After we left Chichen Itza we stopped in the city of Valladolid for a late lunch. We were really impressed with authenticity and rich culture this town had, that other tourist city lacked. The prices for lunch were extremely impressive (4 people had sandwiches, french fries, a few drinks, and a good tip for $16). We walked through the main square or Plaza Principal and enjoyed the atmosphere. A few artisans lined the edge of the Square with their crafts.
We didn’t have time to enjoy some of the other items Valladolid had to offer, but we were told that there was “Ek Balam” some smaller ruins, A couple Cenotes, and a number of colonial buildings.
Be aware that with authenticity and a less tourist geared city, also comes communication difficulties. My little bit of Spanish was not nearly sufficient enough to have any type of quality communication.