The streets are transformed with stunning flower decorations, parades of spectacular costumes, and truly out-of-this-world food markets as communities join together to welcome home and honor the souls of their departed loved ones. 

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The calendar is as follows for the three days:

October 31st: Noche de Halloween, which mimics much of the rest of the world in the tradition, with dressing up and trick or treating around every street corner. 

November 1st: Dia de los Inocentes – “All Saints Day” is a full day of remembrance for infants and children who have died. 

November 2nd: “All Souls Day” is a day of remembrance for all adults who have died. 

Expect to see incredible costumes, face painting, flower decorations, traditional music and dancing and even traditional food dating back to the Ancient Mayan period. 

Autumn Equinox at Chichén Itzá

Chichen Itza is the most popular archaeological tourist attraction all year round in Quintana Roo, and with it being so close to Valladolid, is the perfect excursion to add to your list this autumn. 

The phenomenon known as Equinox occurs when the sun is in the plane of the Earth’s equator and happens twice a year on March 20 and 21 and September 22 and 23. 

If you time it just right at sunset on any of these days, you will be able to lay witness to the “descent of the serpent”, where the shadow of the Kukulcán pyramid forms the body of a snake that looks as though it travels down the stairs where it meets the head of the “feathered serpent” located at the base.  

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The Mayan Rally

If you are a fan of cars, then this classic car rally will surely capture your imagination!

Talking place from September, this “museum on wheels” is intended to show the natural and cultural wealth of the Maya world, with all sorts of different vehicles on show for everyone to witness. 

One of the main stops on this tour is Valladolid, which has become an extremely popular event among locals and tourists alike, so be sure to find yourself there and have your camera at the ready!

church in valladolid

Noé Rodriguez Cervera described the geographical location of Valladolid as the “Pearl of the East” due to its close proximity to Quintana Roo and the rest of the Mexican Caribbean, and is certain that promoting events and attractions all year round will continue to make this ‘magic town’ a thriving destination for travelers who want to stay longer than just passing through!

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